Executive VP Shares How University Federal Credit Union Is Working Hard to Meet the Needs of Their Members and the Community
Q: How has the affordable housing crisis impacted the work that you do?
A: The affordable housing crisis impacts the work we do and the services we provide for both individual Members and in the support we provide to our partner organizations. We are working hard to meet the needs of our Members and community members who are searching for an affordable place to live, or how to make life more affordable in general … be it through homeownership or residence in an affordable community.
Q: What memory stands out to you from last build season?
A: Last build season one memory that stands out is people swinging hammers with their masks on! They didn’t let the pandemic thwart their generosity. Despite the challenges we all faced, credit unions came together to safely build a house and didn’t hesitate to do so.
University Federal Credit Union on the Austin Habitat Construction Site in 2020
Q: What do you hope to accomplish as an organization through this partnership?
A: Whether it’s by helping families afford the home of their dreams with an accessible mortgage or working alongside community partners through volunteerism, our mission is to secure the financial health of our Members and our communities.
Q: Is there a message you would like to share with the House That Credit Unions Built future homeowner?
A: I would want them to know that UFCU cares about you! How else can we be of service? We look forward to building this house and providing a place to call home.
University Federal Credit Union Team at the 2021 Wall Raising Ceremony with Future Homeowner, Crystal
Q: Of the seven cooperative principles which of them are exampled through this build?
A: Cooperation Among Cooperatives is one cooperative principle exampled through this build. Cooperation Among Cooperatives is the idea that by working together through local, national, and regional and international structures, cooperatives improve services, bolster local economies, and deal more effectively with social and community needs.
This build is also an example of Concern for Community because cooperatives are working together for the sustainable development of their communities through policies supported by the membership. Both of these principles directly exemplify how successful we can be when we work together for a common goal. And that is exactly what we are doing with the 2nd House that Credit Unions Built.
Thank you to our Credit Union Partners that help us build affordable housing!
University Federal Credit Unions Building Community on the Austin Habitat Construction Site in 2021