Peter Alvarez (left), emerging markets manager for Redstone FCU, Huntsville, Ala., and Laura Castro de Cortes, vice president of alternative financial services for Centris FCU, Omaha, Neb., discuss their institutions' success in serving the underserved Wednesday at BAI's 2013 Retail Delivery Conference in Denver.
"About 40% of the households in the Huntsville, Ala., area are either unbanked or underbanked," Alvarez says.
Redstone FCU created Right Choice Money Services outlets to provide affordable check-cashing, bill-pay, and other services, primarily to local Hispanic consumers.
"We're a credit union," Alvarez says. "Our mandate is to serve people of modest means."
President Barack Obama sent greetings Thursday to those celebrating International Credit Union Day. CUNA worked closely with the White House on the statement, and a number of credit union-friendly legislators also weighed in with the White House.
The NCUA’s Tuesday announcement that it will repay the U.S. Treasury in full is a good sign for credit unions, said CUNA Chief Policy Officer Bill Hampel. The agency will repay the $1 billion outstanding balance before Oct. 31.
CUNA’s Strategic Communications Department teamed up with The Wall Street Journal this week on an infographic illustrating the differences between credit unions and banks. The graphic ran in print today, on International Credit Union Day.