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UMe Credit Union Gives Teens a “Bite of Reality”

Receiving training at Burbank (Photo Courtesy UMe Credit Union)

On May 3 UMe Credit Union wrapped up their UMe Bite of Reality event at Burroughs High School in order to help teens make financial decisions and give them a better understanding of the challenges of living on a budget. UMe first tested the event out earlier this year in February at Burbank High School for a group of National Academy of Finance students and proceeded to introduce it to Burroughs after it’s huge success.

Receiving training at Burroughs (Photo By Betty Blossom)

The Bite of Reality program is created for Credit Unions by the RMJ Foundation and is a hands-on simulation app that gives teens a taste of real-world financial realities. The students were each assigned a fictional persona complete with an occupation, salary, spouse and family, student loan debt, credit card debt, and medical insurance payments. The students then walked around to various table-top stations to “purchase” housing, transportation, food, clothing, household necessities, day care, and other needs. Most importantly, the simulation includes a “credit union” table to help the students with their financial needs, guiding them on how to budget and successfully navigate finances in the real world.

Photo By Betty Blossom

At the transportation table, students dealt with a pushy “car salesperson” that encouraged them to choose brand new vehicles versus a used car or bus pass while over at the housing table a commission-based “realtor” sold them on the biggest house with the most rooms. There was even a “Fickle Finger of Fate” that gave students unexpected “expenses” or “windfalls” just like in real life. The students soon learned to weigh their wants versus their needs.

“Now that we know that the students enjoy the event, and even more important, learn something, our goal is to make it a regular event at both high schools,” said UMe Credit Union CMO & Vice President of Marketing, Anita Hutchinson, who helped organize and bring the events to both of Burbank’s high schools. “One of the students told me: ‘Thank you, this really opened my eyes about a lot of things I had no idea about!’ This fits in with where we started. Our credit union was founded by a couple of Burbank teachers back in 1940. We operated out of a teacher’s desk drawer for years, eventually moving to a teacher’s house so people could access their money after school hours,” added Hutchinson. UMe Credit Union bought their first building on Magnolia Blvd. in 1969 and have continuously showed their support for the Burbank community and school district.

Receiving training at Burroughs (Photo By Betty Blossom)

According to a WalletLiterarcy Survey by WalletHub, California ranks near the bottom of all the states in “Financial Knowledge and Education.”  “Most of the students who participated in our simulation were shocked by what it costs to survive in the real world: cars, cell phones, utilities, personal care-all normal, everyday expenses that need to be budgeted for,” says Hutchinson.  The students provided positive feedback regarding the program and many students commented that they learned something new. UMe Credit Union’s goal for the program is to get our Burbank students to rise to the top of the ranking, making sure they’re prepared for real life beyond high school and college. “If we can give them a good knowledge base, we can help ensure that they avoid stress and enter adulthood more prepared for success!” adds Hutchinson. Surveys shows that students report feeling the least prepared to tackle their finances and are particularly stressed about it.  The good news is that as financial knowledge increases, the stress over financial decision-making decreases.

Photo By Betty Blossom

According to a 2017 EverFi survey of 104,000 incoming college students, there is a general lack of financial knowledge/skills — and students are:

+ accruing high levels of student loan and credit card debt

+ displaying a poor understanding of basic financial topics

+ experiencing financial stress and anxiety

In the recap after the simulation ended, UMe asked students to share what they learned… and some of the answers were:

+ there’s a difference between wants and needs

+ kids are expensive

+ you can choose how to spend your money, don’t always take what a salesperson tells you as what’s best for you

+ ask questions

+ just because you make money doesn’t mean you will have enough to do everything you want

Receiving training at Burbank (Photo Courtesy UMe Credit Union)

Receiving training at Burroughs (Photo By Betty Blossom)

UMe Credit Union Creates Fundraiser For BUSD Schools

UMe Credit Union announced its new fundraiser for the Burbank Educational Foundation (BEF), benefiting our Burbank Unified School District. The “15 For 15 Challenge” seeks to raise $15,000 from 15,000 UMe members for the 15,000 students in the Burbank Unified School District.

Additionally, UMe will match donations up to $15,000 for the BEF, a local organization that provides assistance to BUSD through important teacher grants and more.

UMe supports area charities and organizations through its UMeHelps initiative. However, The BEF’s mission to promote excellence in Burbank schools is particularly special to the credit union. UMe was started by a group of Burbank teachers in 1940, and the credit union regularly supports local schools, including $5,000 in scholarships for Burbank high school students.

