Unity One CU Informs: Gear Up 4 School Supply Giveaway

Posted by Alyssa Guillory on Tue, Sep 01, 2015 @ 11:04 AM

Unity_One_CU_-_Gear_Up_-_2Unity One Credit Union held its ninth annual “Gear Up 4 School” supply giveaway on Saturday, August 22, from 8 – 10a.m at its Stockyards branch located at 2625 N. Main St. (across the street from Billy Bob’s parking lot and next to Los Vaqueros). The event, created to be a resource for families, gifts children with school mandated supplies while exposing them to small businesses and organizations in the community. 

The credit union distributed over 400 drawstring backpacks containing items such as: pencils, notebooks, crayons and scissors. Supplies were distributed first come first served, and the students receiving the supplies had to be present.   

Unity-One-CU---Gear-Up---4-Intranet“I always look forward to this event as it is a way for us to give back to the communities we serve. There’s no better feeling than knowing that you can forever impact a child’s life for the better with the gift of free school supplies,” said Gary Williams, president. 

In addition to the backpack and supplies, attendees enjoyed free food from Dickey’s BBQ, a dance performance by the students at Artes de la Rosa and visited booths manned by local businesses and organizations such as: the Fort Worth Library, LULAC, Camp Fire First Texas and the United Way. 

 

About Unity One Credit Union

Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is the oldest credit union in Texas. A member-driven and not-for-profit cooperative, Unity One CU served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. However, after transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations and individuals. 

Today, anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Southlake, St. Paul, MN and Kansas City, KS may apply for membership. Unity One CU has seven branches to serve over 30,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™

Topics: Fort Worth, TX, Unity One Credit Union, gear up 4 school

Unity One CU Informs: Putting Your 401(k) to Work

Posted by Alyssa Guillory on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 @ 11:28 AM

Unity One Credit Union has once again partnered with WWK Wealth Advisors to bring a new class to members of the Fort Worth community. 

Join us as we discuss ways to maximize your company-sponsored 401(k). We'll discuss the benefits of this tax-deferred growth vehicle and explain loan, rollover and distribution options. 

Tuesday, September 15
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Unity One Credit Union
North Tarrant Branch
4625 North Tarrant Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76244

Advanced registration is requested.

Register Now!

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Topics: Fort Worth, TX, financial education, Unity One Credit Union

Unity One CU Informs: Shake, Rattle & Bowl Results

Posted by Alyssa Guillory on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 @ 02:07 PM

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Shake, Rattle and Bowl is a bowling fundraiser, hosted by the Fort Worth Chapter of Credit Unions, that supports the Children’s Miracle Network and Cook Children's Medical Center. CMN helps Children’s Medical Hospitals across the country with research and training, purchasing equipment and paying for uncompensated care.

The Children’s Medical Hospitals treat one in 10 children in North America every year. Whether they suffer from common childhood ailments like asthma and broken bones, or fighting bigger challenges like birth defects or cancer, CMN Hospitals provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids.

This year, the Fort Worth Chapter raised over $35,000 for the CMN cause with the help of vendors and the local credit unions. 

Bowlers at Shake, Rattle and Bowl were treated to food, a silent auction, a CEO Bowl Off and two bowling games. Pictures from the event are available on our Facebook page. 

Topics: Fort Worth, shake rattle bowl

Unity One CU Informs: Meet Priscilla Garcia

Posted by Erayne Hill on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 @ 02:55 PM

Unity One Credit Union will be opening Friday, August 28 at 891 Keller Pkwy. The staff is pretty excited. Let's start by getting to know Priscilla, bank branch manager.

Name: Priscilla Garcia

Experience: My banking experience began with Unity One Credit Union.

Position at Unity One Credit Union: Branch Manager
Hours of operation of branch: Mon-Thur: 8am-5pm, Fri: 8am-6pm, Sat: 9am-1 p.m.

Contact phone number: 817-306-3155

History with Unity One Credit Union: I began my banking career with Unity One in 2004. I had little knowledge about the credit union movement so it was a big learning experience for me. I started as a call center representative at the Campus branch and worked my way up throughout the years. I transferred to the Stockyards branch in 2005 as a Member Service Officer (MSO), and I eventually earned promotions to Senior MSO and finally Assistant Branch Manager. After eight years of being with the company, I was entrusted with the role of branch manager in 2012 when Unity One opened a brancPriscilla-Kellerh inside the Birdville Center of Technology and Advanced Learning. Now, as the Keller branch manager, I am ready to help make this new location a success. It has been quite a journey, and I’m ready see what the future holds.

Unity One touts itself as a hassle-free financial institution. What does hassle-free banking mean to you?: Hassle-free banking means that our members have convenient and easy access to their accounts. We will do our best to satisfy their needs without being demanding and charging unnecessary fees.

What, in your opinion, do people need to know about Unity One that they cannot find on the website?: They should know that we truly care about our members and our communities. That’s why we do so many community events and give back when we can.

Expertise (as it relates to UO products and services): I have my certification as a Product Specialist. We are keeping up with the industry and that means a lot of new products and services to meet our members’ needs and wants. As employees we need to be familiar with them so that we can identify when our members can benefit from these products and services.

