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CUs ENGAGE WITH THEIR COMMUNITIES
updated 06/04/1410:55 AM
Volunteerism, Contributions, Recognitions
Scroll down to view the latest on how credit unions and industry affiliates across California and Nevada are making a difference in their communities!

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FINANCIAL PARTNERS CU
updated 06/02/1404:59 PM
Financial Partners CU is the first financial institution to use new interactive, remote video software to deliver teller services in the greater Los Angeles area. The credit union worked closely with branch transformation specialists at FTSI to reduce overhead costs, enable branch and administration employees to focus on member-facing activities, and most importantly build deeper connections with members. Financial Partners plans to install three units across its branch network. The interactive video software was provided by NCR.

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San Mateo CU Financial Education Specialist Kristi Lozano receives the Global Women's Leadership Network scholarship.
SAN MATEO CU
updated 06/02/1404:58 PM
San Mateo CU’s Financial Education Specialist Kristi Lozano is one of six women to receive a 2014 Global Women's Leadership Network scholarship, which promotes emerging women credit union leaders by providing them with access to a network of credit union professional expertise.

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NUVISION FCU
updated 06/02/1404:57 PM
NuVision FCU employees raised more than $1,500 for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The money will be donated to AmeriCares, a nonprofit emergency response and global health organization.

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XCEED FINANCIAL FCU
updated 06/02/1404:56 PM
Xceed Financial FCU elected three new board members to serve three-year terms: John Buttrill, Gretchen Valentine, and Roni Crichton. Buttrill has served on the credit union’s finance committee since 2008, while Valentine has been on the board since 2010 after serving 13 years on the supervisory committee. Crichton has served on the credit union’s strategic growth, executive, nominating, and investment services committees.

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MERIWEST CU
updated 06/02/1404:55 PM
Meriwest CU subsidiary Meriwest Mortgage closed on 52 loans through the Housing Endowment and Regional Trust (HEART) Opening Doors Homeownership Program. Opening Doors is a down-payment assistance program that provides a low-cost second mortgage with a conforming first mortgage loan to keep the buyer’s interest expenses minimal. It has contributed more than $2.7 million in second mortgages.

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SCHOOLSFIRST FCU
updated 06/02/1404:52 PM
SchoolsFirst FCU’s Vice President of Membership Development and Advocacy Diana Kot is one of 43 credit union professionals to become a Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) after being guided by eight dedicated program facilitators and mentors through the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF).

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UNCLE CU's new Wealth Management Center platform
UNCLE CU
updated 06/02/1404:51 PM
UNCLE CU has launched Wealth Management Center, a new online integrated financial planning tool. In partnership with CUSO Financial Services (CFS), this comprehensive platform allows the credit union’s investment services clients to view online statements, trade, and invest online, utilize financial calculators, as well as book appointments with a CFS financial advisor at UNCLE CU.

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Eagle Community CU CEO Bill Birnie accepts an award from the National Association of Letter Carrier’s Region One Food Drive Coordinator Paula Miller and a National Business Agent representative for the credit union’s support during the past six years.
EAGLE COMMUNITY CU
updated 06/02/1404:49 PM
Eagle Community CU supported the 22nd annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive on May 10—the sixth year the credit union has sponsored and provided food bags.

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Retired El Segundo Police Lieutenant and long-time credit union member Walt Krumbach
SOUTH BAY CU
updated 06/02/1404:48 PM
South Bay CU honored retired El Segundo Police Lieutenant and long-time credit union member Walt Krumbach, who died April 27 in a motorcycle accident. South Bay CU donated 31 books to the Literally Healing Library at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles in recognition of his 31 years of membership.

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Members, staff, board directors, supervisory committee members, and senior management attended the annual meeting for America’s Christian CU.
AMERICA’S CHRISTIAN CU
updated 06/02/1404:47 PM
America’s Christian CU held its 56th annual meeting on May 2, hosting a special dedication to the board of directors secretary, Reverend Ridge Ireland, who passed away late last year. Also, Patricia Harris, controller at America’s Christian CU, was named Employee of the Year for 2013. Additionally, America’s Christian CU, in partnership with Project Glendora Yellow Ribbon, hosted Patriot Week from May 27-30 in celebration of military heroes and first responders. The celebration included a Veterans Fair, contests, and a family event with games and crafts.

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San Francisco FCU volunteers assist on a rehabilitation project.
SAN FRANCISCO FCU
updated 06/02/1404:46 PM
SAN FRANCISCO FCU
San Francisco FCU and volunteers from six other California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues-member credit unions participated in a home rehabilitation project in Daly City in late April. The project was in conjunction with Rebuilding Together Peninsula, a nonprofit organization providing home repairs for low-income homeowners. The volunteers helped with painting, building a deck and walkway, installing a backyard bench, and mounting smoke detectors and other safety features.

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“Bite of Reality” volunteers during the May event.
BITE OF REALITY
updated 06/02/1404:45 PM
In May, nearly 200 Roseville High School seniors participated in “Bite of Reality,” an interactive financial simulation aimed at teaching youth how to manage money in real-world scenarios. Five different credit unions—Golden 1 CU, Patelco CU, SAFE CU, Schools Financial CU, and First U.S. Community CU—helped staff the event with 30 volunteers.

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New Golden 1 CU vice presidents. Top L-R: Greg Brown, VP of Consumer Lending and Kathy Coonan, VP or Account Services. Bottom L-R: Ning Duong, VP of Digital Channel Delivery and Mark Chapman, VP of Marketing.
GOLDEN 1 CU
updated 06/02/1404:33 PM
Golden 1 CU awarded $357,500 in scholarships to 33 students planning to attend colleges and universities in California in the fall. Also, Golden 1 CU appointed Greg Brown as vice president of consumer lending, Mark Chapman as vice president of marketing, Kathy Coonan as vice president of account services, and Ning Duong as vice president of digital channel delivery.

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Suzanne Knowlton, Marketing Manager for Redwood CU
REDWOOD CU
updated 06/02/1404:32 PM
Redwood CU has named Suzanne Knowlton as marketing manager. Also, Redwood CU re-elected five volunteer officials for three-year terms to the board of directors and supervisory committee from 2014-2017. Redwood CU also held a free document-shredding event on May 31, which also included an e-waste recycle center for disposal of electronics. Additionally, three teams of Redwood CU employees participated in Human Race events held in Sonoma, Marin, and Mendocino counties, where a total of 130 volunteers from Redwood CU, including employees, family, and friends walked or ran in the races, raising more than $24,000 for a variety of charities. In other news, Redwood CU, in partnership with the Sonoma County Office of Education and Santa Rosa City Schools, will host a free Summer Banking and Finance Academy for local high school students, including topics on budgeting, financial planning, saving and investing, and credit and debt management. Lastly, Redwood CU participated in Youth Awareness Month, promoting good saving habits and smart money skills for children and teens, with 3,109 young members making deposits into their accounts, totaling approximately $1,093,200, and nearly 400 new youth accounts opened.

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Lisette Lorrain of Altura CU’s accounting department enjoys “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” with her children Benjamin and Alyssa.
ALTURA CU
updated 06/02/1404:31 PM
Altura CU member Francisco Varela won $500 for using his 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. Additionally, 65 Altura CU employee children got a behind-the-scenes look at what their parents do all day during Altura CU’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” Also, 11 high school students from Riverside County were honored for outstanding academic achievement at the 9th Annual Riverside County Student Academic Awards Dinner, which was sponsored by Altura CU. Lastly, the credit union’s employees participated in the 2014 Latina Conference as a sponsor.

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