The National Credit Union Foundation is coordinating with the California Credit Union League to provide disaster relief for CUs affected by the fires raging in Northern California. Credit Union supporters in every state can make donations to the general disaster relief fund at CUAid.coop.
Donations to the fund will be used for any CU employees and volunteers affected by California wildfires in addition to Hurricanes Maria and Irma, and tropical storm Harvey, according to a release from the Foundation.
“We are a family and when a family member is impacted we come to their assistance,” Diana Dykstra, CEO and president of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, wrote in an email to CUs. “These are communities in need. I know each of you can help to raise critical funds to support the families that have been impacted with substantial losses in these devastating fires, so in light of this tragic news, we’re asking for your help.”
There are hundreds of CU employees in the affected area, including some who lost homes, according to Dykstra’s report.
“After an unprecedented four disasters affecting CUs, we encourage everyone to give to the Foundation’s General Disaster Relief Fund to help people get their lives back together,” Gigi Hyland, the Foundation’s executive director, said in the release. “This allows us the flexibility to shift aid between the individual efforts as each situation evolves.”
All donations will go to CU disaster relief. The Foundation does not use any of the disaster relief funds to pay any foundation costs. If donations are not used up by current relief efforts, the funds will be used for any future CU disaster relief efforts.
As reported, the wildfires have already impacted operations at more than a dozen California credit unions acros several counties.