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Two Minnesota credit unions named Community Impact Award finalists

Wednesday, January 21, 2015  
Posted by: Laura Whittet
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ST. PAUL, Minn. Minnesota Business Magazine has announced finalists for its 2015 Community Impact Awards, including two Minnesota credit unions – Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union and Hiway Federal Credit Union. The Community Impact Awards honor Minnesota companies and businesspeople that make giving back to the community a priority.

Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union is a finalist in the “Best in Class: Large Company” category, which recognizes a company for overall excellence in positively impacting Minnesota communities. Affinity Plus was nominated for its annual Plus It Forward initiative. Inspired by the actions of its members, employees and those who live and work in the communities it serves, Affinity Plus created Plus It Forward to spread kindness and inspire others to perform intentional acts of kindness. To learn more, visit the Plus It Forward website at

“The pure intention of just going out and scattering kindness on Plus It Forward Day makes it an event that, when it’s embraced, can truly change lives and make communities better,” said Affinity Plus President and CEO Dave Larson. “For our members and employees, the day also demonstrates that kindness has so many different forms like sharing a funny joke, sending a thank you card or just spending meaningful time with others, and that sometimes the more simple the gesture, the more powerful the impact.” 

Hiway Federal Credit Union is a finalist in the “Hiring Veterans” category, which is awarded to a company that is making an effort to employ military veterans. Hiway was nominated for its work as a Yellow Ribbon Company. Yellow Ribbon Companies provide service members and their families with community support, training, services and resources. To learn more about Hiway’s work as a Yellow Ribbon Company, visit

“We’re incredibly honored to be named as a finalist for the Minnesota Business Magazine Community Impact Award in the ‘Hiring Veterans’ category,” said Hiway Federal Credit Union President and CEO Dave Boden. “This represents a part of our broader initiative as a Yellow Ribbon Company to support and recognize our members, staff and their families for their dedicated service and sacrifice to their country.”

All finalists will be highlighted in an article in the March issue of Minnesota Business Magazine and will also be honored at a Minnesota Business Magazine awards gala on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.

"Affinity Plus and Hiway have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to their members and communities,” said Minnesota Credit Union President & CEO Mark Cummins. "They are two great examples of the dedication Minnesota’s credit unions have to people helping people, and I congratulate them on being named finalists for the Community Impact Awards.”


The Minnesota Credit Union Network is the statewide trade association that works to ensure the success, growth and vitality of Minnesota credit unions. With nearly $20 billion in assets, Minnesota credit unions are local, trusted financial cooperatives that serve more than 1.6 million members at 400+ branch locations around the state. As not-for-profit institutions, credit unions give back to the communities they serve. For more information, visit


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