UMe’s CMO and VP of Marketing, Anita Hutchinson commented, “UMe is thrilled to help the BEF give teachers and students in Burbank the tools they need to thrive. The fact that they serve 15,000 students in Burbank and we have 15,000 members seemed like the perfect opportunity. We saw that there was a real need for support, but also a community large and generous enough to rise to the occasion.”

“The 15 For 15 Challenge” is ongoing, but UMe intends to make it an annual fundraiser, increasing its target every year as the credit union’s membership grows.

UMe members and the Burbank community can make donations online by visiting www.BEFgives.org/UMeMatch

UMe Super Awesome Scholarship for High School Seniors Announced

For a credit union that began as an inspired idea by a group of Burbank school teachers, commitment to the local community has always been at the heart of UMe. Today, the credit union is brimming with hometown pride as it announces its annual scholarship program supporting Burbank students who will go on to do great things in the world.

With the UMe Super Awesome Scholarship, high school students in Burbank can receive $2,500 to support their future academic endeavors. The Burbank-based credit union is now pulling out its bullhorn, calling all local high school seniors with big plans — and even bigger dreams — to apply. Two super awesome students will be chosen each year by UMe’s management team, starting with the 2018-2019 graduating class.

If you are a senior enrolled in a high school in Burbank, California who has at least a 3.0 GPA, a UMe checking account for three months, and has been accepted for admission to a recognized junior college, accredited college or university or vocational coursework leading to a secondary education, congratulations, you’re awesome and you are eligible.

The Super Awesome Scholarship application consists of a student’s academic record, personal essay, letters of recommendation, and student activity information. Applications are available online or at UMe at 3000 W. Magnolia Boulevard in the Magnolia Park neighborhood of Burbank. Completed applications can be hand-delivered to the UMe concierge desk (Come see us! We’re cool.) or mailed to the UMe Marketing Team, P.O. Box 7767, Burbank, CA 91510-7767.

The deadline for completed applications is April 15, 2019. The Super Awesome Scholarship recipients will be announced in May of 2019.

 

UMeHelps Launches Annual Food Drive to Benefit Burbank Temporary Aid Center

UMe Credit Union announced today that it will be hosting its 7th annual food drive at its branch in Burbank. In the spirit of “people helping people” (a cornerstone of the credit union social mission), UMe is collecting canned goods to support Burbank’s less fortunate. Donations benefit the Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC), and are accepted in UMe’s lobby from May 1 – May 31, 2017.

The credit union is hosting the food drive through UMeHelps, an initiative that allows its members and the Burbank community at large to give back to local charities and individuals in need. UMeHelps supports local organizations with food and clothing drives, pet adoptions and fundraising efforts. Additionally, it promotes awareness of local programs in need of community support.

UMeHelps is happy to support the BTAC, which has been providing short-term emergency assistance to the working poor, crime victims, seniors and the homeless since 1974.

To participate in the food drive, members and local residents can bring commercially prepared, un-opened food to the UMe branch. See below for a complete list of acceptable donation items.

UMe is located at 3000 W. Magnolia Blvd. in the Magnolia Park area of Burbank. For more information, please call Anita Hutchinson at (818) 238-2900 x240.

In the spirit of the credit union philosophy of “people helping people” – we’re asking UMe members to help us collect donations for the Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC). You can drop off donations at the Credit Union anytime during the month of May.

BTAC accepts monetary donations or contributions of commercially prepared, unopened food. Canned good donations with easy-open pull-tabs are especially appreciated! Acceptable food donation items are as follows:

° Macaroni & Cheese

° Peanut Butter

° Boxed Cereals

° Canned Fruits

° Canned Vegetables

° Canned Meats (chicken, tuna, etc.)

° Rice

° Pasta

° Pasta Sauce

° Instant Potatoes

° Pancake Mixes

° Syrup

° Dried Fruit/Raisins

° Trail Mix

° Fruit Cups

° Instant Oatmeal

° Powdered Milk

° Evaporated Milk

° Personal Hygiene Supplies (toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, deodorant)

UMe Credit Union Hosts Holiday Toy Drive

UMe Credit Union announced that it will be participating in the Burbank Coordinating Council’s Holiday Basket program. In the spirit of “people helping people” (a cornerstone of the credit union social mission), UMe is collecting new and unwrapped toys to help local families in need. Donations can be dropped off in UMe’s lobby from November 6 – December 10, 2017 during business hours.

