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  • Dupaco Credit Union Membership

    • Dupaco Community Credit Union is headquartered in Dubuque, Iowa and has been serving members since 1948.
    • 3rd largest credit union in Iowa, managing $3.19 Billion in assets and serving over 162,000 members.

    Membership: You are eligible to join Dupaco if you live or work within the charter area or have an immediate family member who is a Dupaco member.

  • Desco Federal Credit Union Membership

    • Desco Federal Credit Union is headquartered in Portsmouth, Ohio and has been serving members since 1963.
    • 19th largest credit union in Ohio, managing $463.27 Million in assets and serving over 28,000 members.

    Membership: Residents of Scioto and Lawrence Counties in Ohio, Boyd and Greenup Counties in Kentucky, and Cabell and Wayne Counties in West Virginia.

  • Day Air Credit Union Membership

    • Day Air Credit Union is headquartered in Kettering, Ohio and has been serving members since 1944.
    • 9th largest credit union in Ohio, managing $760.66 Million in assets and serving over 51,000 members.

    Membership: A community charter allows the credit union to offer our products and services to specific communities in Ohio.

  • Cardinal Credit Union Membership

    • Cardinal Credit Union is headquartered in Mentor, Ohio and has been serving members since 1953.
    • Manages $285.55 Million in assets and serves over 23,000 members.

    Membership: If you live, work, worship, or attend school in Lake, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Ashtabula, Portage, Summit, Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties in Ohio.

  • CSE Federal Credit Union Membership

    • CSE Federal Credit Union is headquartered in Lake Charles, Louisiana and has been serving members since 1943.
    • 10th largest credit union in Louisiana, managing $434.64 Million in assets and serving over 34,000 members.

    Membership: Live, work, worship, attend school, or volunteer within Stark County, Ohio.

  • Abbey Credit Union Membership

    • Abbey Credit Union is headquartered in Vandalia, Ohio and has been serving members since 1937.
    • Manages $150.2 Million in assets and serves over 12,000 members.

    Membership: Eligibility includes if you live, work, and attend school in designated counties in Ohio.

  • Connexus Credit Union Membership

    • Connexus Credit Union is headquartered in Wausau, Wisconsin and has been serving members since 1935.
    • 4th largest credit union in Wisconsin, managing $5.43 Billion in assets, serving over 461,000 members.

    Membership: Eligibility includes affiliation to an association or group or those who live and work in specific counties in WI, MN, IL, and OH.

  • General Electric Credit Union Membership

    • General Electric Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative providing banking services, including savings, loans, and other financial services.
    • 2nd largest credit union in Ohio, with assets totaling $3.67 Billion and serving more than 198,000 members.

    Membership: GECU membership is open to anyone who resides in specific Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky counties.

  • Wright-Patt Credit Union Membership

    • Wright-Patt Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative providing banking services including savings, loans, and other financial services.
    • The largest credit union in Ohio, with assets totaling $5.73 Billion and serving over 409,000 members.

    Membership: Individuals living, working, or worshiping from Southwest and Central Ohio are eligible.

  • Midwest Community Federal Credit Union Membership

    • Midwest Community Federal Credit Union is headquartered in Defiance, Ohio and has been serving members since 1954
    • Manages $233.7 Million in assets and serves over 14,000 members.

    Membership: You are eligible if you live, work, worship, or go to school in Defiance, Henry, Fulton, Paulding, Williams, and the northern two-thirds of Putnam County in Ohio.

What is a Credit Union?

Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives offering many banking products and services. These include:

  • Checking
  • Savings
  • Money Market
  • Certificates
  • Car Loans
  • Personal Loans
  • Credit Cards
  • Mortgages
  • Debit cards
  • Direct deposit and other electronic transfers
  • Online banking and bill pay
  • Mobile banking and deposit via an app
  • Investment services, insurance, and more.

As financial cooperatives, credit unions exist for the mutual benefit of their members. In fact, you’re a member, not a customer, when you bank with a credit union.

Read more: Learn All About Credit Unions

Why Join a Credit Union

Credit unions offer competitive interest rates.

Credit unions are highly competitive when it comes to savings rates and interest rates on loans and credit cards. This is due to the lower cost of operations and the tax exemptions that allow them to invest profits back into the membership.

Credit unions are democratically governed.

This means you get a voice, and elections are based on a one-member, one-vote philosophy. As a credit union member, your participation is vital. Make your voice heard at your credit union by communicating and attending the annual member events.

Credit unions are regulated and insured.

Credit unions are highly regulated financial entities, and federally chartered credit unions are supervised by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an independent federal agency that regulates, charters, and supervises federal credit unions. State-chartered credit unions are regulated by the state for which they operate.

Differences between credit unions and banks

Because of their not-for-profit structure, making profits for shareholders isn’t a goal. Profits are reinvested into the membership to grow financial offerings and support members.

Like other not-for-profit organizations, some credit unions enjoy federal tax exemptions, allowing them to offer better rates on savings accounts, lower rates on loans, and little or no fees. It’s also important to understand that credit unions pay other types of taxes, such as state, sales, and payroll taxes. They contribute taxes back into the community for which they serve.

How to Join a Credit Union

There are thousands of credit unions all across the United States. This means you have plenty of choices.

Each credit union has membership eligibility requirements. You’re eligible to join a credit union because of where you live, work, worship, attend school, or are related to an existing member.

Here are the steps to join a credit union.

Step 1: Find a Credit Union

You can search the marketplace to find a credit union in your state. There is a good chance you’ll meet the eligibility requirements for membership.

Step 2: Verify Your Membership Eligibility

Review the requirements listed in the description of each credit union. You’ll notice they’ll have eligibility listed, such as:

  • having family belonging to a local credit union
  • living in a particular area
  • working for a company
  • belonging to a group
  • a member of a church
  • student or alumni of a school
  • or even by joining an association when you apply

Step 3: Open Your Membership Account

Credit unions allow you to apply for membership online or by visiting the local branch. To verify your identity, bring your valid ID and proof of address.

Most credit unions require a membership share account that establishes your relationship.

You must have this share account to become a “member-owner” of the credit union. Additionally, this share deposit is “locked in” and cannot be used for the entirety of your membership.

Each credit union has a specific membership share deposit requirement. It’s often between $5-$50.

*Note: Once you close your credit union membership, you get back the share deposit.

Step 4: Make Use of Your Credit Union Membership

After becoming a member-owner, you’re eligible to open accounts at the credit union. It’s good to know that credit unions often use different names for the same products you’ll find at banks. For instance, they might refer to checking accounts as “share draft accounts.”

Most importantly, “Once a member, always a member.”

Once you’ve joined a credit union, you’re a member for life. You can keep your credit union even if you move out of your city, leave a job, or change churches or associations.

With convenient online services and mobile apps, it is easy to keep your membership going. And once you’re a member, you can invite your immediate family to join, too.

Remember, you’re a member-owner, so do more with your credit union.

Your participation is vital to the credit union’s success. That means using more of your credit union’s banking services, loans, and other services. The revenues made from these services help the cooperative cover its expenses, grow its offerings, and remain financially stable.

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