Community Service

Reach Out To Youth Year-Round

June 21, 2010
Introducing youth to your credit union is a key growth strategy. Celebrate Credit Union Youth Week™ during the third week in April, then reach out to young members with a year-round campaign. Begin with these new materials: “Fun With Money Activity Book.” Entertain elementary school children with a range of... READ MORE

Urgent: People Need Help From People

June 21, 2010
At a convenience store in a blighted area of Detroit, the owner rents his physical address to the homeless, squatters, or others who don't have a secure way to receive mail. READ MORE

Partnership Aids Youth Outreach

May 01, 2010
Kathy Chartier, president/CEO of Members Credit Union, Stamford, Conn., describes how a partnership with credit unions in Trinidad & Tobago has aided youth outreach efforts. READ MORE

Dora Maxwell Award Winners: Part II

March 17, 2010
Credit union pioneer Dora Maxwell organized hundreds of credit unions, developed volunteer organizer clubs, and worked tirelessly on behalf of the poor. Here’s the second installment of 2010 Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award winners. Student-run branch To expand its community outreach and provide students with hands-on financial experience, Clarence Community... READ MORE

Holub Wins Farley Award

February 22, 2010
Rosie Holub, president/CEO of the Missouri CU Association is this year’s recipient of the Eugene H. Farley League Leadership Award, bestowed by the American Association of CU Leagues (AACUL). The annual award recognizes outstanding service, dedication, and achievement by a state league manager or staff person. Holub received the award... READ MORE

Tapping the Power of Community

February 19, 2010
Pete Crear Haitian CUs understand the strength of ‘people helping people.’ The credit union movement has always been known for the support it provides to its member institutions, especially in the U.S. To date, no problems have proven too big for credit unions to handle within their own system. In... READ MORE

Desjardins Winners Impress Judges

February 18, 2010
Entries showcase exemplary CU efforts to teach youth about money. The Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award program, conducted each year by CUNA’s center for personal finance, showcases credit unions’ best efforts to teach youth about money and credit management. The 14 winning entries are on display in the Welcome Center.... READ MORE

Maxwell, Herring Winners Answer Call to Action

February 18, 2010
Recipients of the 2009 Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility/Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Awards honor the credit union movement's core values by their commitment to community and innovative member financial education programs. First-place winners of the Dora Maxwell Awards demonstrated community spirit by: Raising money for the American Cancer Society through... READ MORE

Presenting the 2010 Herb Wegner Award recipients

February 18, 2010
Two outstanding leaders, an award-winning television series, and an extraordinary credit union will be honored at tonight’s 22nd annual Herb Wegner Memorial Awards reception and dinner. The 2010 Herb Wegner Award recipients: * Dick Heins will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. During a career that spans more than... READ MORE

Dancing in the Streets: Scenes From Kenya

February 11, 2010
Credit Union Magazine Editor/roving reporter Steve Rodgers covers the launch of a new credit union in Kenya. By Steve Rodgers I recently traveled with a colleague from the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) to Kenya. While there, I witnessed the work of some remarkable people who have committed their... READ MORE

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Great article! Unfortunately, most employees don’t feel valued or appreciated by their supervisors or employers. In fact, research has shown that the predominant reason team members quit their jobs is because they don’t feel valued. This is in spite of the fact that employee recognition programs have proliferated in the workplace – over 90% of all organizations in the U.S. has some form of employee recognition activities in place. But most employee recognition programs are viewed with skepticism and cynicism – because they aren’t viewed as being genuine in their communication of appreciation. Getting the “employee of the month” award, receiving a certificate of recognition, or a “Way to go, team!” email just don’t get the job done. How do you communicate authentic appreciation? We have found people have different ways that they want to be shown appreciation, and if you don’t communicate in the language of appreciation important to them, you essentially “miss the mark”. Additionally, employees need to receive recognition more than once a year at their performance review. Otherwise, they view the praise as “going through the motions”. A third component of authentic appreciation is that the communication has to be about them personally – not the department, not their group, but something they did. Finally, they have to believe that you mean what you say. How you treat them has to match the words you use. If you are not sure how your team members want to be shown appreciation, the Motivating By Appreciation Inventory (www.appreciationatwork.com/assess) will identify the language of appreciation and specific actions preferred by each employee. You then can create a group profile for your team, so everyone knows how to encourage one another. Remember, employees want to know that they are valued for what they contribute to the success of the organization. And communicating authentic appreciation in the ways they desire it can make the difference between keeping your quality team members or having a negative work environment that everyone wants to leave. Paul White, Ph.D., is the co-author of The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace with Dr. Gary Chapman.

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