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Credit unions love communities, and it’s mutual

first_imgThe holidays are the season of giving, and people everywhere are taking the time to consider ways they can be of service to those around them. Whether collecting donations of clothing, Christmas presents or canned food, many organizations are stepping up and providing opportunities to give back. Credit unions are stepping up too, and it’s no wonder – they have a lot of practice from engaging with their community all year round.I’ve noticed that whenever I hear yet another story about credit unions getting involved with their communities, the story always ends with how that involvement ended up helping the credit union, too. It follows the age-old adage – the more you give, the more you seem to get! If you’re out there in your community, not only will you feel the satisfaction of making a difference, but you’ll be getting to know current and future members better – and that can only help business.I love hearing these stories and, luckily for me, I hear them all the time. Here are a few recent examples:Member One Federal Credit Union in Roanoke, Va., raised more than $1,500 and collected more than 145 pounds of food for Feeding America Southwest Virginia, which works to end hunger in that region. The credit union even put together a free recipe ebook (which includes pumpkin bread pudding – yum!).Service Credit Union, of Portsmouth, N.H., is working with the U.S. Marine Corps on a Toys for Tots drive and will be collecting toys in all of its New Hampshire branches. The toys will go to children all across the state.Alaska USA Federal Credit Union in Anchorage has given $66,200 to community food banks through the Cash for Cans food drive – that is up 37 percent increase from what they gave last year. The funds will support 17 food banks in Alaska, Washington and California.These credit unions and more are not only giving back to their communities – they’re defining what a community is. By working with local partners to help support good causes in their localities and beyond, they’re showing what credit unions can do, and I know those communities are taking notice.People in those communities already know the difference between credit unions and banks. In the most recent American Customer Satisfaction Index, credit unions got the second-highest industry score. Consumers weren’t very happy with their banks. Responding to “how quickly financial transactions are completed, how courteous and helpful their staff are with customers, and how easy it is to understand information and make changes to accounts,” consumers found banks wanting on all counts, according to The Washington Post.Credit unions know these simple, little things – engaging with consumers and making sure they understand what’s going on – really aren’t little at all. They also know that being members of a community means working together to make a difference. Without members, credit unions are nothing. That’s why giving back to members and the community they live in is just a natural part of the credit union life. 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: Detailslast_img read more

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Maine AD Creech gets contract extension

first_imgELLSWORTH — The University of Maine on Friday announced a four-year extension for Athletic Director Karlton Creech.Creech came to the University of Maine from his post as senior associate athletic director at the University of North Carolina in February 2014. His contract with the university was set to expire in February prior to the deal.“Karlton’s outstanding leadership of UMaine Athletics has benefited the university, the state and Black Bear fans near and far,” University of Maine President Susan J. Hunter said. “He is a thought leader, teacher and mentor with a vision for Maine’s only Division I athletic program.”Last January, Creech conducted the hiring of Joe Harasymiak, the youngest head football coach in Division I. He also hired Bob Walsh as the head coach of the men’s basketball team in May 2014. Under the terms of his contract, Creech’s annual salary will remain $183,855.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more