Join Aspire Federal Credit Union in celebrating International Credit Union Day by submitting a video to YouTube letting us know how Aspire has helped you reach your financial goals, and you could win a 3-month subscription to NetFlix! Use tag “#AspireFCU”. Check out our video and official rules here: http://bit.ly/SQqSQ4
Now, let us tell you some information about International Credit Union Day. Beginning in 1948, credit unions have come together annually on the third Thursday in October to commemorate the credit union movement’s history and achievements through International Credit Union Day. (This year, International Credit Union Day falls on Thursday, October 18th, but here at Aspire, we’re celebrating all week long, from the 15th to the 19th!)
This year’s theme, “Members Matter Most”, celebrates the important economic and social contributions credit unions make to their communities worldwide. Aspire is just one of more than 51,000 credit unions in the world, and we welcome the opportunity to join our fellow credit union members in 100 countries to celebrate!
Credit Unions vary greatly from traditional for-profit banks and financial institutions. The community commitment and positive economic and social change are just some of the ways that credit unions differ from traditional for-profit banks and financial institutions. For more than 150 years, credit unions worldwide have proudly put people before profits in order to provide access to affordable financial services for all members.
In the spirit of International Credit Union Day, let us look beyond our local community to recognize credit unions for the important role they play in many distressed urban and rural areas worldwide. Many people would not have been able to afford to own homes, start new businesses or attend school without the help of their credit unions. In some areas of the world, people would have no access to financial services at all without their credit unions.
No matter where you are, access to financial services is vital. Rich or poor, we all face similar challenges in life. Together, credit unions are helping members overcome thosechallenges worldwide. Credit unions have consistently carried on the traditions set forth by their founders and exemplified the values of thrift, self-sufficiency and volunteer leadership democratically elected from among the members. Those qualities help credit unions create a special place for themselves among the world’s financial institutions.
Thank you for joining us in our celebration of International Credit Union Day! One member at a time, we are working to make a difference – here, and around the world – and we look forward to serving you and your family for years to come!