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Foundation Disburses $2,100,680 in Harvey Disaster Relief
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 7:00 AM

Five months has passed since Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on the southern Texas coast. As the winds from Harvey turned into a tropical storm and traveled east along the coast, the winds were no longer the main threat for disaster. Rain poured like many native Texans had never seen before. Floodwaters spilled into many people’s homes, destroying memories and leaving behind massive destruction.

The Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation was able to provide grant assistance to 1,342 individuals affected by Harvey, totaling $2,100,680. Among those individuals, 1,236 were credit union staff and 106 were credit union volunteers.

“Hurricane Harvey was the most traumatic experience I have been through in my 61 years of life. My husband and I had to be rescued by boat while my home and vehicles were underwater. I live in Bridge City, one of the hardest hit areas. I am about to start my third year of CUNA Management School, and I am so proud to be a part of the credit union movement. Even in the storm you find blessings, and the disaster relief grant I received from the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation was one of those blessings.”

—Beth Arnold, Wellspring Credit Union

Most individuals affected are still rebuilding and may be facing burdens for many more months to come. Thanks to the thousands of generous donors across the nation, the Foundation was able to provide hope and relief for our credit union communities in their urgent time of need.

The Foundation’s philosophy behind its disaster relief grants program is to assist credit union staff and volunteers with getting back on their feet so that they may return to serving their members; thus, truly exhibiting the “People Helping People” philosophy.