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* SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (4/28/09)--The Third Annual Vermont Credit Union Legislator Appreciation Reception Wednesday was "tremendously successful," says the Association of Vermont Credit Unions (AVCU) (Newslines Express April 24). According to AVCU President Joe Bergeron, the event "was packed with legislators and credit union leaders…The number of engaged conversations I witnessed shows that now more than ever, legislators are really looking to credit unions to help Vermonters." Bergeron presented State Rep. Michel Consejo (D-5) with a Garmin GPS Navigation device Consejo won in a drawing during Credit Unions in the Statehouse Day March 19. The reception and the statehouse day events are critical parts of AVCU's overall advocacy plan. (Photo provided by the Association of Vermont Credit Unions) … * COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (4/28/09)--Ent FCU, a $2.595 billion asset
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credit union, awarded its 2009 Youth Endowment Series (YES) program grants to 17 local Colorado Springs non-profit organizations last week. The program, established in 2000, provides grants to organizations that benefit youth in the Pikes Peak region. Since its inception, the program has provided more than $370,000 in grants. This year's grants program received 54 applications. The credit union also received 13 applications from Pueblo non-profits for its Pueblo YES grant program. Those grants will be announced later this week. Pictured are: members of the Ent volunteer employees panel that evaluated the applications (bottom three rows); representatives of the organizations receiving the grants at a reception Thursday; and Ent's board and senior managers (back row). (Photo provided by Ent FCU) … * GREENSBORO, N.C. (4/28/09)--The Carolinas Credit Union Foundation (CCUF) has granted a $10,000 Micro Community Grant to Generations Group Home, a residential group home for at-risk boys. The home, founded in 1991 by Kathleen Reynolds, houses up to 58 youth ages 10-19 caught in a cycle of abuse and who exhibit inappropriate behaviors. Generations has treated more than 600 boys since it opened and reports a 98% success rate. CCUF's funds will enable Generations to purchase and install security grates and fencing for its campuses to help residents and employees feel safe and secure. "As credit unions, it is our nature to care about our communities," said CCUF President/CEO John Slack. "These are wonderful young men who just need a chance." The Piedmont Chapter of the South Carolina Credit Union League and Greenville FCU assisted Generations with the grant proposal. Since it began in 2005, the grant program has awarded more than $750,000 to agencies in North and South Carolina …


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