Unity One CU informs: Join the Teen Advisory Board

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Unity One CU is seeking high school students to serve on its Teen Advisory Board. This group meets biweekly, beginning on March 21, 2017. 

This year’s program will give participants the hands-on opportunity to learn about the unique challenges of young entrepreneurs. Participants will learn the basics of starting a business and will create an actionable business plan. The program will culminate with the presentation of each participant's project, an overview of their business plan.  

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be a high school student in the Fort Worth area
  • Must be able to meet biweekly at Unity One's North Tarrant branch
  • Must be able to commit time and effort to the Board by attending all meetings and
          participating in their project

The Board will meet at Unity One's North Tarrant location from 5:15 - 6:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • March 21
  • April 4
  • April 18
  • May 2
  • May 16
  • May 30

Interested? Apply now.

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 eight branches to serve over 30,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™

Unity One CU informs: Apply for the Bob Bennett Scholarship!

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Apply to become the 2017 recipient of Unity One Credit Union's Bob Bennett Memorial Scholarship. It's easy:

  • Request an application.
  • Complete the application.
  • Write an essay.
 
This year, we're continuing to offer three total scholarships! The winning entrant will receive a $1,000 grand prize scholarship. Two runners-up will receive a $250 book scholarship.
 
Deadline for application submission is Friday, April 28, 2017.
 
Request an application!
 

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 eight branches to serve over 30,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™

Unity One CU informs: Congratulations to the UGive Winners!

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Unity One Credit Union committed to giving away $1600 last year to organizations through their UGive campaign. This campaign allows employees, and members, to nominate deserving organizations throughout their communities.

The public is then asked to vote for the organization of their choice during the two week voting period. 

The highlighted organizations for the fourth quarter were: The Armourdale Renewal Association (KS), Neighbors, Inc. (MN) and the Red Cross. 

Neighbors, Inc. took home the first place prize of $250. They will use the money to further help local residents in the St. Paul, Minnesota area. The Armourdale Renewal Association placed second and the Red Cross placed third, receiving $100 and $50 respectively. 

Keep an eye out for the next round of UGive in 2017.

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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 eight branches to serve over 30,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™

Unity One informs: Carstens named Employee of the Year

Christina.jpgAccounting Supervisor Christina Carstens is the Unity One Credit Union 2016 Employee of the Year.

She has demonstrated precision, optimism and trustworthiness consistently this year and for the 15 years she has worked at the credit union. Carstens has grown with Unity One and experienced many levels of credit union operations, including teller, lead teller, contact center representative and accounts payable clerk. She is described by a coworker as “Judy on the spot” and is extremely reliable. She can be in the midst of packing up her things for the day, backpack on her shoulder, but will stop to find a solution immediately. 

Her supervisor Eric Hohler, vice president of finance, is overjoyed that Carstens’ peers nominated her for this award and that she was selected. “She saves the credit union thousands of dollars every year.”

About Unity One Credit Union

Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is one of the oldest in the U.S. 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 St. Paul, Minnesota, Kansas City, Kansas and Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills and Southlake may apply for membership. Unity One CU has eight branches to serve nearly 29,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™

Unity One informs: Over $88,000 raised for Children's Miracle Network

Last week, Unity One along with other local Fort Worth credit unions presented an $88,000 check to Cook Children's Medical Center. Thanks to generous contributions from credit union staff, members and business partners, the Fort Worth Chapter of Credit Unions was able to continue making a difference in the lives of Cook Children's patients.   

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.

About Unity One Credit Union

Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is one of the oldest in the U.S. 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 St. Paul, Minnesota, Kansas City, Kansas and Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills and Southlake may apply for membership. Unity One CU has eight branches to serve nearly 29,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™

Unity One informs: Paying off student loans while saving for retirement

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How you can tackle both

Student loan debt is the oft-touted enemy of millennials, but it's becoming a problem for a growing number of older Americans, too. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, nearly 17 percent of student loan debt is currently held by borrowers age 50 and older. For many of these borrowers, this student loan debt is money borrowed for their children's or grandchildren's educations.

Whether you've just left school or are getting ready to retire, it can be hard to know which to prioritize — paying off student debt or saving for retirement. Although it's tempting to simply throw all of your money at debt first and worry about saving later, saving for retirement early can help you earn more with years of compound interest — making the need to save now important.

