Community Photos: Feb. 18, 2013

Valley CU, Salem, Ore., teamed up with Green Acres Landscape to collect diapers, cleaning supplies and hygiene products to support Family Building Blocks.

1st Advantage CU, Yorktown, Va., donated $10,000 to the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula.

St. Mary's Bank, Manchester, N.H., teamed up with the Manchester Monarchs affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings and Trinity High School for the Put Hunger On Ice Food Drive to benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank. In other news, the CU matched a $1,000 donation from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston for a $2,000 donation to St. Peter's Home and made a $2,700 grant to the Franco-American Centre.

Hanscom FCU, Hanscom AFB, Mass., sponsored the graduation ceremonies for the Airmen Leadership School Class 12F at Hanscom Air Force Base. Separately, the CU also prepared a meal for guests at Fisher House Boston on the campus of the VA Medical Center, participated in the Operation Best Wishes video greeting cards for members of the military serving overseas and participated in the Giving Tree project.

The Credit Union League of Connecticut, Meriden, Conn., sponsored a panel of three CU CEOs to offer advice and insight to the league's Young Professionals group.

Teachers CU, South Bend, Ind., gave the W.B. Hawkins Award to Lincy Mae Jones of Oregon-Davis High School (shown above) and Nicholas Armor of LaVille High School.

Partners 1st FCU, Fort Wayne, Ind., donated $200 to Turnstone, which provides therapeutic, educational, wellness and recreational programs for people with disabilities.

BrightStar CU, Sunrise, Fla., raised more than $20,000 for the American Red Cross' Hurricane Sandy relief effort.

Texas Dow Employees CU, donated $6,478 to the SPCA of Brazoria County. Separately, the CU held a "Home for the Holidays" merchant lending event that resulted in a $250 donation to St. Vincent de Paul.

Kinecta FCU, El Segundo, Calif., teamed with other Los Angeles-area credit unions and the Richard Myles Johnson Foundation to offer a "Bite of Reality" financial literacy fair for children. Participating credit unions included SkyOne FCU, American Airlines FCU, Farmers Insurance FCU, Nikkei CU, Southern California Postal CU, Wescom CU and Glendale FCU.

Scott CU, Collinsville, Ill., donated $7,500 to the March of Dimes. Separately, the CU also donated $3,500 to Special Olympics Illinois, $5,000 to the local MS Society and tallied up 2,300 volunteer hours and a total of $275,000 in donations during 2012.

Freedom CU, Warminster, Penn., celebrated the grand re-opening of its Sears branch. In other news, the CU gave the "Core Values Award" to Meghan Rafferty, assistant branch manager of its Park Avenue branch and held a vehicle buying seminar.

Guardian CU, West Milwaukee, Wis., raised nearly $7,000 to help six local families in need during the holidays.

AMOCO FCU, Texas City, Texas, participated in Toys for Tots. In other news, the CU sponsored Rachel's Challenge, which strives to teach kindness, compassion and the power of positive chain reactions.

Astera CU, Lansing, Mich., opened its newest branch on Saginaw Highway in Lansing.

MidSouth Community FCU, Milledgeville, Ga., made a donation to Cub Scouts Pack #325. Separately, the CU also made donations to Rooms from the Heart, United Way of Central Georgia, Hephzibah Children's Home and awarded giant Christmas stockings to three youth members.

American 1 CU, Battle Creek, Mich., collected winter clothing for the Battle Creek S.A.F.E. Place. In other news the CU also donated $300 to the Martin Luther King Diversity Breakfast presented by the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, raised $4,759.50 for the Michigan Humane Society, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Autism Society of Michigan, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and the Wounded Warrior project, donated $100 to the AWARE Shelter, and raised more than $900 for the Alzheimer's Association.

Vantage CU, St. Louis, celebrated the grand opening of its new Bridgeton location.

eCO CU, Birmingham, Ala., sponsored the Teacher of the Month and Teacher of the Year programs for area schools. The 2012 Teacher of the Year award, including a $250 classroom scholarship, went to Thomas Bailey of Riverchase Middle School.

EECU, Jackson, Mich., awarded its quarterly Forward Thinking Partnership grant of $750 to the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Team.