LEWISTON — At the Maine Credit Union League’s recent annual meeting and convention, three Lewiston-based credit unions were recognized as the 2009 honorees of the Dora Maxwell Awards for Social Responsibility and the Louise Herring Philosophy In Action Awards, a national awards program coordinated by the Credit Union National Association. The winners in each asset category will compete in the national awards program in the fall. A Maine credit union has received a first or second place award in the national competition in seven out of the past 10 years, a record that is unmatched in the country.
Professionals from the Maine Public Relations Council and Maine Businesses for Social Responsibility judged the awards, which honor credit unions for community and/or member service efforts during the past year.
In fundraising, Maine credit unions raised nearly $1 million for various causes including $375,296.59 for the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger, $60,000 for Maine Special Olympics, $55,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network, $50,000 for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program and many more. In addition, Maine credit unions volunteered more than 21,000 hours for community organizations and activities across Maine.
The 2009 recipients of the Dora Maxwell Award for Social Responsibility, established to encourage Credit Union involvement in community projects and activities, listed by asset category, are:
Assets of $20-50 million: Great Falls Federal Credit Union in Lewiston, first place; Community Credit Union in Lewiston, second place.
Assets of $50-100 million: Central Maine Federal Credit Union in Lewiston, first place.


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