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June 26, 2018
New Hampshire Credit Unions Donation Totals $2.7 Million to Make-A-Wish New Hampshire
The New Hampshire Credit Unions, including Bellwether, recently presented a $200,000 donation to Make-A-Wish New Hampshire, an organization that grants the wishes of children facing critical illnesses. This marks a 22-year total of more than $2.7 million raised by the New Hampshire Credit Unions, members of the Cooperative Credit Union Association (CCUA). The New Hampshire Credit Unions remain the largest corporate partner of Make-A-Wish New Hampshire.
The amount raised surpassed the initial 2018 goal by $15,000 and was achieved through the collaboration and collective efforts of the state's 15 credit unions with a series of state-wide and local fundraising initiatives including its Make-A-Wish Calendar Raffle which sold out all 2,500 calendars, Granite State Candy Shoppe candy bar sales, New Hampshire Chapter holiday auction, individual credit union donations, and the capstone event of the fundraising season, the Richard D. Mahoney Credit Union Charity Golf Tournament.
Accepting the check with Make-A-Wish New Hampshire CEO Julie Baron were Wish child Carson, age 6; his dad Chris; and Wish Ambassador Padraic, age 19. "We thank the credit unions for supporting Make-A-Wish and helping families, such as ours, look forward to something special as a family during our darkest times," said Chris.
The presentation took place during the 17th annual tournament held at the Candia Woods Golf Links, Candia, NH. "Make-A-Wish New Hampshire is a remarkable organization and, in some way has touched most all of us in New Hampshire," said Brian Hughes, chairman of CCUA's New Hampshire Social Responsibility Committee and President/CEO, Holy Rosary Credit Union in Rochester. "Credit unions throughout the state are truly proud to support Make-A-Wish and help them fulfill their mission of creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Meeting so many of the kids such as Carson and Padraic and hearing about their wishes, it truly inspires and motivates all of us to see Make-A-Wish New Hampshire grant a wish to every eligible child."
CCUA President/CEO Paul Gentile commended the credit unions for supporting their charitable partner. "The task of raising $200,000 this year for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire combined with the 22-year total of $2.7 million is a true testament to all the credit unions, their employees, corporate donors, and the more than 649,232 credit union members in New Hampshire who worked tirelessly and contributed generously to fundraising initiatives throughout the year - a true collaboration on all fronts." He continued, "The New Hampshire Credit Unions and Social Responsibility Committee's efforts to surpass the goal each year exemplifies the passion they share in making wishes come true."
Make-A-Wish New Hampshire CEO Julie Baron praised the credit unions for their passion. "It seems impossible to capture in a few words the essence of the gratitude Make-A-Wish New Hampshire feels toward the New Hampshire Credit Unions," said Baron. She continued, "Credit union leadership, staff, and members have embraced our mission and transformed the lives of children facing critical illnesses one child at a time for 22-years. We thank them for being the special medicine that helps each child through their journey."
About Make-A-Wish® New Hampshire
Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child’s wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Since 1986, Make-A-Wish New Hampshire has granted more than 1,500 wishes to New Hampshire children with critical illnesses. Make-A-Wish New Hampshire serves children throughout the entire state. Eighty-nine percent of each dollar spent directly benefits the New Hampshire wish-granting program. Sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned Make-A-Wish New Hampshire a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. For more information please visit nh.wish.org.
About the Cooperative Credit Union Association
The Cooperative Credit Union Association is a regional trade organization serving as the voice for nearly 200-member credit unions located primarily throughout Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. CCUA members hold combined assets in excess of $45 billion and serve a collective membership base of more than 2.3 million consumers. It’s on behalf of these member credit unions that CCUA advocates before Congress and state legislatures, regulatory bodies and the general public through its Better Values—Better Banking consumer awareness campaign. In addition to advocacy, CCUA also engages its members with an array of industry resources, from compliance assets and marketing support to vetted products and service providers; an array of educational workshops and conferences; and a variety of communication channels that include a daily e-newsletter, live and recorded video programs, and a quarterly magazine focused on CCUA’s advocacy initiatives. For more information, visit www.CCUA.org.
