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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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Triangle CUaware volunteers on Habitat for Humanity build

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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.

Triangle CUaware volunteers Sara Portis (left), Angela Harrington and Renee Bradley work together to saw particle board for the roof of a Habitat for Humanity home Saturday, May 20. 

The Triangle CUaware Council donned hard hats and gloves, and picked up hammers and saws in order to support Habitat for Humanity. The volunteer event took place Saturday, May 20 in Southeast Raleigh. 

Despite high humidity and temperatures near 90 by afternoon, nearly 15 volunteers participated, mixing cooperation among cooperatives with sweat equity in order to support a good cause.

“If you haven’t had a chance to volunteer for Habitat, you should really consider it," shared Phil Kadzielawski (Coastal FCU), who worked on one of the saw crews. "There are so many great things about volunteering with them. They are proud to serve the community and have so many wonderful stories to tell."

This is the second Habitat for Humanity volunteer project for the Triangle group. The Triangle CUaware group also worked on a Habitat Home that was in the final stages of construction during the 2015 Holiday Season.

The primary focus of the day's work was sawing and installing particle board for the roof of the home. By the end of the day, the roof was completely covered, and the group headed home. "Volunteering is a great opportunity to build your network and connect with others outside of work," said Kadzielawski. "Plus, you get to learn new skills!”

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CUaware Councils target Education, Concern for Community in April events

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Friday, May 5, 2017
Updated: Friday, May 5, 2017

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 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 CUaware Lowcountry Council learned about the Victory Junction Reach Program, and built birdhouses in support of the Reach mission (view more photos here.).  

The Triad and Lowcountry Councils of CUaware mixed education, volunteerism and fun during their recent April events! Triad area participants learned about credit unions and cooperation from a member's perspective, while the Lowcountry attendees learned about the Victory Junction Reach Program of the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation (CCUF). 

The Triad hosted its event at Piedmont Advantage Credit Union, with Fentress Gerald as the featured speaker. Gerald is a member of State Employees' Credit Union who serves as an Advisory Board volunteer. SECU has Advisory Boards at each of its branches. These volunteers meet quarterly to discuss issues relative to their branches and provide recommendations for improvement of services and procedures.

Nearly 40 people attended the event on April 26, and learned insights from Gerald about credit unions from a member's perspective. Attendees also enjoyed lunch and a time of networking. 

Meanwhile 40 people gathered in the Lowcountry on Tuesday morning, April 25 to learn about the Reach program. Lauren Whaley of the Carolinas CU Foundation and Jonathan Lemmon of Victory Junction shared the impact of Reach and the credit union movement's impact. The event took place at the Rivers Avenue location of South Carolina Federal. 

Reach is made possible by an exclusive partnership between Victory Junction and the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation. The support of the credit union industry brings specialized camp-style programming to children and families year round outside the gates of Victory Junction.

Having heard the message, the Lowcountry attendees got to work in support of Reach! The group built birdhouses that will be used in Reach, investing their time in a program that is special to credit unions in Carolinas. 

CUaware is a council of the Carolinas Credit Union League. CUaware aims to informally introduce all levels of credit union employees to the movement through events emphasizing education, volunteerism, advocacy and networking.

CUaware also invests in the professional development of credit union staff through the CUaware Protégé Competition and the CUaware Protégé Mentor program. Learn more about CUaware and how you can get involved by going to the CUaware web page

 

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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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