Credit Union Employees Unite to Benefit Autism Delaware


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According to the CDC, one in 88 children under the age of 8 are affected with autism. While the statistic is staggering, organizations such as Autism Delaware exist to support individuals and families affected by Autism to learn, grow and live productive lives. To support this association’s initiative to make a positive difference in the lives of others, Dover Federal Credit Union employees and volunteers joined together during the month of May to raise more than $1,600 for Autism DE.

David Clendaniel, Dover Federal’s President and CEO, stated, “Supporting Autism Delaware was a perfect complement to our credit union’s philosophy of making a positive difference in one’s life. We are passionate about supporting credit union families, friends and employees who have been affected by autism. It’s obvious by the donations we received that credit union members reflect the cooperative spirit and goodwill that comes from people helping people.”

Since its inception in 1998, Autism DE operates as a non-profit, providing service and support for more than 1,500 individuals affected by Autism. Autism Delaware’s vision is that all people with autism have opportunities to learn, grow and live full lives as included and valued members of their communities. With donations such as the one received from Dover Federal, Autism DE will expand resources, services and education to assist the growing needs of Autism.

Dover Federal Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Delaware, with a membership of over 40,000. Dover Federal has offices in Smyrna, New Castle, Milford, and Dover, including one at Dover Air Force Base. To learn more about Dover Federal and their initiative with charitable organizations, visit