Haynes honored with Vamper Helping Hands award

April 7, 2014

NEW YORK (4/8/14)--A Cleveland credit union pioneer is the recipient of the 2014 Annie Vamper Helping Hands Award from the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions.

Rita L. Haynes, former CEO, Faith Community United CU, is being recognized for her "tireless work over the past 50 years to promote financial inclusion," federation President/CEO Cathie Mahon said. "Her example of how community development credit unions provide safe and affordable financial services to Americans of modest means is an example to all of us."

Haynes served as director, manager, treasurer and CEO of the $12 million-asset credit union until her retirement in 2011. She is a founding member of the Ohio Credit Union Foundation and won numerous awards for her dedication to community development.

She was a key player in the creation of the community development financial institution (CDFI) fund. Her credit union launched individual development accounts, Small Business Administration lending, a payday loan alternative among other specially designed services for its membership.

The award, which is the federation's highest honor for community development credit union staff and volunteers, is named after Annie Vamper, whose career included credit unions, the National Credit Union Administration, state economic development agencies and the federation.

Haynes will receive her award during the federation's annual conference May 16 in Detroit.