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America's Christian Credit Union Remodel Brings a Fresh New Look!


Glendora, CA, July 7, 2015 -- America's Christian Credit Union has just completed the remodeling of their Azusa branch located across the street from Azusa Pacific University, at 924 East Alosta Avenue. The Azusa branch, which opened 9 years ago, primarily serves local members as well as the APU & Citrus College community. The complete remodel took place over the past weekend and the branch reopened its doors with a fresh new look on Monday June 29th.


Member needs were the main focus throughout the remodel. The goal was to serve the members better and provide them with a fresh, modern place to do their banking; a place which makes them feel at home and reflects the surrounding City of Azusa. The remodel included the addition of an expanded member waiting area as well as a play area for children. Pictures of landmark areas in the City of Azusa (photographed by Steven Castro, CEO of the Azusa Chamber of Commerce), APU & Citrus College were used as wall décor.


Mendell L. Thompson, President/CEO of America's Christian Credit Union, is enthusiastic about the fresh look and eager to show off the new changes. "We wanted to create a comfortable, hometown environment with a modern feel to give our members an up-to-date place to do their banking. We are excited to offer these great new amenities as an extension of our mission 'to reach, serve and teach'."

Azusa Chamber Board Elects America's Christian Credit Union Employee


Glendora, CA, July 14, 2015 -- America's Christian Credit Union now has a representative on the Azusa Chamber of Commerce. ACCU's Branch Manager, Dan Colasanti, was introduced as one of the new board members on Friday July 10th. The event took place at the Courtyard by Marriott in Monrovia, where State Senator, Dr. Ed Hernandez recognized this year's board members. During the evening, outgoing board members were recognized for their outstanding service. Finally, Massage Envy of Azusa was presented with the Azusa Business of the Year award.


Dan has lived in the area for most of his life, and has worked for America's Christian CU for 12 years. He, his wife Karyn, and their three children have become familiar faces in the Azusa community since 2006, when America's Christian Credit Union opened a branch in Azusa, located on the corner of Citrus and Alosta. It serves local residents, as well as the Azusa Pacific University and Citrus College campus communities.


Dan is excited to be a part of the Chamber, and seeks to continue to strengthen the relationship between the Azusa community and America's Christian CU. "I am honored to be chosen and elected as a board member. My goal is to do whatever it takes to make Azusa an even better community than it already is."

Amercia's Christian Credit Union Helps Communities Thrive


Glendora, CA, July 21, 2015 -- America's Christian Credit Union (ACCU) strives to live out its mission " To Reach, Serve and Teach" in and around the local community. This year, employees have been challenged and energized by a new initiative entitled 'Live the Mission', wherein the goal is to maximize charitable opportunities resulting in a greater community presence and focus on Christ-like servant leadership. This past week, ACCU was honored to present a check to Shepherd's Pantry in the amount of $1,047.50 and a check to Neighborhood Homework House (NHH) in the amount of $1,082.50. The checks represented the total of funds contributed by ACCU employees via payroll deduction to these two 'charities of choice' in the second quarter of 2015.


One of the components to 'Live the Mission' is a voluntary staff payroll deduction to any of ACCU's three charities of choice. ACCU matches 50% of the total that is raised. Last week Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO of America's Christian Credit Union, presented the checks referenced above to Steve Sharp, President of the Shepherd's Pantry Board of Directors and to Jennifer Hicks, Executive Director of NHH. Mr. Thompson declared, "These two organizations make a huge impact in the community and we are blessed with the opportunity to partner with them in their critical works."


Mr. Sharp remarked "We are honored to have a partner like you (ACCU) who is eager to give back! Your generosity is deeply appreciated and gives us a chance to continue our service in the community." In recent year, ACCU has had the privilege of participating in other Shepherd's Pantry outreach activities, including the Empty Bowls fundraiser in the spring and the annual Holiday Basket in December both of which serve families in need.


Ms. Hicks of NHH expressed her gratitude and excitement for the donation, which represents a continuation of a long-lasting partnership with ACCU "Thank you so much, you guys are awesome. We love working with ACCU and we are blessed by the servant leadership of your employees." In addition to supporting NHH financially, numerous ACCU employees have volunteered their time to NHH activities and services throughout the year.

America's Christian Credit Union Welcomes 2015 Special Olympics Team South Africa to Glendora


Glendora, CA, July 27, 2015 -- Throughout Los Angeles, 6,500 athletes and 2,000 coaches, representing 165 countries are being hosted by cities from San Diego to San Luis Obispo for The 2015 Special Olympic World Games, the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015. Over 80,000 spectators are expected at the event, making it the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. Yesterday, America's Christian Credit Union employees joined together to welcome, celebrate and cheer for Team South Africa at the Glendora Hometown Parade!


As a host town, the City of Glendora extended a warm community welcome to the 71 athletes and 25 support staff from South Africa. During the afternoon the city planned tours and activities for the athletes which led up to yesterday's hometown parade.


In the week prior to the parade, ACCU employees worked hard to design and decorate 23 posters for Team South Africa, honoring and encouraging 18 individual athletes from within their delegation. The staff was honored by the opportunity to make posters and cheer for the athletes in the parade. They also had sincere hopes of meeting the athletes after the parade.


As the delegation of South Africa marched through the parade route, they spotted and pointed to the signs featuring their names with joy and excitement. One athlete shouted to the sideline with enthusiasm, "We love you too!" in response to a poster reading "ACCU Loves You!" At the end of the parade the ACCU employees took their posters to Glendora City Hall in hopes to meet the athletes. The employees smiled from ear to ear as they met the athletes and were given the opportunity to present them with their posters. "It was truly the best experience. The athletes were so happy to see that we had made posters just for them. That made my day!" remarked Katie Karlsson, one of the participating ACCU employees.


Mendell L. Thompson, President/CEO of America's Christian Credit Union, also Glendora's Council Member, emphasized how much it meant to join the City of Glendora in welcoming the delegation of South Africa. "These athletes are such an inspiration to all of us and we are honored to have them here," said Thompson, "We are very proud of them and all they will achieve in the 2015 World Games."

America's Christian Credit Union Committed to the Community


Glendora, CA, August 13, 2015 -- On August 11th, America's Christian Credit Union (ACCU) celebrated the remodel of its Azusa Branch with a Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Over 60 officials, partners, business owners and residents from Azusa, Glendora and the surrounding cities came to show their support.


