Filer Credit Union first opened its doors in 1951 in an office at the American Box Board Company (currently PCA). The credit union has long since moved out of the plant, but we will never forget our roots or the men and women who first introduced the credit union movement to our area. Interestingly enough, Filer Credit Union is the longest tenured Financial Institution in Manistee County, in service for almost 70 years.
Are you new to credit unions? Well, we’re happy you’re here and excited to show you what we can do. The most important thing to remember is YOU OWN THIS PLACE. That’s the credit union difference.
For additional information on the credit union industry, read the below information provided by the Michigan Credit Union League.
Members Own the Credit Union
A credit union is a democratic, member-owned cooperative. So when you join a credit union, you’re more than a member; you’re an owner—and that means you have a say in how your credit union is run.
A volunteer board of directors, elected by the members, governs a credit union. With their vote, each member has a direct impact on the direction of the credit union. As part of the democratic process, each credit union holds an annual election where members select candidates for the Board of Directors. This is very different from a bank, where stockholders vote according to the number of shares of stock they own.
Credit unions provide the same products and services as other financial institutions—but credit unions are not-for-profit and exist to help people, not to make a profit. As such, all earnings are returned to their members in the form of high-interest savings and low rate loans.
This also enables credit unions to operate at a lower cost than many for-profit institutions, and helps them to offer competitive loan and savings rates to their members.
Credit unions follow conservative investment practices and lend responsibly and live within their financial means, so you can trust your credit union’s decisions.
Credit Unions Put People First
Credit unions live by the philosophy of “People Helping People.”
Credit unions across the country are committed to their communities, offering financial services to underserved populations, engaging youth in financial education, and returning profits to their members.
While they are not mandated to do good works, as banks are, by the Community Reinvestment Act, credit unions serve their communities to strengthen the connection with members and improve the quality of life for those in need of financial services. The National Credit Union Foundation coordinates the “Real Solutions” program, which supports community reinvestment programs in 33 states.