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FAA CU Community Outreach Program Great Example of What Qualifies for a Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 6:55 AM

FAA CU in Oklahoma City, Okla. is a passionate supporter of Oklahoma County Youth Services’ “Support Kids in Independent Living” program. These youth are homeless because of circumstances beyond their control. They may have a deceased, incarcerated or abusive parent who is unable to care for them, and this program provides them food, counseling, life skills education and more. To support the efforts of Oklahoma County Youth Services, FAA CU adopts a group of kids from the program each year, and fulfills their Christmas wish list. In 2013, the credit union adopted 14 kids.

While it is a commitment to the “people helping philosophy” that drives many credit unions like FAA CU to engage in community outreach, Cornerstone Credit Union League Awards & Recognition Committee Chair Kenny Harrington says it is important for credit unions to take advantage of the opportunity to be recognized for their efforts.

“Credit unions are passionate about performing goodwill in our communities. We don’t do it for the accolades. We do it because we know it’s the right thing to do,” notes Harrington. “But it is important that we participate in awards programs like the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award, for example, because it showcases the credit union difference not only to our members, but the community at large, the media, and our elected officials. It demonstrates that we are not just financial service providers. We are invested in our communities and we tackle social issues and concerns head-on.” 

FAA CU’s support of Oklahoma County Youth Services’ “Support Kids in Independent Living” program, Harrington says, is a great example of the type of projects that are eligible for a Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award.

Cornerstone is accepting entries for the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award, as well as the Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award; Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award, and Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award. Entries will, however, only be accepted through July 28, 2014.

Following is a brief description of each award:

Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award
Recognizes model credit union efforts to strengthen local institutions; improve the lives of nonmembers through community outreach (other than personal finance education), such as charity fundraising and support of public events.

Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award
Recognizes model credit union efforts to improve members’ lives through programs (other than personal finance education), such as special loan modification program, wealth-building or debt  reduction incentive program.

Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award
Recognizes model credit union efforts to teach personal finance concepts and skills to members and non-members who are under the age 18. Examples might include classroom presentation series, peer-to-peer financial counseling, special savers’ or borrowers’ club.

Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award
Recognizes model credit union efforts to teach personal finance concepts as well as skills to members and non-members who are 18 years of age and older. Examples might include presentation series to a SEG group or one-on-one financial counseling or credit report review.

Additional information on the national awards program can be found on Cornerstone’s web site, at www.cornerstoneleague.coop/awards.html.

Please note that Cornerstone will select first, second and honorable mention winners from Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. However, only first place winners in each award category (one from each state) will advance to the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) for judging in the national competition. 

For additional information, please visit the Awards & Recognition section of Cornerstone’s web site. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Webb-Mañon, vice president of communications & PR, at (469) 385-6486 or (800) 442-5762, ext. 6486.  You may also e-mail lwebb-manon@cornerstoneleague.coop.