MADISON, Wis. (1/10/11)--For the second consecutive year, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is asking individuals to vote for the best credit union testimonial out of five finalists posted on the REAL Solutions Impact Center. Capturing testimonials on video from members who have been positively impacted by their credit union illustrates how NCUF’s signature program, REAL Solutions, is impacting the credit union movement, said NCUF. To cast a vote, individuals can visit the Real Solutions Impact Center web site and click the “Vote” link on the homepage. Each voter can cast only one online ballot per computer. Voting ends Jan. 21. The field was narrowed by NCUF from 30 video entries to 10 that were judged to be compelling examples of credit unions in action. Then an external judging committee representing credit unions and credit union organizations narrowed the field to five. The finalists are:
* Tamika Anderson, who relays how her spending habits, particularly relating to her car and home, got back on track through financial consultations and budgeting help from ELGA CU, Burton, Mich.; * Andrew Gaines, who talks about how Lakeside CU, Milwaukee, saved him from buying a home he couldn’t afford; * Robin Pharo, who shares how Summit CU, Madison, Wis., put people before profit when granting her small business a loan; * Saundra Marie Ramirez, who discusses how SchoolsFirst FCU, Santa Ana, Calif., repeatedly helped her with honest financial advice and support; and * Oscar Rivera, who shares his story of becoming a homeowner and small-business owner with help from Guadalupe CU, Santa Fe, N.M.
The grand prize-winning entry will earn a free trip to Washington, D.C., for the featured member and one representative from the credit union and state league. As guests of NCUF, the winners will share the stage at a VIP event held prior to the Wegner Awards Dinner, which is held during the Credit Union National Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference, Feb. 27-March 3. Also, the winning member will receive a savings account deposit of $500. The member(s) featured in the four remaining videos will receive a savings account deposit of $250.