In June, after almost nine years of operation in the city of Azusa, the branch underwent a complete remodel to enhance banking experience for members and better reflect their service values and engaging culture. The Azusa branch, located at 924 East Alosta Avenue, serves local members as well as the Azusa Pacific University (APU) & Citrus College communities. The purpose for the remodel was to modernize the branch décor and to help members feel a sense of ACCU's commitment to the community.


The celebration was kicked off by Steven Castro, CEO of the Azusa Chamber of Commerce, who, along with Lonnie De La Garza, Chamber Chairman, presented ACCU with an Award Certificate for the remodel and the excellent services they provide. Key leaders and partners in the surrounding cities followed with remarks of their gratitude for ACCU's contribution in the community. Dr. Don Davis, Vice President of APU commented, "We appreciate your partnership with APU, and we thank you for being here and living out your mission to Reach, Serve and Teach." Pastor Rick MacDonald, Senior Pastor of Azusa House of Prayer church added, "[ACCU] is not just another bank; they are about building God's Kingdom. I appreciate their heart for adoption and applaud their commitment to help find loving and safe homes for children in foster care and orphanages."

Mendell L. Thompson, President/CEO of ACCU, was pleased with the turn-out and deeply grateful for the overwhelming support from the community. Thompson exclaimed, "We appreciate being a part of this terrific town. For over 57 years our mission has been to Reach, Serve and Teach, and we couldn't be more thankful to live out that mission right here in the Azusa community."


The Azusa Branch will be offering in-branch specials and fun prizes throughout the month of August, in celebration of the newly remodeled facility. Stop by to see the new design and learn about how ACCU can help you meet your financial goals.






America's Christian Credit Union Supports Local School Children


Glendora, CA, August 18, 2015 -- For the sixth straight summer, a contingent of volunteers from America's Christian Credit Union (ACCU) has participated in the L.A. Dream Center's Back To School Bash, which took place this year on Saturday, August 15, at the Dream Center's main campus in Echo Park.

The centerpiece of this event is the distribution of backpacks, stocked with school supplies, to many hundreds of low-income schoolchildren within the Dream Center's service area in and around Los Angeles. Traditionally, between 2,000 and 3,000 kids receive new backpacks during this distribution event that has taken place every August since 2010. Following receipt of their new backpacks, children and their families have the opportunity to stay and take part in a variety of other activities, attractions, and services on the Dream Center campus, including a large water slide, carnival games, rock wall, petting zoo, free haircuts, health screening, dental checkups, and more.

At this year's Back to School Bash, ACCU employees and family members volunteered their time to help with the backpack distribution and to manage the Carnival Games activities that followed. "We are proud of our continuing partnership with the Dream Center, whose good works benefit so many of the at-risk residents of the community", said Mendell Thompson, ACCU's President and CEO.

Earlier this summer, in efforts to support the community as they prepare for back-to-school, ACCU employees partnered with Thirty-One Gift Bags and purchased cinch sacks for students at Neighborhood Homework House (NHH) in Azusa. Jennifer Hicks, Executive Director of NHH was ecstatic about the donation "I am very impressed with ACCU's commitment to the community, ACCU has become family to us over at Homework House and we are so happy to have them partnering with us." In addition, ACCU hosted Management Retreats for both the Glendora and Charter Oak Unified School Districts in their home office last month. ACCU was thankful for the opportunity to serve and celebrate the management teams as they prepared for their new school year. "I'm proud that so many of our staff members participate in this ministry and in these outreach efforts. The missions of these outreaches and of ACCU align with one another, and we are happy to play a part in providing services and resources to so many appreciative and underserved members of the community" exclaimed Thompson.






America's Christian Credit Union President Recognized By Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Congressman Ed Royce


Glendora, CA, December 17, 2014–The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors honored America's Christian Credit Union President and CEO, Mendell Thompson, for his work in adoption, leading the charge in helping fund over 1,100 adoptions since 2009. Supervisor Mike Antonovich presented Mr. Thompson and his staff with a certificate commemorating this recognition.

Mr. Thompson was also presented with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from the office of U.S. Representative Ed Royce of the 39th District of California for his commitment to caring for orphans.

In response to receiving the certificates Thompson stated, "This is truly an honor. I would like to take this moment to call attention to and give a voice to those that have no voice and no home. During the season that we are in, I can think of no better gift than to find a home for a child that has no home."

Chairman of the Board for America's Christian Credit Union, Norm Sauve, and Glendora City Mayor, Judy Nelson, were able to share a few words of support and commendation during the presentation. ACCU and city staff were also present to support this event.

ACCU has been awarded and recognized by many national organizations for their Adoption Loan Program that has helped unite 1,100 forever families. They continue to defend the cause of the fatherless with the help of their partners, adoption agencies, and the community.

America's Christian CU CEO Unites Community Over Adoption Event


Glendora, CA, November 18, 2014—America's Christian Credit Union hosted the third annual ADOPT event on Friday, November 14 at 4pm at their headquarters in Glendora, CA. The event included various community leaders, families, and Credit Union staff sharing their experiences, hopes, stories, and prayers for the cause of adoption.

Credit Union President and CEO, Mendell L. Thompson exclaimed, "We are here to celebrate adoption, to promote adoption, and to hear from families that have already adopted and can share those stories of joy and the healing power of family."

Three families from the community shared their personal journeys through the adoption process, each of which were unique and presented their own challenges and successes. Excited about her upcoming permanent adoption of Daniel, Annie gushed "I felt called to fostering a child and Daniel and I were the perfect fit from the start." Sarah, adoptive parent, said "What a blessing to be here and share our story of God's gift to us." Pedro, ACCU member and adoptive parent to two children mentioned, "Adoption is a beautiful thing… it's a miracle, and prayer works!"

Glendora City Councilmember and Keynote Speaker Joe Santoro spoke about the City of Glendora's initiative to bring awareness to the cause of adoption and his efforts to promote this movement to nearly 100 cities in the greater Los Angeles area. Santoro will also ratify a Proclamation at the November 18th Council Meeting making November National Adoption Month in the city of Glendora. On February 21, 2015 from 11am to 1pm at Citrus College, the surrounding cities along with the Department of Children and Family Services will be hosting a Foster Care and Adoption Recruitment Event.

