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International Credit Union Day 2018

Oct 17
2018
International Credit Union Day Graphic

For Idaho Central, and credit unions all over the world, International Credit Union Day provides an opportunity to reflect and celebrate the history and success of the “People Helping People” philosophy. This year’s theme emphasizes the credit union movement’s loyalty to its members and its mission to provide them financial support and guidance.

Idaho Central is excited to celebrate the 70th anniversary of International Credit Union Day on October 18, 2018. This year’s theme is “Find Your Platinum Lining.” It combines the traditional gift of platinum for 70th anniversaries with a play on the saying “every cloud has a silver lining.”

For Idaho Central, and credit unions all over the world, this day provides an opportunity to reflect and celebrate the history and success of the “People Helping People” philosophy. This year’s theme emphasizes the credit union movement’s loyalty to its members and its mission to provide them financial support and guidance.

The movement began in the 1840s as a democratic consumer cooperative by weavers in Rochdale, England. Frustrated by bankers who denied them loans simply because they weren’t wealthy, the weavers and workers decided to pool their incomes and loan money to each other. In time, this cooperation put each member on solid financial ground and encouraged their own businesses to flourish.

The need for equitable financial institutions grew and, in 1971, the World Council of Credit Unions, Inc. (WOCCU) was created to help establish and maintain viable credit union movements. It has become the leading voice for advocacy and governance on behalf of the international credit union community.

Today, over 235 million people are served by credit unions in 109 countries and 6 continents.

Credit unions across the world are committed to their communities, offering financial services and education and returning profits to their members.

To learn more about what credit unions are and how they differ from other financial institutions, please contact an Idaho Central team member today!

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Serving All Idaho Members

Oct 13
2018
ICCU Team Members Volunteering Making Fences at the Zoo

Idaho Central Credit Union provides financial services to many individuals and businesses throughout Idaho. We value every member and the important role they play in our community and economy. At Idaho Central, we understand the importance of our Hispanic population and make an effort to provide them the financial services they need. As we wrap up Hispanic Heritage Month, we wanted to share a couple ways we serve the Hispanic population, not just during Hispanic Heritage Month, but all year long.

Idaho Central provides financial services to many individuals and businesses throughout Idaho. We value every member and the important role they play in our community and economy. At Idaho Central, we understand the importance of our Hispanic population and make an effort to provide them the financial services they need. As we wrap up Hispanic Heritage Month, we wanted to share ways we serve the Hispanic population.

 

Language

Not all Hispanic members prefer services in Spanish, but many do, and those that do, have that option at Idaho Central. Many members of the Green Team are fluent in Spanish. These team members may be reached through multiple channels including in branches, by phone, and through online chat services at iccu.com. We provide materials in Spanish and launched our Spanish website earlier this year. We even have an internal certification employees must pass before they are designated as Spanish-speaking. This certification includes mastery of vocabulary, terms, and requirements specific to financial services we offer. Of course, all of our Spanish-speaking employees can provide services in both English and Spanish.  They are that good!

 

Financial Services

Idaho Central is unique because we can open accounts and give loans with an ITIN, or Individual Tax Identification Number. Even if someone does not have a Social Security Number, if they pay taxes on their income, they have an ITIN number that qualifies them for membership. We also specialize in providing assistance for people to build credit. Some loans can be given on ITINs, and though the down payment or other requirements may be different, it is still a possibility that may not have been opened up otherwise.

 

Community Involvement

As always, you can find our logo, sponsorship, and the Green Machine associated with many Hispanic events in the community. Follow our social media linked in our website footer to hear about more ways we serve our Idaho community.

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Hispanic Heritage Month at ICCU

Sep 01
2018
Hispanic women walking in parade.

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group’s heritage and culture. Idaho Central Credit Union is excited to be sponsoring some activities during National Hispanic Heritage Month.  Please join us for these fun events!

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15), we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group’s heritage and culture.

Hispanic Heritage Week was first proclaimed President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 and begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12.

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, communities celebrate the achievements and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans with community festivals, government-sponsored activities and educational activities for students.

We invite you to share in this special annual tribute by learning and celebrating the generations of Hispanic and Latino Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

Idaho Central Credit Union is excited to be sponsoring some activities during National Hispanic Heritage Month.  Please join us for these fun events!

