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Pacific Service CU philanthropy aided 60000 in 08
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (1/28/09)--In 2008, Pacific Service CU donated more than $130,000 to non-profit organizations throughout Northern California. The funds affected the lives of nearly 60,000 people, according to the credit union.
Click to view larger image During 2008, Pacific Service CU, Walnut Creek, Calif., donated more than $130,000 to non-profit organizations throughout Northern California. Funds donated impacted the lives of nearly 60,000 people, according to the credit union. (Photo provided by Pacific Service CU)
"It is important to our organization to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals needing assistance in the communities where we do business," said Steve Punch, president of the more than $1 billion asset credit union. "People Helping People has long been the cornerstone of our industry, " he said. "We put that sentiment to work at an actionable level in supporting our local communities.” Through its Community Involvement Program, which it launched in 2001, the credit union has given more than $1 million to area charities and estimates it has touched the lives of 386,000 people. As an ongoing program funded annually by the credit union’s board, the program focuses its efforts primarily on organizations that assist low-income and at-risk individuals, especially children. “In 2008 the need at our local levels is higher than we have seen in prior years,” Punch said. “And during these tough economic times, our employees also wanted to help, so they contributed their own time and money.” Pacific Service CU employees made individual contributions to The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County’s Buy-A-Bag program, The Salvation Army’s Toy Drive, and The Bay Area Crisis Nursery’s Decorate a Tree program. During 2008, the credit union made contributions to 28 non-profit organizations. In addition to monetary contributions, the credit union also donates equipment it is retiring from service, such as PCs and furniture to non-profit organizations for use in after-school or training programs.
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