Credit Union of Southern California donates $330,000 to local organizations

ANAHEIM HILLS, CA (June 10, 2020) — CA-based Credit Union of Southern California (CU SoCal) celebrated Giving Tuesday (May 5), a global day of unity, by donating $230,000 to 20 Whittier area charities and non-profit organizations as well as making a $100,000 donation to its employee-inspired charity, CU SoCal Helping Hands.

The credit union made the donations—ranging from $5,000 to $50,000—to the following organizations: La Serna High School OASIS Program Endowment, Whittier Host Lions Club-Sight for Kids, Soroptimist International of Whittier, WACC’s Welcome Home Project, Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter, Boys and Girls Club Whittier, Together We Rise, Tara’s Chance, Whittier Community Foundations’ 5K Spooktacular, Whittier Chamber Hathaway Golf Tournament, Whittier Hearing Angel Foundation, Whittier Unified School District fundraisers-fall sports/activities, Frontier & Sierra Vista high school programs, CAPC Adult Services, Whittier Assistance League, Interfaith Food Center, Foster Teens Club, Rio Hondo College’s CARE Program, and Bridge of Faith.

For the $100,000 to Helping Hands, those funds are being used to help members, team members, and additional community members with Covid-19 support, including donations to the Orange County Rescue Mission to hold a graduation ceremony at its site since school graduations were cancelled or postponed; to Home Aid Essentials to purchase a pallet of diapers; donations to a team member to support the family when the spouse was laid off; and a donation to a member to purchase books and props to use to read lunchtime stories on Facebook live as part of the program she works for.

“We’re honored to help those in our community continue their good work to serve others, especially in this challenging time,” said CU SoCal President and CEO Dave Gunderson. “Credit unions were founded during the Great Depression as financial cooperatives specifically to help one another. And, in good times and bad, that purpose has not waivered. We continue to be committed to our ‘People Helping People’ philosophy. It feels good to do good.”

Representatives from Credit Union of Southern California—including Board Member Elizabeth Camp (holding the check on the right side) and Business Development representative Courtney French (to the right of Camp) present CU SoCal’s donation to Interfaith Food Center—one of 20 Whittier area organizations and non-profits the credit union recently assisted as a way to celebrate Giving Tuesday (May 5).

About Credit Union of Southern California (CU SoCal)

Founded in 1954 as Whittier Area Schools Federal Credit Union, CU SoCal is a credit union open to those who live, work, worship, or attend school in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. CU SoCal has a superior five-star financial rating from BauerFinancial, holds more than $2 billion in assets, and serves more than 130,000 Members. For more information, visit


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