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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Meriwest Credit Union to Donate $11,095.50 in Support of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Shop for Miracles Campaign Benefits Local Kids
Treated at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals®

SAN JOSE, CA – October 27, 2015 – Meriwest Credit Union raised $5,547.75 during their participation in Shop for Miracles, a one-day Credit Unions for Kids program raising funds for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Thanks to a dollar-for-dollar match from CO-OP Financial Services’ Miracle Match program, Meriwest will present a check for $11,095.50 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.

Members of Meriwest used their every day purchases to do extraordinary things on Thursday, October 15. Each time they used their credit union-issued debit card, Meriwest donated $0.25 to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.

“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.

The Oct. 15 campaign coincided with International Credit Union Day® which celebrates the credit union difference and the work being accomplished around the world. “People Helping People”, the theme for this year’s celebration, perfectly embraced the longstanding credit union philosophy.  Staff and members of Meriwest Credit Union came out in full force to do good by supporting this campaign. 

"UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland relies on donations in order to continue to provide care to all patients regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Thousands of families have turned to our Pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center, which is just one of five in the state and Northern California’s largest pediatric in-patient rehabilitation unit, when their kids and families are in dire emergencies. Thanks to the generosity of Meriwest and their members, we are able to continue to help Northern California families in the most critical time,” said John McCoy, Director, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Foundation.

About Credit Unions for Kids

Credit Unions for Kids, in cooperation with local credit unions, have worked diligently with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to make hard times easier for sick children and their parents since 1996. In that time, $140 million has been raised. The much-needed funds come from collaboration with local credit union chapters, industry leagues/associations, and their business partners to contribute to the health of children in the 156 CMN Hospitals throughout the U.S. Fundraising takes many shapes, such as golf tournaments, 5Ks, wine auctions, online giving, and the sale of paper balloon Making Miracles icons. In 2014, over 3000 credit unions raised almost $11 million for the kids. CU4Kids ranks third among CMN Hospitals corporate partners in terms of generosity. Contributions fund new facilities, groundbreaking treatments, and vital research as well as special patient needs. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals benefit more than 10 million children each year.

About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raise both awareness and capital for its 170 member hospitals across the United States and Canada. Donations stay in local area to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment, and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals have raised more than $5 billion—most of it $1 at a time with the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. To find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital, or learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, find us at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

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 68,500 businesses and families throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Tucson, Arizona, for more than 50 years. More information can be found at www.meriwest.com.

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