WASHINGTON (12/4/09)--Dec. 18 is the deadline for voting on five finalist videos illustrating how the National Credit Union Foundation’s (NCUF) signature program, REAL Solutions, is impacting the credit union movement. The finalists are:
* Guadalupe and Thomas Bryan, who found financing to open their restaurant, Boom Boom Mex Mex, with the help of Cooperative FCU in Syracuse, N.Y; * The Gregory Family adopted a son and bought a house to raise him in with the help of Community First CU in Appleton, Wis.; * Deborah Decker, who shared the financial difficulties she faced after leaving an abusive husband without an exit plan. She received expert financial advice and compassion from Episcopal Community FCU in Los Angeles; * Luis Lozoya, who talked about the joy of being a first time homebuyer and opening up a restaurant through Guadalupe CU in Santa Fe, N.M.; and * Dorothy James, who sought financial advice from Spectrum CU in San Francisco to pay off her credit cards, buy a car and reach her goal of buying a home.
The winner will be chosen by the voting public by Dec. 18. To cast a vote, visit the REAL Solutions website (use the resource link below) and click the “Vote” link on the homepage. Each voter can cast only one on-line ballot. The grand prize-winner will earn free trips to Washington for the winning league, credit union and member. As guests of NCUF, the winners will share the stage at a VIP event prior to the Wegner Awards Dinner, which is held during the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference, Feb. 21 to 25. “Hearing and seeing a member passionately talking about how their credit union experience has made the real difference is what this contest is all about,” said Lois Kitsch, NCUF national program manager. “While we can only have one contest winner, each story exemplifies what makes credit unions unique and special.” The field was narrowed by NCUF staff from 40 videos to 15 that were the most compelling examples of credit unions in action. Then, an external judging committee representing CUNA, CUNA Mutual Group, Filene Research Institute, leagues and credit unions voted, narrowing the field down to five entries.