CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle applauded CUNA’s partnership with the African American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) during remarks at the AACUC’s annual conference in Seattle earlier today.
Nussle noted that the partnership was forged through a meeting that took place during the organization’s leaders during CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference in February. Leaders of the organizations discussed ideas to reach each other’s memberships.
The thought process behind the partnership was very simple: Our movement was founded on collaboration,” Nussle said. “Credit unions were built on the principle that it is through the whole that the individual rises above his circumstances. CUNA and America’s credit unions live this everyday with our League and system partners. This is just another example of how we can each make each other better together.”
So far the two organizations have cross-promoted their annual conferences and issued a joint statement calling for “peace and constructive dialogue” in the wake of violent events that resulted in racial tension earlier this summer.
The AACUC also sponsored a financial reality fair in conjunction with its annual conference. The fair took place Thursday at the Smilow Ranier Vista Boys and Girls Club.
About 50 teens from area schools, church youth groups and community groups in the Seattle area participated in the reality fair.
The teens were given a fictional occupation and salary along with various financial commitments. They then visited various stations to "purchase" items such as housing, transportation, food, clothing, household necessities and day care.
Volunteers staffing the "credit union" station, dressed in neon green T-shirts, provided much-needed assistance when participants went over budget.
The event was the fourth AACUC annual meeting reality fair service project. The others occurred took place in Detroit, Philadelphia, Memphis.