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In 1844, a small group of weavers from Rochdale, England created the blueprint for how their newly-formed cooperative would operate and serve the local community. These values, known as the Seven Cooperative Principles, serve as the operating guidebook for credit unions and cooperatives throughout the world. This blog was created to honor that legacy and to showcase the everyday efforts of credit unions in the Carolinas that embody the cooperative mission and purpose.

 

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Giving back: CUaware Midlands builds birdhouses for local children’s hospitals through Reach

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Principle Six: Cooperation among cooperatives. Credit unions serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative principles by working with other cooperatives through local, state, regional, national, and international structures.

Principle Seven: Concern for community. Credit unions work for the sustainable development of communities through policies developed and accepted by the members. Credit unions seek to achieve a greater good through responsible corporate citizenship.


The Midlands chapter of CUaware recently partnered with the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation for a workshop social to benefit Victory Junction and its Reach program. The event took place at the League’s headquarters in Irmo, SC, on May 5. During the event, attendees from several area credit unions as well as representatives of the League gathered together for a night of fun, fellowship, and support of this great community initiative. Attendees worked collaboratively - in true cooperative spirit - to build wooden birdhouses for patients at local children’s hospital served by the Reach program. Children will soon enjoy painting the birdhouses during Reach team visits.

Jonathan Lemmon, the Reach Program Director at Victory Junction was in attendance to direct the CUaware attendees and talk more extensively about the program. "Reach, just like our camp program at Victory Junction, provides these children in the hospitals with experiences that they would not have otherwise. It's never about the craft we create or the game we play, but the interactions with the Reach team ... the friendly face of positivity that we can give them. Children in hospitals and their families have enough to worry about. We can't change why they are there, but we can put a smile on their face,” noted Lemmon. “That is what Reach is all about ... the smiles".

Lauren Whaley, Carolinas Credit Union Foundation President, has announced that the night raised a grand total of $385 that will go directly towards the Reach program and carrying out its wonderful mission in every corner of the Carolinas.

“For the Midlands chapter of CUaware, this was the first event that focused primarily on being involved in carrying out our cooperative philosophy for the benefit of the community, and participants responded very positively to the opportunity and to partnering with the Foundation for credit unions,” comments Zach DeMoya, CUaware’s volunteer coordinator and Account Services Representative for Palmetto Citizens CU. “The hope is that through each future endeavor, Columbia-area credit union team members will become more-and-more aware and apt to make the same cooperative difference outside the walls of the individual credit unions they represent.”

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Learn more about REACH and how you can get involved in this video
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The Reach Team members are specially trained staff that work closely with the hospital’s “Child Life” team to develop an activity plan specifically designed for the individual facility to enhance and support the existing pediatric program. This hands-on approach includes room-to-room visits as well as a “Camp Day” format. Each Reach activity is carefully designed to meet the specific needs and abilities of each child. Visits by the Reach Team help reduce the stress of a hospital stay with creative and age-appropriate camp fun including painting, wood working, song writing, crafts, puppetry, games and many more exciting and creative activities.

The impact this program has on the lives of children in the Carolinas as well as their families speaks to the heart of the Foundation’s mission, which is to enrich the lives of children. The success in 2015 was remarkable with close to 4,200 children experiencing the Reach program.

Tags:  CUaware  Principle Seven  Principle Six 

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Piedmont Advantage Credit Union CEO Judy Tharp speaks on volunteerism

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Thursday, May 05, 2016
Updated: Thursday, May 05, 2016

Principle Seven: Concern for community. Credit unions work for the sustainable development of communities through policies developed and accepted by the members. Credit unions seek to achieve a greater good through responsible corporate citizenship.

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016 members of CUaware Triad met for a Lunch & Learn session at Members Credit Union in Winston Salem, NC. Piedmont Advantage CU President and CEO Judy Tharp was the guest speaker and she spoke on the topic of volunteerism.

Tharp shared the vision and mission of Piedmont Advantage Credit Union and its approach to volunteerism and social responsibility. Tharp discussed the credit union’s social responsibility charter and social responsibility team that helps to keep the entire organization focused.

Tharp discussed the effects of embracing social responsibility and how credit unions are building an ethical framework that demonstrates an obligation to act for the benefit of society at large.

Tharp engaged the group to share ideas of what they were doing to support volunteerism and social responsibility within their own credit unions.

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CUaware Protégé Mentor program to expand

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Principle Five: Education, training, and information. Credit unions educate and train members, employees and volunteers so they can contribute effectively to the development of the credit union. In addition, credit unions provide financial education for their members and the public.

Principle Six: Cooperation among cooperatives. Credit unions serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative principles by working with other cooperatives through local, state, regional, national, and international structures.


