Whether you’re in Dublin, North Carolina, Dublin, Ireland or anywhere in between, we invite you to join LGFCU and credit unions around the world in celebrating International Credit Union Day (ICU)®.
The credit union difference
ICU Day is an annual event to commemorate the credit union movement’s impact and achievements in communities around the world. The credit union movement is steeped in a rich history of collaboration across divides. For nearly two centuries, financial cooperatives have encouraged people of every ethnicity, gender and belief to come together and give their all toward the betterment of their communities. It's about people helping people.
On International Credit Union Day we celebrate the impact credit unions and other financial cooperatives have made and continue to make for their members globally. It’s also a chance to be thankful for the lives and communities that have been improved by the unique principles and actions of our movement around the world.
Here at home, LGFCU has partnered with the UNC School of Government’s Development Finance Initiative (DFI) to help make a difference in our cities, towns and villages. The program partners with local governments to attract private investment to help transform communities for the better.
Through the DFI program, we’re helping to revitalize aged waterfront communities in cities like Wilmington; reimagine what could be at a former Broughton hospital site in Morganton and redevelop old buildings in Albemarle.
“The DFI program is one of many ways that LGFCU invests in members and in communities across North Carolina. It isn’t so much about the products, or the services, or the programs, or the training and development of things that we do,” said Maurice Smith, LGFCU Chief Executive Officer. “Progress is the result of all those things. People live better lives based on what we do. Communities in North Carolina are thriving today because of the work we do.”
It always comes back to you
Credit unions have recognized International Credit Union Day on the third Thursday of October since 1948 to raise awareness about the credit union difference and celebrate the spirit of the global credit union movement. On that day, we reflect upon the credit union movement's history and promote its achievements.
World Council of Credit Unions President and CEO Brian Branch pointed out that the global cooperative movement historically goes back some 200 years. That’s centuries of enriching the lives of members, sharing their experiences and celebrating with the growing global credit union community. The World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions.