A Message from RCU’s President
& CEO Brett Martinez
People Helping People
Credit unions were founded on the principle of “people helping people.” It’s core to who we are as an organization, and we live this philosophy every day. From providing low-rate loans to help you obtain a car or home, to helping local businesses with the financing they need to grow and thrive, we love listening and helping you find the right solutions for your financial life. But sometimes we are reminded of what “people helping people” means in a much broader sense.
Recently, a series of devastating fires broke out in our nearby community of Lake County. Hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed, and thousands of peoples’ lives were suddenly disrupted. RCU responded by ensuring our employees in those areas were safe and had the support they needed, and by assisting Members impacted by the fire through special financial assistance programs for the fire victims, including zero-interest personal loans and low-rate auto and RV loans to help them with financial hardships resulting from the fires. We also created a fund to help the fire victims… and within days, people and businesses in our communities contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars. People helping people is not only what credit unions do, but it’s also what our Members and local communities do, and it’s truly inspiring.
It’s our mission to provide solutions and make a difference when you need us most… but we also want you to know that it’s what we do every day. Whether you are recovering from an unexpected event, struggling to make ends meet, or just trying to improve your everyday financial life, we are here to help.
The third Thursday of October is recognized as International Credit Union Day, which celebrates the unique benefits credit unions bring to their communities. This year’s theme is —fittingly—“People Helping People.” We hope you’ll take a moment this October 15 to remember why you became an RCU Member, and to celebrate the many benefits of people helping people.
President & CEO