Winston-Salem, NC, June 19, 2007 – Members Credit Union (MCU) won first place in the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award competition for the third consecutive year at the North Carolina Credit Union League’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Pinehurst, North Carolina. 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.
“Our dedication to the communities we serve goes well beyond financial products and services,” comments MCU President/CEO, Jack V. Braswell, Jr. “Our culture at Members Credit Union is one in which if we can make an impact, we do – and have fun in the process.”
The credit union’s award entry entitled Extreme Makeover: CU Edition highlighted a particular project in which staff members spent a day painting every room in an elderly woman’s house. The Winston-Salem resident requested the project through United Way of Forsyth County’s Day of Caring.
“Although we are far from professional painters, you would never know by looking at this house,” laughs Braswell. “The best looking thing in the house, however, was the ear-to-ear smile of the homeowner. That reaction, and the difference we make, is why we continue to take on such projects.”
The credit union was also involved with projects for Family Services, Amos Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the High Point Housing Authority, the American Red Cross, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Lutheran Services, and Clinton Parks & Recreations, among others.
MCU’s first two Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Awards in 2005 and 2006 were in the $100-$200 million asset size category. After reaching the $200 million in assets earlier this year, the credit union competed against credit unions in the $200-$500 million range. The credit union’s winning entry will now advance to the national competition along with state winners across the nation.