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Three Minnesota CUs Recognized For Strengthening Communities
ST. PAUL, Minn. (9/10/13)--Two Minnesota credit unions recently gave back to their communities, while another was recognized for its community-building efforts, the Minnesota Credit Union Network reported.  
Royal CU, based in Eau Claire, Wis., presented a $,6,000 donation to The Family Place, a day center for families living without permanent housing in St. Paul. The organization was chosen to receive a portion of the funds raised at RCU's Charity Classic race, held on June 29. More than 200 children participated in the half- and quarter-mile races, each receiving a participation award. The Sojourner House in Eau Claire, Wis. and Grace Place in St. Croix County, Wis., also each received $6,000 donations.
Hiway FCU, St. Paul, was officially proclaimed as a Yellow Ribbon Company by the Lt. Governor of Minnesota at a ceremony held at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, Minn. The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Proclamation recognizes companies whose combined efforts in key areas support those affected by military deployments and enable successful transition into the workplace. 
The credit union's path to receiving the designation began when it merged with Ft. Snelling FCU in March of 2009, said Glen Durbahn, Hiway FCU's vice president of marketing and member relations.
"At that time, we opened our doors to thousands of new members who incorporate all branches of the military," Durbahn said. "It was our goal to partner with agencies and groups to help in the support of Minnesota's military personnel and their families."
USFCU sponsored myTalk 107.1 FM radio station's Back to School Drive benefitting The Caring Tree during July and August. The Caring Tree collects, purchases and distributes school supplies to students in need across the state of Minnesota.
During the three-week drive, community members and USFCU employees donated more than 500 school supply items, including backpacks, notebooks, folders and boxes of crayons. Monetary donations were also collected from community members, amounting in a donation of $166 to The Caring Tree. USFCU also presented The Caring Tree with a $500 donation during myTalk 107.1 radio station's live broadcast from USFCU's Burnsville branch.
"We had a lot of fun working with community members and myTalk to support The Caring Tree," said Bill Raker, US FCU president/CEO. "It's great to see how much of an impact we will have on students in need who are headed back to school this fall."
Fostering service excellence, removing barriers and raising awareness about the value credit unions provide their members and communities are the foundation for the Credit Union National Association's, state credit union leagues' and credit unions' Unite For Good campaign toward a vision in which Americans choose credit unions as their best financial provider.

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