HARRISBURG, Pa. (11/23/15)--A local Harrisburg, Pa. TV affiliate hosted a credit union professional recently to talk about how credit union membership can be beneficial, especially to younger members.
Appearing on WPMT-TV morning show “Fixing Your Finances”--sponsored by the station and Central Pennsylvania credit unions--Lisa Barshinger, business development representative from First Capital FCU, York, Pa., spoke about how credit unions go out into their communities to teach youth about finances.
“Credit unions teach financial education in schools, we talk about budgeting, establishing good credit at an early age and even how to write a check and how to balance a checkbook,” Barshinger said.
Barshinger also touched on how her credit union offers special programs, such as its savers club, for teenagers, which teach the importance of savings and other financial literacy principles.
She added that it’s important to educate younger community members early on so that they develop healthy financial behaviors and skills from an early age.
When asked about why consumers should choose a credit union over a bank, Barshinger explained that credit unions truly make the communities they serve their first priority.
For example, First Capital offers free financial education to both members and nonmembers through its yearlong seminar series, which touches on subjects such as identity theft and financial freedom.