For two years, the CUaware Protégé Mentor program has successfully connected young professionals with mentors at credit unions in North Carolina & South Carolina. These connections have provided young professionals with valuable career insights, while offering established professionals a meaningful opportunity to give back to the movement.

As a result, the League is pleased to announce that the program will expand later this year to include any young professional in the Carolinas who submits an approved application to participate in the program.  "We've seen many success stories emerging from this program in the first two years," said Jeff Hardin, the League's director of cooperative initiatives. "The expansion of the program reflects these early successes and the realization that we all benefit by opening ourselves up to new opportunities for collaboration and growth."       

The CUaware Protégé Mentor program connects credit union professionals age 35 and under with a mentor for a period of one year. Through a process that is collaboratively designed by the mentor and protégé, a plan and goals are developed, and a strategy for maintaining regular contact is created.

Eligibility was originally limited to CUaware Protégé Competition Finals participants, and then expanded in its second year to include all chapter level participants in the Protégé Competition.

The expansion of the program will naturally create a higher demand for mentors representing credit unions and credit union organizations in the Carolinas. Applications for both Protégés and Mentors may be submitted online on the Carolinas Credit Union League web site between now and September 1.

Applications submitted will be reviewed in September, with Mentor-Protégé pairings announced in the fall. For more information or to apply, please click here to go to the CUaware Protégé Mentor program page. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Hardin (919-457-9063). 

Tags:  Principle Five  Principle Six 

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Reality of Money materials updated, now available for credit unions

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Principle Five: Education, training, and information. Credit unions educate and train members, employees and volunteers so they can contribute effectively to the development of the credit union. In addition, credit unions provide financial education for their members and the public. 


The Reality of Money, a free financial educational education simulation for high school students, has been updated and is now available for your credit union to use! The update includes new stations and student profiles, plus other modifications to the materials. 

Created in 2013 by a volunteer group of Credit Union Development Educators in North Carolina and South Carolina, the Reality of Money is an experiential learning event that provides students with sample job, education, income and life profiles. Students then navigate a series of booths covering essential needs like food, housing, health care, and groceries.

The updates to the Reality of Money were envisioned and designed by State Employees' Credit Union based on their extensive experience with using the simulation. Their enhancements include a Dollars and $ense station, where participants answer a basic consumer/financial question on it. SECU also added 11 new occupations to the student profiles.    

The updated version was successfully presented to 50 students at Financial Literacy Day in Columbia on April 12. If you are interested in more information, please go to the Reality of Money page. Registered users of the CCUL web site may view and download the materials free of charge by logging in to their accounts. (You will find the materials at the bottom of the page after successfully logging in to your account.) 

For more information or questions, please contact Jeff Hardin at 919-457-9063.  

 

Tags:  Principle Five  Reality of Money 

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NCUF's Life Simulation now available for credit unions in the Carolinas

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Thursday, April 14, 2016
Updated: Thursday, April 14, 2016

Principle Five: Education, training, and information. Credit unions educate and train members, employees and volunteers so they can contribute effectively to the development of the credit union. In addition, credit unions provide financial education for their members and the public.


The Carolinas Credit Union League is pleased to announce that through a partnership with Carolina Foothills FCU and Coastal FCU, credit unions will have access to the "Life Simulation." This experience is designed and made available by the National Credit Union Foundation.

The Life Simulation experience is designed to help credit union employees, volunteers and leadership begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. It is unique and special because it combines the financial and emotional distress that 25 simulated families tackle as one of up to 90 participants. This exercise is an ideal staff training program that can also be used as an event break out session, a chapter meeting or to host a community event.

The partnership agreement between Carolina Foothills, Coastal, the League and the Foundation makes the Life Simulation available to all affiliated credit unions in North Carolina and South Carolina. “Participating in the Life Simulation allows credit union employees to see first-hand what it’s like to have to choose between healthy food and keeping the lights and water on, or providing medical care for a sick child or making a car payment," shared Terri Hendrix, the VP of business development & community engagement at Carolina Foothills. "These choices are being made every day by many of our members."

During the three hour activity, participants are grouped into “families” that are struggling to make ends meet in a simulated month of four fifteen minute weeks. At the conclusion of the exercise participants will be more aware to the daily realities of many American families.

"It’s difficult to understand what someone is going through until you walk a day in their shoes, which is why this Life Simulation is such an eye opening experience that will change the lives of your credit union staff, and ultimately the lives of your members,“ said Lois Kitsch, the national program director at the Foundation. “The Foundation has worked hard to create a simulation that truly represents the daily struggles that our members, neighbors, and friends may be facing each day. "

If you have any questions or would like to schedule the Life Simulation exercise at your credit union or chapter, please contact Jeff Hardin

Tags:  National CU Foundation  Principle Five 

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