$300K Raised For LA Credit Union League Flood Victims, LCUL To Promote ‘Lunch Local’ Initiative
NEW ORLEANS – Ahead of International Credit Union Day on Thursday, October 20, 2016, the Louisiana Credit Union League (LCUL) is recognizing credit unions across the nation for $300,000 in donations collected for employees affected by the devastating south Louisiana flooding through the “Louisiana CU Strong Challenge.
In August, LCUL assisted with flood relief efforts across south Louisiana by encouraging donations and spreading the word from credit unions nationwide. To date, $300,000 has been deposited into the Louisiana Credit Union Foundation Designated Fund and distributed directly to affected credit union employees.
“We initially challenged Louisiana credit unions to promote friendly competition while matching or beating donations for a good cause,” said LCUL Vice President of Communications & Public Relations Lacey Hyer. “In the true credit union spirit of people helping people, credit unions, leagues, associations and vendors rallied together to help those in need. The outpouring of support from our credit union family truly embodies the credit union way.”
An estimated 340 credit union staff members were impacted by the flooding, resulting in catastrophic water damage to homes and inoperable vehicles. Videos from credit unions participating in the challenge can be viewed on LCUL’s Facebook page here.
To commemorate International Credit Union Day, Louisiana credit unions are also showing their support for local businesses by participating in the CU Lunch Local initiative. From Monday, October 17, through Friday, October 21, 2016, credit union employees will visit locally-owned and operated restaurants or businesses for a morning cup of coffee or lunch with colleagues to contribute to their communities.
“Credit unions continually demonstrate their ability to improve the lives of individuals, families, communities and countries around the world, and have done so for generations,” said LCUL President & CEO Anne Cochran. “CU Lunch Local is the perfect way to carry out the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people,’ and we are grateful for the opportunity to give back to those who have supported us along the way.”
Last year, Louisiana credit unions gave back more than $30,000 to local businesses.
The Louisiana Credit Union League (LCUL) is a nonprofit, professional trade association that exists to serve credit unions in Louisiana. LCUL is dedicated, through cooperation, to promote, protect and perpetuate the credit union movement. LCUL accomplishes this by providing member credit unions with quality leadership to achieve positive results in the areas of: governmental affairs, research and information, education and training, community and public relations, and by making available other services which Louisiana credit unions need or desire in order to enhance their ability to successfully meet their members' needs, LCUL reps said.