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Dora Maxwell and Louise Herring Awards Differ in Purpose
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 9:25 AM

The Texas Credit Union League (TCUL) is accepting entries for the national award program, which includes the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award and Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award. When preparing your entries, it is important to understand that the awards differ greatly in purpose.

The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award recognizes credit unions for external activities within the community; the Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award honors credit unions for exemplary internal programs and services.

The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award recognizes model credit union efforts to strengthen local institutions and improve the lives of nonmembers through community outreach. Examples include:

  • Helping solve core community problems, such as housing, transportation, hunger, or literacy.
  • Food, clothing, or school supply drives for the needy.
  • Raising money on behalf of charitable organizations, such as the United Way or Credit Unions for Kids®.
  • Helping an organization or agency with events or projects, such as coaching a Special Olympics team.
  • Tutoring or reading to students at a local school.
  • Sponsoring a community volunteer of the year award.

The Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award recognizes model credit union efforts to improve members’ lives through programs such as:

  • Services for members with unique financial needs, such as savings clubs for children or discounts for senior citizens, or other extraordinary efforts to serve the membership.
  • Counseling for members facing financial difficulties.
  • Student-run, in-school or campus branch.
  • Efforts to educate members on the credit union difference.
  • Wealth-building or debt reduction incentive programs.

Entries will be accepted through Aug. 1, 2013 and TCUL will advance only first place winners in each award category to the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) for judging in the national competition.

Additional information on the national awards program can be found on TCUL’s web site, at http://www.tcul.coop/National_Credit_Union_Recognition_Programs.html