Ten reasons to give thanks for the credit union movement

on "November 26, 2019 11:37 am"

Before they were hashtags, the concepts of #payitforward and #GivingTuesday were entrenched in the ethos of the industry.

by Marc Rapport, senior writer and researcher for the Callahan media team.

The credit union movement was birthed around the notion of providing a hand up to people of modest means. It remains animated by this cooperative spirit today.

Throughout the year, credit unions work with communities, business partners, and even other credit unions to provide more than mere fairly priced, accessible financial services. They devote time, money, effort, and resources to raising funds and awareness for causes that are important to members, communities, and more.

Sure, they present checks and smile for photo ops, but they also regularly go the extra mile and make the extra effort when the cameras are no longer pointed their way. From escorting aging wars heroes on a flight of memory to building beds for kids in need, surprising coffee shop patrons with a free cup of joe to providing shelter for families, here are credit union stories from the past year that illustrate cooperative principles in practice.

1: HONOR FLIGHTS TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE
2: (NOT SO) RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
3: A FOUNDATION OF GIVING
4: CONNEX CONNECTS WITH COMMUNITY
5: MSUFCU PAYS IT FORWARD
6: JUST FOR THE CHILDREN
7: PFCU JUMPS THE SHARK WITH SPARK
8: A BED FOR EVERY CHILD
9: PUCKER UP, PAL
10: CHECK, CHECK, AND CHECK