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What is a Credit Union Anyway?

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What is a credit union anyway?


What is a Credit Union?

Credit unions are not for profit community-based financial institutions.

  1. Democratically Controlled and Member-Owned
  2. Used like a Bank, but Organized like a Cooperative
  3. Governed by a Volunteer Board of Directors


How They Work:

  • Buy a Share in the Credit Union to Become a Member
  • Your Savings are Loaned to Other Members


Profits are Used to:

  • Reduce Fees and & Improve Interest Rates on Deposit Accounts
  • Educate the Membership
  • Donate to Community Organizations


Why People Love Them:

  • Driven by a Strong Social Mission
  • Value People Over Profit
  • Return Profits to Members and Communities
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VSECU is a member-owned cooperative and not for profit credit union for everybody who lives or works in Vermont, offering a full range of affordable financial products and services to its member-owners. VSECU is committed to improving the lives of Vermonters by empowering possibilities for greater social, environmental, and financial prosperity.

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