The event concluded with a prayer by Glendora Mayor Pro-Tem and Chaplain, Rev. Karen Davis of First Christian Church of Glendora. City Mayor, Judy Nelson, and council member Doug Tessitor were also in attendance.

This is the third year America's Christian Credit Union has hosted this event and first year hosting it during National Adoption Month. ACCU has been blessed to be awarded and recognized by many national organizations for their Adoption Loan Program that has helped unite 1,100 forever families. They continue to defend the cause of the fatherless with the help of their partners, adoption agencies, and the community.

America's Christian Credit Union Named One of America's Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces by Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption


Glendora, CA, November 10, 2014—Today, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption announced America's Christian Credit Union (ACCU) as one of the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces for 2014 in the U.S. ACCU ranks third among other small businesses. This is ACCU's second year on the list. To view the full list, visit adoptionfriendlyworkplace.org.

Since 2008, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has compiled an annual list of the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces to honor employers who offer the best adoption benefits in the U.S. The rankings, compiled from an annual survey of U.S. employers, are determined by an analysis of each company's adoption benefits, including the maximum financial reimbursement and the amount of paid leave provided for employees who adopt.


"We are incredibly excited and grateful to see a growing number of employers across the country provide adoption benefits for employees," said Rita Soronen, President and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. "Adoption, and in particular adoption from foster care, is an important and increasingly common path to parenthood; we commend all of the employers across the country who recognize the importance of providing benefits to employees looking to expand their families through adoption."


America's Christian Credit Union established a workplace program in order to support employees looking to adopt children. "We are grateful to the Dave Thomas Foundation for their generosity in recognizing the work of others to support the cause of orphans. We believe every child deserves a forever family and will continue to support the work of the Dave Thomas Foundation in their tireless efforts to serve foster children around the world," said President and CEO, Mendell L. Thompson.


This is another momentous recognition for the Credit Union after months of celebrating other milestones including the announcement of President and CEO, Mendell L. Thompson as an Angel in Adoption, awarded by Congress for his visionary leadership in establishing the Adoption Loan Program in 2009 that has since helped unite over 1,100 forever families. In October, Mr. Thompson was also recognized by local community leaders for this achievement and awarded the Adoption Service Award by New Beginnings Adoption and Family Services.

The announcement of this list comes in the midst of National Adoption Month, a national effort to raise awareness for the cause of adoption. America's Christian Credit Union will be hosting ADOPT – Adoption Day of Praying Together to celebrate this special month on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 4 p.m. at their headquarters in Glendora, CA.


About the Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the more than 134,000 children waiting in North America's foster care systems. Created by Wendy's® founder Dave Thomas who was adopted, the Foundation implements evidence-based, results-driven national service programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns and innovative grant making. To learn more, visit davethomasfoundation.org, call 1-800-ASK-DTFA, or follow the organization on Facebook and Twitter.

America's Christian Credit Union Hosts Fourth Annual Church Financial Seminar in Recognition of Clergy Appreciation Month


Glendora, CA, October 28, 2014—America's Christian Credit Union held the fourth annual Church Financial Seminar on October 14, 2014 in honor of Clergy Appreciation Month. Over 30 local clergy members attended the event, which included guest speakers Dr. Kevin Mannoia, Founder of the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium, Robert Brown of Ridenour, Hienton & Lewis, P.L.L.C., and Vonna Laue, Partner at CapinCrouse LLP.

Topics included a comprehensive review of best practices for church finances, investing and market overviews, campus preservation and spiritual wellness. In response to the day's events, one of the attendees said, "Every church should be exposed to this information." Another commented, "The content of the material was very helpful and right on target for the needs of our church."

Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO of America's Christian Credit Union opened the day with a few words of gratitude that ACCU has for pastors. "It takes a calling, but also an incredible amount of character and skill to pastor entire congregations and to manage the financial side of ministry in a way that glorifies God and keeps a church healthy and thriving. We are honored to come alongside you and support you in your day to day work of expanding God's Kingdom."

President & CEO Of America's Christian Credit Union Awarded 2014 Adoption Service Award


Glendora, CA, October 21, 2014–During the Twelfth Annual Celebration of Adoption, New Beginnings International Children's and Family Services, Inc. awarded Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO of America's Christian Credit Union (ACCU), the 2014 Adoption Service Award for going above and beyond in his commitment to the cause of adoption.

In 2009, the award-winning Adoption Loan Program was established under Mr. Thompson's visionary leadership. Since then, ACCU has helped unite over 1,100 forever families through this ministry. Upon receiving this second award for his work in adoption, Mr. Thompson said, "I am humbled and blessed by this honor given to me, and I graciously accept it on behalf of the entire team at ACCU that works every day to provide a voice for those children that have no voice and no home."

Tom Velie, President of New Beginnings, said "Thompson's passionate heart for the miracle of adoption continues to fervently drive the cause, giving his employees and himself the chance to celebrate the coming together of Forever Families every day of the year!" New Beginnings has been actively involved in international adoptions as well as influencing United States policy on adopting at home and abroad. Mr. Velie joined Mr. Thompson last month at the Angels in Adoption™ award ceremony and gala in Washington D.C. where Mr. Thompson received the Angel in Adoption award from Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi.

The event was held at the BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo, MS as a way to honor families, birthmothers, and everyone connected to adoptions. Keynote Speaker, Lucas Boyce, Director of Business Development and Legislative Affairs for the Orlando Magic, shared about his journey from foster care.

About New Beginnings International Children's and Family Services, Inc.

New Beginnings is a faith-based, non-profit organization devoted to placing children in loving, Christian homes. They believe that every child should be able to experience the security of being in a stable home and the nurture and care of loving parents. New Beginning's mission is to promote 'life' and 'new beginnings' for children, birthmothers, and families through parenting education and adoption. New Beginnings International Children's & Family Services is Fully Accredited as a Hague Provider for International Adoption by the Council on Accreditation (COA).

Mendell L. Thompson, CEO Of America's Christian Credit Union Recognized By Glendora Leadership


Glendora, CA, October 17, 2014–On Monday, October 13, 2014 the Glendora Unified School District called their Board Meeting to order. During the Superintendent's Report, Superintendent, Robert Voors, called upon Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO of America's Christian Credit Union (ACCU), to recognize him for all he has done for the students and staff of the District and for his commitment to improving the lives of children and families. Various board members shared their expressions of gratitude for the work Mr. Thompson and ACCU has done on behalf of children.

