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When Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union Board Chairman John DiNofrio was in the service, his father passed away and he was stuck in Spokane, Wash., without enough money to buy an airline ticket home. A credit union let him borrow the money to fly home, attend his father’s funeral and return.

“It was my first experience with a credit union and thought it was kind of neat that a financial institution gave me, a kid without any credit, a loan to go to my dad’s funeral,” said DiNofrio. “I paid the loan off in full when I got back to Spokane, but it’s something that always stayed with me.”

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