Foundation seeking disaster relief donations in wake of Puerto Rico earthquakes

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The New York Credit Union Foundation is accepting disaster relief donations in response to the damage caused by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake on Jan. 7 in Puerto Rico.

The funds raised will be used to help those who have been impacted by the earthquake and its aftershocks, which have caused widespread power outages, collapsed buildings and severe infrastructural damage. While no cooperativas have yet asked explicitly for monetary assistance, the New York Credit Union Foundation is available to provide disaster relief grants.

The New York Credit Union Association and the Foundation have close relationships with credit unions in Puerto Rico; a number of credit unions in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are associate members of the Association. Additionally, New York has the largest Puerto Rican population on the mainland U.S.

“Our Puerto Rican colleagues affected by the Jan. 7 earthquake and its aftershocks are in our thoughts and prayers,” said Association President/CEO William J. Mellin. “The Association and Foundation stand ready and willing to assist our credit union peers on the island in any way we can. New York and Puerto Rico share a unique and unbreakable bond, and I strongly encourage the New York credit union community to support the Foundation’s disaster relief initiatives.”

To make a donation, visit the Foundation’s website.

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