BELPRE – Riverview Credit Union on October 20 will join credit unions around the world in the annual celebration of International Credit Union (ICU) Day.
The celebration raises awareness of the tremendous work that credit unions do around the world and offers members the opportunity to become more engaged with their credit union.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Empower your financial future with a credit union.”
“At the most basic level, credit unions are built on the principle of ‘people helping people,'” Doug Ankrom, president and CEO of Riverview, said. “This philosophy has been used for more than 100 years by credit unions around the world to provide access to affordable financial products and to meet the needs of underserved communities.”
Riverview offers the same services as other financial institutions, but is guided by a spirit of cooperation, he said.
“Our participation in the annual CIP Day celebration allows us to show how members and non-members alike can turn to Riverview for financial services and advice every day,” says Ankrom.
The public is encouraged to visit any Riverview office or social media pages on October 20 to learn more about joining credit unions. A free take-out lunch from local food vendors will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Riverview’s Belpre office at 403 Main Street and Marietta’s office at 39 Acme Street.
International Credit Union Day has been celebrated since 1948.
The first credit union dates back to the 1840s and a democratic consumer co-operative formed by weavers in Rochdale, England. Frustrated by bankers who refused them loans simply because they were not wealthy, the weavers and laborers decided to pool their earnings and lend each other money.
Today, there are more than 260 million credit union members worldwide, including more than 100 million in the United States alone. Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives guided by nine fundamental principles, including democratic control, social responsibility and the return of all profits to members.
Riverview Credit Union is a federally chartered, member-owned financial cooperative founded in 1968 with offices in Belpre, Marietta and Vienna. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Washington, Noble, Morgan, or Monroe counties in Ohio and Wood, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt, or Jackson counties in West Virginia. and family members of current members.
More information is available www.Riverviewcu.com.