Security Service Charitable Foundation donates $25K to Ronald McDonald House

Security Services Federal Credit UnionSecurity Service Charitable Foundation has presented Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Antonio with a $25,000 donation that will be used to build a bedroom in the Ronald McDonald House located inside the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. This house is currently being expanded from 10 bedrooms to 16, with a second house under construction to accommodate another 21 families.


(from left) John Worthington, executive vice president and chief communications officer for Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU); Clarissa Rodriguez, SSFCU communications manager and Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Antonio board member; Ronald McDonald; and Pat Bivin, executive director for Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Antonio. 

Ronald McDonald House Charities provides safe, temporary living accommodations for families while their children are receiving critical medical treatment in the San Antonio area. The houses provide families a quiet place to regroup, rest and gather strength so they can help their children heal.

“The house at the Children’s Hospital is significant in many ways,” says Jim Laffoon, president & CEO of Security Service Federal Credit Union. “It was the first worldwide to be located within a hospital. But most importantly – it places a family just steps from their child facing a serious medical crisis. We are honored to be a part of their home-away-from-home.”

The Security Service Charitable Foundation helps further SSFCU’s corporate goal of community service by contributing to deserving organizations and causes in the credit union’s market areas. Learn more at or call 1-800-52-SSFCU.

Crockett National Bank donates $240,000 of unrestricted funds to Accion Texas

Accion logo colorAccion Texas Inc. – the nation’s largest, nonprofit, micro and small business microlender – has received two large gifts from one of its banking partners, Crockett National Bank. The San Angelo-based bank has committed $200,000 through an unrestricted, zero-interest loan to be “forgiven” every year, as well as a $40,000 monetary gift to Accion Texas.

The bank believes in giving back to the community and we believe in the Accion Texas mission of helping small businesses that are not bankable get the help needed to get started,” said Dahlia B. Garcia, vice president of small business banking at Crockett National Bank. “As these companies grow, they become bankable and they can come back to us to help them with a traditional loan. We truly believe in what (Accion Texas CEO) Janie Barrera has created in Accion.”

Both gifts will help fund general operations for Accion Texas, which has grown from a small, three-person operation in San Antonio in 1994 to an eight-state enterprise with more than 115 employees in 20 offices today. Accion Texas now lends in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas.

“We are grateful to Crockett National Bank for its trust and for supporting our operations,” Barrera said. “This gift means that as we grow, we are able to continue to offer the personal, one-on-one services to the entrepreneurs who come to us for help with counseling, mentoring and loans.”

About Accion Texas
Accion Texas a nonprofit, multi-state small business microlender that helps new and existing entrepreneurs successfully grow their businesses. Through affordable lending and business development services, Accion Texasis committed to empowering diverse individuals and small businesses that have limited access to traditional sources of capital. Since its founding in San Antonio in 1994, Accion has made more than 14,000 loans totaling more than

$165 million.  Accion now operates in eight states: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas. To learn more about Accion’s lending options, call 888-215-2373 or visit

About Crockett National Bank
Crockett National Bank has grown to over $440 million in assets.  Crockett is among the best performing banks in Texas, ranking in the top 30 percent of 530 Texas bands as of year-end 2013.  It operates offices in San Angelo, San Antonio, New Braunfels, Austin, Georgetown and Ozuna.  For more information, visit