EAST LANSING, Mich. – The $81 million Financial Health Credit Union trained 27 people in late April to be able to themselves train people in their home communities to use money more wisely and build assets. The credit union used some of the $150,000 it received from the National Credit Union Foundation for its cooperative effort with the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, Michigan State University Extension and United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan. “Credit unions were organized for the specific purpose of providing cooperative, not-for-profit financial services for people who need an affordable place to borrow and a safe place to save,” said JoAnne Fillwock, CEO of FHCU. “Community involvement is nothing new to credit unions -it’s a perfect fit with the credit union philosophy of `People Helping People.’” The train the trainer session is the first stage of a year-long project, in which each of the trainers will go back to their local sites and offer training sessions to persons with disabilities and others in their community. Participants received a Training Manual, complete with power point presentations, teachers guides, and take home materials, the credit union said.

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