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PCUA team heads to Haiti today to aid remittance
HARRISBURG, Pa. (9/27/10)--A team of credit union representatives from the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) will leave for Haiti today to determine if PCUA and Mid-Atlantic Corporate FCU can help rebuild the country’s remittance system. The group wants to determine if Haitian credit unions can provide services to their members, and recruit new members employed in “Cash for Work” projects sponsored by American nonprofit organizations. The goal is to determine the potential for Pennsylvania credit unions to provide financial and technical resources to Haitian credit unions through partnerships that help Haiti’s credit unions rebuild and provide services for members (Life is a Highway Sept. 24). Joseph Wambach, executive director of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation, will lead the PCUA team. Joining him will be Christine Woods, CEO of Keystone FCU in West Chester, and Wambach’s wife, Maryse, who is originally from Haiti. They will be joined by Dave Ackerman, CEO of USX FCU, Cranberry Township, who will be in the country to work on emergency projects through his church. The team will visit Port-au-Prince and rural areas to examine the state of Haiti’s credit unions and the effectiveness of the projects to attract new credit union members. It also will meet with staff from the World Council of Credit Unions, officials from Le Livier--a corporate credit union--and representatives from American non-government agencies. The team will return Oct. 9.


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