International Credit Union Day

Hi-Res-Logo[1].jpgInternational Credit Union Day is coming up on Thursday, October 20! This week we will be celebrating the credit union authentic difference by sharing information on our Facebook page about how credit unions help the communities in which we live and work. Here are a few interesting facts to get us started!

What is International Credit Union Day?

  • A day when credit unions all over the world celebrate the qualities that make them unique and show appreciation for their members.
  • The celebration started in 1948 and occurs every year on the third Thursday of October.
  • There are 57,000 credit unions worldwide in 105 countries.

What makes a credit union different?  

  • Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives.
  • We offer the same services as other financial institutions, but we return all of our profits to members. That’s why we have better rates and fewer fees.
  • We are owned by our members, not shareholders, so our money stays in the community.

We hope you will join us on social media this week to celebrate International Credit Union Day!

It’s International Credit Union Day!

ICU_Day_2015_logo_JPGToday, credit unions around the world are celebrating International Credit Union Day (ICU Day). Since 1948, on the third Thursday of every October, credit unions have celebrated a simple but radical idea—by working together, people can improve their financial well-being. This idea has spread across the world enabling credit unions to flourish, especially during times of economic hardship.

During the Great Depression, scores of ordinary Americans—farmers, teachers, small business owners—found themselves without access to banking services. They band together to become their own not-for-profit financial institution and credit unions began to open in record numbers. During the recent Great Recession, credit union memberships proliferated once again. Today there are more than 200 million credit union members worldwide—100 million of them in the U.S.

This year’s ICU Day theme, “people helping people,” is the foundational philosophy of the credit union movement. At its most basic level, a credit union is people pooling their money to provide each other with affordable loans—a credit union is literally people helping people. This is why Insight celebrates ICU Day. This simple idea empowers people, wherever they are in the world or in life, to take control of their own financial future.

So when we wish you a Happy ICU Day, know that we’re thanking you for belonging to a movement that’s helping your neighbors—and people around the world—grow and thrive and follow their dreams.

Community Matters

Comm Foundation Logo6AAs you read our various newsletters and web updates, you may wonder why we support and participate in so many community events throughout Central Florida.  Ultimately the answer is pretty straightforward – community matters!  To say it another way, the people who make up our communities – our family, our friends, and our neighbors – really matter to us.  See, we live and work here too, and we want to do what we can to create a great life for everyone.

From the business perspective, we strive for that by offering great products and services for our members at reasonable rates so they can save money and finance their needs and wants – like new cars, a nice home, college education, great vacations, or whatever is important to each member.

From the community perspective, we want to support the events that make life in our neighborhoods enjoyable.   Whether it’s fun events, like community celebrations, music festivals, fireworks displays, or a food truck showcase, or it’s an event to bring people together like National Night Out, we want to help provide the means for such events to happen.  We know these sorts of events add to the quality of our lives and bring us closer together as friends and neighbors.

From the educational perspective, we want to support financial literacy as well as educational opportunities throughout the area.  We provide financial literacy through seminars at our branches for adults and through partnerships with various schools for school-aged children.

And now we also offer support through our Insight Community Foundation.  The Insight Community Foundation considers donations for organizations that support educational activities that improve and advance well-being at all educational levels.  For more information or to request funds from the Insight Community Foundation, click here.

We hope you love your community as much as Insight Credit Union does…and when you see us at a community event, please stop by and say hello!

Don’t Forget to Audition!!

FirstMateContest_SmallWGTime is running out to “walk the plank”! Now, don’t you be frettin’ – ye won’t end up at the bottom o’ the sea. Walking our plank might lead you to a role as one of Captain Hook’s pirates in a performance of Peter Pan at the Garden Theatre!*

Do you think you have what it takes to be Insight’s First Mate? You still have the opportunity to record a short video audition at the Insight Credit Union Winter Garden branch until March 28, 2015. All you have to do is show up at the branch during normal business hours and tell one of our friendly branch employees that you are there to record your audition for the Insight First Mate Contest! The winner will be announced no later than April 15, 2015.

Click here for more information and answers to frequently asked questions. Also be sure to check out the Insight Facebook page for contest updates. Good luck matey!

Insight First Mate Contest

FirstMateContest_BlogWGAhoy matey! Insight Credit Union is looking for a First Mate to “walk the plank”! Now, don’t you be frettin’ – ye won’t end up at the bottom o’ the sea. Walking our plank might lead you to a role as one of Captain Hook’s pirates in a performance of Peter Pan at the Garden Theatre!*

Do you think you have what it takes to be Insight’s First Mate? You will have the opportunity to record a short video audition at the Insight Credit Union Winter Garden branch from March 9 – March 28, 2015. All you have to do is show up at the branch during normal business hours and tell one of our friendly branch employees that you are there to record your audition for the Insight First Mate Contest! The winner will be announced no later than April 15, 2015.

Click here for more information and answers to frequently asked questions. Also be sure to check out the Insight Facebook page for contest updates. Good luck matey!.