Arizona Credit Unions Awarded for Social Responsibility, Philosophy in Action and Financial Literacy
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Arizona Credit Unions Awarded for Social Responsibility, Philosophy in Action and Financial Literacy


PHOENIX – August 15, 2012 – The Mountain West Credit Union Association is pleased to recognize the following regional credit union winners of the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Award, Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action and the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Awards:

 Arizona Award Recipients
Dora Maxwell:               $200- $500 million asset category
(First Place) First Credit Union

(Second Place) Pima Federal Credit Union

$500 million – 1 billion asset category 
(First Place) TruWest Credit Union 

$1 billion + asset category
(First Place) Desert Schools Credit Union
 
 Louise Herring: $200 - 500 million asset category
(Second Place) First Credit Union


1 billion+ asset category
(First Place) Desert Schools Federal Credit Union

 Desjardins (youth):     $500 million+ asset category
(First Place) Desert Schools Credit Union

$150 – 500 million asset category
(First Place) Pima Federal Credit Union

 Desjardins (adult):        $500 million+ asset category
(First Place) Desert Schools Credit Union

The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Award is given to a credit union, chapter or multiple credit union group for its social responsibility projects within the community. The Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action recognizes practical application of credit union philosophy within the actual operation of the credit union. The Desjardins Youth and Adult Financial Education Awards recognizes leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of teaching and maintaining financial skills for life.


Among heavy competition in all categories, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union received First Place recognition in all categories. The results of Desert School’s word-of-mouth efforts reached more than 15,441 students up to grade twelve and 207 adults in the community were most notable.

“At Desert Schools we believe in giving back,” said Susan Frank, President/CEO of Desert Schools Federal Credit Union.” She continued, “with so many opportunities to be involved in our community and support organizations coming together for all different causes which touch lives and have a positive impact on those in need, it’s an honor for us to be recognized for our outreach efforts.  The Desert Schools team is passionate about our community and it’s exciting to see the difference we make when we all work hard together.”

TruWest Credit Union, receiving a First Place Dora Maxwell Award for their annual diaper drive supporting St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. Annually, for one month each year, TruWest Credit Union reaches out to employees and members to collect diapers, hygiene products and other uncommon necessities. This year, TruWest Credit Union collected over 10,800 diapers to assist families in the community struggling to provide basic essentials.

Dan Desmond, President/CEO of TruWest Credit Union said, “TruWest Credit Union takes pride in serving our community and is honored to receive the Dora Maxwell Award. People Helping People is more than a slogan at TruWest, our staff and volunteers work to live it every day.”

Pima Federal Credit Union has received a First Place Desjardin Youth Financial Literacy Award and a Second Place Dora Maxwell Award. Pima Federal Credit Union has been recognized for its distinctive and practical youth financial literacy curriculum, focusing on age specific features, rewards and goals.  The in-house curriculum was developed by their IMPACT (Individuals Making Pima A Community Tool) team. 

Nathanael Tarwasokono, CEO of Pima Federal, stated “We are honored and humbled to be presented with these awards.  Community-giving and financial literacy are our responsibilities, and we are privileged by the opportunity to give back to the community.”

First Credit Union has earned a First Place Dora Maxwell Award and a Second Place Louise Herring Award. First Credit Union’s partnership with the local elementary school, Aguilar Elementary School, and their Homework Scholarship Program has been recognized for it’s unique way to provide students with a desire to succeed in school with opportunities and rewards while learning financial skills.

“Most public schools today have limited and ever-shrinking budgets for anything other than "regular curriculum," Said Jay Curtis, President/CEO of First Credit Union. He continued, “Working with Aguilar Elementary to provide more for these children and encouraging them to do their best has made a difference for the school and the community that we serve. Our homework scholarship program is just one of the many ways First Credit Union truly lives the credit union philosophy of People Helping People."


All Arizona regional awards will be presented at the Annual International Credit Union Day Celebration events hosted by the Valley of the Sun Chapter of Credit Unions in Phoenix, AZ on October 17, 2012 and the Southern Arizona Chapter of Credit Unions in Tucson, AZ on October 18, 2012.

All entries receiving a First Place award are entered into Credit Union National Association’s nation-wide competition. National award recipients will be announced during the 2013 Governmental Affairs Conference February 24-28, 2013 in Washington D.C.
About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 154 member credit unions, 3.2 million credit union members and $29 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming.  Not-for-profit in nature, credit unions provide low cost financial services to their members. Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports member credit unions through advocacy, communications, community outreach, education & training, operations, public affairs and regulatory & compliance services. The Mountain West Credit Union Association is affiliated with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), and CUNA Mutual Group. 
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