DC, Maryland & Virginia credit unions have raised over $1.6 million toward $3 million Children’s National Fundraising Goal

COLUMBIA, MD (November 3, 2022) — Regional credit unions have passed the halfway mark toward their seven-year commitment to raise $3 million for Children’s National Medical Center.

In 2019, Children’s National dedicated its emergency department waiting area as the Capital Area Credit Unions Waiting Area in recognition of regional credit unions’ more than 20 years of philanthropic support for the hospital.

“As credit unions, we are known for our collaborative spirit and our commitment to the communities we serve,” said John Bratsakis, President and CEO, MD|DC Credit Union Association. “Working with Children’s National Hospital, the contributions made by credit unions and our business partners help connect young patients and their families with the best medical care and support when they need it.”

The hospital opened in downtown Washington, DC, with 12 beds to care for Civil War orphans. Today, it is one of the country’s top-six pediatric hospitals and treats patients from around the world. During the height of the pandemic, the hospital was the first in the area to open a drive-up/walk up testing site specifically for children and young adults.

Local area credit union employees and members have raised more than $10.2 million to date for Children’s National through the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run & 5K Run-Walk, golf tournaments and other events.

DC, Maryland and Virginia credit unions support Children’s National under the national brand, Credit Unions for Kids, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partner. Since the partnership began in 1996, credit unions nationwide have raised more than $175 million for pediatric health.

About MD-DC Credit Union Association

The MD|DC Credit Union Association is a regional trade organization that helps credit unions in Maryland and the DC Metro area provide their 2.2 million members with exceptional financial services by advocating for credit unions at all levels of government, offering educational and professional development opportunities, providing cost-effective business solutions and raising awareness of the credit union difference. Credit Unions are member-owned, locally-controlled, not-for-profit financial cooperatives. For more information, visit


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