A Day in the Life of Credit Unions

Credit Union Journal - - Front Page - BY LISA FREE­MAN

FOR THE 20TH AN­NIVER­SARY OF Credit Union Jour­nal’s an­nual Day in the Life of Credit Unions project, in­stead of pro­duc­ing the big slideshow and print spread of photos that were taken all on the same day a cou­ple of months prior to In­ter­na­tional Credit Union Day, this year, we asked credit unions to shoot their photos on In­ter­na­tional Credit Union Day.

More than 60 credit unions from all over the world took photos on Oct. 19 dur­ing In­ter­na­tional Credit Union Day.

With par­tic­i­pants hail­ing from Aus­tralia, Colom­bia, Moldova, Ro­ma­nia, Rus­sia and Tan­za­nia, as well as the U.S., this year’s project had not only the largest num­ber of credit unions but also the great­est num­ber of coun­tries rep­re­sented.

The Day in the Life of Credit Unions project was con­ceived to high­light the credit union dif­fer­ence, fea­tur­ing not only the typ­i­cal day-to-day busi­ness of be­ing a fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion, but also all of the ways these co­op­er­a­tives help their mem­bers and their com­mu­ni­ties.

As you’ll see in the photos that fol­low, what makes credit unions dif­fer­ent isn’t merely the fact that they are not-for-profit, mem­ber-owned fi­nan­cial co­op­er­a­tives, it’s how they ap­proach the busi­ness of serv­ing their mem­bers. It can be as sur­pris­ing as buy­ing a stranger’s break­fast, as chal­leng­ing as mak­ing a col­lec­tions call friendly and as fun­da­men­tal as sim­ply shar­ing a hug.

So even though many credit unions had all kinds of spe­cial events hap­pen­ing in their branches to mark In­ter­na­tional Credit Union Day, the real magic is in what credit unions do ev­ery sin­gle day. From un­lock­ing the doors at the start of the day to lock­ing back up at the end and all the mo­ments in be­tween, both the out of the or­di­nary and the mun­dane, we are show­ing one day—al­beit a very spe­cial one — in the life of credit unions.

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