Alabama CU has been honored with its second straight Dora Maxwell award from CUNA. With 20 percent of kids in Alabama living in poverty, Alabama CU initiated the idea of packing kids backpacks with meals for the weekend so they wouldn't go hungry. The program has grown from just 18 children to more than 1,100. Credit union staff and members get involved in the program that is reaching many more kids than ever planned.
The Dora Maxwell award is presented to credit unions in eight asset-size categories and a chapter or multiple credit union group category for outstanding social responsibility projects in their communities. Activities may include: solving core community problems, coordinating supply drives for the needy, raising money or organizing special events for charitable organizations, or mentoring students. Dora Maxwell was an original signer of CUNA’s constitution and a tireless organizer of hundreds of credit unions throughout the United States.
CUNA will honor national award winners at the CUNA GAC in February, 2013.