COLUMBIA, S.C., and RALEIGH, N.C. (3/3/16)--The Carolinas Credit Union League (CCUL) will contribute $50,000 to the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation (CCUF) to assist programs served by credit unions in North Carolina and South Carolina.
"The Carolinas Credit Union League is a family of credit unions, and it is important that we give back in ways that are meaningful to all of them," said CCUL President/CEO John Radebaugh. "To us, the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation is just as its name implies: the solid base on which we connect with people through heartfelt, effective programs."
CCUF will attribute the funds directly to the Reach program, which brings the Victory Junction experience to children in local hospitals and their families in local Ronald McDonald Houses. Reach is an extension of Victory Junction and the Carolinas' rich history with the summer camp. Victory Junction challenges children with serious medical conditions to try things they never imagined possible, free from the confines of their illnesses or disabilities. Credit union support for Victory Junction over the past decade exceeds $2 million.
"Because of the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation, the Reach program has grown a lot and expanded our visits across the Carolinas," said camp founder Richard Petty. "They have been our partners for a long time and have really shown their commitment to Victory Junction. Their donations are making a huge difference for the children and families we serve, and we're really thankful for their contributions."
In 2015, CCUF made an $800,000 pledge to Victory Junction. The commitment enables Victory Junction to deliver its camp experience year-round throughout the Carolinas for four years. Last year, more than 4,200 children experienced the Reach program.
“With the league's gracious support, credit unions are one step closer to our $800,000 pledge to fund Victory Junction’s Reach program through 2018,” CCUF President Lauren Whaley said. “Credit unions are bringing positive experiences to children and families in local communities.”