$5,000 presented to help alleviate human suffering

ROANOKE, VA (August 25, 2020) — The Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia, representing credit unions in the greater Roanoke area, presented a check to the American Red Cross in the amount of $5,000 to aid in the American Red Cross mission to ‘prevent and alleviate human suffering’. The Foundation asked that the monies be used where the biggest need is, whether a blood services vehicle or another area of our local Red Cross chapter.

Cliff DeMars was present, on behalf of the Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia, to say a few words and deliver the check. DeMars shared, “I have learned about many facets of the American Red Cross – disasters, training, veterans, fires, blood. What you do is amazing, and the fact you do it with 90% volunteers – is incredible. The Foundation is able to make this donation due to support of all credit unions in the Roanoke Valley…know that we share common goals.”

Jackie Grant, Executive Director of the Southwest Chapter of the American Red Cross accepted the check and offered “We are so thankful for this donation, it’s amazing and it’s going to make an impact in our community whether it’s a blood vehicle, blood scales, disaster relief, or home fires we’re experiencing.”

Like credit unions, volunteers are a defining component of the American Red Cross. In fact, 90% of the Red Cross workforce is volunteer. There’s always a need for blood and volunteers. If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities or donating blood, please visit or call (540) 985-3535.

About American Red Cross of Southwest Virginia

Through the generosity of our donors and support of our volunteers, the American Red Cross Virginia Region serves 118 independent cities and counties with a population of 5.8 million.

About The Credit Unions Care Foundation

The Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia is the charitable arm of the Virginia Credit Union League state association and its member credit unions. The Foundation’s mission is simple: “Build a better tomorrow by strengthening the world around us today.” The American Red Cross of Virginia serves 118 independent cities and counties and a population of nearly 6 million. The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.Their programs include training and certifications, Services to Armed Forces, disaster relief, blood services, and Sound the Alarm.


Jackie Grant
Executive Director
540.494.8761 |

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