Credit unions are rallying to provide assistance to colleagues and credit unions along the East Coast impacted by Hurricane Irene, and the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) has activated the online disaster relief system CUAid.coop to raise funds for credit union people affected.
Certain areas on the East Coast have been devastated by the impact of the storm.
For instance, Paul Gentile, president/CEO of the New Jersey Credit Union League in Hightstown, N.J., described the situation in his state this way: “New Jersey has been crippled by Hurricane Irene. Rivers in New Jersey have crested and washed out highly populated towns. Thousands of people are displaced and struggling just to get their bare necessities.”
“I am thrilled CUAid is being activated. Joining together cooperatively to help those in need is the heart and soul of the credit union movement,” Gentile added.
Some credit unions in the state were still without power Wednesday and have experienced minor damages caused by flooding, said the league’s newsletter (The Daily Exchange Aug. 31).