America's Credit Unions Connect with Communities at National Night Out

Credit unions run on the philosophy of “People Helping People” and with this, credit unions around the world contribute to and support their local communities as not-for-profit financial institutions that give back in the form of low fees and interest rates, financial literacy, and more. Credit unions across the nation “walked the walk” across the country on August 4th by partaking in National Night Out in their communities.

What is National Night Out? National Night Out (aka NNO) is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie with the goal of making our neighborhoods more united and, as a result, safer and better places to live. On this night, neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, and exhibits. The campaign was launched in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), the nation’s premiere non-profit crime prevention organization dedicated to the development and promotion of crime prevention in communities across the country.

Being that credit unions are dedicated to serving their communities, supporting their financial wellbeing, and assisting small businesses (that’s where that  “People Helping People” philosophy comes into play), the National Night Out initiative was a perfect fit.

Credit unions across the country, and some right here in the Garden State, participated this year…

Bay Atlantic FCU – Vineland, N.J.Vineland Police hosted the seventh annual National Night Out in Vineland, N.J. where Bay Atlantic Federal Credit Union participated in the festivities with the community. Volunteers from the credit union handed out goodies as well as valuable identity theft information, and shared the credit union difference. NNO goers of all ages got a chance to spin the Bay Atlantic FCU wheel to win fun prizes.

Find Bay Atlantic FCU on Facebook to view their NNO photos.

Jersey Shore FCU – Southern New Jersey
Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union participated in National Night Out in three communities in Southern New Jersey. Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township, and Middle Township National Night Out events included Jersey Shore FCU representatives who distributed giveaways and had fun games for members of the community to play.

Find Jersey Shore FCU on Facebook and Twitter to see more of their NNO pictures.

New Jersey Credit Union League – East Windsor, N.J.
The New Jersey Credit Union League, the state association for New Jersey’s credit unions, represented N.J. credit unions and interacted with its local community of East Windsor, N.J. for NNO. League staff members shared the benefits of credit union membership as well as identity theft prevention tips with NNO goers.

National Night Out attendees were encouraged to take a spin on the ID theft trivia wheel to test their knowledge and win several prizes. Adults and children, some even toddlers, took a shot at ID theft questions, though everyone was a winner. Attendees won beach balls, glow sticks, and temporary tattoos as well as brochures on the credit union difference and tips for preventing identity theft.

More photos are available on the Banking You Can Trust Facebook page. Also, check out the Banking You Can Trust campaign on Twitter.

And in other areas of the country…

Downey FCU – Downey, CA
Downey, CA held its 3rd annual National Night Out this year and among the various supporters was Downey Federal Credit Union (DFCU). DFCU attends NNO every year in their local community to educate the community about financial topics, such as credit card fraud, predatory lending, how to build credit, good savings habits, the credit union difference, and more.

Click here for more about DFCU at NNO. Find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Point West CU – Portland, Oregon
Point West CU hosted their member appreciation day in conjunction on August 4th giving out goodies, grilling up a free BBQ, and handing out popcorn. The member appreciation day festivities continued on into the Lloyd District in Portland, Oregon National Night Out, where the Point West CU booth had some goodies.

Find Point West Credit Union on Facebook and take a look at their photos from the event.