Members Provide Our History and Future

Anissa Ivy Anissa Ivy is a Member Service Representative in Gurnee.
  • Posted on 5/26/2015
By being a member of Consumers CU, you’re part of something bigger. Not only are you the reason we exist, it’s also through your participation that we are able to help provide impactful support throughout our communities making them stronger.
May 1, 1930 marks the beginning of a not for profit alternative to banking. That’s the day Waukegan Cooperative Credit Union was born, a cooperative formed and owned by its members. Although it’s been 85 years and one name change (Consumers Cooperative Credit Union), the benefit of cooperative banking we are able to provide our members still remains. It’s truly the members who make us who we are and why we are here today. You may or may not know it, but you hold the key to the cooperative’s success. With the term “not-for-profit” and “cooperative” being thrown around a lot, what does it actually mean to be a part of a credit union?

As a member-owner of Consumers CU, you get a say in how the cooperative operates. Our shareholders are you, the members, and your voice is heard through the member-elected, volunteer Board of Directors. Because each of these Directors are a member at the credit union, you know they are looking out for the best interest of our members. They ensure the decisions we make as an organization benefits the membership as a whole.

Although credit unions do need to make money to operate, being a not-for-profit organization is certainly better for members’ pockets. In fact, the majority of the profits we earn go back to our members and communities, instead of into the accounts of a few wealthy shareholders. For instance, credit unions on average offer lower interest rates on loans and charge less in fees than their bank counterparts. In true cooperative fashion, the more you utilize your membership, the more you stand to get back.

It’s important to note that credit unions can only become stronger when their membership is financially healthy. We are all in this together, so naturally, we want you to meet your financial goals and feel confident with your money. To do that, we partner with our members throughout all stages of life, during the good and the bad, by means of guidance and support.

By being a member of Consumers CU, you’re part of something bigger. Not only are you the reason we exist, it’s also through your participation that we are able to help provide impactful support throughout our communities making them stronger. So, on behalf of all of us at Consumers Credit Union, here’s to you. Thank you for a wonderful 85 years of cooperation!

To learn more about how Consumers Cooperative Credit Union was created and its history, read our History Report. It describes how courage and commitment can overcome challenging obstacles leading to a happy ending.