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Why Do You Volunteer?

by Tabitha Garvin, MCUN

“Volunteers are our most visible credit union difference,” states the MCUN Credit Union Philosophy Certification Manual. As volunteers have been part of the credit union movement and will continue to have a valued role according to Filene, we wanted to hear why some of our directors have chosen to volunteer at their credit union. Please be inspired by their thoughts and check out the great resources below for ways volunteers can get more engaged.

"I was raised in the cooperative movement through Farmers’ Union. My uncle Ernest helped start Richland FCU (Sidney, MT), and my uncle Ward Redlin was a long-time manager/CEO at Richland. I believe strongly in “People Helping People” and providing opportunities for people to help themselves."
– Beth Redlin, 8 year volunteer
Richland FCU
"I became involved because I feel people shouldn’t just complain, they need to join in to give ideas and be a part of the solutions."
– Pete Stiles, 20+ year volunteer
Trico Community FCU
"The credit union had been and still is a positive to me for banking and loans. I felt that I should return the effort."
– Myron Wilson, 6 year volunteer
Big Sky FCU

"When I retired I wanted to do things there wasn’t time for, so volunteering has become a way of life. I thought the credit union was something I could do."

Dale Blom, 1+ year volunteer

"I volunteer because it was a way to pay back Billings FCU for everything they have done for my wife and me over the years. I’m really enjoying it."

– Ronald Marshall, 1+ year volunteer
Billings FCU

"The credit union is an important part of my family savings plan. What better way to keep that positive than to improve our credit union."

– Debbie Willis, 6+ year volunteer
Big Sky FCU

Do these sentiments gibe with the reasons you decided to volunteer at your credit union? If you have a moment, tell us -- fill out this short form and email it to Tabitha.

Tabitha Garvin is the VP-Fee Based Services for the Montana Credit Union Network. She would welcome any questions or comments on this material. You can email Tabitha or call her at 800-745-5546, ext. 132.



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