Tropical Financial Credit Union collects relief supplies for Bahamian Hurricane victims

MIRAMAR, FL (September 10, 2019) — With Hurricane Dorian devastating parts of the Bahamas, Tropical Financial Credit Union helped collect much-needed relief supplies for the thousands of storm survivors.

Within hours after the powerful hurricane hit, the credit union set up collection sites at its corporate office and nine branches throughout South Florida.  Tropical Financial members, employees and the general public were invited to stop by and drop off food, water and personal hygiene items.  The credit union worked with local media to publicize the drop-off locations and within two-and-half-days, collected thousands of pounds of supplies.

“While the storm didn’t hit South Florida, it did hit home in the sense that several of our members have ties to the Bahamas and the Caribbean region,” said Rich Helber, president/CEO.  “We were honored to join the rest of the community to help the survivors who are facing a lot of pain and an uncertain future in the aftermath of Dorian.”

In addition to collecting items, the credit union is inviting members to donate to the American Red Cross and has promised to match each gift up to a total of $5,000.

Items donated to Tropical Financial’s supply drive.

Al Goenaga, Amy McGraw and Doug Leever of Tropical Financial with first responders from the Miramar Fire & Rescue Dept. which accepted hurricane-relief supplies collected by the credit union.

TFCU’s Robert Smith, left, and CEO/President Rich Helber, right, help load a 20-foot truck with hurricane relief supplies.

About Tropical Financial Credit Union

Based in Miramar, Florida, Tropical Financial Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution whose deposits are federally insured.  Anyone who lives or works in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Lee, Collier, Hendry and Sarasota Counties is eligible to join. Tropical Financial Credit Union was formed in 1935 by employees of the former Southern Bell with just a few hundred dollars and has grown to $1 billion in assets as of June 30, 2022.  For more information, log on to


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