Thursday, Oct. 15 was International Credit Union Day (ICU Day), an annual event that raises global awareness for the credit union movement through outreach, volunteerism and fundraising, Education First Federal Credit Union reported Oct. 16. Education First FCU joined credit unions worldwide to celebrate the day by allowing its members to decide how to give $5,000 back to the Southeast Texas Community.
Education First FCU selected three nonprofit organizations that serve critical needs within our community: The Arc of Greater Beaumont, Crisis Center of Southeast Texas and the Beaumont Rainbow Room. Members were given the opportunity to vote for the organization they wanted to receive the most money. After counting the votes, The Crisis Center of Southeast Texas was awarded $2,500, The Beaumont Rainbow Room was awarded $1,500, and Arc of Greater Beaumont was awarded $1,000.
Beyond the community campaign, Education First FCU also celebrated ICU Day by thanking their members because, “The loyalty of its members is what keeps a credit union running and successful.” Members who visited an Education First FCU location on ICU Day received a gift and a refreshment to help celebrate the credit union movement.
The credit union movement is steeped in a rich history of collaboration across divides, Education First FCU described. For nearly two centuries, financial cooperatives have encouraged people of every race, gender and belief to come together and give their all towards the betterment of their communities. It is about people helping people. It is the way it has always been, and the way it will always be, stated the credit union. Put simply, “It is the credit union way.”
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