MADISON, Wis. (4/14/15)--The "Wild About Saving" theme for this year's National Credit Union Youth Month has given credit unions a fun opportunity to connect their members with zoos in their communities.
Many credit unions are holding drawings for prize packages that include zoo passes. For instance, Penny Penguin account holders who make deposits in April at Visionary FCU, Bridgeville, Pa., will be entered into a drawing to win family packs of tickets to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium with a grand prize of a family membership to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.
Chandler, a new member of Nymeo FCU, Frederick, Md., poses next to a tiger after getting "Wild About Saving" and opening an account during National Credit Union Youth Month.
At Altana FCU, Billings, Mont., any deposit made to a youth account this month makes the saver eligible to win a gift package that includes a family membership to Zoo Montana.
Young savers and coloring-contest artists will have opportunities to win one-year or single-day passes to the Oregon Zoo, courtesy of Unitus Community CU, Portland, Ore.
Members who open a new account or add an additional service will be entered into a drawing to win a trip to the Birmingham Zoo and a $200 gift card from Alabama Teachers CU, Gadsden, Ala.
Other credit unions brought in animals to meet young members. People First FCU, Allentown, Pa., kicked off National Credit Union Youth Month with a visit from zookeepers from the Lehigh Valley Zoo. The employees brought a penguin for the young savers to meet. Maine Family FCU, Lewiston, Maine, hosted the stars of Animal Planet's "Yankee Jungle" during its Jungle Day celebration.
National Credit Union Youth Month isn't all monkey business, however, as credit unions such as TopLine FCU, Maple Grove, Minn., will be presenting financial literacy classes at high schools in Champlin, Minneapolis and Osseo.