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CU Community Honors 'People Helping People' Philosophy
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 6:40 AM

Texas Trust CU Receives Strong Partner Award

Texas Trust CU Receives Strong Partner AwardGirls Inc. of Tarrant County presented Texas Trust CU with its 2013 Strong Partner Award. The award was given at its annual event to celebrate 2013 achievements.

Texas Trust received the award based on its collaboration and advocacy support from CEO Jim Minge and Senior Vice President of Marketing Amber Danford. Texas Trust also made a generous financial donation to Girls Inc.'s 2013 Reindeer Dash, as the title sponsor.

"Girls Inc. of Tarrant County is honored to partner with companies like Texas Trust Credit Union," said Jennifer Limas, President of the organization. "Texas Trust's values align with our mission and we are thankful to be in a community where companies like Texas Trust are willing and able to support our mission to provide programs that will enrich the lives of young girls for generations to come."

Danford accepted the award on behalf of Texas Trust.

United Heritage Charity Foundation Launches 4th Annual Auto Raffle to Benefit Local Charities

United Heritage CU’s United Heritage Charity Foundation has just kicked off its 4th Annual Auto Raffle benefiting local charities and organizations that United Heritage Charity Foundation supports. A total of $146,798 has been raised for charity during the first three years of the raffle.

Howdy Honda has donated a new 2014 Honda Civic LX Sedan for this year’s raffle, which runs through June 23. The winner will be drawn on June 27, at Howdy Honda.

United Heritage Charity Foundation was established in 2003 as a means to provide ongoing support to charitable projects. Since its inception, United Heritage Charity Foundation has distributed more than $1,180,268 to local organizations including Austin Children’s Shelter, Capital Area Food Bank, CASA of Travis County and Central Texas, Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation of Central Texas and Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation.

CO-OP Financial Services to Pay Half for All BizKid$ DVD Box Sets

CO-OP Financial Services says it will be paying half the cost of all Biz Kid$ DVD box sets purchased by credit unions under a program to enhance the financial education of families at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

“Even though CMN Hospitals treat sick and injured children without regard for ability to pay, many of their families still face tremendous financial challenges,” said Stan Hollen, President/CEO of CO-OP Financial Services, and a member of the Board of Governors of CMN Hospitals since 2010. “The Biz Kid$ box sets will provide a source of entertainment and financial education for families that need both at a very difficult time.”

CO-OP Financial Services will pay $150 of the $300 DVD set, which credit unions are purchasing through the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) and donating to their local CMN Hospitals.  

The program is a joint initiative of Credit Unions for Kids and NCUF, which aims to provide all 163 CMN Hospitals with a box set of Biz Kid$ by the end of April, National Financial Literacy Month. Biz Kid$ is the Emmy Award-winning and credit union-funded public television series that teaches young people about money management and entrepreneurship.

“We thank CO-OP Financial Services for helping underwrite this new initiative between NCUF and CU4Kids,” said Gigi Hyland, NCUF executive director. “With CO-OP’s support, even more Biz Kid$ DVD box sets will make their way to patients and families in CMN Hospitals across the country. Linking credit unions’ philanthropy with their mission to improve people’s financial lives is truly a win-win.”

Philanthropic initiatives from CO-OP Financial Services on behalf of its 3,500 client credit unions also includes CO-OP Miracle Match, a $1 million per year CU4Kids fundraising matching program; and charitable contributions at the ATM, a program in which participating credit unions with ATMs “driven” (controlled) by CO-OP can include an add-on transaction enabling their members to make a contribution to CMN Hospitals.

For more information on the Biz Kid$ for CMN Hospitals initiative, visit (Foundation Programs/Biz Kid$).