ST. LOUIS (1/29/09)--Missouri credit unions will get the opportunity to help build a home for a severely injured veteran in the state, said the Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA). Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is searching for a deserving veteran to receive the specially adapted home. (The Missouri difference
Jan. 28). MCUA said it would notify credit unions with project information and updates as they become available. Credit unions in the state are continuing fundraising for the program. Electro Savings CU, St. Louis, has a number of activities, including:
* Allowing members to cash-out reward points for donations to HFOT, with 1,000 points equaling $10; * Hosting a trivia contest in the spring; * Launching Centiments, a campaign where members donate the cents on a check they're cashing or depositing to HFOT; * Selling in each branch paper "bricks" that will be assembled on a cut-out house; * Selling T-shirts and polo shirts to staff and members; and * Asking each office to find a unique way to contribute.
"Like most credit unions, we are proud that our staff is always willing to support various charities throughout the year," said Eric Hardman, vice president of finance. HOFT, however, "has touched many of us through one of our employees, Josh Eckhoff. Josh was a teller for our main office when he was called by the National Guard to serve in Iraq," Hardman said. "During his tour, Josh suffered severe head injuries when he was struck by an IED (improvised explosive device). It is Josh and the efforts of all the other U.S. soldiers that makes our credit union willing to support such a charity."