Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) October 23, 2008
Check City, a leading provider of short-term financial services, was presented its second Activa service award during the 20th annual Financial Service Centers of America, Inc. (FiSCA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The award was presented by FiSCA to Check City for its critical role in raising funds on behalf of Foundations for Independence a not-for-profit organization committed to advancing the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities.
During the holiday season of 2007, Check City locations in Utah ran its program, "Change for Change." Check City's customers were encouraged to donate their change from check cashing and cash advance transactions to help people with disabilities gain independence. Check City matched each contribution penny for penny and dollar for dollar. The general public was encouraged to donate as well through an in-kind public awareness campaign sponsored by Utah's local ABC television affiliate. Foundations for Independence received thousands of dollars in financial support though the efforts of Check City, its employees and customers. Much of the funds raised went to the group's equipment purchase assistance program and family respitality program. Those interested in contributing to Foundations for Independence ongoing efforts may do so via their website.
According to FiSCA, the group launched the Activa Awards program in 1999 to honor outstanding examples of the positive community involvement activities of its members throughout the country. The response to the program was so positive that the Association decided to make the Activa Awards an annual event. As each year passes, the Activa Awards bring greater distinction and a better understanding of the pivotal role financial service centers play in making America's neighborhoods a better place to live and work.
Last year, Check City received the same service award for its ongoing participation in United Way of Salt Lake's "Homefront Response" program. This campaign provides funding for families of local military service member to help pay for utilities, rent payments, and other expenses while the head of the household serves in Iraq or Afghanistan. In total, Check City and its customers have contributed over tens of thousands of dollars to this program as part of its commitment to help troops win the war on terror.
Check City first opened its doors to residents of Richmond, Virginia in 1986. Since that time the company has expanded its store front financial service operations to over 70 locations in Utah, Nevada, Maryland, Virginia, and Colorado. In addition to providing check cashing and cash advance loan services, the company also offers vehicle title loans, pre-paid debit cards, auto insurance, wire transfer services, and tax preparation assistance. Since 2002, Check City has provided its cash advance services to residents in 20 states and plans to expand its services into additional states and countries through 2009. Check City is a proud member of FiSCA, the Community of Financial Services Association (CFSA) and other trade organizations committed to providing payday loans as a safe and viable credit option for consumers. Check City is committed to providing assistance and support to local causes that improve the quality of life for many Americans.