ST. LOUIS (7/27/11)--Hundreds of people in Joplin received assistance from the Missouri credit union community in the wake of a May 22 tornado. Credit unions and their business partners donated $109,250 to the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) and the Missouri Credit Union Charitable Foundation (MCUCF) in the days and weeks following the tornado Missouri Credit Union Association (The Missouri Difference July 26). “We’ve seen an enormous outpouring from our friends in the credit union movement,” says Mike Beall, association president/CEO. “It’s heartwarming to be involved in such an industry that so takes care of its own.” MCUCF distributed initial grants in the amount of $500 to 322 adults, 106 children, eight employees, and one volunteer. Following the immediate distribution, additional funds were disbursed to applicants based on need, including 103 that were determined critical. Don Ackerman, president/CEO of TelComm CU in Springfield, decided he and his staff wanted to do more to help the people of Joplin. The credit union staff and volunteers took to the phones to gather donations of clothing, supplies and food for distribution to local residents in need. Ackerman and other volunteers have made several trips to Joplin with vans full of supplies. “We can’t thank them enough for all that they have done,” says Karen Jones, business development at Joplin (Mo.) Metro CU.