SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S HELPING HANDS DISTRIBUTES FOOD TO 160 NEEDY FAMILIES IN COVINA Posted on May 6, 2012

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COVINA, CA. May 5, 2012—Due to severe financial hardships, many families in the Covina community struggle on a daily basis to purchase basic necessities. Southern California’s Helping Hands (SCHH), an employee inspired charity established by Credit Union of Southern California (CU SoCal), confronted this dilemma head-on by selecting 160 of the city’s neediest families to be food recipients at its eighth Annual Food Distribution Day in May.

A special event hosted each spring, the SCHH’s Annual Food Distribution Day provides food and other household items to families in Southern California. On Saturday, May 5, months of planning and preparation culminated at the Project Hope offices in the Covina Valley Unified School District. Volunteers from local high schools and the Kiwanis of West Covina served attendees a warm breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m while CU SoCal employees loaded families’ cars with a large box full of food and painted children’s faces. More than $7,500 in food and household items was gifted to 160 families in the Covina community.

“We are happy to be able to give back to this community,” stated Alissa Charlton, SCHH Board Chairperson. “There is a great need here and the economy continues to have a negative effect on more and more families. But, with all of the generous contributions from the many volunteers who opened their hearts and gave their time, we were able to make a difference for a lot of families in this community.”

In addition to the volunteers on site the day of the event, 150 CU SoCal employees prepared for the event by shopping for the food and household items on their personal time.

“We are privileged to serve this community six days a week,” stated CU SoCal Covina Branch Manager, Karen Valdez. “The opportunity to give back to the community in this way means a great deal to us.”

Dave Gunderson, CU SoCal President/CEO, thanked the many volunteers for their hard work. “It’s an honor to be able to put the credit union philosophy of ‘People Helping People’ into action and help to build better lives for so many. But, what’s truly amazing is the response we received from volunteers. It’s heartwarming to see the compassion and care of so many. A simple thank you cannot describe the gratitude I feel for those who generously gave their time and financial support to this worthwhile cause.”

About Southern California’s Helping Hands (SCHH)

Founded in 1997 by CU SoCal employees, SCHH’s vision is to provide Southern California’s underprivileged and impoverished families with the basic necessities of life, treating them with dignity and respect. Our program provides food, clothing, and financial assistance to families in need, and supports other charitable organizations in Southern California. For more information, visit www.CUSoCal.org/SCHH.htm, or call 866 CU SoCal (866.287.6225) toll-free.

About Credit Union of Southern California (CU SoCal)

Founded in 1954 as Whittier Area Schools Federal Credit Union, CU SoCal is dedicated to providing Members with World-Class Service, and convenience. With more than $550 million in assets, 43,000 Members, and seven branch locations, CU SoCal is dedicated to the credit union motto of “People Helping People.” Our products and services are highly competitive with banks and other financial providers. Visit www.CUSoCal.org or call 562.698.8326 for more information. Membership is open to those who live, work, or worship in Orange County, the San Gabriel Valley, and the cities in between.

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