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MD, VA, DC Credit Unions Halfway to $3m Goal!

Credit unions in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia have now raised more than $1.6-million toward their $3-million fundraising goal to go toward Children’s National Medical Center.

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In 2019, Children’s National dedicated its emergency department waiting area as the Capital Area Credit Unions Waiting Area in recognition of regional credit unions’ more than 20 years of philanthropic support for the hospital, the association noted.

The hospital opened in downtown Washington, D.C., more than a century ago with 12 beds to care for Civil War orphans. Today, it is one of the country’s top-six pediatric hospitals and treats patients from around the world, according to the association, which noted that during the height of the pandemic, the hospital was the first in the area to open a drive-up/walk up testing site specifically for children and young adults.

‘Collaborative Spirit’

“As credit unions, we are known for our collaborative spirit and our commitment to the communities we serve,” said John Bratsakis, president and CEO of the MD|DCCUA. “Working with Children’s National Hospital, the contributions made by credit unions and our business partners help connect young patients and their families with the best medical care and support when they need it.”

Local area credit union employees and members have raised more than $10.2 million to date for Children’s National through the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run & 5K Run-Walk, golf tournaments and other events, according to the association.