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  • The Partnership of New Hampshire Credit Unions Presents $125K Donation to Make-A-Wish

    The New Hampshire Credit Unions recently presented a $125,000 donation to its charitable partner, Make-A-Wish New Hampshire, an organization that grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses. The amount raised marks a 24-year total of more than $3.1 million raised by the state’s 15 credit unions, members of the Cooperative Credit Union Association (CCUA). The New Hampshire Credit Unions remain the largest corporate partner of Make-A-Wish New Hampshire.  


    In a time where social distancing and limited in-person gatherings are the norm, the check presentation included participation from credit union CEOs and representatives from the safety of their remote locations as a “virtual” event live streamed to YouTube (https://youtu.be/bZrUE4hRtGE). The agenda included via video a congratulatory message from CCUA President/CEO Ronald McLean and highlighted personal moments and memories from New Hampshire Credit Unions.

    Make-A-Wish New Hampshire President/CEO Julie Baron commended the credit unions for their commitment. “We thank the New Hampshire Credit Unions for their passionate leadership and life sustaining contributions to the success of Make-A-Wish New Hampshire and the wish children we serve. The threads of hope they provide are powerful. Each wish they empower transforms the life of everyone who plays a part and gives each child facing a critical illness the tools they need to mount their fight against illness. Hope is powerful medicine. We thank each Credit Union, their staff, and their members for leading with their hearts.

    The donation was a collaborative effort by the New Hampshire Credit Unions through a series of state-wide and local fundraising initiatives. CCUA President/CEO Ronald McLean congratulated the credit unions for their recent effort. “The New Hampshire Credit Unions are deeply rooted in the philosophy of “people helping people” as evident by the donation and $3 million milestone for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire. Together, they have the passion, energy, and collaborative spirit that is necessary to help so many children’s heartfelt dreams come true.” He continued, “The countless smiles, the hope, the strength and the joy that a wish brings for children and their families is the inspiration that drives the New Hampshire Credit Unions to be part of a great cause with a powerful mission.” 


    Closing the event featured thank you videos from several Wish Children including Ally, Katelyn, Jack, Padraic, and Hannah. Wish Child Hannah had a special message to the credit unions, “Thank you for your continuous support of Make-A-Wish New Hampshire and because of you, the credit unions, kids like me can have their dreams come true.” Hannah’s wish, granted in 2012, was to meet the Disney Princesses and her favorite part was to just feel like a normal kid and living her life. She ended by saying, “It makes me so happy to know that the credit unions have our backs and will continue to help kids’ dreams come true. Please know it makes a big difference. You’re changing lives.”


    According to New Hampshire Credit Unions’ Social Responsibility Committee Chairman Brian Hughes, “Our committee is a very passionate and collaborative group. Every year we raise the bar so we can help Make-A-Wish New Hampshire achieve their goal to grant a wish for every child in the state with a critical illness. We have witnessed first-hand the power of a wish and I’m proud of the work our New Hampshire Credit Unions do to bring wishes to life.” 


    Wishes come true with NH CUs!



    About Make-A-Wish® New Hampshire

    A wish experience can be a game-changer for a child with a critical illness. This one belief guides us at Make-A-Wish New Hampshire in everything we do. It inspires us to grant life-changing wishes for children going through so much. It compels us to be creative in exceeding the expectations of every wish kid. It drives us to make our donated resources go as far as possible. Most of all, it's the founding principle of our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child. Wishes are more than just a nice thing. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage, hope, strength and joy they need to mount their fight against illness. Wishes are far more than gifts, or singular events in time they have the power to become an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Wishes impact everyone involved—wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. Together, we are all creating life-changing wishes for children with critical Illnesses. For more information please visit nh.wish.org.

    About The Partnership of New Hampshire Credit Unions

    The Partnership of New Hampshire Credit Unions (NH CUs) comprises 15 New Hampshire-based credit unions that together serve more than 735,000 individuals. The partnership leverages its collective power to maximize community outreach efforts, advocate financial literacy, and promote the benefits of credit union membership in New Hampshire. Not-for-profit and member-owned, credit unions typically offer higher deposit rates, lower-cost loans and loan rates, and fewer fees than traditional banks. With strong commitments to social and fiscal responsibility, they embody the motto “better values, better banking.” In 2019 alone, NH CUs provided credit union members with $100.7 million in direct financial benefits, volunteered over 21,000 hours, improved the financial literacy of over 20,000 adults and teens, and contributed $2.4 million to 755 Granite State nonprofit organizations. Donations alone to Make-A-Wish New Hampshire, made over the past twenty-four years, surpassed the $3 million milestone. For more information about NH CUs, visit ccua.org.


    The Partnership of New Hampshire Credit Unions includes Bellwether Community Credit Union, Granite State Credit Union, Heritage Family Credit Union, HRCU, Members First Credit Union, New Hampshire Federal Credit Union, New Hampshire Postal Credit Union, NGM Employees Federal Credit Union, NH Community Federal Credit Union, Northeast Credit Union, Precision Federal Credit Union, Service Credit Union, St. Mary’s Bank, Together Credit Union, and Triangle Credit Union. All are members of the Cooperative Credit Union Association, Inc., a trade organization that represents credit unions in New Hampshire, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.