HARRISBURG, Pa. (3/23/12)--Joe Wambach, executive director of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation, discussed recovery efforts from the Susquehanna River Basin flooding that occurred last fall in Athens, Pa., when he visited John Savelli, CEO of Guthrie FCU in Sayre, and Michael Viselli, CEO of Ingersoll-Rand FCU in Athens.
From left, Joe Wambach of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation meets with Kathy Kilhefner, flood victim and employee of Guthrie FCU, Sayre; John Savelli, CEO of Guthrie FCU; and John Seaver, Guthrie director of lending, to assess the progress of flood relief efforts. (Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association)
Wambach spoke with Kathy Kilhefner, a Guthrie FCU employee, who not only had to sell her destroyed home, but also lost her husband from a heart attack shortly after the flood, said the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) (Life is a Highway
Wambach also spoke with Chuck Paul, a member of Ingersoll-Rand FCU, and said he was encouraged by the progress that Paul and many others had made.
"Clearly the warm weather between December 2011 and March 2012 has had a positive effect on the ability of credit union employees and members to rebuild in Athens," Wambach said.
Kilhefner expressed thanks for a $1,500 contribution from the foundation, which has helped her find an apartment and begin the long road to recovery. Paul has nearly completed work on his home and praised the foundation for providing him with $1,500, which gave him a head start before funds became available from his insurance company.
"These situations are undoubtedly being played out among many of the other 239 victims who received grants from the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation," said Jim McCormack, PCUA president/CEO. "This is all the more reason why it is so important that credit unions and friends continue to support those who are victims of both natural and financial disasters through the foundation."
In total, $195,000 was distributed to flood victims through the foundation in September and October.