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VOLUNTEERISM, FUNDRAISERS, AND MORE
updated 08/05/14 10:54 AM
CUs Make a Local Impact
Scroll down to view the latest on how credit unions and industry affiliates across California and Nevada are donating time and money to help the communities they serve, implementing new operational strategies for members, and advocating for the credit union movement!

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Scholarship recipient April Esqueda with President and CEO of America's Christian CU Mendell L. Thompson.
AMERICA'S CHRISTIAN CU
updated 08/04/14 03:13 PM
America's Christian CU has awarded $1,000 scholarships to five students based on their academic achievements, community service, and other criteria.

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SAFEAMERICA CU
updated 08/04/14 03:12 PM
SafeAmerica CU has switched their core processing vendor to a new and innovative company, Corelation Inc. of San Diego. The credit union’s decision was based on its goal to keep up with new technology and stay ahead of the curve for its members.

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Erika Estrada receives a $500 check from Pam Cuthbertson, manager of Altura CU’s Magnolia Avenue branch.
ALTURA CU
updated 08/04/14 03:11 PM
Altura CU has formed a new, four-year exclusive partnership with Highlanders Sports Properties of Learfield Sports, the multimedia rights partner of the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and Highlander Athletics. This gives the credit union an unprecedented presence on the UCR campus inclusive of Highlander Spirit Debit Cards, in-game promotions and venue branding, and the SRC Arena ATM. In addition, Altura CU will sponsor Financial Literacy and Life Skills Education for UCR students. In other news, member Erika Estrada won $500 for using her Altura Visa Debit Card as part of the Better Ways to Win promotion, which highlights the convenience of using the credit union’s debit card for everyday purchases.

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Golden Bear Award and Commendation presented to Golden 1 CU.
GOLDEN 1 CU
updated 08/04/14 03:09 PM
Golden 1 CU received the 2014 Golden Bear Award from the Friends of the California State Fair and a Commendation from U.S. Congressman John Garamendi. The award acknowledges individuals and businesses that have furthered the State Fair's mission of showcasing California's economic and cultural diversity, and have demonstrated exceptional service and support to the California State Fair. In other news, Golden 1 CU has hired Walter Cunningham as senior vice president and chief retail officer. Cunningham will be in charge of member service, Member Service Contact Center, digital channel, and financial services. He will also oversee the credit union's public and community relations efforts.

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SCHOOLS FINANCIAL CU
updated 08/04/14 03:08 PM
Schools Financial CU presented the Esquire IMAX News10 Teacher of the Year winner John Buckmaster with a $5,000 award for his achievement as an outstanding educator in the community. Buckmaster is a Valley High School teacher and was originally recognized as the September 2013 Teacher of the Month.

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EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN CU
updated 08/04/14 03:07 PM
Evangelical Christian CU is expanding its personal banking services by introducing a direct savings account and a high-yield certificate, both with competitive rates. In addition, the credit union is aligning its consumer offerings with social causes that support its mission, and will donate $20 to one of four designated nonprofit organizations for every new member.

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Teresa Freeborn, President and Chief Executive at Xceed Financial CU.
XCEED FINANCIAL CU
updated 08/04/14 03:05 PM
Xceed Financial CU President and Chief Executive Teresa Freeborn was a featured speaker at the Women and Leadership Colloquium, an interactive event hosted by Filene Research Institute and the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) on June 19 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Freeborn highlighted the shortage of women in credit union leadership and offered solutions for giving women more opportunities to thrive in leadership roles. She also participated in an interactive panel discussion. In other news, Xceed Financial CU has received a five-star rating from BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm. The rating is the highest possible and is based on objective financial data provided to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).

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Education grant recipients attended Educational Employees CU’s Annual Meeting.
EDUCATIONAL EMPLOYEES CU
updated 08/04/14 03:04 PM
Educational Employees CU has awarded $100,000 in grants to 50 student members for the 2014-2015 school year. Each recipient received $2,000 and was selected based on their personal statements, letters of recommendation, and school transcripts. Since the grant program began in 2003, Educational Employees CU has awarded $875,000 in grants to 575 student members.

