CU Aid activated by Maine CU League to help Louisiana Flood victims
August 19, 2016
The Maine Credit Union League has joined the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) in activating the online disaster relief system, CUAid.coop, to enable Maine CUs to make safe and secure contributions for credit union people in Louisiana affected by recent flooding. "In recent days, it has been difficult to see the devastation that the flooding has had on communities across Louisiana. I am pleased we have a simple process in place that can get funds to those who need it quickly. It works well, as we saw first hand back in 2008, when the NCUF activated relief efforts to enable Maine credit unions to help members impacted when flooding occurred in the St. John River Valley," stated John Murphy, President of the Maine CU League.
Maine credit unions and their members can make contributions to relief efforts through www.cuaid.coop/maine. CUAid is the only program of its kind that enables credit union employees, volunteers, and members, as well as credit unions and credit union organizations across the U.S., to contribute directly to support other credit union people.
"Louisiana has been severely affected by the recent floods in our state and could use your help," said Connie Major, EVP/CFO of the Louisiana Credit Union League in a statement that was provided to the Maine CU League. "It's been called the 'great flood of 2016' and it came so fast that many credit union people didn't have enough time to even consider evacuating. Aside from the numerous members affected, we've heard from credit union CEOs and staff that have lost everything. We cannot determine the full impact just yet as people are still being airlifted from their homes via helicopters."
As donations are posted through CUAid.coop/maine, the National Credit Union Foundation will coordinate with the Louisiana Credit Union Foundation in the disaster area to distribute money efficiently to affected credit union employees and members. 100% of the donations through CUAid goes to credit union disaster relief. In the event that all donations are not used for Louisiana flooding relief, the National Credit Union Foundation will transfer any and all unused funds to its "General Disaster Relief fund" for future disaster relief efforts.