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TCCU Awarded the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award
Friday, September 15, 2017 6:45 AM

Melissa Burleson

Tarrant County’s Credit Union was awarded the First Place Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award Sept. 8, 2017.

Tarrant County’s Credit Union (TCCU) was recognized by the Cornerstone Credit Union League for its intentional and heartfelt commitment in giving back to the community in 2016. 

In 2016, TCCU Business Development Coordinator Melissa Burleson implemented her Credit Union Development Educator project focusing on a month of service for each social issue addressed from among the 12 development issues. Burleson’s excitement and energy convinced many to join her volunteer network of credit union staff members (TCCU’s and others in the area), friends, vendor partners, and others in the credit union industry. Burleson and her newfound crew met the year-long challenge head-on.

The 12 development issues addressed throughout the year were women in development, health, housing, education, environment, hunger, and transportation. The beneficiaries of these efforts included the Center for Transforming Lives, Kids Vision for Life, Carter Blood Care, Presbyterian Night Shelter, American Heart Association, Tarrant Area Food Bank, Tarrant Regional Water District, All Church Home, and the many women, men, and children of Tarrant County served by these groups. 

Throughout 2016, Burleson and her volunteer team members spent countless hours reading to children, refurbishing dorm rooms, collecting donations (toiletry items, socks, blankets, nonperishable food, bicycles), making sandwiches, hosting and making donations at blood drives, picking up trash, distributing food, delivering bicycles, and many other “people helping people” acts of service. 

"Servant leadership is such a powerful and humbling experience," Burleson said. "The need is great in many communities, and it is an absolute pleasure to give back. You never know the impact you can make unless you put yourself out there and serve from your heart." 

The prestigious award was named after early credit union pioneer Dora Maxwell, one of the original delegates who established the Credit Union National Association. Dora Maxwell worked tirelessly in developing volunteer clubs and organizations on behalf of the poor. The award is given to a credit union for its social responsibility projects within the community.

For more information on the credit union giving back to the community or Tarrant County’s Credit Union you may contact Andrea Spencer at or visit our website

TCCU is an $84M credit union serving over 10,500 members throughout Tarrant County, Texas.  TCCU operates four branches located in Fort Worth, Hurst, Lake Worth, and Arlington.