At CLCU, we love to celebrate big occasions. Whether it’s LCHS vs. BHS in the “Battle of the Bridge” or our recent 66th birthday, we don’t need an excuse to have a little fun around here.
Well, today is a big day for credit unions. We’re celebrating the 75th anniversary of International Credit Union Day®! Since 1948, this day has been all about celebrating the spirit of the global credit union movement. That includes reflecting upon the credit union movement’s history, promoting its achievements and celebrating all the members that credit unions serve every day.
There are all sorts of financial institutions trying to get your attention every day, from megabanks to online-only banks. But credit unions distinguish themselves through their commitment to the community, member-driven goals and social responsibility.
As we celebrate International Credit Union Day, we wanted to recognize and reflect on the unique benefits that credit unions like Calhoun Liberty Credit Union (CLCU) offer:
A Family and Community Approach
CLCU is not just another financial institution; it’s a family. When you think of a credit union, do you think of a community that grows together, faces challenges together and celebrates together?
At CLCU, we do. When Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc on our community, CLCU and its unwavering members stood tall amidst the adversity. Like any devoted family member, we stayed open and ready to serve, ensuring that our members felt supported and secure during tough times.
More than Banking: It’s Social Responsibility
The CLCU team loves participating in community events and uplifting local spirits.
Whether it’s giving out t-shirts pumping up Blountstown High School and Liberty County High School during their big Homecoming games or helping out families in need with essential supplies, our commitment extends beyond the confines of financial services.
And, earlier this year, we awarded $30,000 in scholarships to deserving students of Altha High School, Blountstown High School and Liberty County High School. As Thomas, our awesome CEO, said, “We take immense pride in being an active contributor to the community, and we couldn’t do it without the support of our valued members.”
Empowering the Future with Financial Literacy
And, speaking of our incredible students in the community, our support of them does not end with scholarships. At CLCU, we believe knowledge is power. And, in today’s complex financial landscape, understanding money matters is crucial.
We champion this belief by hosting initiatives like the “Reality Fair” for 11th-grade students. By simulating real-life financial responsibilities, like renting a home, buying a car, etc., we ensure that the youth in our community are well-equipped to make informed financial decisions, fostering a brighter and more financially secure future for all.
A True Cooperative Spirit
As a member-owned financial cooperative, CLCU’s philosophy is refreshingly different. We prioritize the wellbeing of our members above all.
Unlike traditional banks that operate to amplify profits for external shareholders, our profits are funneled right back to our members. This means reduced fees, more attractive savings rates and friendlier loan terms.
It’s a win-win model where the financial prosperity of our members is our ultimate success metric.
Blending Technology with Personal Touch
In a world where more and more financial transactions are quickly moving online, CLCU remains at the forefront by embracing advanced technology.
But what sets us apart is our ability to marry this technology with a personal touch, ensuring that every member feels valued, heard and understood. Sure, our online banking gives you the ability to pay bills, remotely deposit checks and even apply for loans. But we always appreciate the opportunity to serve our members over the phone or in one of our branches.
In essence, joining CLCU is not just opening another bank account. It’s becoming a part of a thriving community where your financial growth, wellbeing and aspirations are shared, celebrated and supported.
Ready to Experience the CLCU Difference?
If you’re curious about what makes CLCU special and how it can benefit you, don’t hesitate to apply online and join our ever-growing family. Or, give us a shout to learn more!
Together, we can craft a prosperous financial future and make a difference in our community. Happy International Credit Union Day!