Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), a top Democratic leader in the U.S. House and former House Majority Whip, commended credit unions Wednesday for their tradition since 2000 of leaving behind a charitable project for the host city when they participate in national political conventions, like the Democratic National Convention taking place in Charlotte, N.C., this week.
Clyburn made his remarks when he was on hand at the Levine Children's Hospital for a ribbon cutting ceremony for a project made possible by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the North Carolina Credit Union League, the South Carolina Credit Union League, the National Journal Group, CUNA Mutual Group, CO-OP Financial Services and others who have been involved for months in renovating a rooftop playground at Levine to provide a stimulating and therapeutic environment for youngsters being treated there.
CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney, welcoming Clyburn, noted that the playground project is emblematic of the credit union philosophy of "people helping people." He noted that hundreds of man hours, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in charitable contributions, have been dedicated by credit unions in North and South Carolina and across the country in support of the project.
Clyburn called it "important" that credit unions have decided that when they participate in these conventions they should leave the community even better off than they found it. "Congratulations to you for doing this," he added.