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Del. Jeion Ward Named League's 2020 Legislator of the Year

Del. Jeion Ward (D-92nd) was honored by Virginia-based credit unions as their 2020 Legislator of the Year during a presentation ceremony on Nov. 10 hosted by HRECU. 

“I’m honored to be recognized by credit unions, because I’m so grateful for my credit union," said Del. Ward. "They care about people. They care about us, the members."

Del. Ward, a middle school educator, has served the 92nd District (portions of Hampton City) since 2004. She currently chairs the House Labor and Commerce Committee, the committee that hears most legislation that affects credit unions and the financial services industry.

The Virginia Credit Union League’s Legislator of the Year Award is presented to lawmakers and elected officials demonstrating extraordinary leadership in advancing legislation and policies that help credit unions compete and ensure credit unions remain a viable financial services option for consumers.

Credit Union Day 2020

One hundred thirty-plus credit union champions participated in Credit Union Day at the General Assembly on January 16th. We tackled more than 50 meetings with lawmakers and their aides during a three-hour window. #CUStrong 

Teachers Awarded Financial Literacy Grants

Eight grants totaling more than $1,500.00 were awarded to local educators teaching financial literacy to elementary, middle, and high school students. The grants will help support current or new classroom projects. Congratulations to the following educators who were awarded Teacher Financial Literacy Grants:

  • Sally DiSpirito, Thomas Hunter Middle School
  • Marcia Edwards-Lewis, George P. Phenix
  • Kari Espada, Hampton High School
  • Aimee Foshee, John Tyler Elementary School
  • Lori Harms, Norge Elementary School
  • Trekita Johnson, George P. Phenix
  • Jackie Outten, Gloucester High School
  • Stacy Walker, Norge Elementary School

Basic Hygiene Items Donated

HRECU Partners with Hampton City Schools Title I Program

The credit union collected hygiene items and monetary donations to distribute to the 14 Hampton City Schools Title I Program locations. Many of the basic hygiene items were needed, such as deodorant, soap, and toothpaste. The Hampton City Schools Title I Department is a federally funded program that operates under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). Students are identified as economically disadvantaged by their free and reduced lunch status.

Pictured above: (L-R) HRECU's Sue Thrash presented Tyler Elementary School's Community Engagement Coordinator Amy Killian with an assortment of requested hygiene items.

Governor Northam signs Executive Directive

Governor Northam Signs Executive Directive 

With the help of students Domani Smith, Emory Hatchett and Chauncy Featherson, Governor Ralph Northam signed an Executive Directive creating a team to look at expanding access to early childhood education. The ceremony was held at the Downtown Hampton Child Development Center on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. He and Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam visited the Center and spoke about the importance of expanding access to early childhood education. HRECU was honored to be a part of this special day.