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Credit union informs: Toys for Tots

 

Unity One Credit Union's two Minnesota branch locations have partnered with Toys for Tots to collect new, unwrapped toys for local less fortunate children. Toys for Tots, started in the 1980's by the United States Marine Corps, has distributed over 469 million toys to more than 216 million less fortunate children.  

If you would like to make a donation, please drop your items off at either of our Minnesota branch locations. Deadline for drop off is December 15, 2014. 

Toys for Tots
  • Downtown St. Paul Branch
    Cray Plaza - Skyway Level
    380 Jackson St., Ste. 279
    Saint Paul, MN 55101

  • Vadnais Heights Branch
    1010 East Highway 96
    Vadnais Heights, MN 55127

All items collected are distributed free of charge to recipients by the United States Marine Corps. 
 

Credit union informs: Free Shred Day!

 

ShreddingShred your documents for free at Unity One Credit Union's North Tarrant branch this Saturday! 

Saturday, November 22
9 a.m. - 12 noon

North Tarrant Branch
4625 North Tarrant Pkwy.
Fort Worth, Texas 76244

Please read carefully:

  1. PAPER ONLY. Please only bring paper items to be shredded. Remove all other objects. Other objects could injure handlers, volunteers and the shred truck. No binders, glass, books, knives, cassettes, DVDs--and the list could go on.

  2. BE COURTEOUS. Be courteous of others, and restrict the amount that you bring to be shredded to a few boxes. Only one truck will be onsite.

  3. BE PREPARED. Be prepared to take your boxes or containers home with you.

  4. NO COMMERCIAL SHREDDING. We cannot accept commercial or business shredding, as a courtesy to other visitors. Only one truck will be onsite.


Credit union informs: Hottest Toys of the Holiday Season

 

Hottest Holiday Toys

We want to hear from you! Which toy will be selected as Unity One's hottest toy of the season?

Join Unity One at each of our branch locations this Friday, November 21, 2014, to vote for your favorite.

Each branch will have three toys available in their lobby. Simply play with each toy and return your ballot to an employee.

Toys include:

  • Snow Glow Elsa
  • Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Cart
  • Zero Gravity Laser Racer
  • Zoomer Interactive Dino
  • and many more! 

Winners will be announced on our blog soon!

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Credit union informs: Prevent holiday-related identity theft

 

Holiday fraud preventionUnity One Credit Union informs its members and friends of simple steps for holiday-related identity theft prevention. According to CNBC, here are four tips for more safe holiday shopping:

1. Bogus websites with screaming deals: It's a holiday tradition—identity thieves create bogus sites with beautiful graphics and amazingly low prices on popular, but nonexistent digital devices. Take the bait and you won't get your merchandise and the crooks will have your credit card number and other personal information.

Protect yourself: Do your homework. If this is your first interaction with a new merchant, check them out before you provide any personal information. How long have they been around? Are they rated by the Better Business Bureau? Beware of prices that are significantly cheaper than everywhere else. It could be a trap.

2. Digital greeting cards loaded with merry malware: You expect to get holiday e-cards from friends and family. Identity thieves send out seasonal greetings, too. But theirs are loaded with viruses and other malware. Their spambots use social media sites to send booby-trapped greeting cards that look like they're from someone you know.

Protect yourself: Don't click the links in the body of an email alerting you to an e-card and don't open any attachment. You can always check to see if that person really did send you a card. The safest way to get an e-card is to go to the greeting card company's site and put in the card number listed in the email.

3. Bogus shipping notices: If you shop online and are expecting a package, a shipping notice doesn't seem that unusual. That's why the bad guys send out bogus shipping alerts designed to look like they're from FedEx, UPS or the U.S. Postal Service. They're hoping you'll click on the link which loads malware on to your machine or takes you to a phishing website they've created.

Protect yourself: Only use tracking numbers provided to you in the initial email you get right after you make the purchase. Go to the store's website to track any packages you're expecting.

4. Fake Black Friday or Cyber Monday ads: It's always fun to see the leaked ads for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. That's why scammers create fake leaked ads. They contain links that direct you to a fraudulent website that installs malware.

Protect yourself: Stick with reputable sites that specialize in Black Friday ads.

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Credit union informs: Students celebrate Texas Arbor Day

 

Texas Arbor Day - Washington Heights ElementaryUnity One Credit Union recently partnered with Fourth Grade Foresters USA to donate 65 evergreen trees to Washington Heights Elementary fourth grade students in honor of Texas Arbor Day.

Typically celebrated in April, the State of Texas recently amended its Arbor Day to the first Friday in November to assure the health of the trees. This year, Texas Arbor Day was celebrated on November 7. 

Each fourth grade student at Washington Heights Elementary received one evergreen tree as well as planting instructions. 

