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United Credit Union Wins CUNA's 2016 Dora Maxwell Award

Congratulations to United Credit Union (Mexico, MO) for winning the 2016 Dora Maxwell Award! United Credit Union was one of only 18 first-place national winners selected by the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) National Awards Committee. 

“On behalf of the CUNA Awards Committee, I would like to congratulate all of the 2016 CUNA Award winners,” said Winona Nava, CUNA Awards Committee Chair. “We had an impressive number of submissions this year and the quality of the program submissions once again impressed the committee with the ideas and projects credit unions have put in place in their communities. Please join the committee in congratulating this year’s winners and remember: It’s never too early to start thinking about submitting your own entry for 2017.”

Winning credit unions will be recognized at the 2017 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, held February 26 – March 2, in Washington, D.C. 

United Credit Union's Our House Project 

United Credit Union staffers spent more than 70 hours volunteering at Our House, a homeless shelter in Fulton, MO. Our House has two shelters - Haven House, a transitional shelter for families and adults with disabilities, and Wesley House, shelter for single men and women. In one year alone, Haven House has helped eight families and Wesley House served 82 individuals. 

Upon finding out that Our House needed fresh produce in the summer months, the credit union staffers sprung into action. They partnered with local businesses and organizations to procure 100 donated plants, a truckload of compost and raised beds. In addition, credit union members and location business volunteered their time and made donations. The credit union raised $1,000 for the continued maintenance of the garden and additional needs. 

To get the word out, the credit union marketed the project via their lobby televisions, their member volunteer station and through conversations at the teller windows. Tellers were in charge of talking to members and tracking people who were interested in potentially volunteering for some aspect of the project. Fulton branch manager, Greg Newsom, also reached out to people in the community to se who would be willing to help with the project. 

And the credit union even thought of what to do with extra produce! Any produce that is not needed by the shelter will be donated to SERVE, the local food pantry. 

Thanks to all of these efforts and hundreds of hours of volunteerism, Our House has a sustainable garden, providing those in need with healthy produce for years to come. Kudos to United Credit Union, its staff, community partners and members!