The Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation won a 2nd Place Award 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 their involvement in community projects and activities.
The Foundation partnered with Dranesville Elementary School to create a weekend food backpack program. A number of the school's students come from economically disadvantaged households and often have only the school lunch program as a guaranteed meal. Recognizing this means many of those students go hungry on the weekends, the Foundation's food program sought to ensure the students, and often their families, had food available during the weekend.
To aid the 55 students at the school most in need, the Foundation provided $210 per week to provide food for the children, and organized high school students from Herndon High School to shop for the food supplies and pack the food backpacks.
"We know that nutritional deficiencies have a very real impact on students' performance," says Northwest Federal Credit Union President/CEO Chris McDonald. "We found that for as little as $3.81 per student, we can ensure a child does not go hungry during a weekend. It's a small investment paying huge dividends by ensuring these children are healthy, attentive and ready to learn."
About Northwest Federal Credit Union
Northwest Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution ranking among the largest credit unions in Virginia and in the top 100 credit unions in the nation. Established in 1947 and headquartered in Herndon, Va., Northwest Federal is dedicated to providing financial services and education to its members and the community. The credit union serves more than 111,000 members and has assets in excess of $2.5 billion. For information, visit www.nwfcu.org.
NWFCU Foundation was established in 2004 to promote and manage Northwest Federal Credit Union’s philanthropic activities as well as to direct financial literacy and other charitable programs, which reflect the interests of its membership and the communities it serves. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Learn more about the credit union's Foundation at www.nwfcufoundation.
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.