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Credit union informs: A successful Toys for Tots drive!

 

Vadnais Toys for Tots 2015For over 10 years, Unity One Credit Union has partnered with CU Companies and the U.S. Marine Reserves to collect new, unwrapped toys for local less fortunate children in the St. Paul and Vadnais Heights, Minnesota area. 

This year, the results were amazing! Thanks to our members, we were able to donate 232 toys and $864 in cash donations to this worthy cause. 

Today, Unity One along with other credit unions in the area, will be meeting with the U.S. Marine Reserves at the local TV station KARE 11 to donate the gifts. 

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

Make a donation  

 

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.™ www.unityone.org

Credit Union Board Member Leaves a Legacy of Service

 

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of our beloved board member, Jim DeBilzan, in December. After more than 35 years as a member of the Board of Directors of Unity One Credit Union, Jim DeBilzan retired in May 2014. During his tenure on the board, DeBilzan served as secretary for five years and chaired numerous committees. He was active on the education, marketing, technology and loan committees and heJim DeBilzanld a strong passion for the credit union “people helping people” philosophy.

While serving on the board, he completed several modules of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Volunteer Achievement Program. In addition to his service at Unity One Credit Union, DeBilzan was also the manager of Saint Pascal Parish Credit Union in St. Paul, MN for the past 32 years.

Prior to this death, DeBilzan was named Unity One Director Emeritus. He has been a big supporter of the credit union movement and has played an instrumental role in the development of Unity One.  His commitment to Unity One has impacted us as a credit union, and we appreciate all his years of service.

In 2014, Jim was honored with "Credit Union Builder" with the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation. Click here to read a full article from the foundation.

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.™ www.unityone.org

Credit union informs: Hottest toys of the season results

 

Hottest Toys - BCTALYear after year, toy companies put together their list of the hottest toys of the season. This year, Unity One decided to put those toys to the test. We purchased the toys and placed them in our lobbies for true, honest critiques by kids.

Here are the top ten hottest toys of the holiday season, as picked by Unity One members.

10. Hot Wheels Street Hawk Remote-Control Flying Car – The Hot Wheels remote-control car offers a cool combination of on-ground R/C performance, including proportional ground steering and the aerial performance of a plane. It’s durable and lightweight, allowing it to perform impressive aerial maneuvers and fly up to 150’ in the air. One member said, “Love it. Needs lots of space to fly.”

9. Zoomer Interactive Dino – Control him if you can! With real dinosaur movements, sounds and incredible dino-sense abilities, Dino can detect when you’re nearby and interacting with him. But watch out! Just like a real Dino he can get angry, spin around, chomp and roar! One member said “It’s the most enjoyable toy ever! I had so much fun with it,” while another said “The dinosaur was so much fun. When it eats it’s cute.”

8. Transformers Age of Extinction Mega 1-Step Bumblebee Figure – Bumblebee is back and he’s badder than ever! You can flip this powerful robot hero to change him fast from robot mode to sports car mode and back!

7. Hot Wheels Track Builder Total Turbo Takeover Track Set – This toy racecar system comes with everything kids need to design and customize their own race track. It also has an all-new, two-way motorized booster to get the cars moving at breakneck speeds. In the words of one of our members, “It’s awesome!”

6. Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Cart – This cart gives kids everything they need to provide on-the-go care. Kids can let friends know they’re in a hurry with the motion-activated siren that lights up and plays the Doc Mobile song. One member said, “I really like how it has stickers to go with the cart.”

5. Disney Princess Palace Pets Magic Dance Pumpkin, Cinderella’s Puppy When Cinderella found Pumpkin on the palace balcony, she was very surprised to discover that she was actually an anniversary present from the Prince. This glamourous puppy loves to attend royal balls and she twirls and dances with the elegance of a princess. Simply stated, our members “loved this.”

4. Snap Circuits Jr. Give your child an exciting, hands-on introduction to electronics with this kit. This innovative kit contains over 30 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. This toy was repeatedly highly ranked for being “fun, yet challenging.”

3. Ultra Stomp Rocket An excellent way to have fun with the whole family! Teach your children lessons about aerodynamics, propulsion and science while they stop on the launch pad shooting the rocket over 200 feet into the air. This toy is touted for its easy assembly and battery-free fun. One member said, “This thing is awesome!”

2. Catch Phrase Decades Game The perfect gift for your older children! Shout it, sing it, dance or just make faces to get your team to guess the word or phrase on the screen. Loaded with over 5,000 words and phrases from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s and 10s, this game is sure to get the party started. Students at our Birdville Center for Technology and Advanced Learning branch said, “This game is so much fun!”

Snow Glow Elsa1. My First Disney Princess Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Singing Doll With a touch of her magical snowflake necklace, hear Elsa talk to her Frozen friends and watch the magic as her dress glows in a flurry of lights. This toy, as quoted by one member, is “amazing.”

Other toys that were tested, but did not make the top ten list include: Melissa & Doug Suspend Game, K’Nex 70 Model Building Set, Glee Cranium, Simon Swipe Game, Mega Bloks Barbie Fab Mansion, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stretch N’ Shout Raphael Figure, Air Hogs RC Zero Gravity Laser Racer, LEGO Super Heroes Captain America vs. Hydra Play Set, Deluxe Light Up Flutterbye Fairy, Nerf N-Strike Elite Demolisher and the Cra-Z-Loom Ultimate Rubber Band Loom.

 

 

 

Credit union informs: 20 thousand for 20 years contest

 

20 thousand for 20 years

This holiday season, members of the community have an opportunity to support a Children's Miracle Network hospital by simply voting online.

CU Direct, Unity One's indirect lending partner, is donating $20,000 to a Children’s Miracle Network hospital, in celebration of its 20th anniversary. 

Please join Unity One as we support the communities we serve by voting for a hospital in your area. 

EVERY vote counts. Voting ends December 22, 2014. 

Click here to vote.  

About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have
gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at www.CMNHospitals.org.

Credit union informs: Local band makes holidays sparkle

 

Zero Gravity

"We are the kids. We are the future. We may be young, but we can be super." - "Superhero" by Reese Hyatt

With open minds and giving hearts, the kids in Zero Gravity have taken their prize winnings from the October Battle of the Band contest, sponsored by Unity One Credit Union and the Northpark YMCA, and used it to make less fortunate children's holidays sparkle. 

Zero Gravity used the prize money to record a new song titled "Superhero". They have decided to donate all proceeds from their iTunes sales to help the local non-profit Santa's Sparkles, founded by The Zazza Community Foundation.

The two-day event held in December features a two night stay at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, as well as breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus, ice skating and a Christmas tree filled with gifts from the families' lists of needs. 

"These kids have taken our Random Act of Kindness to the community and multiplied it tenfold. I'm humbled by their generosity," said Gary Williams, Unity One president. 

Read the full story at The Keller Citizen

 

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.™ www.unityone.org

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.

Report Fraud

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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