First CINCO Credit Union Community MVP Awarded

May 27, 2009

CINCINNATI - CINCO Credit Union and University of Cincinnati men's basketball coach Mick Cronin announced the first winner of the Community MVP Award, Ms. Kathy Cox.

Cox has volunteered for Bethany House Services for 10 years, including rehabbing the current house for the shelter. She has served on the House's Board and is past President of Madisonville Education and Assistance Center. She has served on the Pastoral Council of St. Anthony's Church in Madisonville for six years, and also is an environmental designer for two churches.

In 1993, Ms. Cox became a member of the Board of Caracole and served as the program's committee chair, and was elected President to the Board for three terms. She was nominated to rejoin the Board in 2004 where she serves on the Executive Committee and the Finance committee.

Ms. Cox works for equal rights for all people. She likes to be the voice for people who don't have a voice at the table and advocates for people to have equal access, including those with disabilities, and has a great interest in animal rights.

The Community MVP Program is a new program to reward those who are doing the most to make the Cincinnati community a great place to live.

"I'm excited about working with CINCO Credit Union as they start the Community MVP Awards, said Cronin. "We have so many great people doing wonderful things in the Cincinnati community, and this will be a great way to spotlight and encourage those unsung heroes, like Ms. Kathy Cox."

CINCO Credit Union donated $1,000 on behalf of Ms. Cox to Caracole, Inc, a non-profit organization. Caracole, Inc. provides safe, affordable housing and supportive services for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. Founded in 1987, Caracole House was the first licensed adult care facility in Ohio for people living with HIV/AIDS. Today, Caracole provides direct care services and housing to people with HIV/AIDS and their families along with a continuum of care. Over 1,100 people have been housed through Caracole's programs



The CINCO Community MVP is open to the public and nominations can be processed easily online at Winners will be selected by the MVP committee on a quarterly basis and honorees will be invited to receive their award at a special dinner ceremony.

"CINCO is looking for someone that goes above and beyond to serve Cincinnati whether it is volunteering for a non-profit organization, mentoring and more," continued Cronin. "This gives CINCO a chance to recognize today's difference makers in the community and, hopefully, to inspire them even further with what they are doing in their community."