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WOCCU and the NCUF Seeking Donations for Haiti

The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and the National Credit Union Foundation are reaching out to credit unions across the country to seek donations to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. WOCCU is currently working with local authorities and it's workers in Haiti to see how best to help the more than three million people affected. Haiti has 175 credit unions and just over 400,000 members. The epicenter of the earthquake was near the capital city of Port-Au-Prince and reports are that the entire city is leveled. Pete Crear, president/CEO of WOCCU, told CUNA News Now a tragedy like this only adds to the already tough conditions of the people of Haiti.

"The people of Haiti already had difficult lives, and it's almost impossible to imagine the devastation the earthquake has brought them," said Crear. "I'm thankful that our staff in Haiti is safe, and we're ready to assist them in their recovery efforts."

The National Credit Union Foundation in conjunction with the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) has activated the CUAid disaster relief system to raise funds to assist credit union employees, volunteers and members in Haiti impacted by the earthquake.

Credit unions can also click here to make a donation online through WOCCU. To make a payment via check, credit card or wire to: Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions Inc., 5710 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI 53705. For wire transfer information, contact Valerie Breunig, Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions at 608-395-2055 or via e-mail Please indicate the donation is designated for the Haiti Disaster Relief Fund.

Last July, WOCCU launched a three-year program in Haiti to extend financial services to Haiti's rural poor with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development. The $34.4 million program is working to bring savings, credit and remittance products to underserved areas of Haiti and provide technical training to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.