Credit unions based in North and South Dakota recently received honors at the state level in the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Awards program recently. This prestigious award recognizes credit unions that have excelled in community relations and are committed to ongoing charitable programs within their communities.

Among the first-place winners was First Community Credit Union, Jamestown, in the category of $250M to $1B in Assets. First Community Credit Union, along with other first-place winners, will advance for national judging at the Credit Union National Association along with credit unions from around the country in their same asset category.

The Dora Maxwell Award is named for the credit union pioneer who worked to improve the living standards of the underserved. She held numerous volunteer positions at the local and national level in addition to organizing hundreds of credit unions and worked with many organizations on behalf of the poor. Credit unions can receive the award for involvement in almost any kind of activity that helps other people or strengthens the structure of a community. This may include raising funds for charity, educational activities or community involvement projects.

The entries from the Dakotas were judged this year by an awards committee made up of 10 judges from the Minnesota Credit Union Network. Each credit union will be recognized with an engraved award plaque during the 2020 CUAD Annual Summit being held at the Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, May 4-6, 2020.

The Credit Union Association of the Dakotas is the professional financial trade association serving 72 credit unions that employ nearly 2,200 individuals in 230 branches.

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