On Tuesday, October 14, 2014, the City of Glendora issued a Certificate of Recognition honoring Mendell Thompson for his commitment to defending the cause of foster children and orphans. "Congratulations to Mendell Thompson and your staff!" said Doug Tessitor, Glendora City Council Member.

These recognitions follow last month's milestone for Thompson, when he was awarded the Angel in Adoption award by congress for his visionary leadership. Mr. Thompson was selected by Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, for his outstanding advocacy of defending the cause of the fatherless. Wicker, a strong advocate for adoption said, "Mr. Thompson's influential work provides a wonderful example for other financial institutions to follow. I commend Mr. Thompson for his assistance in facilitating the adoption process of so many children."

Since 2009, the Adoption Loan Program at America's Christian Credit Union has generated over 1,100 adoption loans helping to unite children worldwide with their forever families. "We are so grateful for the support of the City of Glendora, the Glendora Unified School District and local leadership. I am excited to continue fostering these incredible partnerships and promote the wellbeing of our community's children together," said Mr. Thompson. ACCU is actively involved in the local community supporting various groups and organizations, hosting monthly meetings at their headquarters, and donating over $20,000 in local event sponsorships.

Credit Union CEO Presented Angel In Adoption Award By Congress


Glendora, CA, September 23, 2014–On September 16, 2014, America's Christian Credit Union (ACCU) President and CEO, Mendell L. Thompson was presented with the Angel in Adoption™ award by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), after being selected by Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, for his outstanding advocacy of defending the cause of the fatherless.

Wicker, a strong advocate for adoption said, "Mr. Thompson's influential work in lending to churches and families provides a wonderful example for other credit unions and financial institutions to follow. I commend Mr. Thompson for his assistance in facilitating the adoption process of so many children."

The Pin Ceremony was followed by a gala on September 17. Chairman of the Board for ACCU, Norm Sauvé, fellow Board member, Dr. Kevin Mannoia, City of Glendora Council Member, Doug Tessitor, and President of New Beginnings International Children's and Family Services, Tom Velie, joined Thompson at the celebration in support of this momentous event. Chuck Johnson, President and CEO of the National Council for Adoption who was also in attendance exclaimed, "We're thrilled for Mendell and ACCU! This recognition is well deserved."

America's Christian CU's adoption ministry began in 2009 under Thompson's visionary leadership. Since then, ACCU has helped unite over 1,100 children with their forever families through the award-winning Adoption Loan Program. In response to the news of receiving this award Thompson said, "This is indeed an honor, blessing and statement of God's hand on our mission. We believe that every child deserves a forever family and will work every day to advance the cause of the orphan." More than 100,000 children nationwide are in need of a loving family and ACCU is honored to assist in making adoption possible for couples.

In an official statement on the Congressional Record, Senator Mary Landrieu, Co-Chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, remarked, "I wanted to give a shout out to Senator Wicker's Angel, Mr. Mendell Thompson and his board of directors at America's Christian Credit Union in California and thank them for believing that every child deserves a forever family and for taking an active role in crafting an affordable solution for America's adoptive families. He's got a passionate heart for the miracle of adoption and continues to promote this in California and around the country."

Many friends of Thompson and ACCU offered their commendations. Joseph Santoro, City of Glendora Councilmember, said, "I know your efforts are an act of true love and concern for those who have little if any voice in this world." David Busic, General Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene wrote "Your advocacy on behalf of orphans is just one of the Christ-like attributes we have come to appreciate about you." Commissioner David Jeffrey of The Salvation Army commented, "What an impact you are making in the lives of children and families."

The Angels in Adoption™ program is CCAI's signature public awareness campaign and provides an opportunity for all members of the U.S. Congress to honor the good work of their constituents who have enriched the lives of foster children and orphans in the United States and abroad. Each year, more than 140 Angels are honored through the Angels in Adoption™ program.

About The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) is a 501©3 nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the tens of thousands of orphans and foster children in the United States and the millions of orphans around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes through adoption. For more information, visit www.ccainstitute.org or www.angelsinadoption.org.

America's Christian Credit Union Ramps Up Efforts To Promote Miracles


Glendora, CA, September 12, 2014–On September 10, America's Christian Credit Union participated in the annual Miracle Jean's Day fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals bringing the total of funds raised for CMN in 2014 to $8,000.

Since 2009, Miracle Jeans Day has encouraged groups and individuals alike to trade their traditional work attire for jeans and help raise funds for kids treated at the Children's Miracle Network Hospital in their area. Since its beginning, Miracle Jeans Day has raised more than $2 million to help fund life-saving medical needs in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

"We are fortunate enough to support an organization like the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in their efforts to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. I truly appreciate our staff for their dedication to serving others and the community we live in," said Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO of America's Christian Credit Union. The credit union has been involved in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising annually since 1998.

President and CEO, Mendell L. Thompson is no stranger to fundraising for good causes. He recently completed the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS after being nominated by Azusa Pacific University President, Jon Wallace. He was delighted to monetarily support the cause as well as call attention to the fight against Lou Gehrig's Disease with two large buckets of ice water inside the fountain at ACCU headquarters in Glendora. He proudly challenged the Superintendent of the Glendora Unified School District, Dr. Rob Voors, Vice President of Relations of Point Loma Nazarene University, Dr. Joe Watkins and President and CEO of Christian Care Ministries, Tony Meggs to also complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Their participation in the challenge has yet to be confirmed.

America's Christian Credit Union Helps Fulfill The American Dream With Student Scholarships


Glendora, CA, July 15, 2014–America's Christian Credit Union awarded five $1,000 scholarships to various students based on their academic achievements, community service, and other criteria. America's Christian CU scholarship program is held annually to support local and national students who exemplify their mission, "To Reach, Serve and Teach."

President and CEO, Mendell L. Thompson, expressed the importance of supporting education through scholarships, "Furthering one's education allows them to deepen their understanding of God and the gifts He has blessed each individual with, exercising them and developing them so they can be used for his glory in the world we live in."

