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Washington league wins state-level community service award
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (6/5/08)--Four community service projects in 2007 have netted the Washington Credit Union League the Association Community Service Award from the Washington Society of Association Executives (WSAE). WSAE recognized the league's work in projects related to Financial Literacy Month, Shred Day, Biz Kid$ and Preventative Elder Financial Abuse. "Organizing and supporting community service projects that our member credit unions can be involved in is a priority for the Washington Credit Union League," said league President/CEO John Annaloro. "This award is significant because of the wide participation among credit unions from across Washington state," he added. For Financial Literacy Month in April, the league developed a program to encourage youth savings. Participating credit unions would deposit $25 into newly opened youth savings accounts. During the two-week program, credit unions opened more than 1,125 new kids' accounts. In October, the league coordinated a state-wide credit union "Shred Day" in cooperation with the state Attorney General Rob McKenna. Participants included more than 30 credit unions, four credit union chapters, and volunteers from credit unions and the league. They encouraged consumers to bring sensitive documents to their local credit union for free shredding to avoid identity theft. They shredded nearly 73.5 tons of documents. The league also was recognized for its support of and participation in BizKid$, the PBS television show featuring young entrepreneurs teaching fiscal responsibility. The league and its foundation were active in national fundraising efforts and coordinating with the show's producers. Through its award-winning Tomorrow's Leaders Council, the league developed training and model policies credit unions can use to train staff to identify and respond to potential abuse of an elderly person. Tomorrow's Leaders volunteers presented the materials at credit unions throughout the state and to the public at a fraud prevention programs in Pierce and King counties.
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