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CUs Make a Difference for Dallas Police Officers
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 6:55 AM

Melissa Burleson, Tarrant County's Credit Union business development coordinator

Melissa Burleson, the business development coordinator for Tarrant County's Credit Union (TCCU), continued her ongoing CUDE project and raised $14,000 for Dallas police officers.

During the month of July, the focus of Burleson's project was democratic member control, number two in the lineup of the Seven Cooperative Principles for credit unions. At each TCCU branch, the Seven Cooperative Principles poster was displayed for visiting members, along with the video created by the National Credit Union Foundation and Corporate One.

TCCU and other credit unions in the Fort Worth Chapter of Credit Unions were given the opportunity to participate in the Rockin’ for Unity event held at the Rock Wood Fired Kitchen, in Arlington, Texas, on July 23. This event was held to raise funds for the Assist the Officer Foundation in tribute to the five Dallas Police Officers that were killed earlier in the month.

Credit unions in the Fort Worth Chapter collaborated and collected funds to purchase “Back the Blue” branded decals that were sold at the Rockin’ for Unity event. In addition to purchasing the branded decals, staff from TCCU and Guardian First Federal Credit Union volunteered more than 65 hours working the event, which included selling t-shirts and decals, collecting donations, selling raffle tickets and manning a raffle item table.

The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen donated 25 percent of business sales for the day. In the end, credit unions were able to present a check to the Assist the Officer Foundation for more than $14,000.

Said Burleson, "I’d like to thank the Fort Worth Chapter of Credit Unions and the credit unions who donated funds and man hours to make this event a success."

Over the last six months, Cornerstone has brought you continuing coverage about Melissa Burleson's CUDE project and the great things she and her colleagues have been doing with it. Every month, Burleson and others have partnered with groups like Kids Vision Fest, the Center for Transforming Lives, and Carter Blood Care to provide help where it's most needed.

Burleson completed her CUDE training in the spring of 2015 and has been organizing activities in service to her community—not just talking the talk, but living the credit union difference.