Credit Unions – “People Helping People” and their communities
Thursday, Mar 27, 2014
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As not-for-profit financial cooperatives, credit unions exist to help people, not make a profit. With a goal to serve all members well - including those of modest means - every member counts. The movement’s “People Helping People” philosophy causes credit unions and their employees to volunteer in community charitable activities and worthwhile causes. Take for instance SIU Credit Union in Carbondale. They know all too well the damage natural disasters can cause, having seen the impact of tornadoes that have ravaged their nearby communities, including Harrisburg and Brookport. In the immediate wake of those storms, the credit union sent employees, already trained as members of a local Community Emergency Response Team, to assist in the emergency supply relief effort. In addition, the credit union donated numerous cases of water and hosted a pizza lunch for the community. It also utilized all of its branches as places where members could make monetary and other donations of needed items. Credit union members know their credit union will be there for them in bad times, as well as good. And they are fiercely loyal for this reason.