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Monday, November 24, 2014

Meriwest Credit Union doubles donation to Children’s Miracle Network thanks to CO-OP Financial Services Miracle Match Program

Shop for Miracles Campaign Raises $9,269 to benefit local kids treated at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals®

SAN JOSE, CA – November 24, 2014 - Meriwest Credit Union raised $4,634.50 during their participation in Shop for Miracles, a one-day Credit Unions for Kids program that took place on Oct. 16, 2014. Funds raised from this campaign support UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital (CMNH).

Each time Meriwest members used their credit union-issued debit card on Oct. 16, Meriwest donated $0.25 per transaction towards to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Meriwest saw a 35% increase in member transactions this day in support of this campaign.

Thanks to a dollar-for-dollar match from CO-OP Financial Services’ Miracle Match program, Meriwest was proud to present a check for $9,269 to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.

Launched in 2008, CO-OP's Miracle Match Program is a $1 million philanthropic matching program that encourages credit unions, chapters and leagues to create and participate in local CMNH fundraisers. Like all CMNH donations, funds raised locally will stay in the community to support the hospital’s greatest needs, often including life-saving research, treatments, equipment or charitable care.

“All of us at Meriwest are deeply and profoundly touched by the generous support from all those who opened their hearts and wallets during the one-day Shop for Miracles fundraiser. We are honored that the proceeds went to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital to support programs that create hope for children and their families throughout the Bay Area and beyond,” said Julie Kirsch, Meriwest Credit Union’s President and CEO.

Credit unions, fundraising under the Credit Unions for Kids brand, have partnered with CMNH since 1996 and in that time have raised almost $130 million. In 2013, credit unions raised $10.2 million ranking the movement third among CMN Hospitals’ corporate partners in annual giving.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

“UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland relies on donations in order to continue to provide care to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. Families of all walks of life may find themselves in need of unexpected or long term care and thanks to the generosity of Meriwest and their members we are able to continue to help our families in the most critical of times,” said Katie Kendrick, Director, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Photo Caption: Our CEO, Julie Kirsch (right) and CXO, Tony Cortez (left) are show here with Katie Kendrick, Director, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

About Meriwest Credit Union
Meriwest Credit Union, one of Silicon Valley’s largest and established financial institutions, has been providing proactive, personal, convenient and innovative financial services to over 67,000 businesses and families throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Tucson, Arizona, for more than 50 years. More information can be found at

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