June 24, 2019 (Marlborough, MA) - The New Hampshire Credit Unions recently presented a record-breaking $210,000 donation to Make-A-Wish New Hampshire, an organization that grants the wishes of children facing critical illnesses. This marks a 23-year total of more than $2.9 million raised by the New Hampshire 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.
Make-A-Wish New Hampshire CEO Julie Baron praised the credit unions for their passion. “The skills, time and resources of the employees and members of the credit union movement have been transforming the lives of children with critical illnesses here in New Hampshire for more than 23 years one wish child at a time through their continuous support. Their ongoing commitment to help us one day reach every eligible child each year is inspiring.”
The donation exceeded the annual goal by $25,000 and was the culmination of a year-long effort by the New Hampshire Credit Unions. Cooperative Credit Union Association President/CEO Ronald McLean applauded the credit unions for supporting their charitable partner. “The New Hampshire Credit Unions have a tremendous history and wonderful traditions to support Make-A-Wish New Hampshire. Surpassing the goal set by the New Hampshire Social Responsibility Committee speaks highly of the commitment made by each credit union, their staff, corporate donors and the more than 600,000 credit union members in the state. Your efforts make the world a better place for so many Wish children whose dreams will come true.”
This year’s Wish Child, Alyssa (15) and her father attended the check presentation ceremony, which took place following the 18th Annual Richard D. Mahoney Charity Golf Tournament. Alyssa’s wish was to have her Jeep Wrangler get a special makeover. The credit unions had the opportunity to see the fulfillment of their efforts as Alyssa and her father revealed the transformed car at the event.
According to New Hampshire Credit Unions’ Social Responsibility Committee Chairman Brian Hughes, “Make-A-Wish New Hampshire is an extraordinary organization and thanks to the employees and members within the Credit Union Community, they are able to grant a wish every 4 days to a child. The impact a wish has leaves a positive impression for all who play a part in making a dream come true. And for all this, the credit unions are truly grateful to be part of a cause with a great mission.”
L-R New Hampshire Social Responsibility Committee Chairman Brian Hughes from HRCU; Make-A-Wish New Hampshire CEO Julie Baron; Jim (Allysa’s father); Wish Child Allysa; Wish Ambassador Padraic; and CCUA President Ronald McLean.
About Make-A-Wish® New Hampshire
Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child’s wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Since 1986, Make-A-Wish New Hampshire has granted more than 1,620 wishes to New Hampshire children with critical illnesses. Make-A-Wish New Hampshire serves children throughout the entire state and is proud to share that eighty-seven percent of each dollar spent directly benefits the New Hampshire wish-granting program.
About the Cooperative Credit Union Association
The Cooperative Credit Union Association is a regional trade organization serving as the voice for nearly 200-member credit unions located primarily throughout Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. CCUA members hold combined assets in excess of $45 billion and serve a collective membership base of more than 2.3 million consumers. It’s on behalf of these member credit unions that CCUA advocates before Congress and state legislatures, regulatory bodies and the general public through its Better Values—Better Banking consumer awareness campaign. In addition to advocacy, CCUA also engages its members with an array of industry resources, from compliance assets and marketing support to vetted products and service providers; an array of educational workshops and conferences; and a variety of communication channels that include a daily e-newsletter, live and recorded video programs, and a quarterly magazine focused on CCUA’s advocacy initiatives. For more information, visit www.CCUA.org.