Thursday, April 28, 2016

Credit Union ONE Celebrates Youth Month with the Ferndale Area District Library

Local children make
duct tape wallets during a craft
activity at the library. 
Credit Union ONE partnered with the Ferndale Area District Library to host a series of money-themed events for local children and their families. The events were designed to teach children of all ages about the value of money, the importance of saving, and the difference between a want and a need.

Children worked together and with
volunteers to measure, cut, and tape
during the arts and crafts event.  
Three events were held at the library during the final week of April, which is recognized as Money Smart Week by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. April is also National Credit Union Youth Month and National Financial Literacy Month.

Credit Union ONE staff volunteered to help with the activities, which included an arts and crafts session where children made duct tape wallets, a story time featuring money-themed children’s books, and a price guessing game.

“We were honored to partner with the Ferndale Library to host these events for the community,” Judi Desilets, Director of Corporate Events for Credit Union ONE said. “Smart money habits start at a young age, and we believe it’s never too early to start a conversation about financial responsibility." 

Library staff worked with volunteers to host
a family story time, featuring money-themed
children's books.
Middle school-aged children won prizes for
accurately guessing prices during a
"The Price Is Right" style game. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Don't Toss It - Shred It!

Credit Union ONE invites members to join us at our upcoming
Shred Day events.

Ferndale Branch
400 E. Nine Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220
Saturday, April 30
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
View the event on Facebook

Macomb Branch
16255 Hall Road
Macomb, MI 48044
Saturday, May 14
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
View the event on Facebook

Members are encouraged to bring up to 4 boxes of paper to shred for free. Shredding documents is a more secure way of disposing personal and confidential information. 

Donations, although not required, will be accepted on behalf of Beaumont Children’s Miracle Network. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Credit Union ONE Walks for Warmth

Ferndale, Michigan – Credit Union ONE participated in the 26th annual Walk for Warmth benefiting the Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency (OLHSA), hosted at Great Lakes Crossing Outlet on February 6, 2016.

Credit Union ONE staff and their families and friends
supported OLHSA's 26th annual Walk for Warmth.
The Walk for Warmth is OLHSA’s annual fundraising event to promote awareness and provide support for those facing heat-related emergencies in Oakland and Livingston counties through the Emergency Utility Assistance program.

Credit Union ONE was a sponsor for this year’s event, and approximately 50 credit union staff members and their families and friends participated. The credit union has participated in the event for the last nine consecutive years.

To date, the event has raised more than $54,000 for Oakland County residents. 


“We look forward to this event every year,” said John Kozich, Credit Union ONE Vice President of Community Relations, “It shines a light on a need within our community and we’re honored to help OLHSA make an impact.” 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Credit Union ONE branch recognized by local Elks Lodge

Elks Lodge representative Susan Soffredine
Rauser (right) presents Tamara DePonio with
a certificate recognizing the branch's patriotism. 
Ferndale, Michigan – Credit Union ONE’s Traverse City branch was recently recognized by the Traverse City Elks Lodge #323 for proudly flying the American flag.   
The local Elks Lodge recognizes 25 local businesses annually who display the flag.  

“It is an honor for the Traverse City branch and Credit Union ONE to be recognized by the Elks Club with a certificate for our patriotism and for what some would consider a basic civic duty,” said Tamara DePonio, Traverse City branch manager, “It was certainly an unexpected and pleasant surprise and we will display the certificate proudly!” 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Branch Manager competes in SwingShift and the Stars Dance-Off for Charity

Ferndale, Michigan – Credit Union ONE branch manager Tamara DePonio competed in the SwingShift and the Stars Dance-Off for Charity, which raised a record total of more than $275,000 for six charities within the Traverse Bay region. Since its inception in 2008, the “Dancing with the Stars” style competition has raised more than $1.5 million to benefit local nonprofits in the Traverse Bay and Great Lakes Bay regions.
Tamara DePonio, Credit Union ONE branch
manager, and her dance partner Peninsula 
Township Supervisor Pete Correia 
danced on behalf of The Peter Dougherty
Society in the SwingShift and the
Stars Dance-Off for Charity. 
SwingShift and the Stars, hosted by High Impact Productions, brought together local celebrities, dancers, live music, and volunteers again this fall and winter for fun and fundraising. Six couples, each representing a different charity, danced in four themed events and received critique from a panel of judges. Each event concluded with members of the audience voting for their favorite couple or charity by making a donation.

DePonio, a lifelong dancer in addition to her role as the credit union’s Traverse City branch manager, was approached by the event’s coordinators to serve as a dance coach. She and her dance partner, Peninsula Township Supervisor Pete Correia, danced on behalf of The Peter Dougherty Society. In total, they helped raise more than $81,000 for the local historic preservation and restoration group.  

DePonio and Correia competed in four
themed dancing events, helping to raise more 
than $81,000 for The Peter Dougherty Society.  
“SwingShift and the Stars has been such a phenomenal event! I’ve had the wonderful privilege of interacting with many business professionals in the Traverse City community who demonstrate the principals of true servant leadership,” DePonio said. “I’m proud of everyone involved; the event coordinators, the band, the local celebrities who took a chance on learning something new, the choreographers, the teachers, and the charities. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to play a small role in support of the community in which I live and I am so very grateful Credit Union ONE shares these values and has allowed me to help make a difference with this very worthwhile cause.”