INDIANAPOLIS (10/30/14)--For leading his credit union's efforts in reaching out to lower-income individuals, Chris Wardrip, Financial Health FCU, Indianapolis, has received the 2014 Cooperative Hero Award from the Indiana Cooperative Development Center (ICDC).
Under Wardrip's leadership, the credit union has developed products and services that cater to the low-income population, including a credit-builder loan product and the "Drive Towards Financial Health program" that helps members obtain auto loans through guidance in credit building and financial management.
The $29 million-asset credit union also offers financial literacy workshops to members, while also staffing five certified financial counselors who provide free one-on-one counseling. Financial Health is also one of the most active participants in the Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program in the Indianapolis area.
Wardrip personally participates in a variety of community development programs that focus on personal finance. He also serves as president of the board of Pogue's Run Grocer, the only food cooperative in Indianapolis, which aims to connect near-downtown residents with fresh, healthy food.
Further, Wardrip is a member of the East 10th Street Merchants' Association, a member of the Indiana Credit Union League's (ICUL) Examination Advisory Group, and has served on the Indy Rezone Task Force.
Wardrip also received ICUL's professional achievement award in 2013.
"Wardrip truly exemplifies the seven cooperative principles which form the basis for the cooperative business model," said Deb Trocha, ICDC executive director.
Wardrip will be honored at the organization's cooperative summit Nov. 7.