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Family Trust Awarded For Community Projects

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Family Trust recently was awarded for two of its community-focused programs – “Know Your Dough” money management workshop series and its Buy Local Bank Local program that encouraged local spending during the holiday season.

The credit union received 1st place for its size in the Desjardins Adult Financial Education award for its Know Your Dough workshop series, which educated over 1,000 York County residents with more than 20 workshops since 2012. The after-hours workshops were held throughout the county and included home-buying, improving your credit score, budgeting, investing, estate planning workshops and more.

The credit union plans to host sessions on budgeting, credit scores, paying down debt and retirement beginning Jan.

Family Trust also won 1st place in the Louise Herring Philosophy-in-action Member Service Award for its Buy Local Bank Local program that encouraged York County residents to shop locally during the holiday season and rewarded debit card users with double Extra Awards points when they shopped in York County.

The program educated members on the impact that local shopping has on the economy with 3x the money being reinvested through wages, utilities and sponsorship’s. The campaign highlighted 120 local businesses and rallied over 20,000 cardholders to spend $17 million dollars locally.

“Credit unions in the Carolina’s have some of the most driven, compassionate people willing to give their time, intellect, and resources freely, not because it is required but because they believe in helping make the Carolina’s better for everyone,” said Carolina’s Credit Union Foundation Board Chairman John Slack. "The Carolina’s Credit Union Foundation is extremely proud of the work our credit unions do, and we appreciate the opportunity to applaud them through this award program.”

First place entries advance to national judging through the Credit Union National Association, which will be announced in Feb. 2016.