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Celebrating the Credit Union Difference: Voluntary and Open Membership

September 23, 2016

Finger Lakes FCU - Celebrating the CU principles. Open membership. Join us for international CU day on Oct. 20th.

As a cooperative, all Credit Unions have voluntary and open memberships. This means that you join a Credit Union of your own free will and Credit Unions do not discriminate against anyone based on age, race, religion, gender, or financial status.

For many Credit Unions, like Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union, membership can be limited to anyone who lives, works, attends school, volunteers, or worships in a local community. Local community charters help Credit Unions concentrate on the communities they serve.

In many communities, such as Geneva, the Credit Union serves as more than just a financial institution. Credit Unions have an obligation to provide service and support to their community and their members. Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union fulfills these obligations by donating to many local organizations and charities in Yates, Ontario, and Seneca counties. The employees at Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union are all encouraged and compensated for volunteering in the community. Our volunteers have worked at local animal shelters, food drives, nursing homes, Relay for Life, March of Dimes, Geneva Reads Book Fest, and so much more!

We do not discriminate, because we yearn to serve! With voluntary and open membership, anyone searching for a community can find one when they join Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union, where we do more than just banking—we help make our community strong.

That is one of the authentic Credit Union differences we will be celebrating at International Credit Union day on October 20th.