Local World War II veterans will be flying to Washington, D.C. in spring 2014 to visit the memorial that is dedicated to their service thanks in part to members of Northeast Credit Union. For one month, each of the credit union’s 15 branches located throughout the state offered stars for sale for a $1.00 each, with all proceeds going to support Honor Flight New England. In all, members donated $1,228; enough to send four local veterans on an upcoming Honor Flight.
The one-day trip to the World War II Memorial is offered at no cost to veterans by Honor Flight New England and is often described by the military heroes as the one of the best days of their life. Honor Flight’s philosophy is that, “Since America felt it was important to build a memorial to the service and the ultimate sacrifice of her veterans, the Honor Flight Network believes it’s equally important that they actually get to visit and experience THEIR memorial.”
Northeast Credit Union members clearly share that philosophy. Andrea Pruna, Vice President of Marketing for Northeast Credit Union noted, “Our members were eager to support veterans and Honor Flight New England’s important mission. Many members told us that they were thinking about their parents and grandparents, remembering their service to our country, and wanted to help honor and thank World War II veterans.” Joseph F. Byron, founder of Honor Flight New England, stated, “We are so appreciative of the support from Northeast Credit Union members. Their donations are critical in making Honor Flights possible for our local veterans. Our heroes aren’t asking for recognition. It is Honor Flight’s position that they deserve it. This program is just a small token of our appreciation for those that gave so much for our country.”
Again this year, Granite State Credit Union (GSCU) has supported Honor Flight New England, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the sacrifices of US military veterans. With special focus placed upon older veterans of World War II, the no-cost program pairs each with a Guardian Angel and flies them to Washington, DC for a whirlwind tour of war memorials and reflection. GSCU sells paper stars annually during its Veterans Day observation to its members and employees alike, as well as making a corporate donation. To date the credit union has raised nearly $4,000 to benefit Honor Flight.
Holy Rosary Credit Union (HRCU) recently donated $15,000 in total to 20 local charitable organizations at a private ceremony held at its Rochester location.
HRCU welcomed representatives from each organization to its headquarters for a brief ceremony, presenting them with funds that directly support the local community. The list of organizations includes: Community Action Partnership, Dover’s Children’s Home, Dover Food Pantry, Dover Share Fund, Families in Transition (Rochester), Families First Health & Support Center, Farmington Food Pantry, Frisbie Care Van, Gerry’s Food Pantry, Homeless Center for Strafford County, Interfaith Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels, New Hampshire Food Bank, Rochester Share Fund, Rochester Youth Reach, Seacoast Food Pantry, Somersworth Community Food Pantry, Somersworth Share Fund, St. Charles Children’s Home, and Victims, Inc.
It has become a tradition for HRCU to serve as a means of support for many in the community during the holiday season and is something the entire staff takes pride in year after year.
“All of these organizations play a key role in enhancing the lives of so many and we truly appreciate the impact they make in our community,” HRCU President & CEO, Brian Hughes said. “We feel it is our responsibility to give back to the community we serve and are very fortunate to be able to support these organizations.”
In the spirit of the holidays, and in keeping with the credit union creed of “people helping people”, Northeast Credit Union donated $5000 to the NH Food Bank. In addition to the $5,000 donation, Northeast Credit Union staff members contributed another $520 to support the NH Food Bank’s efforts. The donations will help the food bank provide over 10,000 nutritious meals to people throughout the state this holiday season.
In presenting the $5000 check to the NH Food Bank, Northeast Credit Union Vice President of Marketing, Andrea Pruna, stated, “Northeast Credit Union believes that serving our members extends to serving the communities in which our members live and work. We are honored to support the important mission of the NH Food Bank and its efforts to provide for the most basic of human needs while fighting to end hunger in the state of New Hampshire.”
The NH Food Bank distributes over 8.5 million pounds of food to over 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care centers and senior citizen homes throughout New Hampshire each year. Melanie Gosselin, Executive Director for the NH Food Bank noted that the donation from Northeast Credit Union couldn’t have come at a better time and said, “We are receiving more and more requests from agency partners and our shelves are empty – we simply can’t keep up with the increased demand. We can’t thank Northeast Credit Union enough for their support.” Gosselin also noted that the recent closures of Stop & Shop and Shaw’s supermarkets in the state has significantly reduced the quantity of food donations it has received this year making it even more difficult to meet the needs of the growing number of people who are food insecure in the state.