Winston-Salem, NC, June 12, 2008 – Members Credit Union (MCU) won first place in the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award competition for the fourth consecutive year at the North Carolina Credit Union League’s (NCCUL) 73rd Annual Meeting in Pinehurst, North Carolina. This is the first time the Dora Maxwell Award has been bestowed four years in a row to a credit union by the NCCUL. The award recognizes credit unions that best represent the credit union values of “people helping people” and “mutual self-help” in community service projects throughout the year.
“We are a responsible corporate citizen who takes pride in our community,” comments MCU President/CEO, Jack V. Braswell, Jr. “It is important that we take active roles to improve our society and help the people in the regions we serve.”
The credit union’s award entry entitled The Block Projecthighlighted a yearlong effort to make improvements to The Sampson Center, a recreational facility located in Clinton, NC. Affectionately known to Clinton area youth as “The Block”, the center was an after- school haven in dire need of a renovation. Members Credit Union recognized that need and rallied support from the community. Volunteers made up of MCU employees, Sampson Center Councilors and young Clintonians painted the exterior doors of the center and broke ground by planting a Crape Myrtle. The tree was the cornerstone of over $102,000 in planned renovations through 2010 thanks to grants obtained by the Clinton Recreation & Parks Department.
“The success of this project depended on the community’s support,” Braswell pointed out. “MCU could have written a check, thrown a ground breaking party and left. However, that action would not have met the needs of the community,” he continued. “Shedding light on the importance of The Sampson’s Center’s renovation will ensure the continued success of the center’s ability to serve Clinton.”
The credit union was also involved with projects for Big Brothers Big Sisters, the High Point Housing Authority, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Hope Mills Kiwanis Club, The Bethesda Center for the Homeless, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Victory Junction Gang Camp, among others.