Our annual kids club Easter egg hunt is down in the books, and it was a huge success! Children were gathering eggs like egg-hunting professionals, finding candy, toys, and even money inside! If that wasn’t enough, we kicked it up a notch this year, giving out free Kaleido Sno snow cones to everyone that came out! It was a beautiful day, and we are so glad everyone had so much fun!
It’s time again to get to know more about your friends at NWGACU. This week you get to learn more about one of our unbelievable Financial Service Officers, Lisa! She lives in Rome and first began working at the credit union in 2010. We all know you love Lisa, so why not get to know her a little better? Here are some fun facts:
What do you like about working at NWGACU?: Helping people with their needs and helping them achieve their financial goals.
Favorite movie: Grease
What do you like to do with 30 minutes of free time?: …What’s that?! :)
Favorite ice cream flavor: Mint chocolate chip
Favorite food: Pizza
When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?: Dog groomer
Our Little Sprouts and Acorn Clubbers are due for some fun at the credit union! We’ll be gathering kids club members (ages 0-12) on the front lawn of the Redmond Road Office for an Easter Egg Hunt in a few weeks.
Thursday, March 26
Redmond Road Office
Mark your calendars now and join us for an awesome Easter Egg Hunt. There will be refreshments, eggs, prizes, eggs, fun, and plenty of eggs!
At this point, it’s no secret we’ve been doing some work on our beloved Dean Street office.
After being closed all last week to finish up everything, we are very excited to unveil the new look of the branch! We hope you love it as much as we do!
One of the ways we demonstrate our uniqueness in the financial services world is by holding our annual meeting with our member-owners. Everybody knows that being a member-owner is better than being just a customer, right?
On Thursday, February 12, we held our 53nd annual meeting at the Rome Civic Center. Members had a great time celebrating their credit union with delicious food by Harvest Moon, a cool gift and, best of all, cash prizes!
If you missed it this year, we missed YOU. We also want you to know what’s been happening at the credit union, so there are copies of the 2014 Annual Report available at both offices. We hope to see you there next year – you never know, you could be the big winner!
It’s time to get to know another staff member a little better, and what better person than the newest edition to our team, Daniel! Daniel just joined our team as a teller in January 2015. He currently resides in Rome, GA. Here’s a little more about Daniel:
1. What’s your favorite food? Tamales
2. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Cookies and cream
3. When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up? A firefighter
4. What do you like to do with 30 minutes of free time? Listen to music
5. What’s your favorite movie? The Hobbit trilogy
Now that you know a little about him, we hope you’ll stop by our Redmond Road office and say hi!
learn. grow. is a financial literacy program created and taught by a trained staff member at Northwest Georgia Credit Union (that would be me!). It features a series of lessons on various financial topics that gives kids from Kindergarten to 12th grade the opportunity to learn basic financial skills. Each lesson is connected to Georgia Performance Standards and teachers even have the option to customize lessons for their students.
I have had the pleasure of teaching financial literacy at several schools in Rome and Floyd County, and it is such a rewarding experience. Whether I’m teaching second graders about wants vs. needs or teaching high schoolers how to write a check, I find great joy in helping students see a glimpse of the real world. Lots of parents have a hard time teaching their children about money and teachers often just don’t have the time amidst all of the other important information they are teaching their students. Luckily, we are more than happy to step in as the “guest speaker.” I love working with children, and I know teachers sometimes just need a break.
Like I said, each lesson we teach is connected to the Georgia Performance Standards, and teachers are more than welcome to customize lessons to fit their needs. I have combined lessons and even added in new topics (I researched Opportunity Costs specifically for one class!). We are very flexible and just want to do all we can to help students get the most out of each lesson.
If you are a teacher or a parent, please feel free to check out our learn.grow. curriculum here. Teachers: please feel free to schedule your lesson today. I’m looking forward to teaching your students about money!
That’s right. We all cringe when we hear it. Taxes. Every year, we have to file taxes, going through receipts and filling out complicated forms just to sometimes find out we owe money. It’s no fun. Filing taxes might be the least exciting task we do all year, but there is one bright side. You can get a discount when you file your return, and getting a discount will always be exciting–even if it’s for filing taxes!
(Not a credit union member? Check out our website to see how easy it is to become one!)
Choose the best tax filing option for you and finish your taxes early this year! Whether you prefer to self-prepare online or work with a tax professional, there is a discount for you.
Go to this link to get your credit union member discount today! Happy tax season!
At Northwest Georgia Credit Union, we are proud to offer our members the tools they need to stay afloat financially. That is why we are very excited about our newest addition to those tools, the Fast Cash Loan.
Emergency cash—with a surprising twist
Did you know that a loan from one of those payday lenders has an effective rate of 400% or more? That’s no way to solve a cash crunch!
Since we’re a not-for-profit financial institution owned by our members, we’re only financially healthy when you are. Members like you deserve safer, smarter options for emergency cash—something that helps, rather than makes the problem worse.
With our Fast Cash Loan, you can borrow up to $500 and repay over 6 months. You pay a sensible rate of 17.99% APR regardless of your credit score. There is a $20 application fee.
Fast cash now, education for tomorrow
For a nominal fee, you can get just enough cash to make it to payday. Now here’s the kicker: we’ll give you the tools to help you create a budget and stick to it. Helping you today and educating you for tomorrow: That’s what we call un-banking, and it’s pretty unbelievable.
Below are a few additional details about our Fast Cash Loan Program:
- Each Fast Cash loan must be paid in full before requesting another Fast Cash loan
- Qualified members are eligible for one Fast Cash loan each six months
- Member in good standing for at least 12 months
- No unresolved losses to the credit union
- Deposit accounts must not be negative (with the exception of accessing Courtesy Pay amounts)
- Current on all loans at the credit union
- On current job/has current source of income at least 12 months
- Qualification will not be based on current credit bureau report
- Fast Cash Loans do not qualify for Skip-a-Pay promotions
You benefit two ways—you solve your short-term cash problem, and you get a head start to establishing a budget and emergency fund you can build on!
How’s that for a real alternative to the payday loan trap? To apply, just call 706-291-9290 or visit your nearest Northwest Georgia Credit Union branch.