June 20, 2018
Bellwether Takes a Stand Against Elder Financial Abuse
Bellwether Community Credit Union is proud to announce that 100 percent of their frontline staff are now certified by the CU Senior Safeguard, an educational platform for credit union employees to learn more about elder financial abuse, how to detect it and how to prevent it. Certification provided by this program supports requirements outlined in the Senior Safe Act to allow a credit union safe harbor when possible elder financial abuse has been detected.
“Bellwether takes the financial security of our members extremely seriously,” said Michael L’Ecuyer, President and CEO of Bellwether. “The peace of mind and trust of our members is of the utmost importance to us, and that is why we are so proud to have the entirety of our member facing staff certified by this worthwhile program.”
Introduced by the Cooperative Credit Union Association (CCUA) and produced in collaboration with EverFi, a leading national technology company that provides education through innovative and scalable digital learning, the CU Senior Safeguard program equips credit unions with the information needed to defend elderly members as well as their caregivers and families.
In CCUA’s 2017 national survey, data showed over two-thirds of familial caretakers reported their elderly relatives had been the target of a fraud or scam, and that 28% of the elderly surveyed had actually been the victim of a scam. According to National Adult Protective Services, one out of nine seniors experiences financial exploitation but only one in 44 will ever report it.
June 14, 2018
Bellwether Community Credit Union Announces Executive Promotion
Manchester, NH - Bellwether Community Credit Union is proud to announce the promotion of Nathan Saller to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Saller's role will be to align company strategy with people and processes in order to drive execution and move Bellwether towards long-term growth.
"Nathan has been an integral part of our management team for over 20 years. Under his leadership in the areas of sales, marketing and lending the credit union has enjoyed strong growthin an environment of exceptional member service," said Michael L'Ecuyer, President and CEO of Bellwether. "As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Nathan's vision, creativity and commitment to excellence will have a positive impact on our employees, our members and our community for many years to come."
Mr. Saller joined Bellwether in 1997 first in a marketing role, then leading the company's retail banking and call center teams, and finally leading corporate strategy before being named COO. Prior to joining Bellwether, Mr. Saller began his career at Ford Motor Credit Company.
Mr. Saller received his Master of Business Administration from UNH Manchester and has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Evangel University. He is also a graduate of the American Bankers' Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the Wharton School of Business/University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and as a member of the Executive Committee for the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the Board of Advisors and on the Development Committee for StayWorkPlayNH, and chairs the marketing committee for America's Credit Union Museum in Manchester.
February 9, 2017
We're honored to be featured on this Right About Money article emphasizing the importance of basic financial knowledge.
Our program is available for members and non-members, check it out today at www.bccu.org/adulting.
January 29, 2017
Bellwether Community Credit Union in the news
MANCHESTER, NH — Reaching millennials: Push is on to promote financial literacy.
Read our full story in the Union Leader here.
January 27, 2017
Bellwether Community Credit Union - First in New Hampshire to Launch Free Online Financial Education Program for Young Adults
MANCHESTER, NH —Providing essential and engaging financial education on topics such as credit scores, loans and budgeting, Bellwether Community Credit Union launches It’s a Money Thing, an online learning center with supplementary resources intended for young adults aged 18 to 30.
“Our It’s a Money Thing program uses animation in a way that helps make financial education easy and fun, but most of all memorable,” commented Mike L’Ecuyer, President and CEO of Bellwether.
“Most of these topics are generally not taught in schools, and we thought this program could really help our community.”
Bellwether Community Credit Union Ranked in Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in the U.S.
MANCHESTER – Each year DepositAccounts.com evaluates the financial health of every federally insured bank and credit union in the United States – a group of more than 8,000 total.
Each institution is graded on a number of factors, including deposit growth and loan to reserve rations, in order to determine a comprehensive health score. Bellwether Community Credit Union received a Health Rating of “A” with total assets totaling $444.3M and 32, 378 members.
Bellwether was one of three credit unions in the state that made Depositaccounts.com’s top 200 list - New Hampshire Federal Credit Union, based in Concord and Service Credit Union, based in Portsmouth.
For a complete list of banks and credit unions, plus the raw grades, visit https://www.depositaccounts.com/banks/health.aspx.
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