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CUaware Councils target Education, Concern for Community in April events

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Friday, May 5, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
 The CUaware Lowcountry Council learned about the Victory Junction Reach Program, and built birdhouses in support of the Reach mission (view more photos here.).  

The Triad and Lowcountry Councils of CUaware mixed education, volunteerism and fun during their recent April events! Triad area participants learned about credit unions and cooperation from a member's perspective, while the Lowcountry attendees learned about the Victory Junction Reach Program of the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation (CCUF). 

The Triad hosted its event at Piedmont Advantage Credit Union, with Fentress Gerald as the featured speaker. Gerald is a member of State Employees' Credit Union who serves as an Advisory Board volunteer. SECU has Advisory Boards at each of its branches. These volunteers meet quarterly to discuss issues relative to their branches and provide recommendations for improvement of services and procedures.

Nearly 40 people attended the event on April 26, and learned insights from Gerald about credit unions from a member's perspective. Attendees also enjoyed lunch and a time of networking. 

Meanwhile 40 people gathered in the Lowcountry on Tuesday morning, April 25 to learn about the Reach program. Lauren Whaley of the Carolinas CU Foundation and Jonathan Lemmon of Victory Junction shared the impact of Reach and the credit union movement's impact. The event took place at the Rivers Avenue location of South Carolina Federal. 

Reach is made possible by an exclusive partnership between Victory Junction and the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation. The support of the credit union industry brings specialized camp-style programming to children and families year round outside the gates of Victory Junction.

Having heard the message, the Lowcountry attendees got to work in support of Reach! The group built birdhouses that will be used in Reach, investing their time in a program that is special to credit unions in Carolinas. 

CUaware is a council of the Carolinas Credit Union League. CUaware aims to informally introduce all levels of credit union employees to the movement through events emphasizing education, volunteerism, advocacy and networking.

CUaware also invests in the professional development of credit union staff through the CUaware Protégé Competition and the CUaware Protégé Mentor program. Learn more about CUaware and how you can get involved by going to the CUaware web page


Tags:  Carolinas Credit Union Foundation  CUaware  Mentorship  Protégé  volunteerism 

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CUaware report reflects on 2016 events, volunteer impact

Posted By CUaware, Thursday, January 19, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Watch this slideshow video for quick snapshot of what CUaware's been up to in 2016.

The CUaware Council, expanding across North and South Carolina, has published its 2016 Impact Report. The report reflects on achievements made in 2016 and includes:

  • A summary about the council;
  • How its events foster networking and educational opportunities for credit union professionals of all ages;
  • The cumulative fundraising efforts made towards worthy causes; and
  • The volunteer projects each region pursued in the last year.

Click the image below to view the report on Issuu, or download the full PDF-format report here.

Tags:  advocacy  CUaware  Mentorship  Protégé  volunteerism 

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CUaware Triad volunteers support Habitat for Humanity

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2018

CUaware Triad volunteers came together Saturday, July 16 to support Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County. The group worked through most of the day on a house build, and provided nearly $1,100 in funding to the agency.

"We had a great time together in support of a wonderful organization," shared Jon Hamby (Members CU), who helped to organize the day's event. "This event serves as our community service project for 2016 to it was inspiring to see 19 people give freely of their time for such a good cause."

Hamby noted that the home build was for a family with  physical challenges, meaning that the framing for the home had to be done on site. "In a typical build the walls would have been assembled in a Habitat warehouse and delivered to the site," said Hamby. "So it was a little bit of a different volunteer Habitat build." 

In addition to the sweat equity given by volunteers, the CUaware group donated nearly $1,100 to Habitat. The group raised the funds through various small fundraisers such as bake sales.  



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Giving back: CUaware Midlands builds birdhouses for local children’s hospitals through Reach

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Midlands chapter of CUaware recently partnered with the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation for a workshop social to benefit Victory Junction and its Reach program. The event took place at the League’s headquarters in Irmo, SC, on May 5. During the event, attendees from several area credit unions as well as representatives of the League gathered together for a night of fun, fellowship, and support of this great community initiative. Attendees worked collaboratively - in true cooperative spirit - to build wooden birdhouses for patients at local children’s hospital served by the Reach program. Children will soon enjoy painting the birdhouses during Reach team visits.

Jonathan Lemmon, the Reach Program Director at Victory Junction was in attendance to direct the CUaware attendees and talk more extensively about the program. "Reach, just like our camp program at Victory Junction, provides these children in the hospitals with experiences that they would not have otherwise. It's never about the craft we create or the game we play, but the interactions with the Reach team ... the friendly face of positivity that we can give them. Children in hospitals and their families have enough to worry about. We can't change why they are there, but we can put a smile on their face,” noted Lemmon. “That is what Reach is all about ... the smiles".

Lauren Whaley, Carolinas Credit Union Foundation President, has announced that the night raised a grand total of $385 that will go directly towards the Reach program and carrying out its wonderful mission in every corner of the Carolinas.

“For the Midlands chapter of CUaware, this was the first event that focused primarily on being involved in carrying out our cooperative philosophy for the benefit of the community, and participants responded very positively to the opportunity and to partnering with the Foundation for credit unions,” comments Zach DeMoya, CUaware’s volunteer coordinator and Account Services Representative for Palmetto Citizens CU. “The hope is that through each future endeavor, Columbia-area credit union team members will become more-and-more aware and apt to make the same cooperative difference outside the walls of the individual credit unions they represent.”


More About Reach

The Reach Team members are specially trained staff that work closely with the hospital’s “Child Life” team to develop an activity plan specifically designed for the individual facility to enhance and support the existing pediatric program. This hands-on approach includes room-to-room visits as well as a “Camp Day” format. Each Reach activity is carefully designed to meet the specific needs and abilities of each child. Visits by the Reach Team help reduce the stress of a hospital stay with creative and age-appropriate camp fun including painting, wood working, song writing, crafts, puppetry, games and many more exciting and creative activities.

The impact this program has on the lives of children in the Carolinas as well as their families speaks to the heart of the Foundation’s mission, which is to enrich the lives of children. The success in 2015 was remarkable with close to 4,200 children experiencing the Reach program.

Tags:  Carolinas Credit Union Foundation  CUaware  volunteerism 

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