Manatee credit union awarded national grant

HERALD STAFF REPORTOctober 24, 2013 

MANATEE -- The Manatee Community Federal Credit Union is seeking employers interested in providing financial wellness benefits to its employees. Enrollment in the financial wellness program is free to the employers and to their employees, with costs covered by a $21,000 grant from the National Credit Union Administration.

NCUA awarded $871,597 in grants to 126 credit unions. Manatee Community received the third-largest grant awarded. William Myers, director of the Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives, stated in a press release, "The credit unions that receive these grants will be extending outreach, growing membership and improving income."

The Manatee credit union will use its grant to launch a credit-builder program and a financial wellness platform. Pablo DeFilippi, director of membership at the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, said the grant recognizes Manatee Community's vision to serve the community -- "not only by expanding access to affordable financial services for the low income population in Manatee County but to transform itself into a vehicle to propel the economic development of the community as a whole."

For more information, contact Sherod Halliburton at 941-748-7704, ext. 103

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