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CUs in the News: March 2022

A Monthly Roundup of #TheDifference Across WI

CUs in the News March 2022
Apr 20, 2022
By Sammy Dennis
  • The CU Difference

Whether it's giving back, responding to COVID-19, awarding scholarships, or fostering financial literacy (and so much more), here's how Wisconsin's credit unions supported their members and communities in March.

Giving Back

CoVantage Cares Foundation Gives $344,616 to Organizations
The CoVantage Cares Foundation presented checks totaling $344,616 to local non-profit groups that serve communities where CoVantage Credit Union has branches. (CoVantage Credit Union, 3/4)

Fort Rotary, Interact Club to Prepare, Deliver Breakfasts
This Sunday, March 13, from 7 to 11 a.m., Fort Atkinson Rotarians and Interact Club members will unite at The Fort Atkinson Club to prepare and deliver preorder to-go breakfasts featuring pancakes, juice and Jones Dairy Farm sausages. (Fort Community Credit Union, 3/7)

Brothers Start Fund to Raise Money for Ukrainian Refugees 
Daniel Zalewski of Antigo is so moved by the plight of Ukrainian refugees that he started the Community Kindness/Ukraine Relief fund to raise money for charities helping in the cause. (CoVantage Credit Union, 3/11)

FCCU Sets First of Four Community Shred Events April 9 
Fort Community Credit Union (FCCU) has partnered with Shred-It to host a series of free shred events in Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Whitewater and Watertown. (Fort Community Credit Union, 3/31)


Supporting Financial Literacy

Medicare Seminar Hosted by Prospera Credit Union
Prospera Credit Union is offering a seminar to help individuals learn more about Medicare. Prospera will hold a workshop on Wednesday, March 16 at 6 p.m. at the Menasha Prospera Credit Union branch, located at 849 Warsaw St. (map). A light dinner will be provided. (Prospera Credit Union, 3/3)

Project Money Season 13 Winner
Katie is the season 13 winner of Summit Credit Union's Project Money and today she joins us to share more about her journey and what she's learned. (Summit Credit Union, 3/16)

April is National Financial Literacy Month
In 2004, the U.S. Congress designated April as National Financial Literacy Month, also known as National Financial Capability Month. Each April, organizations across the nation take part in this initiative to highlight the importance of financial literacy education for all citizens of all ages. (Fort Community Credit Union, 3/30)

Fostering Excellence 

Rock Stars Put Innovation on Display
The CUNA Councils honored four Credit Union Magazine 2021 Credit Union Rock Stars during its annual breakfast Tuesday at the 2022 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).(Community First Credit Union, 3/1)

Connexus Recognized for Best-in-Class Teen Checking, Personal Loans, and Share Certificates 
Connexus Credit Union was recently recognized by Forbes Advisor, Business Insider, and NerdWallet with Best of 2022 titles across four categories, Connexus announced this week. (Connexus Credit Union, 3/9)

313 Dodge Wins Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Kaukauna businesses were well represented at the event. Unison Credit Union of Kaukauna won the Cornerstone Award. (Unison Credit Union, 3/13)

Students of the Week
Outside of BMHS, she works at Blackhawk Community Credit Union as a part of the BMHS Youth Apprenticeship program. (Blackhawk Community Credit Union, 3/17)

Retail Banking Tech Trends: Three Execs Share their 2022 Strategies 
More financial institutions are optimizing their branch networks to meet changing consumer demands. That's driving interest in ITMs/self-service, AI-powered chatbots and tablet-equipped branch staff. Three credit union leaders share insights on what's working well for them as they strive to meet higher expectations. (CoVantage Credit Union)

Appleton Credit Union Employee Stops Elderly Person from Getting Scammed
 The Appleton Police Department posted on their Facebook about a recent incident where authorities and a credit union employee stopped an elderly person from getting scammed. (3/28)

Bader Ginsburg Deserves Credit for Women's Financial Independence
When we use our debit or credit cards this Women’s History Month, we need to remember we only have them because of the long fight for women’s financial independence led by then attorney, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who later became the pioneering Supreme Court justice. (Summit Credit Union, 3/28)

Innovative Solutions

CU Overdraft Programs Designed with Members in Mind
UW Credit Union President/CEO Paul Kundert testified before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions Thursday for its hearing on overdraft programs. In advance of the hearing CUNA submitted its own letter for the record, in addition to a joint letter with the National Association of Federally Insured Credit Unions. (UW Credit Union 3/31)

Creating Community

 MMCCU Launches St. Patrick's Day "Pot of Gold" Contest Marshfield Medical Center Credit Union (MMCCU) is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Contest that is open to the community. To enter, simply guess the number of coins in the “Pot of Gold.” The two people who have the closest guess will win the amount of money in the pot. (Marshfield Medical Center Credit Union, 3/9)

Help Spread Sunshine Across Wisconsin 
Park City Credit Union is partnering with Hometown Chiropractic Center for its fifth annual “Sunshine on the Street” set for 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. The 30-minute event – supported by local businesses – is intended to spread cheer by mobilizing community members to share encouraging messages of hope and goodwill. (Park City Credit Union, 3/21)

About The Author

Sammy Dennis is the VP of Communications for The Wisconsin Credit Union League. Interested in having your credit union's news considered? Contact me!