Recognizing Roosevelt Brown for making a positive impact in the San Diego community

SAN DIEGO, Calif., (May 24, 2023) – San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®), one of San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institutions, is proud to present the second quarter 2023 George Chamberlin Community Leadership Award to Roosevelt Brown, selected for his positive impact on the San Diego community through his organization Reading Literacy Learning Inc. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that devote their time, talents and resources to helping others make San Diego a better place to live.

Longtime San Diego resident Roosevelt Brown has a passion for reading and has made it a personal mission to get books into the hands of local youth through his annual Children's Book Party for the last 39 years. "Books can take you places you've never been," says Roosevelt.

Brown's book party started small - he collected books and offered them free of charge to children in his neighborhood. Through the years, it's grown with his wife, children, grandchildren and volunteers creating an event now held in Balboa Park. Through Brown's non-profit organization, Reading Literacy Learning Inc., he works throughout the year to secure new books from various publishing companies to make available during the event. The books given are suitable for kids ranging from toddlers to teens. Brown calls his event a "celebration of reading.”

“Congratulations to Roosevelt Brown for being selected as the second quarter recipient of the 2023 George Chamberlin Community Leadership Award,” said Teresa Campbell, SDCCU president and CEO. “We applaud the valuable work Roosevelt does in the community.”

The life of longtime KOGO personality George Chamberlin was defined by doing the right thing. During his life, George's positive outlook, integrity and generosity touched many people. By doing the right thing daily, George created a legacy that is honored through the George Chamberlin Leadership Award. Along with his leadership and legacy, Chamberlin was also a renowned financial expert and provided a wealth of financial and business news updates to the Southern California community. Chamberlin presented financial wellness workshops for SDCCU for several years, offering his expertise to help educate members of the community on various topics, including budgeting, investments and retirement planning. The community can submit a nomination quarterly at

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