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THE CREW: MNCUN'S YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORKING GROUP
The Crew is a group for young professionals – under 40 years old - working in the credit union movement in Minnesota. The Minnesota Credit Union Network hosts special sessions for Crew members at major MnCUN events as well as standalone Crew education sessions, happy hours, and volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
There is no cost or commitment to joining the Crew. By signing up you will begin receiving emails from MnCUN Crew liaison Laura Whittet and the 2017 Crew Ambassador Laura Jorris alerting you of upcoming Crew events and opportunities.
An online Forum has been created in the Crew Group page of the MnCUN website. This is where the members of The Crew can come together to share ideas and educate one another on credit union strategies and concerns. Share your stories ideas, questions, and concerns in this collaborative Forum. You can also use this space to find out who else from your area is planning on attending Network events.
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QUICK, EASY SIGN UP: Visit the member profile page of the MnCUN website. Under Subscriptions, click the box next to Crew.
Please note: Individuals must have a username and password to join the Crew. If you don't have one, please request an account - requests are processed within one business day.
To develop young credit union professionals and volunteers through education and networking in order to create and retain a strong, passionate workforce of future credit union leaders.
In December, members of the MnCUN young professionals group, the Crew, were invited to apply for two leadership opportunities.
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Recent Crew Events
The Crew Holds Life Simulation to Help Credit Unions Better Serve Low Income Members
In November, 80 credit union professionals took part in a Life Simulation designed to help sensitize credit union employees, volunteers, and management to the financial needs of low-wage working families.
During the three-hour activity, participants were grouped into “families” struggling to make ends meet in a simulated month of four fifteen minute weeks. Each participant played a unique role within the family. These simulated families visited a variety of booths, including a school, employer, pawn shop and payday lender. Through the exercise, they encountered events & financial crises faced by many low-income Americans, including eviction, loss of utilities, lack of reliable transportation, crime, and the moment-to-moment stress of making ends meet. At the conclusion of the exercise participants shared their experiences and emotions in a powerful debriefing session.
“As a volunteer, I watched the room go from calm to chaotic in an hour. Seeing people try to make the best use of their time and resources gave me a closer look at the daily decisions many our members must make,” said City & County Credit Union Marketing Specialist Laura Jorris. “I walked away with a deeper commitment to educating our staff, members and community about personal finance and the resources available to make managing money easier.”
“It is important to Minnesota’s credit unions that their staff, volunteers, and leadership receive ongoing training to best serve their members,” said MnCUN President & CEO Mark Cummins. “The ability to empathize with members struggling through financial difficulty encourages credit union professionals to offer products, services, and solutions to help improve those members lives.”
The event was hosted by the Minnesota Credit Union Network and supported by the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation. The event was run by volunteers of the Minnesota Credit Union Network young professionals group, The Crew.
CREDIT UNION YOUNG PROFESSIONALS GIVE BACK TO ST. CLOUD
During Co-op Month, when many Minnesota credit unions are giving back to their communities, Minnesota credit union young professionals from across the state gathered together for community good.
Last week, nine members of the Crew, the Minnesota Credit Union Network young professional group, volunteered for an afternoon completing yard clean up, window washing, weeding and other needed tasks for Anna Marie’s Alliance in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
The group volunteered in central Minnesota to give more credit union young professionals in Central Minnesota an opportunity to meet and work alongside others in the credit union industry.
“Building relationships is a vital part of the credit union mission,” commented Andrew Deans, the 2016 MnCUN Crew Ambassador. “Everything credit unions do revolves around relationships, so bringing credit union young professionals together to serve, connect and grow perfectly aligns with all of our credit unions’ purposes.”
The Crew will gather again on November 2, 2016, to volunteer and participate in the Life Simulation experience, a simulation that helps employees, volunteers and leadership begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month.
With questions about the Crew, contact MnCUN Crew liaison Laura Whittet.