2016 Annie Vamper Helping Hands Award
The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions (Federation) is pleased to announce that Laura Aguirre, President/CEO of Hawaii First Federal Credit Union of Kamuela, Hawaii, is the recipient of the 2016 Annie Vamper Helping Hands Award. This award is the highest honor given by the Federation to community development credit union staff and volunteers. Laura received her award at a special ceremony at the Federation’s 2016 Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas.
Laura says she is a true believer in the credit union philosophy of people helping people, “Kindness costs nothing and can change a life. Every day I ask myself whose life did I change today?”
2015 National Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action
Members of Hawaii First Federal Credit Union don’t need to search for the end of the rainbow to find their pot of gold. They also are more likely to escape the clutches of payday lenders.
Hawaii First’s members have access to asset building products and affordable, non-predatory loans through the credit union’s Pot of Gold (POG) program. The credit union created the POG Emergency Savings Program to help members gain the benefits of automatic savings.
2014 Circle of Honor Leadership Award from the Opportunity Finance Network
Hawaii First CEO, Laura Aguirre, accepted the Circle of Honor Leadership Award on behalf of Hawaii First FCU at the OFN Conference. The Circle of Honor Award recognizes a Native CDFI that is successfully increasing access to capital and financial resources in Native communities.
This ceremony is a part of the Annual Native CDFI Convening hosted by Opportunity Finance Network and First Nations Oweesta Corporation.
2009 Dora Maxwell Award for Social Responsibility Theory of Change
The credit union obtained its CDFI certification in 2007 and has also created a 501(c)3 arm to serve the community with free access to job-seeking assistance, credit and debt management, one-on-one financial counseling, and financial education workshops offered by trained and certified staff.
In 2009, Hawaii First was recognized by the Credit Union National Association with the Dora Maxwell Award for Social Responsibility for its commitment to providing responsive products and services.