February 2023

Guided by the credit union philosophy
of people helping people, the
Iowa Credit Union Foundation works to champion financial well-being for all.

United Way of Central Iowa Offers Tax Assistance to Iowans

The United Way of Central Iowa's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free tax preparation to eligible people based on household income thresholds. Click here to learn more.

Volunteers are always needed for the program. If you are interested in supporting the program, click here.

Becoming an American: The Challenges of Serving Immigrants and the Unique Advantages of Credit Unions

Iowa's credit unions have a history rooted in serving immigrant communities. Today's credit unions continue to be uniquely positioned to help immigrants meet their financial needs.

Last year, Filene Research Institute produced a report that provides critical information about the complex aspects of immigration today and highlights how credit union leaders can leverage a competitive advantage with immigrant markets while aligning with their member-focused missions. Learn more here.

WFCU and WOCCU Establish Turkish Cooperative Earthquake Relief Fund

The Turkish Cooperative Earthquake Relief Fund directs donations to mitigate impacts of the recent devastating earthquakes to Turkey’s cooperative movement and those that look to it for support. The fund was established by the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions (WFCU), in partnership with the World Council (WOCCU) as part of their commitment to identify the immediate priority areas where funding is most needed to support cooperatives and their members. 

Learn more and support the Turkish Cooperative Earthquake Relief Fund here.

Applications Still Open for Eligible Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Participants

Do you know of elderly, disabled or low-income members who may benefit from assistance in paying their heating bills?

IMPACT Community Action Partnership is taking applications for the 2022–2023 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) through April 30, 2023.

This program is available for eligible participants in Boone, Jasper, Marion, Polk or Warren counties.

New Shirt Available in ICUF Store to Celebrate Kindness

In honor of Random Acts of Kindness Day last week, ICUF launched a new shirt in the ICUF store. The shirt reads, "Kindness Begins with All of Us".

At the core of our movement, credit unions value the "people helping people" philosophy. Say it loud and proud with a t-shirt!

For a limited time in honor of Random Acts of Kindness Day, this shirt is available at a discounted rate. Check out ICUFstore.com.

Save the Dates: 2023 ICUF Events

ICUF 'Be The Light' Golf Classic: June 7

Mark your calendars for June 7 in Coralville at the Brown Deer Golf Club. All proceeds from the event will benefit ICUF's mission to champion financial well-being for all. Registration to open in March.

'People Helping People' Financial Coach Training Program: May

This year's financial coach training program will be held virtually through a series of six webinars in May. Internationally recognized facilitator Adam Carroll will lead the program. Registrations will open in March and scholarships will be available. 

ICUF Benefit Night Fundraiser: September 14

Our largest fundraising event of the year is one you won't want to miss - join us for Benefit Night during the 2023 Iowa Credit Union Convention.

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Thank You to Our Donors!

Thank you to our recent donors, who made contributions to support ICUF's mission-based initiatives.

  • Jim Anderson
  • Matthew De Bisschop
  • Keisha Knepper
  • Lorna Kohn
  • Chelsie Madden
  • Amy & Murray Williams
For questions regarding any information in the newsletter, please contact Ena Babic Barnes at 515.221.3002.
ICUF was established in 1995. Our mission is guided by the credit union philosophy of people helping people. ICUF works to champion financial well-being for all.