Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska

During October, Credit Union 1 employees have been hard at work raising funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska. Check out a video from Big Brothers Big Sisters that explains how every donation helps and what the organization is all about!


Financial Fitness Friday: Fix-it Job!

DishwasherHi! I’m Ashley, Financial Education Coordinator for Credit Union 1! Check out my blog every Friday for fun tips and tricks to help you manage your finances.

I have a true life story about me and my dishwasher. Before I get into the nitty-gritty details of how I saved the day, let’s go over some stuff. Sometimes fixing it yourself can be pretty dangerous (we’ll get to that part in a minute) and can sometimes cost more money to then have a professional come out to fix your “fix it” job. Use your common sense like I did! Thankfully in the end it all worked out and it is fixed up for free.

Financial Fitness Friday: Preparing for Vacation

saving!It’s not often that folks in Alaska (or anywhere!) get to take a vacation out of state or even our hometown. This is mostly due to lack of funds and is just plain lousy if you ask me. I’m fortunate enough to be able to take a vacation once a year – but it takes a lot of preplanning to make it happen! Let’s take a look at some things we can all do to make a vacation happen!

1. Make a budget. Recurring theme with me huh? Yes, a budget is very, very important for 2 reasons. The first is so that you can make sure while you’re frolicking on the beach or taking the road trip of a lifetime, your bills at home are still going to get paid. The second reason is so you have enough money to purchase plane tickets, gas, hotels or whatever needs your trip is calling for. It will take time to build up enough savings to fund the trip and make sure everything is good to go while you’re gone. Stick with it – you can do it!

Ketchikan Member Appreciation Event

Please join us this Thursday!
We are celebrating 60 years and our member appreciation event is going to be bigger than ever! Stop by the Ketchikan Branch on Thursday, October 11 from 6:30-8:30pm to enjoy free hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and a silent auction. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Rendezvous Senior Center in Ketchikan which provides assistance to seniors who need health, social or rehabilitative services and are looking to maintain their personal independence and delay long-term institutional care.
Our goal is to raise $2,500 and Credit Union 1 will match all proceeds from the evening. Membership is not necessary to attend the event, so bring a friend and check out the great local items while helping support a great cause.
The Ketchikan Branch is located at 2444 Hemlock Street.

Financial Fitness Friday: The Credit Union Difference

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Hi! I’m Ashley, Financial Education Coordinator for Credit Union 1! Check out my blog every Friday for fun tips and tricks to help you manage your finances.

Every once in a while, someone will ask me “What the heck is the big difference between a bank and a credit union?” Sometimes I’ll hear something about “Credit Union 1 - the bank” and I try really hard to keep my cool. No, I don’t blow steam from my ears when I hear this but now that I’m in “credit union land” I do tend to want to educate people on the difference between banks and credit unions. Here’s my soapbox for the day:

Credit unions are non-profit organizations and banks are money making machines. I’m definitely not writing this today to bash or degrade banks; I’m just telling you the truth. Banks aren’t evil monsters and have certainly done their share of helping people – but you can bet the farm that credit unions have helped more. After all, our mantra is “people helping people”… pretty clever huh? Think of credit unions as the food bank and banks are more like the grocery store. Both are there to help fight hunger, they’re just operating in different ways.

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CU1 Community Service

2014 Community Service Numbers

1170 Volunteer Hours
$42,518 donated/raised

Through March 31, 2014

Spotlight: Junior Achievement of Alaska

Welcome to April! This month, we’re raising funds for Junior Achievement of Alaska, which fits in perfectly with it being Financial Literacy Month!

 What does Junior Achievement do?


·         JA brings volunteers from local businesses into classrooms to teach our youth about money management and how business works. This includes financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and job readiness.

·         JA reaches over 9,000 students per year in over 40 Alaska communities, in both classrooms and after-school setting.


·         JA inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world. 



How old were you the first time you ever volunteered?: