SEATAC, Wash. (4/25/14)--In response to the destructive mudslide that devastated a Northern Washington community, leveling dozens of homes and leaving 41 people dead, credit unions raised a final total of $108,300 for relief efforts.
The fundraising efforts were led by the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA), which took in $65,600 from its credit unions, their members and business partners from throughout the country.
"The support and leadership of credit unions has been inspiring," said Troy Stang, NWCUA president/CEO. "Not only did they write checks, but they also reached out with a 'people-helping-people' message that resonated deeply with their members. The response has been overwhelming."
The money, which will be used for housing, supplies and other immediate needs, already has been pouring into the United Way of Snohomish County, the American Red Cross and other local relief agencies, according to Gary Stein, spokesperson for the NWCUA.
Credit unions from across the region and U.S. supported relief efforts in various ways, including through donation-matching programs and setting up funds for individual victims. (See News Now April 14: NW mudslide relief efforts top $100K.)
NWCUA representatives and other credit union leaders will present the $65,634.15 check to the United Way Tuesday.
The mudslide occurred March 22 about 55 miles northeast of Seattle. At least 41 people were killed, and an estimated $10 million in damage was caused. Two people remain missing.