MADISON, Wis. – The CUNA Mutual Group Foundation today launched a holiday giving campaign to help credit union staff and members affected by hurricanes, floods and wildfires in the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico this year. The Foundation will match every dollar donated to CUAid – up to $100,000 – now through Dec. 31, to provide additional support for the ongoing disaster relief efforts.
This holiday matching grant will bring CUNA Mutual Group Foundation’s total 2017 gift for disaster relief efforts to more than $400,000 which includes CUNA Mutual Group employee match donations.
“The credit union movement continues to exemplify what it means to help in times of need, particularly when it comes to providing support for the people, families and communities it serves,” said Beth Cutler, leader, CUNA Mutual Group Foundation. “There are still significant needs for the affected disaster areas and the holidays can be especially hard for those displaced from their homes or businesses. We see an opportunity to once again work together with credit unions and industry supporters to do what we can to help during this season of giving.”
To date, CUAid is the only disaster relief fund dedicated to helping credit unions, their employees and members recover from major disasters. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from donations go directly to relief efforts. The organization has raised more than $2.3 million in total aid for people and families in the regions affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as this year’s California wildfires.1
Support has been swift and significant, but, according to the National Credit Union Foundation, the need for relief is still great in affected regions.
- Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million inhabitants continue to face hardships with impassable roads, access to power and clean drinking water and more.2
- NOAA reports Hurricane Harvey has affected 6.9 million people, and estimates suggest 70 percent of the damage there will not be covered by any form of insurance.3
- The National Interagency Fire Center estimates that more than 8 million acres have been burned by wildfires in the U.S. this year.3
How Supporters Can Help Anyone can support ongoing disaster relief efforts for credit union staff and members through the following ways:
- Donate through CUAid to support those across the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico.
- Spread the word for hurricane relief options with these social media graphics.
“Our industry always comes together in times of need; it is the people who make this movement truly about service. This is who we are and what we do as a credit union community,” added Cutler.
In August, the National Credit Union Foundation and the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation activated CUAid.coop to support credit union people affected by the natural disaster in Texas. That support now extends to those affected by Irma and Maria as well as others affected by wildfires in California. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from donations to it go directly to relief efforts. For more information please visit CUAid.coop.
About CUNA Mutual Group:
CUNA Mutual Group is a financially strong insurance and investment company. For generations, we’ve partnered with credit union leaders to protect and grow their businesses, and help people plan, protect and invest for their future. CUNA Mutual Group offers commercial and personal insurance products; lending and payment security solutions; and retirement, investment and marketing services. Additional information about the company can be found at www.cunamutual.com.
1 https://www.cubroadcast.com/episodes/829-the-foundation-reports-23-million-cu-support-for-recent-hurricanes-harvey-irma-and-maria-impact; 2 Weather.com - https://weather.com/news/news/2017-11-15-hurricane-maria-death-toll-puerto-rico, Nov. 14, 2017; 3 Climate Liability News: https://www.climateliabilitynews.org/2017/10/12/climate-change-disasters-hurricane-wildfires-drought/, Oct. 12. 2017. CUNA Mutual Group is the marketing name for CUNA Mutual Holding Company, a mutual insurance holding company, its subsidiaries and affiliates. Life, accident, health and annuity insurance products are issued by CMFG Life Insurance Company and MEMBERS Life Insurance Company. Corporate headquarters are located in Madison, Wis.