RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (9/1/09)--Meriwest CU, San Jose, won first-place California state awards in the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Award and in the Louise Herring for Philosophy in Action Award program. Also, L.A. Financial CU, Pasadena; TUCOEMAS FCU, Visalia, and the San Francisco Chapter won first-place statewide honors in the annual Dora Maxwell program. Meriwest was recognized in the $500 million and above asset category for its “Financial Education for All” program. The credit union provided more than 115 various financial education classes to more than 1,650 community members. Its first place Louise Herring Award was in the greater than $250 million asset category for its “Financial Education for All” program geared toward young members. So far this year, the credit union educated 225 members at its in-house workshops--124 in its Teen Real World Budget workshops, and 102 in its Credit Myths and Auto Financing 101 workshops. The Credit Union of Southern California in Whittier, won second place in the $500 million and above asset category in the Dora Maxwell Award program for its annual food distribution program, which distributed more than 100,000 pounds of food to local residents in 2009. California Coast CU, San Diego, won second place in the Louise Herring Award program in the greater than $250 million asset category for its Member Loan Assistance program to help those with financial hardships and difficulties making their mortgage, secured loan or unsecured loan payments. L.A. Financial CU won a first-place Dora Maxwell award in the $200 to $500 million asset category for its partnership with the L.A. Clippers basketball team and its Kids Read to Achieve for Financial Literacy program. The program teaches youth about money by rewarding them for reading books about saving, budgeting and financial fitness. This year, the credit union reached 16,300 students, with 83 high school students participating in a financial literacy essay program for a chance to win one of five $200 scholarships. TUCOEMAS FCU received a first-place Dora Maxwell award in the $100 to $200 million asset category for its Hats for Hope program. The credit union donated 585 handmade knitted hats and 31 lap blankets to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The San Francisco Chapter won its first-place Dora Maxwell award in the chapter/multiple credit union category for its first “Credit Union Night with the Golden State Warriors” program. The event raised more than $2,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network and Children’s Hospital and Research Center, Oakland. The Golden 1 CU, Sacramento, received the only honorable mention given this year--in the greater than $250 million asset category in the Louise Herring Award program--for its youth programs.