Carolinas Foundation provides $380,425 in COVID relief funds to CU employees

KERNERSVILLE, NC (May 3, 2021) — Hundreds of employees of North and South Carolina-based credit unions received COVID-19 Relief Grants from The Carolinas Credit Union Foundation in the last 12 months. Since the Relief Grant Program was announced, over 500 grants were processed with a total of $380,425 provided to CU professionals who experienced significant financial hardships brought on by the pandemic. The Foundation was able to provide the assistance through its Disaster Relief Fund which was activated in March 2020 following the President’s Coronavirus emergency declaration.

“Even if credit union employees were staying physically well, we recognized early in the pandemic that many in the credit union community of the Carolinas were facing great financial difficulties triggered by job losses in the household,” noted Foundation President Lauren Whaley. “…the heartwarming words of appreciation from credit union employees have been plentiful and reminds us that our ‘People Helping People’ philosophy is stronger than ever.”

The Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund is funded by generous credit union donors including the following in 2020-2021: Allegacy, Anderson, Charlotte Metro, Coastal, Fort Bragg, Greenville, Palmetto Citizens, SC Federal, Self-Help, Sharonview, Shuford, State Employees’, Excess Share Insurance, and individual donors from the Carolinas Credit Union League. Aided by accounting support at the Carolinas Credit Union League, grant funds were quickly distributed to recipients following application approvals. Grants were disbursed in three phases, with each phase maximum of $1,000 per household.

While the COVID Relief Program has concluded for now, the Foundation will continue its partnership with GreenPath Financial Wellness to provide free, one-on-one financial counseling, debt management services and financial education resources for all employees of North and South Carolina credit unions.

About Carolinas Credit Union Foundation

The Carolinas Credit Union Foundation was incorporated in 1993 as a charitable organization dedicated to the embodiment of the “people helping people” philosophy of credit unions. Its mission is to empower and inspire credit unions in the Carolinas through collaborative opportunities to enrich our communities. The Foundation serves as a founding partner to Victory Junction, a year-round camping facility, located in Randleman, NC, for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Over the last 17 years, more than $5 million has been raised by credit unions in the Carolinas to support its camp and outreach programs. The Foundation also serves as a partner in philanthropy with credit unions, assisting charitable giving through donor-advised funds, managing scholarship and employee hardship programs, supporting small credit unions with professional development grants, and aiding disaster relief for the local, national, and global credit union communities.


Brandon Pugh

VP Public Relations & Communications

800-822-8859, ext 410

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