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Frequently Asked Questions
- What's a Credit Union?
- Who owns a credit union?
- Who can join Pillar Credit Union?
- How do I become a member of Pillar Credit Union?
- How did credit unions start?
- What is the purpose of a credit union?
- Are savings deposits insured?
- Who can join a credit union?
What is a Credit Union?
A credit union is a cooperative, not-for-profit financial institution organized to promote thrift and provide credit to members. It is member-owned and controlled through a board of directors elected by the membership. The board serves on a volunteer basis and hires a management team to run the credit union. The board also establishes and revises policies, sets dividend and loan rates, and directs certain operations. The result: members are provided with a safe, convenient place to save and borrow at reasonable rates at an institution which exists to benefit them, not to make a profit.Back to Top
Who owns a credit union?
Most financial institutions are owned by stockholders, who own a part of the institution and intend on making money from their investment. A credit union doesn't operate in that manner. Rather, each credit union member owns one "share" of the organization. The user of credit union services is also an owner, and is even entitled to vote on important issues, such as the election of member representatives to serve on the board of directors.
Who can join Pillar Credit Union?
Anyone who lives, works or studies (must be a full-time student) in Marion, Morrow, Crawford, Wyandot, Richland, and Hancock Counties can be a member of Pillar Credit Union. Anyone who has an immediate family member who is a member of the credit union can also join. If you have any questions about membership please call 740-389-9960.
How do I become a member of Pillar Credit Union?
To become a member of the Pillar Credit Union, you must live, work or go to school in Marion, Morrow, Crawford, Wyandot, Richland, and Hancock Counties or be an immediate family member of someone who is eligible for membership.
Applying is simple
- Come in to one of our branches (300 Barks Road East or 810 Kenton Avenue)
- Present your current valid picture I.D. and Social Security Card and we’ll help you with our simple application
- Open and deposit $5 or more into your share account (savings) and pay the one-time $5 membership fee
- Now you are a member
If you have any questions about membership, please call 740-389-9960.
How did credit unions start?
The first credit union cooperatives started in Germany over a century ago. Today, credit unions are found everywhere in the world. The credit union movement started in this country in Manchester, New Hampshire. There, the St. Mary's Cooperative Credit Association, a church-affiliated credit union, opened its doors in 1909. Today, one in every three Americans is a credit union member.
What is the purpose of a credit union?
The primary purpose in furthering their goal of service is to encourage members to save money. Another purpose is to offer loans to members. In fact, credit unions have traditionally made loans to people of ordinary means. Credit unions can charge lower rates for loans (as well as pay higher dividends on savings) because they are not-for-profit cooperatives. Rather than paying profits to stockholders, credit unions return earnings to members in the form of dividends or improved services.
Are savings deposits insured?
Yes. All savings accounts are insured up to $250,000 per account by the NCUA, the National Credit Union Administration, an agency of the federal government.
Who can join a credit union?
A credit union exists to serve a specific group of people, such as a group of employees or the members of a professional or religious group. This is called a "field of membership." The field of membership may include where they live, where they work, or their membership in a social or economic group.
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