Community Service

'Nothing is Impossible'

September 23, 2009
With more than five decades in the credit union movement, Rita Haynes has faced her share of challenges. But the CEO of $11 million asset Faith Community United Credit Union, a community development credit union (CDCU) in Cleveland, rarely expresses discouragement. Despite many hurdles, “the needs are so great that... READ MORE

Clarice & Arlis Saved for Retirement. Did You?

September 10, 2009
By Jim Hanson A good friend of mine travels at least once a month three and a half hours north of Madison to take care of his mother’s affairs. She’s 96 years old, and only in the past few years has she moved from living independently to an assisted living... READ MORE

IT Enables Community Outreach

August 27, 2009
By Darla Dernovsek Technology is a crucial component of $8.8 million asset Express Credit Union's new plan to reach the 20% of adults in the Seattle area without a financial institution relationship. To reach those unbanked residents, the credit union stations member service representatives at 16 not-for-profit agencies, offering residents... READ MORE

ICU Day Spotlights CU Benefits

August 25, 2009
In response to the challenges facing credit unions and cooperatives worldwide, this year’s International Credit Union (ICU) Day® theme reminds people everywhere of the advantages credit unions provide their members. The idea for this year’s ICU Day theme—“Your Money. Your Choice. Your Credit Union.”—came from Stan Cowan, vice president of... READ MORE

Heroes in the Night

August 25, 2009
Mary Mink CU staff log long hours to help others beat cancer. One blessing of good health is the ability to help others who are not as fortunate. It’s something credit union staff do regularly through events such as the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Relay For Life started... READ MORE

The 'Godfather' of CUs for Kids

August 25, 2009
Former banker becomes the face of Oklahoma CUs’ fund-raising efforts for Children’s Miracle Network. The nickname the “godfather” of Credit Unions for Kids says it all. Vic Thate has donated large portions of his time and effort to the organization, a partner with Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). When he became... READ MORE

Mobile Docs Bring Health Care to Kids

July 20, 2009
Nickels from CU check card program expand health-care reach. Mary Mink When money is tight, transportation complicated, and work iffy at best, a child’s health care can fall through the cracks. A $100,000 grant from the Suncoast for Kids Foundation, funded by Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, Tampa, Fla., will... READ MORE

Living la Vida Hispana

June 17, 2009
Micheal Muckian CUs reach the fastest-growing U.S. member demographic by applying lessons learned at WOCCU’s Hispanic Marketing Immersion Program. Visitors to $90 million asset Guadalupe Credit Union’s south Santa Fe, N.M., branch might think they’re having an out-of-country experience. Winona Nava, the credit union’s president/CEO and chair of the Credit... READ MORE

Survival of the Fittest

May 20, 2009
Darla Dernovsek CUs pump up strategies to attract and retain members during tough times. Even before the depth of the current recession was apparent, $1.7 billion asset CommunityAmerica Credit Union, Lenexa, Kan., knew some members needed financial makeovers. So the credit union created a promotional campaign inviting members to apply... READ MORE

Comforts Of Home

March 30, 2009
CU staff ensure injured and ill servicemembers recover in a homelike setting. READ MORE

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