My two years as the Young & Free Maine Spokester have been unforgettable! I've met many wonderful people in the credit union world, and have learned countless valuable lessons about credit unions. But three things stick out to me the most:
1. Credit unions exist to serve their members.
I've seen over and over again how much credit unions do for their communities and for their members. From fundraisers to help end Maine hunger, financial fitness fairs to give Maine students a head start, to raising money for local causes, credit unions are truly making a difference where they live. I must say, I'm excited to continue my journey working in the credit union movement!
2. Being financial cooperatives translates to tremendous benefits for members and communities.
You've probably heard the term "Co-Op." Credit unions are the "Co-Op" of the financial world. And if you're not familiar with the term, it means they operate on the principle of sharing, collaboration, and working together to benefit their members. Credit unions and other cooperatives work together through local, state, regional, national, and international structures to strengthen the cooperative movement.
The collaborative nature of credit unions means that members reap the benefits: less fees, higher interest on savings accounts, lower rates on loans, and of course, the opportunity to have your voice be heard!
3. Credit unions are everywhere!
We have a big state, but there is no shortage of credit unions anywhere that you go! I've spent the last two years traveling up, down, and around our state, and I can't remember an area that isn't conveniently equipped with a credit union. The best part is...if it's not your home credit union, it's okay! You can have access to credit unions when you're out of town, or even out of state, by using shared branching (yet another great feature of credit unions' cooperative character).
My last few weeks in this position have been action-packed, and filled with events and getting to know Jake, your new Spokester! As a final video, I'll share my last adventures as the Young & Free Maine Spokester, but not before taking this opportunity to say thank you to the wonderful team at the Maine Credit Union League, Currency Marketing, and of course, a big thank you to all of Maine's Credit Unions for all that you do for your members.
Now, it's my time to move on, and Jake's turn to take over. Make sure you follow his awesome video and photography skills, and see all of the great things he will do as your Young & Free Maine Spokester!