The scholarship recipients and members of the credit union include Briana who will be attending Point Loma Nazarene University, April who will be attending Azusa Pacific University along with our second-time scholarship recipient Jessica, George who will be pursuing his graduate degree from Corban University and Trina who is attending the University of Georgia, Atlanta. America's Christian Credit Union congratulates you.

Community Joins Together to Celebrate Patriot Week Hosted by America's Christian Credit Union in Partnership With Project Glendora Yellow Ribbon


Glendora, CA, June 3, 2014–In the first-ever Patriot Week hosted by America's Christian Credit Union (ACCU) and Project Glendora Yellow Ribbon, held May 27-30, the Glendora community and its surrounding cities joined together to celebrate Patriots past, future, and present. The week included crafts, displays, and contests in the ACCU Glendora Branch, an Opening Ceremony, a Veterans Resource Fair, and a final celebration aptly named "Passing on the Torch."

ACCU and the Yellow Ribbon Committee were joined by more than 10 other community groups and individuals throughout the week to help express the continued support and gratitude the community has for those currently serving. Over $3,600 in gifts were donated from local businesses for the Veterans, First Responders & Their Families gift drawing.

In an effort to restore many of the Project Glendora Yellow Ribbon banners that were damaged due to recent storms, America's Christian Credit Union donated $1,000 to the group in a check presentation during the closing ceremony as part of their commitment to donate $10 for every new account opened during Patriot Week.

In response to the week's events Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO, concluded, "There is no better way to spend time than in thanks to those who serve and protect our country every day. This week was a gesture of gratitude and support to the military and first responder community from their local community and we hope to continue this tradition for years to come."


America's Christian Credit Union Conducts 56th Annual Meeting


Glendora, CA, May 7, 2014–America's Christian Credit Union held their 56th Annual Meeting on May 2, 2014. Members, Staff, the Board of Directors, Supervisory Committee and Senior Management all attended the event held at the ACCU Headquarters in Glendora, California.

Speakers included ACCU President and CEO Mendell L. Thompson, Chairman of the Board, Norm Sauvé, Chairman of the Supervisory Committee Dale Best, Sylvia Nash, Secretary of the Board, and fellow board member Dr. Kevin Mannoia, Graduate Chaplain of Azusa Pacific University.

There was a special dedication to Board of Directors Secretary, Reverend Ridge Ireland, who passed away at the conclusion of 2013. Barbara Ireland, wife to Ridge Ireland, was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a plaque dedicating the Credit Union patio to Rev. Ireland on behalf of ACCU staff, senior management, the Board of Directors, and the Supervisory Committee. Her family including children and grandchildren were present.

Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO, proudly announced that Patricia Harris, Controller, is Employee of the Year for 2013. She was awarded with a plaque, certificate, and congratulatory flowers on behalf of ACCU. Patricia Harris, highly knowledgeable and experienced in her field, has been with the credit union for over 4 years. She holds a BA in Accounting from Cal Poly Pomona and an MBA from Azusa Pacific University.


America's Christian Credit Union Awards 1,000th Adoption Loan Family with $1,000 Grant


Glendora, CA, March 31, 2014–America's Christian Credit Union is excited to announce that they have exceeded 1,000 adoptions funded since the inception of their adoption loan program in 2009. In honor of this milestone, ACCU awarded the 1,000th family with a special $1,000 grant.

They shared their journey on how they became the 1,000th family to use the ACCU Adoption Loan Program to help complete their forever family:

We received a phone call from the social worker that helped us with our first adoptive son. The parents of our son were pregnant again and would like us to adopt his full biological sibling. We were not financially prepared to take on the cost of another adoption, but we knew that we were meant to adopt this child. We needed a financial institution that would understand our situation. That's when we came across ACCU. The last adoption wouldn't have been possible and our family wouldn't have been complete if it wasn't for the wonderful staff and adoption loan program at ACCU!

In response to the milestone Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO of America's Christian CU, said, "No words can describe the true joy we feel as an organization to be a part of the process of adoption for so many forever families. The stories we hear and the families we are able to connect with transform our hearts every day." ACCU is passionate about supporting the work of organizations that are helping 143 million orphans worldwide.


America's Christian Credit Union Participates in Glendora Unified School District's 25th Annual Community Read-In


Glendora, CA, February 28, 2014–America's Christian Credit Union staff volunteered in the local community for the Glendora Unified School District's 25th Annual Community Read-In on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. ACCU staff, passionate about giving back to the community and serving others, has been participating in this event for many years now.

Every year, community members volunteer their time to read a book in various classrooms across the district, promoting reading, education, and community involvement. This year, staff members spread across the district to read to some of the youngest minds in the community. One staff member commented, "The kids were very engaged and had lots of questions… I think it was a great way to get the community involved in the local schools and get the kids excited about reading."

In response to the event a staff member said, "I absolutely loved and am grateful for the experience!" Another described their experience, "I greatly appreciated the chance to read 'Tomas and the Library Lady' to a 5th-grade class at Stanton Elementary. The students were bright, attentive and inquisitive. They were receptive to the message that reading is a valuable and enriching habit to form, and that the quest for learning, through college and beyond, will bless and enrich their lives."

America's Christian CU's staff is committed to the company's mission "To Reach, Serve and Teach" and believes education – and this event in particular – epitomizes living out their mission within the local community. President and CEO, Mendell L. Thompson, expressed the importance of supporting education this way: "Education adds value to an individual's life not only through the power of knowledge. It also gives people the ability to progress and become our future leaders and Kingdom builders."



America's Christian Credit Union Hosts Call to Prayer for Adoption


Glendora, CA, February 27, 2014–Yesterday, adoption advocates and supporters of forever families met at America's Christian Credit Union headquarters in Glendora for A Call to Pray For Adoption.

Guests heard from President and CEO, Mendell L. Thompson, Board Member, Dr. Kevin Mannoia, Chief Development Officer, Fawn Imboden, and the adoption lending group at ACCU. Various staff members shared stories, testimonies, and letters of gratitude from families who successfully adopted with the help of ACCU's loan and grant programs.

The highlight of the event was the community prayer led by Dr. Kevin Mannoia, Graduate Chaplain of Azusa Pacific University, which offered support to adoption organizations, agencies, governments, birthparents, adoptive parents, and most of all, the children.

