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Can you feel the Credit Union Difference?

If you’re not part of the credit union movement, you’re missing out on something very special…

As you may have read in my bio, I was in banking for over 10 years; I worked for both big corporate banks and small local banks. In the last 3 months since I have been on board with New Dimensions Federal Credit Union, many people have asked me the same questions, “how do you like working for a credit union? Is it really much different than a bank?” My answer, simply put, “I love it and YES, it’s different!

From my first day here at NDFCU, I could FEEL the credit union difference. The sense of community and really knowing your neighbors is much more than I have ever experienced before. I’ve met many members that have belonged to our credit union for over 50 years and their children and grandchildren are members, too. These members proudly shared stories with me about times in their lives that were tough, and nobody could help them except for our credit union. Because of that, they are faithful members and have encouraged their family and friends to join, too.

Last week, we celebrated International Credit Union Week with games, refreshments, giveaways, and drawings at our two locations. During the celebration, the lobby was full of members shaking hands and exchanging hugs as some had not seen each other in a while. Children played bean bag toss and took turns posing for pictures with Monty Moose. It was like a warm family holiday. I also had the pleasure of attending orientation at the Maine Credit Union League in Westbrook with other employees from Maine’s finest credit unions. That’s another awesome concept – staff members from multiple credit unions get together regularly to collaborate and share ideas! As we listened to the history of how Maine’s first credit union was established in 1921, we heard stories of many hardworking families working in mills, log yards, farmers, and more that were trying to provide for their families and put food on the table at night. Hardworking, honest people that were struggling to make ends meet…the kind of people that banks would not lend money to. I couldn’t help but get a little sentimental thinking about my family members that came here from Canada to work in the mills to make a better life for their growing families.

Credit unions were started in church basements, kitchens and spare bedrooms around our state and hardworking people now had the means to borrow money and save for their future, one dollar at a time. The credit union philosophy of “People Helping People” remains in place today. Whether it’s hosting bake sales or other fundraisers for Special Olympics, Maine’s Ending Hunger Campaign, or Maine Children’s Cancer Program or providing financial education for schools, members, or the community, it’s all accomplished by people that truly want to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.

All the great products, services and a desire to really help people combined with the latest technology from the most innovative mobile banking applications available today to our newest Kasasa products, we have everything you need under one roof.

I would love to hear your stories of why you became a member of New Dimensions Federal Credit Union and how it has been able to help you realize your financial goals.  Please feel free to email me at tverzoni@newdimensionsfcu.com. I am excited to know more about you!

~Tanya