The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) has activated the online disaster relief system CUAid.coop to raise money for credit union people affected by Hurricane Irma. Credit union supporters in every state can make donations at cuaid.coop.
The Foundation is also still accepting funds to help with the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Harvey, working with the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation to disburse funds to many of the thousands of credit union employees and volunteers affected.
“Late last week, we surpassed over $1 million in contributions for both CUAid and Cornerstone efforts to help credit union people put their life back together after Tropical Storm Harvey,” said Foundation Communications Director Christopher Morris. “According to the latest reports, up to 15,000 credit union employees are in Hurricane Irma’s path. Having two large-scale disaster relief campaigns open simultaneously is unprecedented, therefore please know that any and all donations to CUAid will make a profound difference to your credit union colleagues in need.”
As donations are posted through CUAid.coop for Hurricane Irma relief, the National Credit Union Foundation will coordinate with the Southeastern Credit Union Foundation in the disaster area to distribute money efficiently to affected credit union employees and volunteers.
One-hundred percent of the donations through CUAid goes to credit union disaster relief. The Foundation does not use disaster relief funds to pay for the CUAid.coop web platform or any of the Foundation costs to administer the national disaster relief program for credit unions.
League of Southeastern Credit Unions President/CEO Patrick LaPine said it's too early to determine the damage to member credit unions. “With an estimated six million without power in Florida, it is difficult to ascertain the extent of the damage to our credit unions, but we believe more than 100 remain closed at this time. As we recover this disaster, the LSCU will be ready to assist our credit union and our community in any capacity as they turn their attention to helping their members.”