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Social Responsibility Award Winners Announced

The judging is complete, the results are in, and the League is pleased to announce the credit unions that are being recognized for their community service, member education, and financial literacy initiatives.

Eleven awards will be given to five credit unions in the following categories:

  • Desjardins Youth Financial Education
  • Desjardins Adult Financial Education 
  • Dora Maxwell 
  • Louise Herring 

Several credit unions won multiple awards. All first place finishers will have their award applications reviewed by CUNA for consideration in their national awards program. CUNA will be announcing national winners in November.

Winners by Category and Asset Size

Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award ($50 – $250 million in assets)

  • 1st Place: Community Credit Union
  • 2nd Place: Central Maine Credit Union

Desjardins Adult Financial Education Awards ($50 – $250 million in assets)

  • 1st Place: Community Credit Union

Dora Maxwell ($50 – $250 million in assets)

  • 1st Place: Community Credit Union
  • 2nd Place: Central Maine Credit Union
  • Honorable Mention: Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union

Dora Maxwell  ($250 million – $1 billion in assets)

  • 1st Place: Infinity Federal Credit Union

Louise Herring  ($50 – $250 million in assets)

  • 1st Place: Community Credit Union
  • 2nd Place: Central Maine Credit Union

Louise Herring ($250 million – $1 billion in assets)

  • 1st Place: Five County Credit Union
  • 2nd Place: Infinity Federal Credit Union

Congratulations to these credit unions for embodying the spirit of our People Helping People philosophy in the work they do every day in support of their members and communities.

Award Categories

The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award is given to a credit union or chapter for its social responsibility projects within the community. The award is given for external activities. Credit unions could receive the award for involvement in almost any kind of activity that helps other people or strengthens the structure of a community. This may include raising funds for charity, educational activities, or community involvement projects, such as a volunteer fair, building low-income housing, or loaning employees a few hours a week to work in hospitals, retirement homes, schools, etc.

The Desjardins Award recognizes leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of financial literacy for all ages.  The recognition program considers all activities supporting the personal finance education of members and non-members, including, but not limited to, face-to-face teaching using proprietary materials and curricula, such as the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program® (HSFPP), as well as financial literacy leadership efforts.

The Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award is given to a credit union for its practical application of credit union philosophy within the actual operation of the credit union. It is awarded for internal programs and services that benefit membership. Credit unions could receive the award for programs or policies that demonstrate their commitment to the practical application of the People Helping People philosophy.