Other languages spoken?: I am fluent in Spanish. I think being bilingual is an asset that has been a big part of my success.

Proudest moment working at UO?: My proudest moment was recently being awarded Colleague of the Year for 2014. It means a lot to be recognized and be acknowledged for my efforts.

Favorite website or mobile app (besides UO): Pinterest; everything you ever need to know in one place.

Favorite sport to watch: Basketball because it’s so fast paced.

What book are you reading now?: Currently I am reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

What does your mousepad say? I just got a new one that says “Walk the Talk” Consistency-Restorative-Developer-Responsibility-Positivity-Self Assurance-Maximizer-Strategic (from Gallup's StrengthsFinder)

Greatest inspiration: My parents

Favorite food: Posole

Favorite sound: I love music. I like several genres, so I like having music playing all day.

What’s the most important thing in life?: Family

Favorite Keller restaurant: Spring Creek BBQ on 377.

Wisest thing that anyone has ever told you:

  1. Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.
  2. Maturing is realizing how many things don’t require your comment. 

The last thing you purchased: A coffee mug that says “World’s Best Boss," as a daily reminder to be just that :-)

First car (make, model and color): Green 1997 Mercury Cougar V8 coupe that my dad sold to me when I was 18

Best part of being a Texan: The food!

Hobbies: Hanging out with my family, going to the movies, volunteering with my church

If you could speak to your 21-year-old self, what money advice would you give?: Save, save, save! I would truly tell myself to put more money aside in savings.

Priscilla will be joined by:
  • Darian Stice, Member Service Officer
  • Kandice Lee, Lead Teller
  • Jose Gaucin, Teller
  • Taylor Partridge, Teller
  • Daniel Rosenau, Teller

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Pictured above (from left to right): Daniel Rosenau, Kandice Lee, Priscilla Garcia, Taylor Partridge, Darian Stice, Jose Gaucin

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Credit union informs: Sprint discount available for members

Posted by Alyssa Guillory on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 @ 04:25 PM
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New Drive-Thru Hours (Starting Monday, August 17)

Posted by Erayne Hill on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 @ 10:33 AM

Attention Members: Starting Monday, August 17, Unity One drive-thru hours will change to the following:

Monday - Thursday

8-5 p.m.

Friday

8-6 p.m.

 

Credit union informs: Classic Car Show in Kansas City

Posted by Alyssa Guillory on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

Join us for a FREE morning of family fun at our Classic Car Show hosted by our Kansas City branch. There will be food, music and of course classic cars on display by our generous members.

We hope to see you there!

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Topics: Unity One Credit Union, KS, car show

Credit union informs: Foolproof tips for #firsttime car buyers

Posted by Alyssa Guillory on Fri, Aug 07, 2015 @ 04:11 PM

Are you getting ready to purchase your first car? Here are 8 foolproof tips that can help you make the best deal possible:

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  1. Slow down! There are many emotions involved when you purchase a new car. By slowing down, you'll save money and hassle. 

  2. Don't depend on the car dealership to "educate" you on receiving the best deal. Car dealerships are in business to make a profit, not teach you how to get the best deal. Don't go near the car lot until after you've done your homework.

  3. Don't think you have to spend a fortune to get a good car. Buying used can save you thousands; just make sure to have it checked out by a mechanic prior to purchasing. 

  4. Check the price of insurance before you purchase. Did you know that in many states it can cost you five times as much to insure an eight-cylinder 2 door sports car than it does to insure the same car with a four-cylinder engine?

  5. If this is going to be your first major credit purchase, don't blow it! How you pay your first loan will determine the rate and terms on future purchases for decades. 

  6. Never purchase your car on the first visit to the dealership. All dealerships want to sell you the first time you visit because they make more money on the sale. Why? Because you haven't had the opportunity to compare their deal.

  7. Most dealerships make their profit on add-ons, not the purchase price of the vehicle. Make sure to explore all add-on options, especially GAP and Extended Warranty, through the credit union as our plans are often much cheaper.

  8. Talk to us before you shop. The minute you start thinking about purchasing a new or used car, stop by one of our branches and talk to us. We can provide you with valuable information about car buying prior to visiting the dealership. 

I would like to speak with a loan officer.

 

Topics: car loan, #FirstTimers, Unity One Credit Union, first time car buyer

Credit union informs: Gear Up 4 School

Posted by Alyssa Guillory on Tue, Aug 04, 2015 @ 03:53 PM

Join us at our annual Gear Up 4 School event at the Stockyards branch on Saturday, August 22, from 8 - 10 a.m. There will be free school supplies, great music and entertainment for the kids. 

*Students must be present to receive school supplies. First come, first served. While supplies last.

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Topics: Fort Worth, Unity One Credit Union, gear up 4 school

Credit union informs: School Supply Drives in Fort Worth & St. Paul

Posted by Alyssa Guillory on Mon, Aug 03, 2015 @ 03:42 PM

Unity One Credit Union supports the following school supply drives in the north Fort Worth and Saint Paul, MN areas.

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Topics: school supply, st. paul, north fort worth

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