Deseret First Credit Union and Hercules First Federal Credit Union to Represent Utah at CUNA Awards

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Congratulations to Hercules First Federal Credit Union and Deseret First Credit Union! They’ll represent Utah in CUNA’s national social responsibility award program!

Both credit unions are in the running for the Dora Maxwell Award. The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award is given to a credit union or chapter/multiple credit union group for its social responsibility projects within the community.

Hercules First Federal Credit Union is being submitted for their “Christmas For Kids” project. For this project they work with a local group who places children and adults with special needs in the foster care system and they worked to gather and deliver needs and wants for these individuals for Christmas.

“Most of the families we’ve helped have either multiple children (usually siblings) or a special needs adult or child that needs extra support,” said Cammie Schmitt, Hercules Federal Credit Union HR Manager. “With this project we get to bring a little light to these families.”

Deseret First is being submitted for their “Deseret First Charitable Foundation” project, which seeks to help fund clothing and missionary supplies for young adults wishing to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint. Funds they raise go to missionaries who might not otherwise be able to purchase the supplies they need.

“Many individuals with a desire to serve a mission are from lower-income households or households dealing with financial hardships such as healthcare costs, loss of a loved one, or other financially-trying circumstances,” said Trena Anderson, Senior Vice President of Deseret First Credit Union. “This is where DFCF steps in by providing up to $500 for soon-to-be missionaries to help them purchase missionary supplies such as clothing, shoes, coats, luggage, bikes and books.”

We congratulate both of these credit unions for not only encompassing what Dora Maxwell is all about – social responsibility – but also what credit unions are all about – people helping people.

Who is Dora Maxwell?

Dora Maxwell was an early credit union pioneer, and was one of the original signers of CUNA’s constitutions at Estes Park in Colorado. She worked as an organizer for the movement’s trade association and held numerous volunteer positions at the local and national level. In addition to

organizing hundreds of credit unions, she developed volunteer organizer clubs and worked with organizations on behalf of the poor.