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DE Grads Embody the 'Credit Union Difference' at Food Bank
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 6:55 AM

Over the last six months, we've 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 is business development coordinator for Tarrant County's Credit Union (TCCU). She 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.

In March, her focus was on housing. The staff of TCCU, First Class American CU, and Burleson partnered with the Presbyterian Night Shelter, collecting new blankets, socks, toiletries, and other items for residents of the shelter.

During April, Burleson their focus was on education. To that end, TCCU hosted a lunch-n-learn on "Good Credit Fitness." Galli Davis with ASG Results prresented. TCCU also partnered with Texas AgriLife Extension to sponsor financial education programs.

In May, the focus was on the environment, for which they partnered with the Tarrant Regional Water District for the Eagle Mountain Lake Cleanup event.

Now we can report that in June, Burleson and fellow DEs Andy Reed, Pamela Stephens, Joel Garcia, Bryce Farmer, Shelli McCoy, Kylie Giancotti, and other staff from Tarrant County's Credit Union and Texas People Federal Credit Union partnered with the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Their volunteerism manifested in providing nutritious quality meals for individuals in 13 counties.

"We were all working in the quality control area of the food bank where we inspected and sorted canned goods, snacks, milk, juice, fresh breads, and produce," Burleson said. "Our assistance, along with others during the month of June, provided more than 2 million meals for families, children, and seniors in need."

"Being a part of a credit union is not just about opening accounts and lending funds," Burleson has said. "It’s about the cooperative spirit and giving back and reaching out to the communities we serve."