WESTBROOK, Maine (7/7/10)--Thirteen Maine credit unions were recognized as the 2010 state honorees for the Dora Maxwell Awards for Social Responsibility and the Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Awards and, for the first time, the Desjardins Award for Youth Financial Education.
Chanel Coloumbe, (left), board chair at Atlantic Regional FCU, Brunswick, Maine, accepts the first-place Dora Maxwell Award for Social Responsibility for credit unions with assets of $200 million to $500 million from Richard Dupuis, board chair of the Maine Credit Union League. (Photo provided by the Maine Credit Union League)
Professionals from the Maine Public Relations Council judged the awards, which honor credit unions for community and/or member service efforts during the past year, which again saw the Maine credit unions accomplish achievements in community service and special initiatives for members, the league said. Credit Unions raised nearly $1.2 million for causes, including $375,923 for the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger; $60,000 for Maine Special Olympics; $55,000 for the Children's Miracle Network; $50,000 for the Maine Children's Cancer Program; $30,000 for Haiti relief efforts and more. Maine credit unions also volunteered nearly 24,000 hours for community organizations and activities statewide. Credit unions provided special low or no-interest loans for fuel assistance, programs for financial education and other initiatives to help members in difficult times. The 2010 first-place recipients of the Dora Maxwell Award are:
* Community CU, Lewiston, $20 million to $50 million in assets; * Central Maine FCU, Lewiston, $50 million to $100 million; * Oxford FCU, Mexico, $100 to $200 million; and * Atlantic Regional FCU, Brunswick, $200 million to $500 million.
The 2010 first-place recipients of the Louise Herring Award are:
* Community CU, $50 million or less in assets; and * Central Maine FCU, $50 million to $250 million.
The 2010 first place recipient of Maine’s Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award is Community CU, $50 million or less in assets.