Thursday, November 03, 2011 12:14:00 PM
CARTERET, N.J. - Two MidState FCU employees and one of the credit union's members recently received grants from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) through CUAid to help offset financial losses they incurred due to damages caused by Hurricane Irene.
Pictured from left to right: NJCUL President/CEO and NCUF Board Member Paul Gentile presents NCUF grant checks to MidState FCU Loan Manager Maria Fuentes and Operations Manager Patricia Engesser, as well as longtime MidState FCU member David Lindh.
Patricia Engesser, Operations Manager, has worked for MidState FCU for 17 1/2 years and Maria Fuentes has worked as a Loan Manager for the credit union for 6 1/2 years. Both received grants to aid with the damages their homes incurred due to the hurricane.
David Lindh, who has been a MidState FCU member for 18 years, also received a NCUF check and said that he was blown away by the NCUF's aid. He spoke about how banks just don't do this kind of thing for their customers. He went on to say that he will promote the credit union to everyone he knows.
NJCUL President/CEO and NCUF Board Member Paul Gentile recently visited MidState FCU to present NCUF checks to Engesser, Fuentes, and Lindh.
"Not only is CUaid a great way to help those in need from the devastating effects of Hurricane Irene, but it also tells the story of credit unions helping people," said Gentile. "Providing those affected by the hurricane with funds to help them get back on their feet is a testament to the credit union philosophy of 'people helping people'."
After the hurricane struck in August, NCUF activated the online disaster relief system CUAid.coop to raise money for credit union people along the East Coast affected by Hurricane Irene. Through CUAid, credit union supporters in every state can make donations through the secured Web site to support other credit union people. CUAid provided grants to fund insurance deductibles and items not covered by insurance or federal aid for credit union people affected by the hurricane.