RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (8/11/09)--More than 130 participating credit union organizations raised nearly $1 million during the first six months for Children's Miracle Network. The funds are the result of credit union fundraisers combined with the CO-OP Financial Services' Miracle Match program. Through June 30, credit unions have raised $517,000, and CO-OP Miracle Match donations have added $445,000 for a total of $962,000 for the Children's Miracle Network. CO-OP is committed to donating up to $1 million of matching funds in 2009, and, based on fundraisers planned for the remainder of the year, CO-OP expects this pool to be fully used, "The credit unions, who do all the work in these fundraisers, are the heroes, and we are very proud to help them support children's hospitals in their local areas," said CO-OP President/CEO Stan Hollen. "This effort to improve the level of hospital care for children is an extension of the credit union movement and its tradition of uplifting the lives of individual members and entire communities." The 130 participating credit union organizations are located in 30 states. Leading the states are California (24), Texas (16), Wisconsin (15) and Missouri (13). The donations will go to more than 50 Children's Miracle Network-sponsored children's hospitals located in the fundraisers' local communities. This year, the Miracle Match program inspired credit unions to conduct 10 new fundraisers for the network. Credit unions raised $64,000 through these events, and Miracle Match donations from CO-OP totaled $88,000. Credit unions have sponsored fundraisers in their local communities as part of the Credit Unions for Kids program, which has partnered with Children's Miracle Network since 1996. Credit unions planning a Credit Unions for Kids program can learn more about the CO-OP Miracle Match program at the resource link.