CU Aid Activated for Credit Unions to Help Victims of Peru Earthquakes

Several Credit Unions Damaged in 7.9-magnitude Quake
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cuaid logoThe Association of Vermont Credit Unions, which had just formed a cooperative partnership with the credit union community in Peru, is now calling on the generosity of U.S. credit union people to activate CU Aid in the recovery effort from horrific earthquakes that damaged several Peru credit unions and impacted countless Peru credit union members.

U.S. credit union employees, members and volunteers can now make donations to the Peru disaster relief effort through a secured CU website. Credit union people in Vermont can donate via Credit union people everywhere else can donate via

“Your donations will directly help rebuild Peru credit unions and their members whose lives have been forever changed by this devastating earthquake,” wrote Association of Vermont Credit Unions President Joe Bergeron in an appeal to all member credit unions. “Little did we know when our organizations recently signed an international partnership agreement through the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) that our very first project would be helping with disaster recovery. ‘People Helping People’ is a humanitarian belief that transcends the boundaries of country and culture.”

The CU Aid donation form allows each donor to contribute through a secure web site. One hundred percent of all Peru relief donations via CU Aid will be forwarded to the World Council of Credit Unions through the National Credit Union Foundation, a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

Manual Rabines, the Second Vice Chair of WOCCU and CEO of the National Credit Union Association of Peru (FENACREP), is leading the relief efforts for credit union members, distributing food and blankets, and will assist with rebuilding credit unions damaged by the quake.

Questions about U.S. credit unions’ partnership with Peru can be directed to Bergeron at (802) 863-7848 or

CU Aid was developed by the National Credit Union Foundation in cooperation with state credit union foundations, state credit union associations, and the Credit Union National Association’s Disaster Preparedness Committee.

How Credit Unions Can Help
Credit unions that want to help are encouraged to take three steps:

1) Download any of the buttons and banners, as well as related disaster relief “campaign materials” from

2) Place a button and/or banner with a link to on their organization’s internet and intranet home pages.

3) Use the sample letters, statement stuffer and point-of-sale materials to encourage employees, volunteers, and members to make donations to that will help survivors and victims’ families recover from this disaster and future disasters.

CU Aid can also be used to make organizational donations via wire transfer, credit card or check. These donations are intended to supplement organizational donations going directly to WOCCU’s Worldwide Credit Union Foundation.

About the National Credit Union Foundation (

NCUF is the U.S. credit union movement’s primary national charitable and fundraising organization. In 26 years, NCUF has provided more than $26 million in grants supporting its mission to promote consumers’ financial independence through credit unions.

NCUF is grateful to all 600+ investors in the Community Investment Fund (CIF), as well as its 35 Corporate Sponsors – led by CUNA, CUNA Mutual Group, the Corporate Credit Union Network, Liberty Enterprises, WesCorp, CO-OP Financial Services, Card Services for Credit Unions, Fidelity National Information Services, and Visa. All NCUF donors provide support that empowers the national and state credit union foundations to make a real impact throughout the credit union community.

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