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Riverview to celebrate International Credit Union Day

From left, Jeff Waite of the Gospel Mission Food Pantry and Doug Ankrom of Riverview Credit Union stand with donations from the 2019 Food Drive. This year’s drive is in October. (Photo Provided)

BELPRE — Riverview Credit Union on Oct. 15 will join with credit unions around the world for the annual celebration of International Credit Union Day.

The celebration raises awareness about the extensive work credit unions are doing around the world and provides members an opportunity to get more engaged with their credit union.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Inspiring hope for a global community.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic this year has disrupted the lives of many people, not just in our local communities, but all around the world,” said Doug Ankrom, Riverview president and CEO.

Throughout the pandemic, Riverview and other credit unions stepped up to help those who needed it, he said.

“Our participation in the annual ICU Day celebration allows us to showcase how members and non-members alike can turn to Riverview for financial services and guidance every day, or to obtain assistance when they experience an unexpected financial hardship or disaster,” he said.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s celebration will be structured to create as safe of an environment as possible for members, guests and staff.

The public can go to Riverview’s social media pages throughout the day on Oct. 15 to learn more about credit union membership and register for free giveaways. A free carryout lunch from local food vendors will be available at both the Marietta and Belpre offices beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Riverview also will conduct its sixth annual food drive to support the Gospel Mission Food Pantry in Marietta.

During October, residents may drop off food and other necessities or make a monetary donation at any Riverview location. Contact-free curbside drop off will be available for those who prefer not to enter the office.

While the day has been observed on the third Thursday of October annually since 1948, the first credit union can be traced to the 1840s when a consumer cooperative was formed by weavers in Rochdale, England. Today, more than 260 million credit union members are around the world with more than 100 million in the U.S. alone.

“Credit unions offer virtually the same products and services as other financial institutions, but we operate under a different philosophy,” Ankrom said. “At the most basic level, a credit union is a group of people pooling their money to provide each other with affordable loans, it’s literally people helping people. Plus, credit unions are owned by the members, not shareholders, so the money stays in the local communities.”

Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives guided by the core principles of democratic control, social responsibility and returning all profits to members. In many parts of the world, the people’s first taste of democracy is through their credit union, where “one member, one vote” is the governing structure.

Riverview Credit Union is a federally chartered, member-owned financial cooperative founded in 1968 with offices in Belpre, Marietta and Vienna. Membership is open to any individual who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Washington, Noble, Morgan, or Monroe Counties in Ohio, or Wood, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt, or Jackson Counties in West Virginia. Membership is also open to family members of current members. Learn more about Riverview at www.Riverviewcu.com

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