Are you as excited as we are to celebrate International Credit Union Day?

    ICU Day is coming right up! The day has been designated as an occasion for credit unions all over their world to recognize the history behind the credit union movement, its spirit and its philosophy. It’s a day to share your experiences as a member and to reflect upon all the benefits you enjoy by being a part of your credit union.

    It’s also a day to have fun! At Wasatch Peaks, we’re planning celebrate on Friday, October 20th with cookies in all branches for all of our amazing members!

    It’s more than just a good time, though. As it’s done in the past, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) will team up with Credit Unions for Kids for Shop for Miracles 2017. All participating credit unions promise to make a donation to a local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for each credit or debit card transaction made by their members on ICU Day. Credit union members always like to give back to the community.

    Each year, CUNA and the World Council of Credit Unions chooses a theme for ICU Day. The theme for 2017, selected via an online poll of credit union professionals, is “Dreams Thrive Here.” As a credit union member, you can testify to the absolute truth of this statement. Credit unions do help your dreams thrive, because they make them possible.

    You already know how wonderful it is to be part of a credit union, but in the spirit of ICU Day, let’s take a quick look at four factors that make a credit union outstanding and allow your dreams to thrive.

    Members first

    As a member of a credit union, you own a piece of the organization. Credit unions are not stuck answering to Wall Street — we only want what’s best for you. This keeps our focus in the right place. Instead of working on earning the biggest profits, we can focus on offering superior member service and policies that are as member-friendly as possible. You’ll have a say in the way your credit union runs, and if you find yourself in a difficult situation, you’ll find representatives who are willing and happy to help you.

    Lower fees

    Banks earn a significant portion of their profits through their fees. While a credit union will also have fees attached to certain products and services, these tend to be lower than similar fees you’ll find in a bank. What all this means for you is lots of money saved just by choosing to trust Wasatch Peaks with your money.

    We’ve got your back

    Everyone has their ups and downs. If you’re going through a rough patch, a credit union is willing to work with you through that challenging time. While a bank is more likely to turn down a borrower with a poor credit history, a credit union member representative wants to help you out. Our financial advisors will be happy to meet with you and work to find a loan that best suits your needs. If necessary, representatives are also here to help you learn the basics of budgeting and money management, often offering programs to help you gain control over your budget and cover unexpected expenses.

    Better interest rates

    When you open a savings account or a CD, one of your biggest concerns is the interest rate. You want your money to grow as much as possible.

    Lucky for you, credit unions offer higher interest rates on savings accounts and lower interest rates on loans. You read that right — remember, they want what’s best for you! Since they’re not focused on making a profit, they only need to cover operating costs. All the money they save by focusing on what matters to you is passed down to the member via these favorable interest rates. This means you can save on any loans you may need and that the money in your savings accounts will be earning at a higher rate, just because you chose Wasatch Peaks Credit Union.

    As you can see, we’ve got lots to celebrate!

    Here at Wasatch Peaks we’re gearing up for a fun-filled, memorable day. Join us on Friday, October 19 for cookies as together we celebrate everything that makes a credit union special. Can’t wait to see you there!

    What’s your favorite part of being a credit union member? Share it with us in the comments!


    Wasatch Peaks

    Written by Wasatch Peaks