Disaster Relief


The Foundation offers the first national online disaster relief fundraising center for credit unions. Through cuaid.coop credit union organizations are encouraged to offer employees and members an on-line giving option to support NCUF’s Disaster Relief Fund, the only disaster relief fund dedicated to helping credit unions, their employees and members recover from major disasters.

The Foundation has activated CUAid more than usual the last few years. Some highlights:

2011 - Raised over $440,000:
  • Tornadoes in Southern U.S.
  • Tornado in Joplin, Missouri
  • Flooding in North Dakota
  • Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee

2012 - Raised over $409,000:
  • Wildfires in Colorado
  • Superstorm Sandy

Background
Since August 29,2005 – when Hurricane Katrina struck America’s Gulf Coast – the National Credit Union Foundation has become the credit union movement’s focal point for disaster relief.

Answering Critical Needs
Soon after Katrina made landfall, NCUF activated its Disaster Relief Fund. State credit union leagues, state foundations, individual credit unions, and NCUF Corporate Sponsors worked with NCUF to coordinate the largest disaster relief effort the movement has ever seen. Credit union supporters across America answered with an overwhelming outpouring of donations.

Providing Direct Disaster Relief
Rather than moving dollars out of the credit union community, all donations to the NCUF Disaster Relief Fund benefited credit union people.

The first wave of donations helped hundreds of credit union employees and volunteers pay for emergency shelter, food, water, and many other essentials they needed to survive each day.

Restoring Credit Unions
Donations through NCUF also helped credit unions get up and running more quickly. Within days after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, credit unions were able to reopen from makeshift offices and serve members who needed emergency assistance.

Perservering through Emergencies
Even after meeting emergency needs, the Foundation recognized that credit union employees continued to need assistance of their own. They were using every ounce of energy to try to recover their homes, replace lost property, and rebuild their lives.

Raising Record Funds
In less than a year, the credit union community donated more than $3.3 million to the NCUF Disaster Relief Fund – a record for the credit union movement.

Thanks to donors’ generosity, credit unions were able to help employees deal with losses far beyond Katrina’s aftermath.

Watch the Foundation's hurricane relief video to see and hear directly from some of the people the credit union system helped:


Use “CU Aid” Now to Prepare for Next Disaster


Now you can help the credit union community prepare for the next disaster.

Here’s how:
Download a cuaid.coop icon from www.cuaid.coop. Place the icon with a link to www.cuaid.coop on your internet and intranet home pages.

Encourage your members and employees to click the icon and make tax-deductible donations that will help fellow members and employees recover from disasters.

To learn more about cuaid.coop, please click here.