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Christian Community CU donated $5,000 towards Hurricane Florence disaster relief efforts in partnership with American Baptist Churches USA. The credit union also donated $5,000 to American Baptist Home Mission Societies for their “Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico” initiative.

SafeAmerica CU employees helped package and ship life-saving meals to starving and malnourished children in developing countries and the United States via the Kids Against Hunger Bay Area organization.

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Pacific Marine CU celebrated the opening of their newest branch in Wildomar, CA on Sept. 10, 2018. The branch features the credit union’s new state-of-the-art Branch 2.0 model, delivering a new type of member experience that combines personalized service, technology, and branding elements with a focus on reinventing the member experience.

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Redwood CU was named Best Credit Union in Sonoma County by readers of the Press Democrat, for the seventh year in a row. Each year, the Press Democrat gives readers a chance to recognize their favorite Sonoma County people, places, businesses, and things to do, and in the “Real Life” category, they’ve picked Redwood CU as their favorite local credit union every year since the award’s inception. The award was presented last night at a gala event at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.


Recipients of Raddon's Crystal Performance Award.

Coast Central CU, San Diego County CU, Silver State Schools CU, Sacramento CU, and UNCLE CU were among recipients of Raddon’s Crystal Performance Award. This winning group represents the top 3 percent of more than 500 credit unions analyzed over the past year and is based on in-depth analysis of financial statements, sales figures, service metrics and member relationship data. Raddon is a Fiserv company and provider of innovative research.

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Schools Financial CU awarded 17 schools classroom materials through its annual Tools for Schools program. As part of the program, the credit union provides recipient schools with a van full of classroom materials including: colored paper; dry erase markers; highlighters; colored markers; pens; glue sticks; ruled-paper notebooks; pencils; erasers; safety scissors; and file folders. Custom materials are provided to schools with students who have special needs.

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Christian Community CU’s “Scholarships for Success” program awarded $60,000 in scholarships to 61 students in 2018. Awards were given to new scholars and those who qualified for the multi-year scholarship program. Since the scholarship program began in 1999, the credit union has awarded $874,500 in scholarships.

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Compass Community CU has earned the highest, 5-star rating for financial strength and stability from BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s premier bank and credit union rating firm. Earning a 5-star rating indicates the credit union excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more. In fact, Compass Community CU has earned and maintained this top 5-star rating for 34 consecutive quarters.

American First CU members and associates donate $5,863 to Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) to provide medical care for children. Additionally, forty-five associates, members, and their families participated to support the CHOC Walk in the Park, which is considered the largest most unique pediatric fundraiser in the nation.


Greater Nevada CU Branch Manager Valerie Straw; Greater Nevada Mortgage Branch Mortgage Consultant Natalie Dufty; and Greater Nevada Mortgage Consultant Jennifer Morrison.

Greater Nevada CU subsidiary Greater Nevada Mortgage recently received third place as Best Mortgage Lender in the Record-Courier’s 2018 Best of Carson Valley Readers’ Choice Awards.  Greater Nevada CU won first place in the Best Bank/Credit Union category. The two companies were also recognized in three additional 2018 “Best of” Readers’ Choice Awards.


Kimberly Williams, Redwood CU SVP of Corporate Real Estate; Rob Cantu, President Western Builders; Tony Hildesheim, Redwood CU Chief Information Officer; Brett Martinez, Redwood CU President and CEO; Tracy Weitzenberg, Redwood CU Communications and public relations Manager; Dave Upham, Redwood Cu SVP of member experience. 

Redwood CU broke ground at 16105 Main Street in Lower Lake (at the corner of Highway 53 and Highway 29) on Friday, Sept. 28 to mark the beginning of site preparation and construction of their new Lake County branch.


Schools Financial CU's Retail Sales Manager Angelito (“Jojo”) Cristobal, Jr. and Senior Vice President of Member Services/Chief Retail Officer Steve Langley.

Schools Financial CU won the Best of Show category for its entry, entitled “Collaboration + Phenomenal Employees = Awesome Member Experience” from the CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council, which recognizes innovative solutions optimizing credit union performance.

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Greater Nevada CU is commemorating the opening of its new University branch with a money ribbon cutting ceremony and presentation of a $2,500 donation to the University of Nevada, Reno Pack Provisions program, which assists students challenged with meeting their basic personal needs. Members of the Wolf Pack Marching Band will provide music at the celebration.


