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Two Alabama CUs recognized with CUNA's 2011 Maxwell, Herring awards announcement

Two Alabama credit unions were among the recipients of the 2011 Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award and the Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award were recently chosen from among the state winning entries by Credit Union National Association’s national awards committee.

Alabama Credit Union placed first, and Riverdale Credit Union placed second among the 2011 Dora Maxwell winners. Alabama CU’s first-place award entry showcased a program, Secret Meals for Hungry Children, which was created two years ago. The program was designed to provide food to children who were identified by school officials as going hungry over the weekends. Secret Meals provides the schools with packs of food that are secretly placed in the backpacks of these hungry elementary children while the class is out to recess each Friday afternoon. Alabama CU raised $138,000 and fed more than 900 children from August 2010 to May 2011.

CUNA's 2011 Dora Maxwell Award first-place winners include:

  • Marinette County ECU in Marinette, WI
  • Joplin Metro CU in Joplin, MO
  • General CU in Fort Wayne, IN
  • Space Age FCU in Aurora, CO
  • Alabama CU in Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Marine FCU in Jacksonville, NC
  • State ECU in Raleigh, NC
  • Western Chapter of the North Carolina Credit Union League, Penrose, NC

First-place winners of this year’s Louise Herring Award include:

  • Communicating Arts CU in Detroit, MI
  • St. Louis Community CU in St. Louis, MO
  • Credit Union 1 in Anchorage, AK
  • Eastman CU in Kingsport, TN

"The winners of these prestigious awards embody the philosophy and ideals of our movement, and we are honored to celebrate their achievements,” commented CUNA President & CEO, Bill Cheney. “It's no wonder that so many consumers are turning to credit unions these days, which are led and guided by individuals such as these to ever higher levels of service to their members. Commitment to community involvement and member financial education remain at the core of credit union success, and these award winners have demonstrated their personal commitment to these core values for credit unions. Congratulations to them -- and to all in the movement who share and practice their values."

The 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.

The Herring award is given to a credit union demonstrating the internal application of credit union philosophy to help better financial matters and increase financial education for its members. Examples include: exceptional member service, financial counseling for members experiencing difficulties, and educating members on the credit union difference.

Winning entries will be on display at CUNA’s 2012 GAC, March 18 - March 22, in Washington, D.C. The award winners will be honored during a March 21 reception.