Unity 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.
“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.™
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.
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!
Are you getting ready to purchase your first car? Here are 8 foolproof tips that can help you make the best deal possible:
- Slow down! There are many emotions involved when you purchase a new car. By slowing down, you'll save money and hassle.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Put your money where the smiles are.
The moment a child arrives at Cook Children's, a miracle is in the making. Patients and families may never meet many of those who make their care better, but you can be part of our extraordinary team making a difference. With your support, we can give more local kids the miracles they deserve.
Meet Landon, age 8
Hometown: North Richland Hills
Diagnosis: Cerebral Palsy
Looking at Landon, you would never know he suffers from a medical condition. There are many natural movements and common tasks that don't come easy for him, but his willpower to succeed and lead overshadow any struggles he may have.
He has weekly physical therapy appointments and daily exercises to ensure his leg muscles are able to function properly and provide him the necessary range and motion needed to stay active. In addition to therapy, Landon also receives regular Botox injections as part of his treatment.
Landon loves sports, especially baseball, and playing with his friends.
Dream with us and see where generosity takes us.
On August 11, the Fort Worth Chapter of Credit Unions will host Shake, Rattle & Bowl to help make miracles happen. Every child deserves to have excellent healthcare, and we are committed to making sure that happens by supporting Credit Unions for Kids. But, the best part is you can help too.
Unity One Credit Union is asking you to make a donation towards their annual Shake, Rattle & Bowl fundraising event. 100% of the funds raised will benefit Credit Unions for Kids, directly impacting patients and families at Cook Children's. Each gift is an investment in the health and well-being of children in our community. With a minimum donation of $5, you can make a difference. Thank you for your generosity.
- Sign up for bank fraud alerts. A simple text or email notification can help notify you of any suspicious activity on your account while you're away.
- Be careful surfing on public Wi-Fi spots. Hackers may be able to access public networks and see any information you send over them, so be careful not to send sensitive data (like usernames or passwords) while connected to public Wi-Fi.
- Install phone-tracker software. If your device goes missing, you may be able to use "Find my iPhone" or similar software to pinpoint your device's exact location.
- Keep your purse or wallet secure. If you carry a purse or wallet, make sure to keep it in front of you. This makes it much harder for thieves to steal your belongings.
- Be careful around ATMs. Look for skimmers on the ATM prior to using. Skimmers can steal the data from your card, allowing thieves to make counterfeit cards.
- Watch out for fake front desk calls. Thieves will often times call hotel rooms asking you to confirm sensitive details about your credit/debit card. If this happens, hang up and call the front desk staff to see if they really need this information. If not, you may have just stopped an identity thief.
- Leave your important financial files at home. Social Security cards as well as credit and debit cards that you do not plan to use should be left at home while you're on vacation.
Your summer vacation should be a time to relax, not stress, so take the steps now to avoid crossing paths with an identity thief.
What is an emergency fund exactly? Why do I need one? Those may be two of the questions any #FirstTimer may have once they are financially independent.
An emergency fund is the cash you've saved up for the sole purpose of helping you through an emergency. You shouldn't touch the emergency fund at all until you actually need it, so place it into a separate savings account and watch it grow while earning a bit of interest.
Here are a few tips from The Simple Dollar that can help #FirstTimers make the act of creating an emergency fund less daunting:
- Set your initial target low. Most people start with a goal that seems impossible to reach. An emergency fund can have any amount of money; even $250 can make a huge difference during an emergency. The smaller your weekly savings goal, $10-$20 a week, the easier it is to build the fund.
- Request a rate reduction on your credit cards. Many credit card companies will honor requests made to lower your rate. You just have to make the call! Ask to speak with the supervisor and simply request a rate reduction.
- Shop around for better auto and home insurance. Visit insurance companies' websites, get some quotes and shop around. Unity One members are eligible for discounted insurance through Liberty Mutual. Call Tracy McNeil at 817-337-3606 ext. 08650 to receive your free quote.
- Install a programmable thermostat. The key here is to actually use it. Set it so the air conditioner and/or heater doesn't run when your not there. This can cut your bill by 20-30 percent.
- Make a list for grocery shopping. Ten minutes of planning could easily save you money by keeping you focused on the stuff you actually need.
Follow Unity One on Twitter @UnityOneCU for more updates to our #FirstTimers series.