MADISON, Wis. – The National Credit Union Foundation said it has activated the online disaster relief system to raise money for credit union people affected by the wildfires in Colorado.

“The impact of the Colorado wildfires on the community is an immediate concern,” said Scott Earl, President/CEO of the Mountain West Credit Union Association. “With more than 32,000 people evacuated and 350 structures already destroyed, our thoughts and prayers go out to the communities in distress during these difficult times. The support of the credit union community and the National Credit Union Foundation through the activation of CUAid will be indispensable.”

Credit union supporters in every state can make donations through CUAid, which is a secure website that accepts credit cards and includes information on wire transfers and mail donations. The NCUF said CUAid is the only program of its kind that enables credit union employees, volunteers, and members, as well as credit unions and state credit union foundations across the U.S., to contribute directly to support other credit union people.

“100% of what is donated through CUAid – every cent of every dollar – goes to credit union disaster relief,” said Christopher Morris, NCUF Director of Communications. “We encourage credit union leaders all across the country to use as a channel to collect donations from their employees, volunteers and members.”

As donations are posted through, NCUF said it will coordinate with the Mountain West Credit Union Association to distribute money efficiently to credit union employees and members in the affected areas.

CUAid was developed by NCUF in 2006 in cooperation with state credit union foundations, state credit union leagues and the Credit Union National Association’s Disaster Preparedness Committee.

The Foundation said the secure online tool links the entire credit union system to raise money for disaster relief, most recently after Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene last year. CUAid was active an unprecedented four times in 2011.


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