Each year we come together to celebrate International Credit Union Day (ICU Day) to raise awareness about what it means for members around the world to have a credit union as their financial partner. This year’s global health crisis has been trying for many communities around the world, but credit unions stayed true to their cooperative principles and stepped up during this time of economic uncertainty. Hope is a global resource that everyone has a right to feel and experience. This year’s ICU Day theme “Inspiring hope for a global community” reflects how credit unions contribute to a brighter future by providing financial empowerment to people all over the world through financial services, education and support.
Credit unions continually work hard to help their members and communities, and have done so for generations. While it is ICU Day’s 72nd anniversary, the credit union movement dates back much further: over 151 years. Today, there are more than 5,174 credit unions in 117 countries around the globe, providing numerous financial services to their members, and often working for positive economic and social change.
Thursday, October 15, we celebrate the spirit of credit unions and their exemplary service to their members and communities. We also acknowledge our appreciation to those who have worked hard and dedicated themselves to the credit union movement, helping hundreds of millions of people find their silver lining in credit unions.