Tipping the Scales for Those in Need

2014 Holiday Food Drive

The holiday season is nearly upon us. It’s a time for giving and for counting our blessings and, this year, we have much to be thankful for. Let’s work together to pay it forward by giving to those in need through the 2014 NASA FCU Holiday Food Drive.

Last year, we gathered a remarkable 3,600 pounds of food. This year, we’re looking to tip the scales at 4,000 pounds. It’s an ambitious goal, and we will need your help to meet it. Please take your donations to your local NASA FCU Branch.

The Food Drive starts today and concludes Thursday, December 11th, at which time all donations will be collected and delivered to local area food banks. Every year the Holiday Food Drive is more successful than the previous year. We are very excited to have this drive once again.

Here are the top foods requested by food banks this year:

  • Proteins Canned meats such as tuna, chicken or fish (100% meat/fish packed in water or oil)
  • Peanut butter
  • Soups and stews
  • Rice and pasta
  • Cereal, including oatmeal
  • Canned vegetables, including tomatoes and tomato sauce
  • Canned or dried beans and peas
  • Canned fruits
  • Fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed) Make sure it’s 100% juice.
  • Prepared box mixes, such as macaroni and cheese or Hamburger Helper.
  • Cake mixes and canned frosting
  • Shelf-stable milk, this includes dehydrated milk, canned evaporated milk and instant breakfasts.

Our food drive will help provide nutritious meals for many families in need this holiday season.

We Made a Difference in the Community

At NASA Federal Credit Union, we’re committed to being a good neighbor. We have a long history of giving back to the community, and supported many worthwhile causes during 2013.

In January, the Big Dippers—a group of hardy NASA FCU employees participating in the annual Polar Bear Plunge—took a dip into chilly waters to help the Maryland Special Olympics. In addition, in April, 73 NASA FCU volunteers and 16 NASA FCU runners participated in the annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

On April 15, Tim Burch, Vice President of Technology Services, ran as a member of the Credit Unions Kids at Heart Boston Marathon Team. Despite the tragic events that took place during the 2013 Boston Marathon, all members of the Credit Unions Kids at Heart Boston Marathon Team, including Tim, returned safely. Credit Unions Kids at Heart Raised $128,000 for Boston Children’s Hospital this year.

In May, NASA FCU awarded over $21,000 in scholarships to seven area students through the Mitchell-Beall-Rosen Memorial Scholarship. The Scholarship, now in its 31st year, has supported hundreds of promising young individuals as they embark on their educational goals.

This past October, NASA FCU once again participated in the annual Light the Night® walk to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Through the efforts of members and employees, we raised $19,000— the highest annual contribution to date—to support important patient services, advocacy for lifesaving treatments, and the most promising cancer research anywhere.

Finally, we round out the year with our annual NASA FCU Food Drive. The NASA FCU 2013 Holiday Food Drive is in full swing thanks to the generosity of so many of our employees and members. As in prior years, NASA FCU hosts the Holiday Food Drive to gather food donations for local area food pantries. This year, our goal is to donate 4,500 pounds of food. If you would like to participate in this worthy cause, we are accepting food donations until December 12, 2013 at any NASA FCU branch.

ISDC 2013 Global Collaboration in 21st Century Space

Our partner organization the National Space Society (NSS) is hosting the ISDC 2013 Global Collaboration in 21st Century Space. Here is a detailed overview of the conference:

The 32nd International Space Development Conference (ISDC), will be held at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine in San Diego, California, May 23-27, 2013. ISDC speakers will discuss breakthroughs happening in space development and will showcase the latest in space applications, promote new ideas, and prove fertile ground for collaboration and innovation. This is the century we break free of the gravity that has limited our ability to colonize space. Join us at the ISDC to learn how to collaborate effectively in a global, soon to be multi-planetary community. ISDC 2013 promises to be the place where 21st century skills are developed for 21st century space.

ISDC 2013 will have talks on Asteroids, Business, Education, Emerging Space Applications, Living in Space, Lunar, Mars, Space Solar Power, Space Settlement, Transhumanism, Space Exploration, and more. Release of the Roadmap to Space Settlement will also be featured. These tracks are will incorporate the latest information. Plenary and meal sessions will offer opportunities to hear from the giants in space science and industry.

A gathering of stars of the space community will highlight ISDC 2013. Dr. Bob Richards, Co-Founder and CEO, Moon Express, Inc. will be our Thursday Lunch Keynote Speaker. Dr. Robert B. Kerr, Director of Arecibo Observatory will be our Monday Lunch Keynote Speaker. Bas Lansdorp, Co-Founder & CEO of Mars One will be our Opening Keynote Speaker. Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, and Ian O’Neil of Discover News are confirmed. Dr. Kalam, former President of India will be our Gala Keynote Speaker and Recipient of the prestigious NSS von Braun Award. Apollo 11 Astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin will be our Saturday Lunch Speaker and the last space shuttle commander Capt. Christopher Ferguson will keynote at the Sunday Luncheon. At ISDC, you can meet these space stars and more, see old friends and meet new ones, and much more that you just cannot elsewhere.

You can find more information about ISDC 2013 here.

Holiday Food Drive Success

Food Drive 2012

The 2012 NASA FCU Holiday Food Drive was a great success. As in prior years, NASA FCU hosted the Holiday Food Drive to gather food donations for local food pantries. This year, we collected more than 4,000 pounds of food, as well as $400 in cash, for the Bowie Interfaith Food Pantry. Due to the generosity of our employees and many of our members, NASA FCU once again successfully delivered on our ongoing commitment to people helping people this year. Thank you.

Help Us “Light the Night”

Join NASA FCU on October 13th for the “Light the Night” walk to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

light the night

NASA FCU at the 2011 “Light the Night”

Come together at 5:00 pm at Freedom Plaza, Washington DC with friends, family and coworkers to enjoy 2 1/2 mile evening walk. Can’t walk with us? You can still make a difference! Make a tax-deductible donation to Light the Night. Learn more.

2012 Scholarship Winners

scholarship winners

2012 winners are top, left to right: Geoffrey Many, Vernon Jones, James Williams, bottom left to right: Alyssa Hickman, Julia Tolson, Chase Charron.

NASA FCU Awards Scholarships to Six Local Students

NASA FCU is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 Mitchell-Beall-Rosen Memorial Scholarship Contest. The annual program rewards the writing talent and academic achievements of young NASA FCU members working toward four-year or two-year undergraduate degrees or vocational studies.

Scholarships are awarded based on the evaluation of a written essay and a personal interview conducted by the Scholarship Committee. With up to $7,000 awarded to assist with the costs of tuition, books and living expenses.

Six Maryland and Virginia high school seniors are among the list of recipients for this year’s winners.