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By: Simeon Chapin

October 15th, 2020

How Credit Unions Inspire Hope and Build Community on ICU Day

Alternative Banking | Cooperatives

“This is the moment credit unions were invented for. Or at least should have been...” This message from author, speaker, and former VSECU consultant Douglas Rushkoff hit my inbox in July earlier this year. VSECU had benefited from Douglas’s insights before and MIT named him one of the world’s top ten influential thinkers, among other accolades, so his words had weight. He was simultaneously praising of the foundations of mutual aid and shared values that credit unions are built upon and issuing a challenge for credit unions to rise to the many difficulties we are facing in 2020. So, on International Credit Union Day, a day when we celebrate the contributions of credit unions, we ask, “What is it about credit unions that makes them meaningful in this moment?” and “What are credit unions doing to meet the challenges of today?

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By: Heidi White

January 23rd, 2020

How Does Shared Branching Work?

Alternative Banking | Cooperatives

Credit unions tend to serve local populations, so finding a branch while you’re traveling afar can be a trick. The CO-OP Shared Branching Network has solved this problem by allowing credit unions across the country to band together and offer services to members of all networked credit unions.

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By: Simeon Chapin

October 16th, 2019

Why Join a Credit Union? A Personal Perspective

Alternative Banking | Cooperatives

As a member and an employee of my local credit union, the question “Why Join a Credit Union” is one I’ve given a lot of thought to.

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By: Rob Miller

November 6th, 2018

Bank on Values: Make Change, Simply by Banking

Local Investing | Cooperatives

Believe it or not, your money is powerful. You use it to buy everyday things like clothes, food, and utilities—those things that make it possible to live. You may also use it to provide your kids with an education that opens opportunities for them in the future. Or give it to local charities to express your values and help others out of a tough situation. That’s all powerful stuff.

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By: Heidi White

October 9th, 2018

What Credit Unions Are and Why People Love Them

Alternative Banking | Cooperatives | Learn Something New

So here's a fun fact, which also happens to be the reason I’m writing this blog: International Credit Union (ICU) Day comes every year on the third Thursday of October (October 18 in 2018). It’s a big day for credit unions and this year (2018), the theme is “Find Your Platinum Lining.” If you’re wondering why they're messing with your silver lining, they have a good reason. This is the platinum (70th) anniversary of ICU day, which started in 1948 and has been celebrated on the third Thursday of October since then.

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By: Terri Crowther

March 22nd, 2018

Women in the Credit Union Industry 

Cooperatives | Learn Something New

March is Women’s History Month and VSECU has a lot to celebrate during this month. Not only did women play an important role in the development of the credit union industry in the United States, but they were equally necessary to the founding of VSECU.

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By: David Tepfer

December 7th, 2017

Want to Play Monopoly? Try a Friendlier Game.

Youth and Finances | Cooperatives | Learn Something New | Lifestyle

If you’ve played the board game Monopoly, you have probably experienced the heated arguments, flipped boards, and endless play time that normally comes with it. But what you may not know about Monopoly is these horrible experiences we have are all part of the game.

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By: Yvonne Garand

November 2nd, 2017

People, Planet, Profit—How Is Your Money Being Used?

Alternative Banking | Local Investing | Cooperatives | Learn Something New

Make an impact through values-based banking The term banking is used to describe the act of using your money for your own financial well-being. It could be saving money in a bank account, paying bills in online banking, or borrowing money for a home, vehicle, or for some other purpose.  

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