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CUs in the Community
Monday, August 18, 2014 6:45 AM

Dallas CU ‘Funds the Future’ with $3000 in Scholarships

Dallas CUDallas CU proudly presented three scholarships to achieving high school graduates as part of its “Funding the Future” scholarship program. Bethany Cook, Katie Lothrop and Makayla Young each received $1,000 to help with education-related expenses.

Bethany Cook graduated from Billy Ryan High School in Denton last spring. She plans to study Criminal Justice at the University of North Texas this fall.

Katherine (Katie) Lothrop is a recent graduate of Townview Talented and Gifted School in the Dallas Independent School District. She was accepted into Purdue University and plans to study Industrial Engineering.

Makayla Young graduated from DeSoto High School and plans to attend the University of Texas in San Antonio to study Biology.

Recipients were chosen based on academic achievement, leadership activities, service to community and responses to an essay question. All applicants were also required to attend a financial education class in order to be eligible for the award.

SSFCU Donates $10K to USO of South Texas

SSFCUSecurity Service Charitable Foundation has presented the USO of South Texas with a $10,000 donation that will be used to support training for military transition to civilian life and provide weekly lunches for military and military family events in four South Texas counties: Nueces, Kleberg, Aransas and San Patricio.

In 2013, USO South Texas served more than 10,000 service members and their dependents. “No matter what part of the world I was in, the USO was always around to provide much-needed support. Of all the airports I flew through on my way overseas, I could always count on finding a small USO office with coffee and donuts,” said Nancy Allen, president and chief executive officer for USO of South Texas.

“Serving the military is at the very core of our credit union’s mission,” said Jim Laffoon, president & CEO of Security Service Federal Credit Union. “We are delighted to be able to provide funding from our charitable foundation for such a worthwhile effort as the USO.”

AMOCO FCU Nominates Community Partner for Non-profit Organization Award

AMOCO FCUAMOCO FCU nominated its community partner, Hope Village, for a Non-profit Organization Award – an award it received on Aug. 7. Shawn Bailey, president and CEO of AMOCO FCU, says the credit union nominated Hope Village because of its dedication and service to community.

Hope Village has worked closely with AMOCO FCU since 2007, when they became an AMOCO Select Partner. In addition to being a Select Partner, Hope Village also participates in AMOCO’s hassle-free fundraising program: Together We Can Lend a Helping Hand. Through this program, AMOCO matches one percent of a loan financed at the credit union and donates it to the member’s non-profit organization of their choice.

Many spectators came out to witness Hope Village’s big win, including State Senator, Larry Taylor.

Hope Village provides homes and program activities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; it has served the Houston area since 1970. It was founded by Bill and Lucille Williams after they were unable to find adequate care for their mentally disabled daughter. Through the years Hope Village has blossomed into a full-functioning facility with 100 residents, 50 employees, and 50 volunteers.