If you need to pay off student loans as well as save for retirement, there are a few ways you can do so:

Rein in spending — Evaluate your current spending and identify areas where you can cut back. This may mean buying less expensive food items, cutting the cable or even turning to public transportation for your work commute. Funnel your monthly savings toward retirement and loans.

Automate it — You can make saving for retirement and paying student loans easier by making use of "auto-pilot." Employer-sponsored retirement plans automatically deduct money for your retirement savings, making it easier for you to save without having to think about it. If your employer provides matching contributions, make sure you're contributing enough through payroll deduction to earn the full match. You can also automate payments for student loan debt with many lenders — many will even offer a lower interest rate when you do so!

Take advantage of tax breaks — Tax advantages are available both for your retirement savings and paying down your student loans. When you make contributions to tax-deferred retirement savings accounts, such as a 401(k) or a traditional IRA, you can lower your taxable income.* With a lower taxable income, you'll have less money going to taxes and more that you can put toward paying off student debt. Plus, your retirement savings can grow faster with tax-deferred compounding. You'll enjoy additional tax benefits when you claim a student loan interest deduction of up to $2,500 on your tax return, if you're eligible.

Allocate extra funds — When you receive extra money such as a tax refund, bonus and other cash windfall, consider putting it directly to paying down student loans and saving for retirement so you can get an extra boost.

If you're looking for a great way to earn a little extra income on your savings, Unity One is currently offering an 18-month Certificate of Deposit special for a limited time only. 

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* Taxes will be due at ordinary income tax rates upon withdrawal from a traditional individual retirement account (IRA) or employer-sponsored retirement plan. Premature withdrawals (generally, those made before age 59½) may be subject to a 10 percent tax penalty, too (does not apply to 457 plans).

Unity One informs: Washington Heights student artwork on display

Branch Artwork.jpgEarlier this month, Unity One's Stockyard branch partnered with Washington Heights Elementary to display their students' artwork. Each student who has artwork on display in the branch was selected based on creativity and merit by their art teacher. We invite the surrounding community to come out and view the artwork.

In its 10th year of operation the student-run Washington Heights Elementary branch has more than 400 student accounts, and at one time reached over $21,000 in student savings. 

About Unity One Credit Union

Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is one of the oldest in the U.S. 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 St. Paul, Minnesota, Kansas City, Kansas and Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills and Southlake may apply for membership. Unity One CU has eight branches to serve nearly 29,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™

 

Unity One CU informs: Food and Clothing Drive at the Inver Grove Heights branch

Join Unity One as we help collect food and clothing items for Neighbors Inc. this holiday season. 

If you would like to make a donation, please drop your items off at our Inver Grove Heights branch location. Deadline for drop off is December 17, 2016.

Inver Grove Heights branch
5300 S. Robert Trail, Ste. 100
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077

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Unity One informs: Toys 4 Tots

Unity One Credit Union's 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 our Maplewood branch location. Deadline for drop off is December 12, 2016. 

Toys for Tots

Maplewood Branch
1535 Beam Ave.
Maplewood, MN 55109

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

Unity One informs: Inver Grove Heights Ribbon Cutting

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Unity One Credit Union celebrated the opening of its newest Inver Grove Heights branch on Tuesday, October 4. Local business leaders, residents, members from Unity One’s Board of Directors and representatives from the River Heights Chamber of Commerce showed their support for the credit union by attending the ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration led by president Gary Williams.   

“We are thrilled to be able to better serve our members by opening our new Inver Grove Heights branch. Our members are now able to enjoy easier branch access, more free parking and more room for our continued growth,” said Williams. 

The Inver Grove Heights branch is conveniently located at 5300 S. Roberts Trail, Ste. 100. It features an innovative lobby space, loan officers on-site and the same friendly employees. 

Vern Harmon is the branch manager of the new Inver Grove Heights branch, which welcomes members Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The branch also serves as a CO-OP Shared Branching site, allowing members of other credit unions to utilize the location as well. 

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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 eight branches to serve over 30,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™

About Shared Branching
Through the cooperative power of CO-OP Shared Branching, credit union members can leverage the strength of the fourth largest branch network in the country. More than 1,800 institutions participate in CO-OP Shared Branching, representing thousands of locations in 50 states. CO-OP Shared Branching was created by credit unions, for credit unions.

 

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