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United Credit Union wins Community Service Award

Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 11:59 am

Front row, from left: Kheshia Duncan, Robert Trask, Deloris Wells, Jo Ellen Craghead, Jo Ellen Penn, and Rita Jackson (all of these are members of the UCU Board except for Jo Ellen Penn who is on the Supervisory Committee). Back row: Jeff Tayon, Charlie Roach, Patrick Donovan, and Kevin Wenzel (all UCU Board Members).

Front row, from left: Kheshia Duncan, Robert Trask, Deloris Wells, Jo Ellen Craghead, Jo Ellen Penn, and Rita Jackson (all of these are members of the UCU Board except for Jo Ellen Penn who is on the Supervisory Committee). Back row: Jeff Tayon, Charlie Roach, Patrick Donovan, and Kevin Wenzel (all UCU Board Members).

United Credit Union was recently awarded the first place Dora Maxwell Award ($100- $200 million) at CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington D.C.
The Dora Maxwell Award is given to a credit union for its social responsibility projects within the community. UCU won the award for their “Pack the Bus” project.
Through the course of this effort United Credit Union collected 1,280 items for children in need, more than double the amount collected the previous year.
Its “Pack the Bus” event generated donations of school supplies and nonperishable food for four area elementary schools and a food pantry.
The credit union coordinated with principals to determine each school’s specific student needs with the goal of allowing children to focus more on their education than their need.
At the end of the collection period, United hosted a “Pack the Bus Summer Fun Event,” providing kids a safe place to enjoy a few activities while giving everyone a last opportunity to bring in donations.
The credit union garnered food donations for the event and sponsored a bounce house, dunk tank, yard games, and train rides around the credit union.
United is involved in other community events, including sponsoring a full-scale tractor pull to raise funds for Relay for Life of Audrain County—and won a “Heart of the Relay” award for its efforts.
They are also active in partnering with The Robertson Center (Troy), Safe Passage (Moberly), SERVE, Inc. (Fulton), Boys and Girls Club of Columbia, Agape House (Vandalia)  and Dream Factory of Audrain County. It is their hope to work in the community to not only provide financial services and education but to help build strong communities through active volunteering and support.