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United Nations FCU to assist 500 members in Haiti
LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y. (1/14/10)--United Nations FCU (UNFCU), based in Long Island City, N.Y., is awaiting word on its 530 members in Haiti after a Tuesday earthquake caused massive damage to the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince. The $2.97 billion asset credit union does not have an office or branch in Haiti, Elisabeth Philippe, UNFCU business development/public relations manager, told News Now. No information has been received by the credit union about individual members, Philippe said. “Haiti was rocked by a major earthquake, resulting in massive devastation,” said the UNFCU website. “UNFCU is deeply saddened by this destruction and loss of life, including some of [our] fellow colleagues at United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti and other United Nations (U.N.) organizations. News reports indicate efforts are already underway to help the survivors,” said the credit union. “We are currently working with the U.N. Staff Recreation Council in New York and will provide information shortly on how [people] can help,” UNFCU continued. “Additionally, UNFCU is providing support to its members and their families in Haiti via a specially designated telephone number and e-mail address.” More than 100 employees of the U.N. mission in Haiti were unaccounted for Wednesday in the aftermath of the earthquake, which destroyed the U.N. peacekeeper compound--a five-story building where roughly 250 people worked daily (CNN.com Jan. 13). The U.N. headquarters at the Christopher Hotel collapsed in the quake and people were still trapped inside, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told media in New York. At the time the quake struck, there were possibly 100 to 150 people inside the building, Ban added. UNFCU serves the financial needs of U.N. staff, U.N. special agencies, former international civil servants and their families globally. UNFCU has members in more than 205 countries and territories.


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