PHOENIX (8/28/12)--The Mountain West Credit Union Association recognized Arizona and Colorado credit unions for their work in social responsibility, philosophy, and financial education.
The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Award Program honors credit unions for their involvement in community projects and activities.
The Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award honors credit unions for their practical application of the people-helping-people philosophy.
The Desjardins Youth/Adult Financial Education Award recognizes leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of youth/adult financial literacy.
In Colorado, Space Age FCU, Aurora, earned a first-place Dora Maxwell Award in the $100 million to $200 million asset category for its Box Tops for Lowry Elementary School fundraising program.
Boulder (Colo.) Valley CU earned a first-place Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Award in the $200 million to $500 million category for its work with Future Business Leaders of America Distributive Education Clubs of America.
Arapahoe CU, Centennial, Colo., received a first-place Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award in the $50 million to $100 million category. This is the fourth consecutive year Arapahoe CU has been recognized for its national award-winning Seeds for Financial Success program.
Among Arizona credit unions, Desert Schools FCU, Phoenix, received first-place recognition in Dora Maxell, Louise Herring and Desjardin Youth and Adult Awards in the $1 billion plus category. Desert Schools' word-of-mouth efforts reached more than 15,441 students up to grade 12 and 207 adults in the community.
First CU, Chandler, Ariz., earned a first-place Dora Maxwell Award in the $200 million to $500 million asset category. First CU's partnership with the local elementary school, Aguilar Elementary School, and its Homework Scholarship Program was recognized.
TruWest CU, Tempe, Ariz., received a first-place Dora Maxwell Award in the $500 million to $1billion asset category for its annual diaper drive supporting St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance. Pima FCU, Tucson, Ariz., received a first-place Desjardins Youth Award in the $150 million to $500 million asset category for its youth financial literacy curriculum, focusing on age-specific features, rewards and goals.
Honorees will compete with other credit unions for national-level awards presented by the Credit Union National Association.