This article originally appeared on BadCredit.org.
Credit unions as we know them today can trace their roots back to Germany in the mid-1800s. By the early 20th century, the credit union movement had found its way to the U.S., with the co-op, nonprofit alternatives to banks springing up around the country.
In a way, Service Credit Union brought things back around full circle. The New Hampshire-based institution was founded to support military personnel and their families at what was then Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire.
But as the credit union grew over the years, it not only opened its membership to people outside the military, it expanded to offer its services to Air Force bases in Germany, where the whole movement began.
“Our more than 800 employees provide financial services at 50 walk-in locations throughout New Hampshire, North Dakota, Massachusetts, and Germany,” according to the credit union website. “Service and community are at the core of what we do. We take pride in always being prepared for our members, empowering our staff, and innovating for the future.”
We recently chatted with Jaime Yates and Anna Baskin — Service Credit Union’s Community Relations Manager and Content Manager, respectively — to learn more about how the institution helps guide its members to financial health while also supporting the communities where it operates.
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