Verity cares about the causes that you care about, and we want to give you an opportunity to tell us which causes we should donate to this year! We have just launched our Cartwheel for a Cause contest, where you submit a 60-second YouTube video about a cause you care about, and include a cartwheel (or anything representing a cartwheel). That’s it! Then, the public votes on the cause that they like the best and the winning video gets $5,000 for their cause and $1,000 for submitting the entry. Second and third place will each get $1,000 for their causes and $200 for themselves. Easy.

All the details are at and that is where you enter your video too. We hope to see your favorite cause represented in the contest – and start now! Videos are due by February 25th.

Melina Young

My name is Melina Young and I am the director of marketing at Verity Credit Union. I love everything to do with marketing, advertising, public relations and social media – especially all the research that goes into making a product or service really work for our members and making sure the right people hear about it. In addition to my time spent marketing, I have a blog and write about celiac disease, which I was diagnosed with in 2010. Basically, I can’t eat any of those foods we all love that are made with wheat, barley or rye.

I have also recently started running and completed my first 5k in 2011. Some people may not know that I used to do a lot of acting, dancing and singing in my life. I was in a Nike commercial with Gary Payton in junior high (if anyone ever finds the footage please send it my way!) and I used to compete as an opera singer in high school. I almost majored in musical theater in college, but I’m very glad with my decision to study marketing!

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