CYY helps Maine CU win award

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CU uses Kirby Kangaroo to reach young members

Gardiner Federal Credit Union in Maine was recently honored with the Maine Governor’s Award for Service and Volunteerism. GFCU received the Small Business Volunteerism Award for supporting the local community with monetary and food contributions, and also because of its commitment to teaching schoolchildren about wise financial habits through the Kirby Kangaroo program. The Kirby Kangaroo program is a financial literacy program for children offered by the Credit Union Association of New Mexico Claim Your Youth Culture program.

The awards ceremony was held at the Capitol Building in Augusta, Maine, where GFCU president Vicki Larrabee was presented with a plaque from First Lady Ann LePage.

Using the Kirby Kangaroo program, GFCU has partnered with Laura Richards School and teaches kindergarten and first graders learn why it is important to save money and practice money skills. GFCU and the school have also established Kirby savings accounts for the students. GFCU marketing specialist Adam Caron at GFCU received the Claim Your Youth CUlture award last year for best practices using the Kirby Kangaroo program at the school.

“More and more, we are seeing how vital it is that people learn good financial habits, and the younger the better. So Gardiner is showing real foresight in its commitment to teaching these students important skills that will help them throughout their lives. The award was well deserved and we’re proud to have Vicki, Adam, GFCU and the school using the Kirby program so effectively,” said Claim Your Youth manager of marketing CUlture Byron Porter.

CYY will hold a conference in Seattle September 17-19. For details, go to the Claim Your Youth Culture Conference registration site.

For information on the Kirby Kangaroo program, go to the website or contact Byron Porter at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 505.338.4232.

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