Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Maine Credit Union League, in conjunction with the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), has activated a safe and secure web site to raise money for the thousands of credit union employees, volunteers and members, as well as the general public, that have been affected by the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma.
To help immediately, the Maine Credit Union League has activated its online disaster relief system at www.cuaid.coop/maine, to collect contributions for this tragedy. All donations via CUAid will be forwarded to credit union organizations in affected areas to distribute to local relief efforts through the National Credit Union Foundation, a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code so all contributions are tax-deductible.
"Maine credit unions are committed to the philosophy of 'people helping people', whether those people are next door or somewhere else. We have heard from our counterparts at the Credit Union Association of Oklahoma that there are credit unions impacted but their employees are safe. In one credit union, employees took shelter in the vault which protected them. Once again, as cooperatives, Maine credit unions have quickly mobilized to come together to help the thousands of people who have lost their homes and entire neighborhoods that have been wiped out. The devastation and loss that occurred in Moore, Oklahoma, and the surrounding areas, is shocking. Thanks to our partnership with the National Credit Union Foundation, 100% of all contributions will be designated for this cause and will help credit unions, employees and their members immediately, making it possible for those affected to begin the process of rebuilding what they have lost. Obviously, this is about so much more than credit unions, and CUAid is a way to help all of those affected," explained John Murphy, President of the Maine Credit Union League.
The secure online tool links the entire credit union system to raise money for disaster relief, most recently after Hurricane Sandy.
To make a safe and secure donation to the fundraising effort to help those affected by these tornadoes, visit www.cuaid.coop/maine and click on the Donate Now link. The link may also be accessed through the Maine Credit Union League's homepage at www.mainecul.org.