Credit Union West & employees donate $5K to Maui wildlife relief

GLENDALE, AZ (September 21, 2023) — Credit Union West has donated $5,000 to CU Aid to support the relief efforts from the wildfire that tore through Maui last month. The donation was funded by the credit union’s new charitable foundation and employee charitable fund.

As an industry, the credit union philosophy is ‘People Helping People.’ Credit unions often rally around their members, including credit union members in other parts of the world, when a humanitarian crisis occurs. This proved true after deadly wildfires ravaged Lahaina, Maui in August.

Following the devastation in Lahaina, CU Aid, an extension of the National Credit Union Foundation that focuses on providing disaster relief, put out a call to credit unions across the country to support the residents of Maui. Credit Union West answered the call by donating $2,500 through its newly formed CU West CARES Charitable Foundation. The foundation is committed to enhancing lives and strengthening communities by giving back in meaningful ways. CU Aid purports that this donation will directly support credit union volunteers and employees in Lahaina who are working to recover and rebuild in the wake of the Maui’s wildfires.

Additionally, Credit Union West employees expressed an overwhelming interest in matching the foundation’s donation after seeing the devastation in Maui. Employees approved a matching donation of $2,500 earlier this month from the EmployeesCARE Program, a charitable initiative led solely by Credit Union West employees. The voluntary program allows employees to contribute to a single group fund that increases their giving power and helps to make a larger impact. Employees vote each year to designate where their funds will go. EmployeesCARE donations are typically given once per quarter.

To learn more about the ways that Credit Union West and its employees give back to the community, visit

About Credit Union West

The Credit Union West tradition had the honor of beginning in 1951 as Luke Federal Credit Union. Originally located on Luke Air Force Base, the organization’s mission was to enhance the lives of military members and their families through being a trusted provider of financial services. Today, Credit Union West embraces the same commitment to the military and now has expanded to include all who live, work or worship in Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai, Yuma, Mohave, Coconino, Cochise, Navajo, Apache, and Gila counties. Credit Union West serves over 90,000 members with more than $1.1 billion in assets. The credit union’s core principles have guided its decisions, which in turn has ensured integrity and trusted member service. Federally insured by the NCUA. Learn more at

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Ryan O’Connor
Credit Union West

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