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FCCU receives award for food pantries project

Steve Schmitz, CEO, First Community Credit Union, accepts a CU Social Good Award from Shannon Webster, Credit Union Association of the Dakotas Board chair. Submitted photo

First Community Credit Union in Jamestown received a CU Social Good Award, sponsored by Credit Union Association of the Dakotas, during the CUAD Annual Summit Awards Banquet April 10 at the Embassy Suites in Scottsdale, Ariz.

FCCU received the award in the asset category of over $201 million in assets. It was chosen because of the money it raised for 10 food pantries from the sales of a community cookbook it made. FCCU donated $3,500 and also collected more than 1,000 food items as part of this project that helped to feed hungry families at a time when local pantries were very low on supplies.

The CU Social Good Award recognizes one credit union program per asset category that has positively affected the community and the North or South Dakota credit union movement. Any product, service, or project of a credit union is eligible for this award. Some of the criteria that is considered include the overall impact on the community, the commitment to working cooperatively with community partners; and evidence of the credit union philosophy of “people helping people.” CUAD awards are judged by out-of-state employees at the Illinois Credit Union League, the Nebraska Credit Union League, and the Minnesota Credit Union Network.