ACCU believes every child deserves a forever family. ACCU's adoption loan ministry has helped place nearly 1000 children in a loving home, and as a reflection of the beliefs shared by their membership, feel called to do more to advance the cause of the orphan. This call to prayer was planned as a way of standing up for children and adoptive families.

President/CEO Mendell L. Thompson explains, "We are passionate about supporting the cause of the children who do not have a voice. This is one of many initiatives we have planned to generate awareness for adoption, and we could not be happier to have the strong support of our Board, staff, members and friends in the community. In addition, we received word from others across the nation that joined us in prayer at that exact same time. It is a privilege to unite in prayer as one global group of adoption advocates. Thank you to all who attended."

More information can be found at www.AmericasChristianCU.com/adoption.




America's Christian Credit Union Donates $10,000 to Children's Miracle Network Concluding Holiday GiveBack Initiative


Glendora, CA, January 9, 2014–America's Christian Credit Union (ACCU) donated $10,000 to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) as a result of a year-long fundraising effort by staff. The contributions will go toward supporting sick and injured children at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA). This marks the last event in a series of charitable giving by the credit union during their Holiday GiveBack Initiative.

In an effort to support the local community, America's Christian Credit Union and its members donated food to Shepherd's Pantry through Glendora Community Coordinating Council's Holiday Basket Program helping to feed over 250 families.

ACCU's staff also participated in a 2 month long program to give back to their own communities through service in either their churches or local organizations. In total ACCU's staff donated 260 hours of their time by teaching, coaching, providing financial services, and helping where they were needed most. More than 10 of our employees participated in City of Hope's Walk for Hope in support of finding a cure for cancer.

"We would not be living out our mission 'To Reach, Serve, and Teach' if we did not exemplify it in our own communities," said Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO of America's Christian Credit Union. "I am overjoyed that we were able to give back in these specific ways during this season of giving. The success of the Holiday GiveBack Initiative would not have been possible without the gracious and wonder-working God we serve."




Mayor Joseph A. Santoro Recognizes America's Christian Credit Union in National Adoption Day Proclamation


Glendora, CA, November 26, 2013–Mayor of Glendora, CA, Joseph A. Santoro gave a special proclamation on November 23, 2013 proclaiming November 23, 2013 as National Adoption Day and recognizing America's Christian Credit Union for its commitment to "defend the cause of the fatherless."


National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of children waiting in foster care to get adopted and with over 400 events for the last 13 years, National Adoption Day has made the dreams of nearly 44,500 children come true by finalizing adoptions and finding homes for children in foster care.


ACCU has helped over 900 children find forever families through their Adoption Loan Program. They have been honored by two significant awards this year including the Friend of Adoption award given by the National Council of Adoption and being named fourth for small businesses on the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption's 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces for 2013.


In response to the proclamation Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO of America's Christian Credit Union said, "We are passionate about supporting the work of organizations that are helping 143 million orphans worldwide. This proclamation affirms our continued passion and dedication to the cause of adoption. We are so grateful for the support that the City of Glendora and Mayor Joseph Santoro has given us."


In August, America's Christian Credit Union held an adoption summit in partnership with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption for local leadership in order to better inform the surrounding communities about the foster care system and adoption. Mayor Joseph A. Santoro was in attendance and said, "The work that ACCU and the Dave Thomas Foundation are doing for our children is so very much needed and appreciated."

America's Christian Credit Union Gears Up for Holiday Basket Program


Glendora, CA, November 12, 2013–America's Christian Credit Union is partnering with the City of Glendora and the Glendora Community Coordinating Council (GCCC) in their annual Holiday Basket Program. Donations are being accepted through Friday, December 20, 2013 at America's Christian Credit Union's Glendora branch.


During the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons each year, Glendora's Holiday Basket Program provides food baskets for over 400 families in need in Glendora and surrounding communities. Those who wish to contribute may do so by donating non-perishable food items and/or monetary contributions. The food is assembled into baskets for those in need, and the money is used to purchase gift cards which are included with the donated food baskets.


"In an effort live out our mission 'To Reach, Serve and Teach' I encourage our staff, members and community to join in supporting this program that uplifts so many residents in need in our community. By doing so, we are fulfilling the call and promise of God in Isaiah 58:7-9," said President and CEO of America's Christian Credit Union, Mendell L. Thompson.


In addition to ACCU, there are four other food drop-off locations for this program including Glendora Public Library, the Glendora Police Department, La Fetra Senior Center, and the Timothy Daniel Crowther Teen & Family Center.

America's Christian Credit Union Welcomes Nightlight Christian Adoptions President


Glendora, CA, November 6, 2013–In celebration of Orphan Sunday and National Adoption Month, America's Christian Credit Union welcomed Dr. Daniel Nehrbass, President of Nightlight Christian Adoptions, to their headquarters to share about the importance of adoption.


Nightlight Christian Adoptions has made a name for itself in the field of domestic, international, and most significantly embryo adoptions. "Adoption accomplishes many things above and beyond just providing a home for a child. There are no words to describe the impact it has on the child, the parents, and families," said Dr. Daniel Nehrbass. More than 2,000 domestic adoptions, 1,700 international adoptions and 550 embryo adoptions have been completed by Nightlight.


Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO of America's Christian Credit Union said "It is our duty as Christians to defend the cause of the orphans and Orphan Sunday is only a small reminder once a year of the task we take on everyday. We are overjoyed to offer solutions to parents and families looking to complete their forever family." The national Orphan Sunday campaign is led by the Christian Alliance for Orphans. The campaign aimed encourages events across America the first weekend of November, calling Christians to adoption, foster care and global orphan ministry.


About Nightlight Christian Adoptions

Nightlight Christian Adoptions provides adoption services as a permanent response for children without parents through child advocacy, parent education and lifelong support…because every child deserves a loving family. Serving children and families throughout the world for more than 50 years, Nightlight has been bringing parents and children together through adoption to form loving and supportive families. Visit the new website at www.nightlight.org for more information.

America's Christian Credit Union Hosts Church Financial Seminar in Honor of Clergy Appreciation Month


Glendora, CA, October 23, 2013–America's Christian Credit Union held their 2013 Church Financial Seminar on October 22, 2013 in honor of Clergy Appreciation Month. Over 40 local clergy members attended the event, which included guest speakers Dr. James Morwood, Lead Campus Pastor of Azusa Pacific University, and Vonna Laue, Partner at CapinCrouse LLP.


