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CaptureYesterday, Credit Union Association of the Dakota’s President/CEO Robbie Thompson accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that was presented to him by Black Hills FCU CEO Roger Heacock, and then went on to extend the challenge to presidents of neighboring credit union leagues, including Scott Sullivan, (Nebraska), Mark Cummins (Minnesota), and Tracey Kenyon, (Montana).
Staff at CUAD quickly raised $140 to contribute to the ALS Association in addition to meeting the challenge. “We are happy to support this fundraiser that assists people and their families that are dealing with this debilitating disease” said Thompson. “We look forward to seeing the videos of those we have challenged as well” he added.
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Credit Union Offers Reality Fair for Students

Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 01:08 PM

 icaSt. Louis, MO—A short time before the start of Fall semester,  the Treasurer’s Office of the City of St. Louis, the Missouri Credit Union Charitable Foundation, and 1st Financial Federal Credit Union presented a Reality Fair, Financial Literacy Seminar, and opened special free checking accounts at Innovative Concept Academy’s Summer Workshop.
The Innovative Concept Academy (ICA) is a one-of-a kind school located in St. Louis, Missouri.  Started by St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Jimmie Edwards in the fall of 2009, ICA is the only school in America overseen by a court system dedicated to the education and rehabilitation of delinquent teens.  With a full curriculum, students at ICA are given their first real [...]

alturaRiverside, Calif.– Several dozen needy children are heading back to school this year with new backpacks filled with school supplies thanks to the generosity of the employees and members of Altura Credit Union.  Collection stations were set up in each of Altura’s nine local branches, as well as at the corporate offices in Riverside, and together the donations filled a large van.
Administered by the County Department of Mental Health’s Parent Support and Training Program, Fill a Backpack has been providing schools supplies for local needy kids for 16 years. Altura collected donations over a two-week period from late July into early August.
“Altura has a long history with local schools [...]

Credit Union Takes on Ice Bucket Challenge

Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 01:08 PM

sffcuicebucketSioux Falls, SD – Fran Sommerfeld, President and CEO of Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union together with Board of Director members and employees accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge plus made a $500 donation to the cause.  Staying true to the challenge, Fran Sommerfeld nominated fellow Sioux Falls area credit unions to do the same. 
“Helping people live better is our vision at Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union.  The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has accomplished such a wide reach on not only raising awareness but donations to help understand and treat this illness,” stated Fran.  “Credit Unions are known for our People Helping People philosophy and look forward to [...]

Credit Union Supports Boys & Girls Club

Thursday, August 21, 2014 @ 03:08 PM

montanaGreat Falls, MT – Kids in the Boys & Girls Clubs’ summer program had the opportunity to explore “the land before time” this summer, courtesy of Montana Federal Credit Union.  Club kids took a field trip to the Old Trail Museum in Choteau to learn about fossils, prehistoric creatures and the history and culture of the Rocky Mountain Front.
“Many of the kids in the Club would never be able to have the opportunity to experience a place as culturally significant as the Old Trail Museum,” stated Sonya Smith, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cascade County. “Combining teachable moments with fun, exciting and interactive field trips [...]

fccuicebucket2Jamestown, ND – First Community Credit Union Senior Managers in Jamestown were recently challenged to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by Chris Masse from the Bismarck office.  The managers were able to pull it off within just a few hours of receiving the challenge.
This fundraiser for ALS – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease, has gone viral and has raised nearly $16 million for the neurodegenerative disease.  Famous people such as Oprah Winfrey, LeBron James, even Bill Gates, and entire Patriot’s football teams have participated.
The concept is to dump a bucket of ice cold water on your head within 24 hours or donate money.  Most participants do both. [...]

Credit Union Awards $10,000 in Scholarships

Thursday, August 21, 2014 @ 03:08 PM

081514EagleCommunityCUEagle Community Credit Union in Lake Forest, CA recently awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships to three Orange County students.
Andrew Shensky, 22, of Yorba Linda, CA was the first-place winner in the 2014 Eagle Scholarship Awards program and received a $5,000 scholarship. Stephany Bradford, 25, of Cypress, CA came in second and received $3,000. Seventeen-year-old Christin Hickman of Aliso Viejo, CA was the third-place winner and received a $2,000 scholarship.
Shenksy is majoring in anthropology at California State University, Fullerton. Hickman plans to study nursing at Brigham Young University in Utah.
“As a long-standing Eagle Community Credit Union member, I have only had positive experiences in terms of service [...]

Credit Union CEO Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Thursday, August 21, 2014 @ 03:08 PM

Rapid City, SD – After receiving the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from John Carlson at Highmark Federal Credit Union, Roger Heacock, CEO of Black Hills Federal Credit Union in Rapid City, SD accepted the dare and took the plunge on August 20th.  The challenge is to dump a bucket of ice cold water on your head within 24 hours or donate money.  Most participants do both.  (Find out more on theALS website.)
Staff at Black Hills FCU had already collected $210 to contribute to the ALS Association by the time Roger stepped out of his office for the soaking.  Roger has extended the challenge to CUAD’s CEO Robbie Thompson, and two other “friends”.
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Credit Union Council Improves Food Security in Ethiopia

Thursday, August 21, 2014 @ 03:08 PM

MADISON, Wis. — World Council of Credit Unions recently completed a successful development program in Ethiopia that worked with rural savings and credit cooperatives (RuSACCOs) and farmers to improve food security and livelihoods among farming families. The 2009–2014 program was funded by the monetization of 23,000 tons of wheat through USDA’s Food for Progress program.
World Council worked in three regions of Ethiopia, Tigray, Oromia and Amhara, which span half the country, to assist RuSACCOs with expanding financing for agricultural production and to mobilize savings. The program also provided non-financial services, such as farmer training and infrastructure investments, to improve farmers’ access to markets and increase commercial food production.
The World Council program exceeded its targets, helping 44,645 farmers to produce higher [...]

Credit Union CEO Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 @ 04:08 PM

Highmark ALS Ice Bucket ChallengeRapid City, SD – Highmark Federal Credit Union’s CEO John Carlson took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Monday, August 18th and then presented the same challenge to Roger (Heacock) at Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Floyd (Rummel III) at Northern Hills Federal Credit Union, and Pam (Brown-Graff) at Med5 Federal Credit Union.
The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one’s head or donating to the ALS Association in the United States. It went viral throughout social media during the summer of 2014.
The challenge dares nominated participants to have a bucket [...]