Celebrate International Credit Union Day at Oregon Community Credit Union

EUGENE, OR (October 14, 2014)  On Oct. 16, 2014, credit union members around the world will celebrate International Credit Union Day®, an annual event to commemorate the credit union movement’s impact and achievements. In honor of this special day, Oregon Community Credit Union invites its members and the community in to branches for treats to celebrate the credit union difference.

Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives that provide an effective and viable alternative to for-profit financial institutions for nearly 208 million members in 103 countries worldwide. Worldwide, 57,000 credit unions exist to serve their members, providing a safe place to save money and access affordable loans. Oregon Community Credit Union was founded more than 50 years ago in Eugene by a small group of passionate people. Years of taking great care of our members and providing the best possible financial services has made us the second largest state-chartered credit union in Oregon. Today, OCCU has over 100,000 members. Most are Oregonians and live in one of the 28 counties we serve. Others, however, have spread their wings and can be found all over the US and even abroad, keeping their membership active through our online services and Shared Branching programs.

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 difference. This year’s theme, “Local Service. Global Good.TM,” emphasizes credit unions’ positive impact in their communities and around the world.

Credit unions are recognized as a force for positive economic and social change and have provided significant value in both developed and emerging nations. International Credit Union Day is sponsored by World Council of Credit Unions, the international trade association and development agency for credit unions, as well as numerous national credit union trade associations and federations around the world.

On Oct. 16, credit unions from around the world will join forces to celebrate the day. OCCU is encouraging their members to participate by engaging with them on social media, using the hash tag #ICUDay to share stories of positive experiences with employees, personal financial success stories or simply why they love being a member of a local credit union.  For more information, visit the Oregon Community Credit Union Facebook page.

Oregon Community Credit Union, founded in 1956, is a full-service financial institution providing checking, savings, certificates and money market accounts as well as mortgages, auto and home equity loans, and a full range of investment services. Oregon Community Credit Union operates nine branches in Eugene, Springfield and Salem. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler, and Yamhill Counties in Oregon; employees of the State of Oregon and Bi-Mart Corporation; and members of the UO Alumni Association and current students at the UO.

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