Local Credit Unions Kick Off First Annual Arizona Credit Union Week
By Claire Natale -
Monday Oct 16, 2023
PHOENIX – OneAZ Credit Union, Arizona Financial Credit Union, TruWest Credit Union and Landings Credit Union are thrilled to celebrate the local credit union movement with the first annual Arizona Credit Union Week (#AZCUWeek).
This inaugural celebration will spotlight the multitude of ways credit unions empower financial independence, strengthen local economies, and serve as a force for good in neighborhoods and communities across Arizona. The week of October 16, OneAZ, Arizona Financial, TruWest and Landings Credit Unions will team up for several days of activities that culminate with International Credit Union Day on October 19. Fans can tell their favorite credit union story and follow the fun all week long with the hashtag #AZCUWeek.
Oct. 16th: Myths & Memes (Overcoming misconceptions about credit unions)
Oct. 17th: Local Battle (CU’s go head to head to promote “localness”)
Oct. 18th: Over the Top Impact (How CUs have gone “over the top” to help members and communities)
Oct. 19th: International Credit Union Day (All CUs celebrate 75 years)
Oct. 20th: CU Cash Crew teams head out in the community to member-owned businesses to cover the costs of goods/services of its patrons (Surprise stops announced throughout the day)
“Arizona’s credit unions are a mighty force for empowering members’ dreams, driving economic development, and inspiring community action,” said Brandon Michaels, OneAZ Credit Union President & CEO. “Arizona Credit Union Week is a chance for us to celebrate our members and the ways in which we elevate their financial well-being and improve lives in their communities.”
“With deep roots in our local community, we are pleased to join members in celebration of Arizona Credit Union Week,” said Brian Lee, Landings Credit Union President & CEO “With a commitment to financial education, tools and resources for wealth management and a members first approach, we spotlight how credit unions continue to create a lasting impact within the communities they serve.”
Arizona’s credit unions play a critical role in stimulating the Arizona economy. In 2022 alone, credit unions created $3.7 billion in economic contributions. Here are some of the ways credit unions have impacted Arizona’s economy:
$3.7 billion spending and compensation supported by credit unions
$191 million in economic activity supported by member benefits
$1.2 billion total income supported by credit unions
19,000 total jobs supported by credit unions
“Arizona Credit Union Week is an incredible opportunity for Arizona credit unions to showcase their core value of ‘people helping people’ through an impactful week of education, service, and surprises,” said Alan Althouse, TruWest Credit Union President & CEO.
“We aim to create positive financial outcomes for individuals and families through financial literacy education, loans for small businesses, sponsoring community events and funding charitable causes,” said Amy Hysell, Arizona Financial Credit Union President & CEO. “We look forward to celebrating Arizona Credit Union Week with members of our local community.”
About OneAZ Credit Union
OneAZ Credit Union is a member-owned financial institution serving over 161,000 members and over 11,000 businesses with 20 branch locations across Arizona. As a credit union with over $3.3 billion in assets, OneAZ is owned by its members, who benefit from better rates, lower fees for service and improved technology. Since 1951, OneAZ has strived to help Arizonans meet their financial needs through a full suite of personal and business banking solutions. OneAZ’s mission is to truly improve the lives of its members, its associates, and the communities it serves. To learn more, visit http://www.OneAZcu.com. Insured by NCUA.
About TruWest Credit Union
TruWest® Credit Union is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona and operates as a cooperative providing its members with a lifetime of quality financial services and a culture of caring for its organization, employees and communities. TruWest is a strong and sound financial institution with more than 90,000 members and assets totaling more than $1.5 billion. TruWest Credit Union has 11 branch locations—eight in metro Phoenix and three in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit http://www.truwest.org.
About Arizona Financial Credit Union
Arizona Financial is a $3.3 billion not-for-profit financial cooperative providing consumer and small business banking services and expertise to more than 166,000 member/owners. Founded in Arizona in 1936, the credit union empowers members to take hold of their financial future through the delivery of leading-edge self-service tools and mobile apps, competitive rates on loans and deposits, robust home loan solutions, identity protection services, and SBA and commercial loans. For more information, visit http://www.arizonafinancial.org.
About Landings Credit Union
Landings Credit Union has been making a difference in the lives of the members and communities they serve for 70 years, with over 15,000 members across Arizona. Landings understands that banking needs aren’t one size fits all, focusing on each member’s story to offer guidance and services to help them achieve their personal financial goals. For more information, visit http://www.landingscu.org.