Pastors and their staff from around Southern California were invited to attend the free event in honor of Clergy Appreciation Month, which was started by Focus on the Family in 1994, reminding congregations that it was biblical to honor their pastoral staffs. Topics included a comprehensive review of best practices for church finances, investing and market overviews and spiritual wellness.


In response to the day dedicated to spiritual encouragement and financial education for pastors and their churches, one of the attendees said, "I've been praying for something like this for quite some time. This was an answer to prayer." Another said, "[ACCU's] passion for watching out for local churches and local pastors was so encouraging. Thank you!"


Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO of America's Christian Credit Union opened the day with a few words of gratitude that ACCU has for pastors. "It takes a calling, but also an incredible amount of character and skill to pastor entire congregations and to manage the financial side of ministry in a way that glorifies God and keeps a church healthy and thriving. We are honored to come alongside you and support you in your day to day work of expanding God's Kingdom."

America's Christian Credit Union Raises Funds for Children's Miracle Network on Miracle Jeans Day


Glendora, CA, September 19, 2013–On September 18, America's Christian Credit Union participated in the annual Miracle Jean's Day fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals bringing the total of funds raised for CMN in 2013 to $7,673.


Since 2009, Miracle Jeans Day has encouraged groups and individuals alike to trade their traditional work attire for jeans and help raise funds for kids treated at the Children's Miracle Network Hospital in their area. Since its beginning, Miracle Jeans Day has raised more than $1.4 million to help fund life-saving medical needs in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.


"We are fortunate enough to support an organization like the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in their efforts to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. I truly appreciate our staff for their dedication to serving others and the community we live in," said Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO of America's Christian Credit Union. The credit union has been involved in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising annually since 1998.

America's Christian Credit Union Awarded 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces by Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption


Glendora, CA, September 5, 2013–On September 3, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption announced America's Christian Credit Union as one of the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces for 2013. ACCU currently ranks in fourth place among other small businesses. To view the full list, visit adoptionfriendlyworkplace.org.


Every year the Foundation announces America's top 100 adoption-friendly employers, the top 10 by size, and the leaders in each industry from its annual survey of U.S. employers. Rankings are determined by an analysis of a company's adoption benefits, including the maximum amount of financial reimbursement and paid leave for families who adopt.


"It is vital for adoptive parents to spend time with their children to bond and develop trust," said Rita Soronen, President and CEO of the Foundation. "Employers who offer adoption benefits understand the initial needs of adoptive families are no different than families formed biologically. And family-friendly work environments create strong and loyal workforces."


America's Christian Credit Union established a workplace program in order to support employees looking to adopt children. "We are grateful to the Dave Thomas Foundation for the work they are doing and their generosity in recognizing the work of others to support the cause of orphans. We believe every child deserves a forever family and will continue to support the important work of the Dave Thomas Foundation in their tireless efforts to serve foster children around the world," said President and CEO, Mendell L. Thompson.


There are more than 100,000 children in the U.S. foster care system waiting to be adopted. Every year, more than 26,000 children in foster care turn 18 and age out of the system without families. The seventh annual Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list helps increase foster care adoption awareness while celebrating businesses that support adoptive families.


About the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption:

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the more than 134,000 children waiting in North America's foster care systems. Created by Wendy's® founder Dave Thomas who was adopted, the Foundation implements evidence-based, results-driven national service programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns and advocacy initiatives. To learn more, visit davethomasfoundation.org or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA.


Pictured: Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO of America's Christian Credit Union with Rita Soronen, President and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

National Council For Adoption Awards America's Christian Credit Union With Friend of Adoption Award


Orlando, FL, June 17, 2013–At the National Council for Adoption Annual Conference held in Orlando, Florida, America's Christian Credit Union was presented the Friend of Adoption Award in recognition for its dedication and commitment to children and families

"Our Friend of Adoption Awards honor those who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of birthparents, adoptive families, and hundreds of thousands of children who are waiting to be adopted," said Chuck Johnson, President and CEO of NCFA. Since 2009, America's Christian Credit Union has helped make over 800 adoptions possible through their financial assistance.

President/CEO Mendell L. Thompson deeply moved by this recognition said, "This is indeed an honor, blessing and statement of God's hand on our mission. We believe that every child deserves a forever family and will work every day to advance the cause of the orphan. We will also continue to support the important and strategic work of NCFA and all of its affiliates in their tireless efforts to serve children and families."

More information can be found at www.AmericasChristianCU.com/adoption.

America's Christian Credit Union Announces Employee of the Year at 55th Annual Meeting


Glendora, CA, May 15, 2013–During America's Christian Credit Union's 55th Annual Meeting, Jennifer Dominquez, AVP of Loan Servicing, won the award for Employee of the Year for 2012. Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO, proudly presented her with a plaque, certificate, and congratulatory flowers on behalf of America's Christian CU.


Jennifer's lending expertise and her exemplary work ethic made her a most deserving recipient of this honor. This is her second time winning the award, previously receiving the honor in 1996. Jennifer Dominquez was joined by her family on the day of the event.


America's Christian Credit Union employs over 85 people. Four people are awarded the MVP of the Quarter every year. The Employee of the Year is then chosen from the four. In response to the importance of employee recognition Mendell L. Thompson explained, "This reflects our value we place on staff. We honor and celebrate them, and that adds to the value and success of our company."


America's Christian Credit Union Chairman of the Board Change of Guard at 55th Annual Meeting


Glendora, CA, May 15, 2013–America's Christian Credit Union announced at their 55th Annual Meeting on May 3rd that Chairman of the Board, David Morse, has concluded his three year term as Chairman and will be succeeded by Norm Sauvé, previous Vice Chairman. Norm Sauvé will lead ACCU and six other board members including new Vice Chairman Rev. Jerry Ferguson.


David Morse led the last annual meeting of his term, a historic mark for the credit union with 55 years of faithful service to its members. David Morse reflected on ACCU's long standing history of profitability over the last 55 years with church loans in 47 states and expectations of 1,000 adoption loans by years end. The Chairman reported a stable credit union in a strong financial position, which was reiterated throughout the event. Speakers also included ACCU President and CEO Mendell L. Thompson, Chairman of the Supervisory Committee Dale Best, and fellow board member Dr. Kevin Mannoia, Graduate Chaplain of Azusa Pacific University.


