Partners in Change Partner Spotlight: United Federal Credit Union
A Great Future is such a profound gift. Corporate partners investing in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor are creating change in our community through our children. For more than 17 years, the Clubs have been working hand-in-hand with local partners to impact the lives of children and teens in Benton Harbor. United Federal Credit Union is a steadfast, supportive partner of the Clubs.
In 1949, United Federal Credit Union (UFCU) was founded by five employees at the Whirlpool Corporation manufacturing plant in Saint Joseph, Michigan. A part-time volunteer staff ran the credit union from a cash box in the personnel office. From those humble beginnings, the credit union has grown to 28 branches in six states, $2 billion in assets, and over 140,000 members. Its corporate offices and main branch are located in Saint Joseph, Michigan, with additional branches in Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, and Ohio.
Together, the Boys & Girls Clubs and United Federal Credit Union are creating sound futures for our members and their community. Through Club programs, the next generation of citizens, employees, and leaders are emerging. “Investing in our young people benefits our community— today and tomorrow,” said UFCU President/CEO Terry O’Rourke. “We are fortunate to live in a community where partnerships provide our youth with opportunities to develop the skills that lead to success.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs provide a safe, supportive, and fun place for kids. Club members know there is always a trusted adult who cares, challenges them to be their very best, and delivers programs to learn, grow, and thrive. With these ingredients, we know members can realize their full potential and achieve the Clubs’ priority outcomes for academic success, developing character and leadership, and engaging in healthy lifestyles.
Since 2007, United Federal Credit Union has been making sure that every member at the Clubs has that chance. The Clubs have been able to provide gender-specific programs for boys and girls, upgrade technology to allow state-of-the-art capabilities, and build two new facilities. In addition, the United Federal Credit Union team provides invaluable financial services and advice to manage the Clubs’ financial resources.
Corporate partners like United Federal Credit Union influence each and every Club members’ future. As the Clubs grow, serving more members and expanding programming, the support of the entire community is vital to providing a safe place for youth to learn and grow. United Federal Credit Union is a great partner and one example of how our business community supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor creating Great Futures for over 300 youth and teens served every day.