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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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CUaware report reflects on 2016 events, volunteer impact

Posted By CUaware, Thursday, January 19, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Watch this slideshow video for quick snapshot of what CUaware's been up to in 2016.

The CUaware Council, expanding across North and South Carolina, has published its 2016 Impact Report. The report reflects on achievements made in 2016 and includes:

  • A summary about the council;
  • How its events foster networking and educational opportunities for credit union professionals of all ages;
  • The cumulative fundraising efforts made towards worthy causes; and
  • The volunteer projects each region pursued in the last year.

Click the image below to view the report on Issuu, or download the full PDF-format report here.

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CUaware Triangle holds speed networking event

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
 
Thirty credit union professionals attended CUaware Triangle's speed networking event Tuesday, November 1. The event took place at Local Government FCU's Wake Forest Road location. 

“This was a successful and fun event with a very diverse group of attendees," shared Jennifer Moore of CUaware. "One colleague had 8 months of experience while two others have been part of the credit union movement for over 20 years. This is what CUaware is all about – bridging the gap between the “newbies” and “seasoned” industry professionals. I hope this trend continues for years to come as the industry is constantly evolving,” Moore said.

The professionals were paired up and exchanged answers on a question for three minutes, then rotated to another partner for a new question. The fast format generated lively discussions on a range of career questions covering their current and past roles in the work force. A few credit union system questions were included as well. A sampling of the questions included:

  • What was the first paying job you ever held and how did it help prepare you for the work world?
  • What is the most challenging aspect of your current job?
  • If you could make some change in the credit union industry, little or big, what would it be and why?
 

“I thought it was interesting how Jeff Hardin and I shared our first paying job – which was on a farm," Moore noted. "And now we’re both part of the credit union movement. A movement founded by farmers. It really makes you stop and reflect for a moment.”

In addition to the fast-paced networking event, CUaware Triangle hosted a catered reception and mixer before the event. After the speed networking concluded, the group received a tour of LGFCU's new location, which opened earlier this year.

CUaware is a council of the Carolinas Credit Union League, with meetings and events in various parts of North Carolina and South Carolina through the year. To learn more, please click here

 

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CUaware Triad volunteers support Habitat for Humanity

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, July 19, 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.


CUaware Triad volunteers came together Saturday, July 16 to support Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County. The group worked through most of the day on a house build, and provided nearly $1,100 in funding to the agency.

"We had a great time together in support of a wonderful organization," shared Jon Hamby (Members CU), who helped to organize the day's event. "This event serves as our community service project for 2016 to it was inspiring to see 19 people give freely of their time for such a good cause."

Hamby noted that the home build was for a family with  physical challenges, meaning that the framing for the home had to be done on site. "In a typical build the walls would have been assembled in a Habitat warehouse and delivered to the site," said Hamby. "So it was a little bit of a different volunteer Habitat build." 

In addition to the sweat equity given by volunteers, the CUaware group donated nearly $1,100 to Habitat. The group raised the funds through various small fundraisers such as bake sales.     


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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.”

More About Reach

 
Learn more about REACH and how you can get involved in this video
presentation.
 

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.

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CUaware Triad lunch and learn focuses on proper credit usage

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Monday, March 14, 2016
Updated: Monday, March 14, 2016

Guest speaker Jon Hamby (Members CU) presented
information on the proper use of credit at the meeting
held at Truliant FCU in Winston-Salem.

Jon Hamby (Members CU), a Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor (CCUFC), shared information on the proper use of credit at the CUaware Triad lunch and learn session held February 17. About 35 credit union staff attended "Credit - A Better Understanding" at the Truliant FCU headquarters in Winston-Salem.

In addition to his role at Members, Hamby is very active and engaged in CUaware, and earned his CCUFC designation in 2015 while participating in the CUaware Protégé Mentor program.

In addition to the program focused on the proper use of credit, the meeting featured a 50/50 raffle with the winner taking home $48.   

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