MADISON, Wis. (2/22/10)--Money collected for credit unions’ Haiti earthquake relief efforts is $805,621, announced the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions. The foundation is the World Council of Credit Unions’ (WOCCU) charitable arm. Of this total, the U.S. credit union movement raised $383,964.57 through CUAid, credit unions’ online disaster relief system--$383,964.57, according to Jill Stevenson, marketing and communications coordinator for the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). Photos taken of Haitians and the aftermath of the earthquake will be displayed at WOCCU’s booth at the Credit Union National Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., according to Valerie Breunig, executive director of the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions. The conference kicks off Sunday and ends Thursday. WOCCU will be located at booth #304. The photos were taken by WOCCU staff and photographer Christian Kober. In addition to contributing to the credit union disaster relief fund, credit unions nationwide have been assisting with Haiti relief efforts in other ways:
* Springfield, Mo.-area credit unions volunteered for Convoy of Hope, a nonprofit organization that feeds the hungry and provides pure drinking water to people worldwide. Credit union employees helped Feb. 9 with sorting, packing, labeling and taking inventory of supplies sent to Haiti, according to the Missouri Credit Union Association (The Missouri difference Feb. 12); * Pacific Service CU, Walnut Creek, Calif., donated $10,000 to Haiti relief efforts through the American Red Cross; * Melrose CU, Queens, N.Y. collected $100,500 to help Haitians affected by the earthquake. About $500 was collected through donation jars in the lobby. The credit union’s board also approved a $100,000 donation to be distributed among five organizations--with much of the donation going to NCUF in connection with WOCCU, Melrose CU said; and * Freedom CU, Warminster, Pa., donated shoes, crutches and other medical supplies to a relief effort. Freedom employees donated 52 pairs of shoes through Soles4Souls, a charity that collects and distributes shoes. Freedom also gave $1,000 to disaster relief efforts in late January.
To support Haiti's credit unions and members through the international credit union disaster fund, make payments, via check, credit card or wire to: Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions Inc. 5710 Mineral Point Road Madison, WI 53705, USA Donations also can be made online with a credit card at www.woccu.org/give. For wire transfer information, contact Valerie Breunig, Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions at 608-395-2055 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please indicate the donation is designated for the Haiti Disaster Relief Fund. U.S. credit unions also can support WOCCU’s relief efforts by donating through CUAid. Use the link.