Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hurricane Relief for Credit Unions, People and Families Continues, and You Can Help

By Beth Cutler, Community Relations and Foundation Leader

Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by the recent hurricanes across the U.S. mainland and Caribbean. So are our people, who care about helping those in need.

To support recovery efforts for credit unions, our disaster response team members have been in the regions affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma in recent days. And, since Saturday, they've been in Puerto Rico, where we have both staff and customers.
We're relieved to confirm that all 12 of our San Juan-based employees are accounted for, despite the island's devastating conditions. We're flying them critical emergency supplies, including satellite phones, solar chargers, ready-to-eat emergency meals, drinking water filtration systems, first aid kits, flashlights and batteries. 
We have begun sending additional team members to help assess damages. And, we have an additional shipment of emergency relief items ready for our employees as quickly as we can get them there.
To support immediate recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, we're connecting our workforce with charitable giving to The National Credit Union Foundation's CUAid relief fund and WOCCU's Worldwide Foundation Caribbean Aid fund. And, the CUNA Mutual Foundation will match every dollar our employees donate -- up to a total of $500,000 -- to help credit union employees, members and their families rebuild and recover from these catastrophic storms.
If you would like to help the credit unions and people affected by recent hurricanes, you can make a difference through the following options:
  1. Donate through CUAid to support those across the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico.
  2. Donate through WOCCU's Caribbean Aid Fund to support those across the Caribbean.
  3. Spread the word for hurricane relief options with these social media graphics.

Like many, we’re committed to providing support now and in the months to come as recovery efforts move forward in Puerto Rico and the other U.S. regions hit so hard by these recent storms.