On Thursday, October 17, credit union members around the world will celebrate International Credit Union (ICU) Day 2019 to commemorate the credit union movement’s impact and achievements. This year marks the 71st anniversary of the day, recognized by the World Council of Credit Unions. In commemoration, Freedom Credit Union invites you to visit your local branch to enjoy festivities including refreshments and giveaways.
Since 1948, International Credit Union Day has been celebrated annually on the third Thursday of October. Each year, the international event affords the opportunity to remember credit unions’ proud history and promote awareness of and support for the credit union and financial cooperative difference.
This year’s theme is “Local Service. Global Reach.” It speaks to how each credit union serves a local community—and it is because of that local service across the world that we have a global credit union movement that’s now 260 million members strong.
ICU Day 2019 celebrates the impact credit unions and other financial cooperatives have made and continue to make for their members. It is also a chance to be thankful for the lives and communities that have been improved by our movement.
As a credit union, we are a cooperative financial institution owned by our members. We take local service to heart and embrace a cooperative spirit that is clearly reflected in the many community charities and organizations we support. This includes our annual Summer Food Drive to benefit the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, which last year helped provide 1,543 meals for neighbors seeking food assistance throughout the four counties of western Massachusetts, as well as the “Bed for Every Child” and “Cherish the Children” campaigns. In all, FCU and our members provided charitable and sponsorship support to over 110 local beneficiaries in 2018.
We know you, our members, have a choice when it comes to your financial partners. ICU Day gives us the opportunity to thank you for choosing us, and to spread the word about the benefits of credit union membership. If you enjoy membership, we encourage you to share your experience with others. Freedom Credit Union membership is open to anyone who lives, works or attends college in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin or Berkshire County, and requires only a $5 deposit into a Share Savings Account.
We hope you’ll join us in this celebration at any of our 11 branches on October 17!