Throughout the Governmental Affairs Conference—to be held March 8-12 in Washington, D.C.— CUNA will display the Unite for Good wall in the Washington Convention Center’s atrium.
This series of three double-sided, 8-foot-by-10-foot panels showcases how credit unions across the country work to achieve a shared strategic vision in which Americans choose credit unions as their best financial partner.
The vision takes root in three objectives:
Advocacy. More than 150 credit union leaders from communities throughout Minnesota gathered at the state capitol building in St. Paul in late January for the Minnesota Credit Union Network’s 2015 Credit Union Day. Attendees met their local representatives and heard from Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt, and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk about their respective policy and legislative priorities.
Credit union representatives emphasized with their legislators the many ways that credit unions—as locally owned, not-for-profit financial institutions—connect with the communities they serve. These credit union leaders also discussed topics such as patent reform, mortgage foreclosure regulations, and savings incentive programs.
Community involvement. Nearly 550 team members at $1.5 billion asset Royal Credit Union in Eau Claire, Wis., demonstrated “The Power of an Hour” by completing 19 service projects—such as making fleece tie dog beds for humane associations and creating thank-you cards for active-duty military—during a 60-minute session at a recent corporate meeting.
Prior to the meeting, Royal staff collected nearly $2,000 and donated thousands of items that benefited more than 25 area nonprofit organizations.
Serving members. With Winter Storm Juno dropping as much as three feet of snow on parts of New England in late January, $227 million asset Scient Credit Union in Groton, Conn., offered emergency personal loans to affected members at a 7.9% annual percentage rate for up to 48 months.
Visit uniteforgood.org to tell your credit union’s story about participating in grassroots activities, expanding credit unions’ reach in the community, and improving financial services to members of all backgrounds and life stages.