Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation Honors its Volunteers, Partners Helping to Make a Difference in the Community

HERNDON, VA (July 18, 2013) — Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation knows many hands play a role in the success of its charitable outreach and financial education efforts – including many that support local schools, educators and educational initiatives. At its annual awards ceremony last month, the Foundation recognized several of its partners and volunteers:

  • The NWFCU Foundation’s 2013 Educator Partner of the Year: Julie Pickering, Marketing Teacher/Coordinator at Herndon High School

Ms. Pickering is the Foundation’s biggest cheerleader at Herndon High School. In addition to self-initiating various Foundation-Herndon High School partnerships throughout the year, she is a long-time supporter of its Night of Magic ball for children and families receiving care at Inova Children’s hospital.

  • The NWFCU Foundation’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year: Barbara d’Andrade, Vienna, VA

Ms. d’Andrade is a current member of Northwest Federal Credit Union and past Director of its Foundation. She has continued her involvement with the Foundation, serving on its Scholarship Committee, volunteering for various financial education programs, and assisting high school students participating in the Reality Store, a hands-on program teaching students about real-life expenses.

  • The NWFCU Foundation’s 2013 Leadership Award: Juri Valdov, Round Hill, VA

Mr. Valdov is a past President/CEO of Northwest Federal Credit Union and founded the Foundation during his tenure. Past and present, he serves in many leadership roles within the credit union movement.

  • The NWFCU Foundation’s 2013 Business Partner of the Year: gam graphics and marketing, Sterling, VA

gam graphics and marketing is a strong supporter of NWFCU Foundation and is honored for its excellent customer service and extraordinary in-kind donations to help the Foundation and its programs. During the 2012-2013 school year, gam donated more than $10,000 in in-kind creative and printing services. 

  • The NWFCU Foundation’s 2013 Financial Education Partner of the Year: The Financial Awareness Network (FAN), Herndon, VA

FAN works to address the growing concern of youth and adults’ lack of financial education. It works to prepare today’s youth and its own members for future financial success through a unique partnership with NWFCU Foundation. FAN co-sponsors the Foundation’s educational workshops and its Reality Store, as well as provides grants to its partner groups such as Fairfax County Public Schools libraries and College Access Fairfax.

The Foundation also awarded $20,000 in grants to its four partner schools from the Fairfax County Public School District. Recipients include Dranesville Elementary School, Louise Archer Elementary School, Rachel Carson Middle School and Herndon High School. The funds will be used for technology enhancements and teacher/staff professional development opportunities.

“Our Foundation’s success is only possible with the support of many wonderful people giving their time, ideas and resources,” said Linda Rogus, Executive Director of NWFCU Foundation. “These awards are a great way for us to honor the contributions of a select few. We proudly acknowledge them, but also realize there are many others key to our outreach efforts. We know working to strengthen our community, including providing financial literacy for young people today, is vitally important and we thank everyone who helps the Foundation make that happen.”

To get involved with the NWFCU Foundation, call (703) 925-5092 or visit

About Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation
The Foundation was established in 2004 to promote and manage Northwest Federal Credit Union’s philanthropic activities including scholarship, financial education and other charitable programs, which reflect the interests of its membership and the communities it serves. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permissible by law for those who itemize deductions. For more information, visit

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