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DuPont Community CU Earns Community Service Award for Work with Local Non-Profits

Feb 6, 2013 by Lewis Wood

DuPont Community Credit Union won 2nd Place in the state Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Award Program for Credit Unions. The credit union's award-winning entry detailed its work with two local non-profits: Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Augusta, Rockingham and Shenandoah counties.

DuPont Community Credit Union won 2nd Place in the state Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Award Program for Credit Unions. The Social Responsibility Recognition Award Program, sponsored by the Virginia Credit Union League and the Credit Union National Association, honors credit unions for  involvement in community projects and activities.

The credit union's award-winning entry detailed its work with two local non-profits: Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Augusta, Rockingham and Shenandoah counties.

Credit union staff members, led by a 16-member leadership team, raised a combined $9,500 for the two organizations and contributed more than 122 volunteer hours to the two charitable organizations. The credit union helped raise awareness of its charity partners' work among both members and the community during its six-month campaign to aid the organizations.

"We are so proud to have helped two excellent organizations in Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Blue Ridge Food Bank," said DuPont Community President and CEO Gerald Hershey.  "We were particularly struck by the impact both have in the lives of at-risk children, one for mentoring and one combating hunger."

DCCU is a not-for-profit, full-service financial cooperative organized to serve the ever changing financial needs of the members who own it. The Credit Union operates 10 offices in the Central Shenandoah Valley region. For information, visit the credit union's website at mydccu.com.

Founded in 1981, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is the largest organization alleviating hunger in Western and Central Virginia. In all, it serves 25 counties and 9 cities on either side of the Blue Ridge through distribution centers in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Winchester and Verona. Learn more at http://www.brafb.org.

For over 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. Learn more at http://www.blueridgebigs.org.

The competition is named after Dora Maxwell, a credit union pioneer, who worked with several organizations to improve the living standards of the poor and needy.

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