America's Christian Credit Union recognized David Morse's service as Chairman with an award in appreciation for extraordinary leadership presented by Mendell Thompson during the meeting. David Morse will continue to serve on the Board of Directors adding to his 13 years of service. Norm Sauvé has served on the board since 1998 and was elected as Chairman for a three year term.


Snow Day Attracts Over 5,000 for Snow, Santa, Petting Zoo and More!


GLENDORA, CA–The perfect weather and Christmas spirit led to over 5,000 people descending upon America's Christian Credit Union for their 7th Annual Snow Day following the Glendora annual hometown Christmas Parade. The event was held on Saturday, December 8th, 2012 in partnership with local radio station Radio Disney AM 1110.


The event was packed with literally hundreds of families enjoying the snow. Children lined up to take free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as with the special credit union kids' account mascot, Buddy Bee. A petting zoo featuring a huge camel attracted many curious visitors. There were pony rides for the more adventurous children. The children built snowmen, had singing contests, and played game after game hosted by the team from Radio Disney – all while enjoying 50 tons of fresh snow. Parents and guests enjoyed shopping at several gift and food vendors selling yummy treats like candy apples, cupcakes, kettle corn and funnel cakes. Lots of hungry people were happy to see the In-N-Out Cookout Trailer serving up burgers as well. Altogether the America's Christian CU Snow Day continues to be a highlight of the Christmas season for everyone in the community.


"What a fun day! I am amazed at how year after year the community celebrates with us at Snow Day. I am grateful to our staff of 85, who did an amazing job hosting this event. We are blessed with the wonderful turnout, the happiness of the kids who attended, and the support shown from our wonderful sponsors as well as the city of Glendora," President/CEO Mendell L. Thompson said.


Check out photos from Snow Day here.

$13,350 to Children's Miracle Network is Latest in Series of Charitable Efforts by America's Christian Credit Union


GLENDORA, CA–Topping off a year of fundraising efforts that were augmented by a generous corporate match from Co-Op Financial Services, America's Christian Credit Union (ACCU) has donated over $13,000 to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. This amount represents the total raised by the credit union's staff through a variety of means in 2012. The credit union has been involved in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising annually since 1998.


ACCU President/CEO Mendell L. Thompson presented a check for $13,350 to Michael Sandler, Associate Director for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN), who accepted the funds on behalf of Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). ACCU employees raised the funds through payroll deductions, a company match, and numerous fundraisers throughout 2012.


In one of the fundraising ventures last spring, running enthusiast and ACCU Director of Human Resources Richard Mathews completed the SacTown Credit Union 10-mile Run For The Kids at the state Capitol on April 1st, raising $400 in charitable contributions for the Children's Miracle Network. The credit union added the proceeds to its CMN fund, which continues to support the care of sick and injured kids at CHLA.


This run was one of many efforts by ACCU, which places a high priority on outreach and support within the communities they serve. In January of 2012, President/CEO Thompson had presented another large check to Sandler of CHLA, this one for $14,428, representing total funds raised by ACCU and its staff for CMN in 2011.


America's Christian CU participated in a series of events to uplift the community during the 2012 holiday season as well. One such event, which took place during Thanksgiving week, was the Shoes That Fit effort hosted and coordinated by Central City Community Outreach in downtown Los Angeles. ACCU staff raised funds to purchase 55 pairs of shoes that were given out during this event and also sent a team of 15 volunteers to staff it. The event helped serve 1500 people with nearly 1,000 pairs of new shoes, over 500 pairs of used shoes/clothing items, and 370 "Boxes of Love" to families on L.A.'s Skid Row so they could have a special holiday meal with their families.


In December, ACCU staff bought gifts for 35 needy children served by Our Neighborhood Homework House, a non-profit that provides tutoring and extracurricular activities to schoolchildren in the Azusa area. Also during the holiday season, staff participated in a pair of separate outreach events – a Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway and Christmas gift-wrap and distribution ministry -- through a partnership with the Dream Center Los Angeles.


President/CEO Mendell L. Thompson explains, "It is truly our joy to participate in our community with these charity efforts. I appreciate our Board, management and staff for their wholehearted support of fundraising on behalf of those less fortunate. I'm humbled that our stewardship of charitable funds through our various fundraising campaigns can help make a difference in their lives."



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$5000 Adoption Grant Program Launches

Employees of America's Christian Credit Union adopting a child will now receive a $5000 grant under a new Adoption Grant Program announced today. The announcement was received with overwhelming enthusiasm from employees.


We believe every child deserves a forever family. The cause of adoption is close to the heart of the credit union. In 2009, ACCU began offering adoption loans to families in the process of adoption, covering agency fees, international travel to pick up the child, and other expenses. Over the past three years we have witnessed the growth and need for adoption financing. Through this loan program ACCU has been able to help place over 485 children with their forever families. In the course of working with the families trying to finance their adoption, and learning their individual stories and struggles, the board and leadership felt commissioned to support adoption within the credit union's staff. This $5,000 grant is an additional employee benefit to be made available to any ACCU staff member pursuing adoption towards fees and other expenses. With the cost of adoption currently averaging in the thousands, this grant arrives at a most welcome time.


"We believe deeply in the miracle of adoption as part of the greater story we all celebrate – being adopted into God's family. With this new grant, we want to demonstrate our solid support for our team members that want to extend their love to the orphan," President/CEO Mendell L. Thompson said.


2011 Business of the Year

America's Christian Credit Union was named the 2011 Business of the Year by the Glendora Chamber of Commerce.

The credit union moved to Glendora, California in 2005, and has made it their goal to give back to the community. ACCU has become actively engaged in Glendora community life—from their annual Snow Day that draws thousands to celebrate the Christmas season, the breadth of volunteer work, the semi-annual blood drives, and the support of the local schools, colleges, and universities. After these wonderful years of serving the Glendora community, the 2011 Business of the Year award is tremendous news for the credit union.

President/CEO Mendell L. Thompson had this comment regarding this significant achievement: "I am truly humbled! Our commitment to serve is our top priority each and every day. We don't do this to win awards; we do this because we truly care about our members and the community we serve. To be recognized for our efforts in this manner makes what we do even more special. From all of our staff here, I simply want to say 'thank you' for the privilege to serve and work in the City of Glendora."