Smart Financial Credit Union, Houston, donated school supplies and money to area school districts through their second annual school supply drive. The drive is aimed at collecting school supplies and cash donations to help specific schools and districts replenish their supplies during the school year. In many cases, the school districts choose a school in need of supplies as a beneficiary of the donated items. Hundreds of pounds of supplies were collected along with nearly $2,400 through donations made by the credit union, its employees and members.
HEW Federal Credit Union, Washington, joined forces with Suitland High School in Forestville, Md., and held a "For the Community, By the Community" canned food drive to feed local families. The credit union's branches served as donation drop-off locations. The food drive featured live music from Suitland students and an exhibition by the school's dance team. Also assisting with the drive were players from the D.C. Divas, Washington's professional women's football team. The food went to more than 50 families.
University Credit Union, Los Angeles, held its third annual book drive collecting more than 360 books for the children's library at Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA. The credit union asked its members and others in the UCLA family to bring children's books to collection bins at both credit union branches.
OSU Federal, Corvallis, Ore., followed through on a pledge made in its threemonth drive for members to waive their paper monthly statements and has fulfilled a donation to the state of Oregon Forestry Department for the planting of 11,000 trees to recognize the 3,424 members who made the move to e-statements through online banking. A ceremony initiating the planting was held at the credit union and included branch management from the credit union's five counties.
Service 1 Federal Credit Union, Muskegon, Mich., partnered with 11 local credit unions to hold a community food drive for Love Inc. The credit unions surpassed their goal and collected and donated nearly 7,000 pounds of food to the organization.
St. Mary's Bank, Manchester, N.H., announced plans to host free reverse mortgage seminars. The seminars will cover the important elements of understanding reverse mortgages including changes passed last year by Congress that increase the maximum loan amount and cap origination fees. Participants will learn what a reverse mortgage is, how it works, common misconceptions, program qualifications, and programs that are available. They will also learn about the associated costs of reverse mortgages, payment options and program eligibility requirements.
Telesis Community Credit Union, Chatsworth, Calif., announced plans to sponsor a free document shred day event at its Chatsworth location. The event, open to the general public, is designed to assist consumers with preventing identity theft by securely shredding their sensitive documents.
Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, Lowell, Mass., in a partnership with the Arts League of Lowell, hosted its first "Art at Tremont Yard" open house and art exhibition. The exhibition was held in the credit union's Merrimack Room. The exhibit featured the work of artist Don Ouellette a local artist whose oil and watercolor painting capture the beauty of the New England landscape.
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