Members stopping by the Dupaco Community CU’s Sycamore branch Friday might have recognized a familiar face as their teller: Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa). Blum was visiting the Dubuque, Iowa-based credit union to learn first-hand how credit unions fulfill their not-for-profit mission to improve each member’s financial well-being.
“We invite all lawmakers to learn more about how credit unions fulfill our mission,” said Joe Hearn, president/CEO of Dupaco Community CU. “It’s important for elected officials to see--up close--how we positively impact members’ lives every day.”
As part of his visit, Blum learned about Dupaco Credit History Lessons, met a small-business owner and served members on the teller line. Blum also met with Dupaco MoneyMatch participant Delora Beal, who led herself out of a transitional housing program and into sustainable employment and housing.
Dupaco’s Sycamore branch is located near the credit union’s 1948 origins, when 10 employees of the Dubuque Packing Co. pooled their savings to start Dupaco Employees CU on the philosophy of cooperation and mutual self-help.
“Dupaco’s structure and mission are the same today with 97,000 members as it was in 1948,” said Hearn. “Nearly 70 years later, we have the same mission, same structure--Dupaco is just making an even bigger positive impact.”
CUNA Chief Advocacy Ryan Donovan outlined ways credit unions can prioritize advocacy over the upcoming spring Congressional recess, including hosting officials for a credit union visit, in this week's Advocacy Update video.