CHARLOTTE, N.C. (9/4/12)--
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), who has been assistant Democratic leader in the U.S. House since 2011 and was House Majority Whip from 2007 to 2011, will participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled here for Wednesday to reveal a highlight of credit union involvement in the Democratic National Convention (DNC) --a "leave-behind" project to benefit the young patients of Levine Children's Hospital, as well as their families and community.
The Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the North Carolina Credit Union League, the South Carolina Credit Union League, the National Journal Group, CUNA Mutual Group, CO-OP Financial Services and others have been involved for months in renovating a rooftop playground at Levine's to provide a stimulating and therapeutic environment for youngsters being treated there.
The Charlotte, N.C., project, to honor the DNC held here this week, mirrors another sponsored by CUNA, state leagues, credit unions and their partners that was unveiled last week at All Children's Hospital to honor the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
At Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, the project has converted an existing rooftop space on the hospital's 12th floor into a dynamic play space that includes a touch-activated light and color "bubble wall," outdoor play equipment, and much needed environmental improvements. At All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., the playground was designed with special equipment to assist in the rehabilitation of children suffering from a variety of illnesses and accidents.
The efforts represent credit unions' tradition of honoring each national political convention city with a "leave-behind" project that will serve the local communities long after the conventions have left town.
The two 2012 projects 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.