MADISON, Wis. (12/9/10)--It’s the season for giving, and credit unions nationwide are contributing funds to build their communities. Credit union pledges include:
* Alaska USA FCU, Anchorage, Alaska, pledged $50,000 to support redevelopment of the Anchorage Veterans’ Memorial located on the Delaney Park Strip. The Anchorage Veterans’ Memorial was developed 23 years ago with help and funding from the community, including Alaska USA FCU. The current project will include improved access for the disabled, new plants and landscaping, added lighting and security systems, and increased relevance to veterans and those who would honor them. * BECU, Tukwila, Wash., marked its 75th anniversary by pledging $80,000 to four Puget Sound area housing agencies. BECU requested and accepted proposals for grant consideration from nonprofit organizations. After a comprehensive review process, Housing Hope, Vision House, Plymouth Housing Group and South Sound Outreach Services were selected. * Northwest FCU Foundation, the charitable arm of Northwest FCU, Herndon, Va., recently granted a total of $20,000 to four Fairfax County public schools for staff professional development and technological advances for the classroom. The grants were made during a reception to celebrate its Fairfax County Public Schools business partnerships with Dranesville Elementary, Louise Archer Elementary, Rachel Carson Middle and Herndon High schools, the recipients of the donated funds. * American Eagle FCU, East Hartford, Conn., donated $45,567 to the United Way of Central and Northern Connecticut. American Eagle FCU employees pledged $28,572, while the credit union contributed an additional $14,286. Employees also raised $2,709 through internal fundraisers, including e-mail bingo, gift basket raffles and wear-jeans-to-work days. * Mountain American CU, West Jordan, Utah, donated $10,000 to the Utah Jump$tart Coalition to continue its work in training Utah teachers on financial education for youth. Mountain America CU was a founding member of the Utah Jump$tart Coalition, which was formed in 2000.