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MAFCU Wins Dora Maxwell Award for 4th Consecutive Year

June 26, 2013

For the fourth consecutive year, Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union has been the recipient of the Maryland DC Credit Union Association's (MDDCCUA) Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award. Recognized for its outstanding work with the 5th Annual MAFCU/CSAAC Charity Golf Classic, MAFCU has been identified as a model organization for its commitment to strengthen local institutions and improve the lives of residents in Montgomery County. Through programs such as the MAFCU/CSAAC Charity Golf Classic, and other community programs like Helping Kids Eat, and partnerships with Interfaith Works, Women Who Care Ministries, and Manna Food Bank, MAFCU has helped feed, cloth, and support the education for thousands in the Montgomery County area this year alone.

"We are honored to receive the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award for the fourth year in a row", stated Michael Richardson, Vice President of Community Outreach for MAFCU. "Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC) is an outstanding organization dedicated to providing housing, educational, and job training support for Montgomery County adults and children with autism. Since the inception of the MAFCU/CSAAC Golf Classic six years ago, we have raised over $160,000 for CSAAC and their mission to help individuals with autism reach their highest potential."

"As a not-for-profit community credit union, we are solely owned by our members and function as a financial cooperative. We are dedicated to serving not only our members, but our surrounding community as well. It is through this focus on community service that we are driven to provide not only top rate and socially responsible financial services, but also to establish outreach programs that reflect the same philosophy of social responsibility and community support. It is our mission to help Montgomery County thrive."

In addition to the annual MAFCU/CSAAC Golf Classic, each year MAFCU runs the Helping Kids Eat program in conjunction with Women Who Care Ministries. In this program, MAFCU packs bags of food items that are delivered each week to 60 children in the FARM Title 1 program at a local elementary school. Through the Helping Kids Eat program, MAFCU has provided over 2000 food sacks to these children this year alone. When asked about the impact of the Helping Kids Eat program, local elementary school principal Stephanie Curry states, "The program has had a great impact on the students in the FARM-Title 1 program. On a global level, the students know that there are people in the community who care about them as well, which makes a difference in their attitudes to continue to do well in school."

"Giving children the tools that they need to learn and grow is one of the primary objectives of our outreach program", says Richardson. "Whether it is through a healthy meal, or through educational classes we want to help all of our neighbors, children and adults alike, succeed – regardless of their economic level." To further support education in Montgomery County, MAFCU has provided financial education classes to over 4500 students and adults in area schools, as well as through Interfaith Works. MAFCU also holds an annual school supply drive to support Interfaith Works' "Back to School" backpack project.

To further expand their community support, MAFCU has adopted Manna Food Center as their focus charitable initiative this year. At each of their area branches, as well as at their free financial seminars and community shredding events, MAFCU will be collecting non-perishable food items in support of Manna Food Center and Montgomery County's neighbors in need. "Our goal is to collect approximately 5,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to help Manna Food Center. We want to support them in their efforts to feed the over 3,300 Montgomery County families in need per month. Hunger is a hidden problem in our county, and we feel that this is an area where we can make a great impact in our community", says Richardson.

 

If you would like to help support MAFCU in their efforts to support the Manna Food Center, Helping Kids Eat and other local charities, non-perishable food items and supplies can be dropped off at any of MAFCU's area branches. You can also call contact mafcu@mafcu.org, or call (301)944-1800 to learn more about the MAFCU/CSAAC Golf Classic, all of MAFCU's over 150 community outreach programs, and find out how you can help.

 

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