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TRAVIS CU
updated 08/04/14 03:03 PM
Travis CU and Patelco CU have seen their mortgage applications rise as a result of CU Realty Services’ turn-key real estate program, HomeAdvantage. Since the program launch in April, more than 200 Travis CU members have registered, while 234 Patelco CU members came onboard. The HomeAdvantage program attracts home buyers back to their credit union by offering the tools and resources they need to begin their home-buying journey. This includes searching for homes online and connecting with a realtor within a preapproved network.

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New First Financial CU Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer, and Chief Financial Officer Dietmar Huesch.
FIRST FINANCIAL CU
updated 08/04/14 03:01 PM
First Financial CU’s Credit Union Service Organization (CUSO), TSA Special Member Services, is offering discount tickets to some of California’s favorite attractions, including Disneyland Resort, Legoland, the San Diego and Safari Park, Aquarium of the Pacific, Raging Waters, as well as local movie theater chains, and much more. The discounts are available to First Financial CU members and the general public. In other news, First Financial CU raised $700 for charity on National Hot Dog Day on July 23. The credit union’s senior management staff dressed up as hot dogs and condiments, and performed live skits throughout the corporate office to create more awareness for the lunchtime fundraiser. On the staffing front, Dietmar Huesch was promoted to executive vice president, chief operations officer, and chief financial officer. Huesch joined First Financial CU in 2012 as senior vice president and chief financial officer.

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Greater Nevada CU Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Joyce Whitney-Silva and Vice President of Business Services Jeremy Gilpin.
GREATER NEVADA CU
updated 08/04/14 02:57 PM
Two Greater Nevada CU management team members were honored at the first annual Northern Nevada Business Weekly Money Makers Awards. Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Joyce Whitney-Silva was selected for her role in helping lead the credit union out of the recent recession and back into growth mode. Vice President of Business Services Jeremy Gilpin was honored for his help in establishing a thriving business services department and increasing production by more than 300 percent from the previous year. The Northern Nevada Business Weekly Money Makers Awards recognizes professionals in the financial community for their energy, enthusiasm, and innovative ideas for achieving success in their particular industries. Over the past year and a half, Greater Nevada CU has seen more than 115 percent growth in its business lending portfolio, partly due to its construction loans that service local businesses that need money to expand.

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SCE FCU
updated 08/04/14 02:56 PM
SCE FCU reopened its Boyle Heights branch on July 19, six years after a 5.5 earthquake damaged the historic City Hall building. The redesigned branch features latest technology, including flat screen monitors to deliver marketing messages, tablets for members to view products and services, as well as a home banking station and self-serve coin machine. In other news, more than 100 young adults from the Boyle Heights area put their personal finance skills to the test during the Center for Financial Empowerment’s “Mad City Money” event, a financial reality seminar designed to educate youth from low-income families about responsible money management.

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Redwood CU volunteers raised $5,100 for the 2014 San Francisco AIDS Walk.
REDWOOD CU
updated 08/04/14 02:55 PM
Redwood CU raised $5,100 for the AIDS Walk San Francisco on July 20, joining the likes of Levi Strauss & Co., Walgreens, Hewlett Packard, and Bloomberg in increasing their support in 2014. Redwood CU and its employees have contributed more than $25,000 since the credit union became a formal sponsor of the event in 2005, with more than 200 volunteers taking part over the past 10 years.

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PATELCO CU
updated 08/04/14 02:54 PM
Patelco CU has cut 39 fees, including extended overdraft, card replacement, and early mortgage payoff fees—saving members close to $800,000 annually. The decision to reduce fees is part of a larger initiative to improve member service. In other news, Patelco CU has partnered with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley Playhouse Program to build a playhouse for Marine Corporal Preston Barker and his family, thanking him for his service.

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