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CUs DNC join in Charlotte playground project
WASHINGTON (6/28/12)--More than 75 volunteers from local credit unions, joined by Credit Union National Association (CUNA), North Carolina Credit Union League (NCCUL), National Journal Group and Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) staff, gathered Wednesday at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, N.C., to lend a hand in an ongoing rooftop playground renewal project.

Wednesday's playground renovation efforts received extensive local media coverage, as demonstrated here, in a group shot with volunteers and a local news reporter. (Photo provided by the North Carolina Credit Union League)
The volunteers decorated and assembled a permanent art installation that will be displayed outside the 12th floor rooftop playground, and worked with patients to decorate garden-themed arts and crafts projects, including birdhouses. Volunteers also had an opportunity to tour Levine Children's Hospital and learn about the impact their efforts will have on patients.

A touch-activated light and color "bubble wall," a deck and pavilion, outdoor play equipment, and much-needed environmental improvements are also being added as part of this playground project.

NCCUL President/CEO John Radebaugh, Carolinas Credit Union Foundation President/CEO John McGrail, and DNCC Senior Advisor Cameron Moody and Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee Executive Director Dr. Dan Murrey also joined in the volunteer efforts.

Radebaugh said his group was "excited to put the credit union philosophy of people helping people into action by helping with this worthy project."

The playground renovations are part of a "leave behind" project, which is in honor of this summer's 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Credit unions have honored the host cities for each national convention with a "leave behind" project that benefits local communities since 2000, and a similar project is underway at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. (See related June 14 News Now story: CUs, CUNA 'dig in' on playground renovation)

"Credit unions really see this as an opportunity to leave something positive behind that will continue to benefit the Charlotte and Tampa communities long after the balloons have dropped and the convention ended," CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney said.

The two 2012 projects will cost a combined $600,000, and credit unions nationwide, as well as the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation and the League of Southeastern Credit Unions Foundation have raised funds for the projects.

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