Communities provide an important support structure. Throughout the devastation that Tropical Storm Harvey has caused in Southeast Texas and Louisiana, members of the community have come together to help strangers get to shelter, access food and water and, in many cases, save their lives. This people helping people spirit is alive and well within the credit union community, and we have a tremendous opportunity to support other credit union people in Texas and Louisiana impacted by the tropical storm.
CUAid is an online disaster relief system organized by the National Credit Union Foundation. Money raised is for credit union employees, volunteers and members affected by the powerful tropical storm. Credit union supporters in every state can learn more and make donations at www.cuaid.coop.
CO-OP Financial Services is donating $10,000 to CUAid. The donation augments the nationwide CO-OP Shared Branch and CO-OP ATM networks used extensively in credit union business continuity and recovery during times of disaster.
“We have been proactively contacting clients in the impacted areas to assess needs and determine where we can help,” said Todd Clark, President/CEO, CO-OP Financial Services. “The $10,000 donation on behalf of our client credit unions is one expression of that outreach, and available at all times to members of participating credit unions is our vast networks of branches and ATMs, ensuring access to accounts for those displaced by the flooding.”
CO-OP Financial Services manages two industry networks that can service credit union members throughout the country whenever they are away from home. The CO-OP Shared Branch network includes 5,600 credit union branches nationwide, the second largest branch network in the country, enabling members to enter any branch and conduct business. In addition, CO-OP ATM provides access to 30,000 ATMs across the country. In the state of Texas alone, CO-OP Shared Branch offers 293 branches, and CO-OP ATM provides 1,522 ATMs.
To find a CO-OP Shared Branch or a CO-OP ATM, members can visit https://co-opcreditunions.org/locator; or, download the brand new CO-OP ATM and CO-OP Shared Branch mobile Locator app at Google Play and iTunes stores.
The original article People Helping People: The Silver Lining of Tropical Storm Harvey can be found on Insight Vault.