“We believe it’s important to teach students to be conscious – whether it’s environmentally or financially,” said Cynthia Huerta-Aguirre, branch manager at Unity One’s Stockyards branch. 

“Teachers are able to provide valuable hands-on lessons about the importance of trees and global warming, all without having to worry about the cost themselves,” she said.   

Unity One selected to partner with Fourth Grade Foresters USA as they fit the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people.’ All trees donated were packaged for distribution by workers with disabilities.

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Credit union informs: Teen Advisory Board

 

Teen Advisory BoardUnity One Credit Union is now accepting applications for our Teen Advisory Board! 

This group meets monthly during the spring semester (January - May) to help Unity One staff develop products and services and to explore banking and financial education needs to Generation Y.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a high school student, juniors and seniors preferred
  • Must be able to meet once a month with Unity One staff
  • Must be able to commit time and effort to the Board, special events and special projects
Applications are due December 15, 2014!

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Credit union informs: Bikes, Blues & BBQ at the BNSF Branch

 

Bikes, Blues

Join us this Friday, November 7, from 11 a.m - 2 p.m., at our BNSF Branch in Fort Worth for Bikes, Blues & BBQ! 

Unity One is proud to partner with American Motorcyle Trading Co. for this event. For over 18 years, American Motorcyle has built their business on quality relationships with quality people in the DFW area. They put each bike through a 32 point inspection prior to purchasing, assuring that you'll receive the highest quality bike available in the market. FINANCE your motorcyle loan with Unity One November 7 - 21 and you'll receive a $100 VISA gift card! 

In addition to the bikes, blues and country music will be provided by Brendon Preece. Brendon has shared the stage with big name artists including Miranda Lambert, Styx, Robert Early Keen and many more.

So come out and enjoy Bikes, Blues & BBQ at our BNSF branch! Our BNSF branch is located at 6701 Burlington Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76131.

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*Gift card incentive offer available on loans funded between November 7 - 21. Offer expires 11/21/14.

Credit union informs: KC branch participates in Project Warmth

 

Project Warmth   blogUnity One Credit Union's Kansas City branch has partnered with Project Warmth to collect new and gently used coats and blankets to help people in need during extremely cold weather. 

Project Warmth, started in 1982 by The Kansas City Star, aims to ensure lives are not lost to frigid cold or sweltering heat. Last year, Project Warmth collected and distributed over 6,500 coats and 2,400 blankets to those in need. 

If you would like to make a donation, please drop your items off at our Kansas City Branch, located at 4150 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, KS 66106. 

All items collected are distributed free of charge to recipients by The Salvation Army. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credit union informs: Unity One celebrates International CU Day

 

International Credit Union (ICU) Day® has been celebrated on the third Thursday of October since 1948. The day is recognized to reflect upon the credit union movement's history and to promote its achievements. It is a day to honor those who have dedicated their lives to the movement, recognize the hard work of those working in the credit union industry and show members our appreciation.

This year's ICU Day took place on Oct. 16, 2014. Its theme, "Local Service. Global Good.," emphasized credit unions' positive impact in their communities and around the world.

ICU Day 2014

"ICU Day was established to acknowledge credit unions' strong base in their communities, both local and global," said Brian Branch, World Council president and CEO. "This year's theme champions the credit union model by shining light on the industry's support of charity causes at the local, national and international levels."

The ultimate goal is to raise awareness about the great work that credit unions are doing around the world and give members the opportunity to get more involved. 

Every Unity One branch celebrated by serving refreshments, such as cakes and punch, in the lobby. 

Credit union informs: Unity One opens two student-run branches

 

Last week Unity One Credit Union celebrated the grand opening of not just one but two local student-run branches. Washington Heights Elementary

The first branch, located at Washington Heights Elementary in the Fort Worth ISD, is run by fourth-grade students. These students were nominated by their teachers for their academic performance. Over 300 students (nearly 85 percent of the student body) have opened a savings account available at the school. 

“It’s amazing to watch the excitement of the students each week as they learn new skills such as receiving deposits and balancing a cash drawer,” said Cynthia Huerta-Aguirre, branch manager at Unity One’s Stockyards branch.

“Teaching students the importance of saving early will help them later in life, and that’s our number one goal, ” she said. 

The second branch, located at Fossil Ridge High School in the Keller ISD, is run by students every Friday during their lunch periods. Students apply for the position and are trained at Unity One’s North Tarrant branch for two weeks prior to the grand opening. 

“These students have shown a commitment to working hard and learning skills to help them in their future jobs,” said Kathy Jones, branch manager at Unity One’s North Tarrant branch.

“These tellers sacrifice their lunch each week to help other students achieve their financial goals,” she said. 

Both student-run branches are open throughout the school year. Students, and their parents, at both schools are eligible for membership with Unity One Credit Union. 

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