HARRISBURG, Pa. (11/9/11)--Disaster relief flood aid totaling nearly $195,000 was presented to 239 credit union employees and members of 35 Pennsylvania credit unions to assist victims in recovering from severe flooding along the Susquehanna River Basin.
Lonny Maurer (left), CEO of Belco Community CU, Harrisburg, Pa., presents a disaster relief check to Ada, a credit union member, after severe flooding impacted several areas of the state in September. (Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association)
The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) and the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation (PCUF) announced the awards this month.
The effort was the Pennsylvania credit union movement's first use of the National Credit Union Foundation's (NCUF) CUAid Emergency Relief program, which was established in 2006 in the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005 (Life is a Highway
In support of the effort, PCUA contributed $50,000; PCUF, $100,000; and NCUF's CU Aid Disaster Relief Fund, $45,000.
Jim McCormack, PCUA president/CEO, praised the association and foundation boards for their "generous support to alleviate the suffering of our credit union employees and members." He also spoke about "the terrible destruction of homes along a 250-mile path of the Susquehanna River, where credit unions are located near small towns.
PCUF Executive Director Joe Wambach lauded the efforts of the credit unions and the strong partnership among the association, the NCUF, and the PCUF. "That all of us were able to process so many grants in such a short period of time and to get funds to the victims of the disaster was remarkable," Wambach said.
"While the amount distributed cannot completely fill the needs of credit union employees and members, it does represent the foundation's profound concern for them, as well as our hope that the funds are a first stage in their eventual recovery," he added.