Recipients of Raddon’s Crystal Performance Award.

Coast Central CU, San Diego County CU, Silver State Schools CU, Sacramento CU, and UNCLE CU were among recipients of Raddon’s Crystal Performance Award. This winning group represents the top 3 percent of more than 500 credit unions analyzed over the past year and is based on in-depth analysis of financial statements, sales figures, service metrics and member relationship data. Raddon is a Fiserv company and provider of innovative research.

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Christian Community CU donated $10,000 through a matching donation to Operation Mobilization (OM) in response to the devastating flooding in Laos caused by a dam collapse. The donation will go towards providing food, shelter, hygiene packs, and other relief efforts. The funds for the donation come from the Credit Union’s “Cards That Give to Missions” Program.

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Greater Nevada CU is broadening its commitment to helping students pursue higher education by offering new private, non-federal student loan options for qualifying members attending an accredited four-year university on a full-time basis. Loans are available to cover up to 100 percent of certified college education costs.


Students from Lindbergh and Principal Dawn Lomeli with staff from LBS Financial CU’s marketing department.

LBS Financial CU partnered with Lindbergh STEM Academy in Long Beach Unified School District to collect school supplies and wish list items for the 2018-2019 school year. The credit union delivered thousands of dollars in supplies and items including two color laser printers, 40 headphones for Chromebooks, 139 spiral notebooks, hundreds of dry erase markers, HDMI adapters for iPads, computer speakers, more than $500 in gift cards for student incentives, and more.

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Santa Cruz Community CU received a $700,000 Financial Assistance (FA) award from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund).  FA awards up to $1 million allow CDFIs to sustain and expand their financial products and services. This year grants and loans were given to 302 organizations totaling $202.2 million today, including 45 credit unions. 


Back row: Jose Alvarez, Redwood CU Sonoma branch manager. Front row: John Wheatley, Redwood CU Insurance Services general manager; and Dave Upham, Redwood CU SVP member experience.

Redwood CU has received the Sonoma Valley People’s Choice Award for Best Financial Institution. An award that recognizes individuals and businesses that “rise above all others,” the People’s Choice award is voted upon by the people of Sonoma Valley.


March Air Reserve Base personnel show off Altura CU’s military-themed t-shirts worn by its volunteers at the 46th Annual Military Appreciation Picnic. 

Altura CU honored 5,000 military personnel and their families at the 46th Annual Military Appreciation Picnic at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, CA. Altura CU and its two dozen volunteers joined with other local businesses and community partners for the event hosted by the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce.

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Members 1st CU has reached $200 million in assets. The credit union’s asset size grew over $10 million during the month of August 2018 to $208,549,907. The achievement reflects the continued strength and growth of the credit union, which has more than 20,000 members throughout the North State.


Patelco CU backpack drive drop-off at Frank Paul Family Resource Center in Salinas, CA.

Patelco CU held a backpack drive earlier this month. The credit union was joined by the Mexican Consulate in delivering and distributing backpacks filled with school supplies for students in the Alisal Union School District in Salinas, CA. 

 


Bay FCU President and CEO.

Bay FCU President and CEO Carrie Birkhofer was chosen as Woman of the Year by the Santa Cruz Area Chamber of Commerce. Birkhofer has long championed the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People”, achieving 100 percent community support from Bay FCU’s more than 200 employees every year since 2002.


LBS Financial CU staff donated and delivered school supplies to Craig Williams Elementary School. Pictured are students from Craig Williams, Principal Stacey Williams, and staff from LBS Financial CU’s Marketing Department.

LBS Financial CU partnered with Craig Williams Elementary School in Bellflower Unified School District this past summer to collect school supplies and wish list items for the 2018-2019 school year.  On Sept. 13, LBS Financial CU delivered school supplies including 3,000 sheets of notebook paper, 100 ear bud headphones for their computers, 100 packs of crayons, 10,000 sheets of copy paper, 360 glue sticks, 50 bottles of glue, hundreds of pencils and pens, and large quantities of Ziploc baggies, baby wipes, arts and crafts supplies, dry erase markers, tissues, and much more.


Two new renewable diesel production facilities in Nevada.

Greater Nevada CU subsidiary Greater Commercial Lending (GCL) is the loan originator to Ryze Renewables’ construction of two new eco-friendly biorefinery facilities being built in Nevada. Construction of the plants will create more than 500 construction jobs, and once completed will add 140 permanent full-time positions in Nevada.