Treasure Valley:

  1. Fiestas Patrias – Meridian 9/16/18
  2. Paul’s Fall Festival – Nampa 9/21-9/22/18
  3. Fiestas Culturales – CWI, Nampa 9/29/18

Magic Valley:

  1. Rupert Catholic Church Family Days – 9/29/18
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Idaho Central Opens a Second Student-Run Branch

Aug 30
2018
Thunder Ridge High School Branch Store Front

Idaho Central Credit Union is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with another local high school on a student-run branch. Student-run branches provide a unique hands-on learning opportunity for all of those involved.

Idaho Central Credit Union is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with another local high school on a student-run branch. This is the second student-run branch Idaho Central has had the chance to be a part of.

Student-run branches provide a unique hands-on learning opportunity for all of those involved.  Interns gain valuable communication, professional and technical skills while those students who utilize the branch services can learn smart financial habits and become better prepared to make solid financial decisions after they leave high school.  A U.S. Department of the Treasury study found that in-school branches increased account ownership and improved attitudes toward banking in addition to improving attitudes about saving and working with financial institutions.

Idaho Central Credit Union currently has 50 full time employees who started out as interns.  Seherzada Dzaferovic, Idaho Central’s Mountain View Branch Manager began her career as in intern in the Idaho Central Mountain View High School Branch.  “The internship was one of the best things that has happened to me. It provided me personal and professional development, long lasting friendships, and challenged me to continuously work on bettering myself.  I am who I am today because of the amazing mentors I had along the way that believed in me and constantly pushed me to work harder. With hard work came my dream career and I couldn’t be more happy,” said Dzaferovic.

Students working at the Thunder Ridge Branch will be mentored by Nate James, who has been with Idaho Central since 2014.  “The branch is a great opportunity for the student interns to develop healthy financial habits and then teach them to their peers. The branch has drawn a lot of positive interest within the community,” said James.

Thunder Ridge branch hours are 12:00pm-2:45pm every weekday aside from Wednesday. Wednesday hours are 11:00am- 1:45pm.

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Green Team Volunteers at Paintfest

Jul 12
2018
ICCU employees standing in front of the Paintfest sign and house.

The Green Team volunteered at Portneuf Valley Paintfest as one way to give back to local Idaho communities in June. Paintfest combines community volunteers and sponsorship dollars to paint the exterior of homes for qualified senior citizens in Pocatello and Chubbuck. Founded in 1987, this program has painted over 600 homes since its inception.

The Green Team volunteered at Portneuf Valley Paintfest as one way to give back to local Idaho communities in June. Paintfest combines community volunteers and sponsorship dollars to paint the exterior of homes for qualified senior citizens in Pocatello and Chubbuck. Founded in 1987, this program has painted over 600 homes since its inception.

After working all day, the Green Team would gather after work or on the weekend to volunteer. In one week of Paintfest, the Green Team volunteered over 650 hours by over 160 volunteers from 21 different departments and branches.

The heart of Idaho Central is in its Green Team and the causes they care about. Four Idaho Central employees currently fill four leadership positions with Paintfest, two on the board and two as team captains to coordinate painting efforts with the community.

Tyler McGary, one of the team captains, had this to say about the Green Team experience at Paintfest. “The level of support and commitment this year was amazing. At both of the houses we painted we almost had more people than we had work to do. As the Green Team continues to grow, the level of support for these events has also grown. It is amazing and heartwarming to see that that many people are willing to give up their evenings and afternoons to help with this amazing project.”

This year, Paintfest painted a total of 8 houses, and Idaho Central painted two of those homes. At one point, there were 40 people working on the same house, many gathered from different departments and branches that do not always have the chance to work closely together. A sense of unity grew among the Green Team as a feeling of appreciation grew from the homeowners. In McGary’s words, “The homeowners said there is no way they could repay for what was done, but the look of gratitude and joy on their faces as they watched the Green Team fix up their house was all the payment we needed.”

The level of commitment from the Green Team to help in the community is the reason Idaho Central Credit Union can continue to give back to the community in this way. Idaho Central is grateful for team members who care and continue to show that green really is the color of love.