The credit union is hosting the toy drive through UMeHelps, an initiative that allows its members and the Burbank community at large to give back to local charities and individuals needing assistance. UMeHelps supports local organizations with food and clothing drives, pet adoptions and fundraising efforts. Additionally, it promotes awareness of local programs that require community support.

UMeHelps is happy to support the Burbank Coordinating Council.

For 84 years, Burbank Coordinating Council has been helping Burbank families in need. Each year, through their partnership with organizations and community members, they supply and deliver Holiday Baskets to over 500 local families. This  year, the number will exceed 700! The program connects families in need in our community with people and organizations that are willing to adopt families and provide them with food and gifts for their children for the Holidays. The Coordinating Council supplies the baskets for all of the families that are not adopted (they supplied 200+ in 2016… and they anticipate 400+ this year).

Every year, the program connects families in our community with people and organizations that are willing to provide them with food and gifts for their children for the holidays. This year, the Council expects to deliver holiday baskets to over 700 families!

Suggested gift donation items are as follows:

° Action Figures & Collectibles

° Arts & Crafts Items

° Bikes, Skates & Skateboards

° Blocks

° Board Games & Cards

° Books

° Building & Construction Sets

° Cars, Trucks & Accessories

° DVDs

° Dolls & Accessories

° Electronics

° Learning & Educational Toys

° Legos

° Movie Theatre Gift Cards

° Musical Instruments

° Play Vehicles

° Pretend Play & Dress Up

° Puppets

° Puzzles

° Radio Control Toys

° Sports & Outdoor Play Items

° Teen Gifts: Shaving Kits, Cologne, Make-Up, Nail Polish, Hair Styling Equipment & Accessories, Jewelry, Backpacks, Totes, Purses, Gift Cards, etc.

NOTE: Donation items received after this year’s Holiday Basket shopping dates will be added to next year’s UMeHelps donation drive.

UMe is located at 3000 W. Magnolia Blvd. in the Magnolia Park area of Burbank.

 

Community Gets Together to Support Troops

UMe Credit Union, in a partnership with Keller Williams Burbank, joined together for their annual Thank-A-Soldier Care Box Assembly project, created to comfort U.S. troops overseas.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

UMe members and community neighbors brought donations to the credit union branch during September and October to be packed up by volunteers.

Items will benefit deployed U.S. troops and included personal supplies (wrapped toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving cream, and razors), snacks (hard candy, protein bars, jerky) and entertainment (paperback books, playing cards, DVDs).

This past Saturday UMe hosted the Thank-A-Soldier Care Box Assembly and Community BBQ Event which feature live music and free lunch (with a donation). Donated items were packaged and prepared for troops as a thank you for their hard work and sacrifice.

 

 

UMe Credit Union Hosts 6th Annual Food Drive

UMe Credit Union announced that it will be hosting its 6th annual food drive at its branch in Burbank. In the spirit of “people helping people” (a cornerstone of the credit union social mission), UMe is collecting canned goods to support Burbank’s less fortunate. Donations benefit the Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC), and are accepted in UMe’s lobby from May 1 – May 31, 2017.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The credit union is hosting the food drive through UMeHelps, an initiative that allows its members and the Burbank community at large to give back to local charities and individuals in need. UMeHelps supports local organizations with food and clothing drives, pet adoptions and fundraising efforts. Additionally, it promotes awareness of local programs in need of community support.

UMeHelps is happy to support the BTAC, which has been providing short-term emergency assistance to the working poor, crime victims, seniors and the homeless since 1974.

To participate in the food drive, members and local residents can bring commercially prepared, un-opened food to the UMe branch. See below for a complete list of acceptable donation items.

UMe is located at 3000 W. Magnolia Blvd. in the Magnolia Park area of Burbank.

BTAC accepts monetary donations or contributions of commercially prepared, unopened food. Canned good donations with easy-open pull-tabs are especially appreciated! Acceptable food donation items are as follows:

° Macaroni & Cheese

° Peanut Butter

° Boxed Cereals

° Canned Fruits

° Canned Vegetables

° Canned Meats (chicken, tuna, etc.)

° Rice

° Pasta

° Pasta Sauce

° Instant Potatoes

° Pancake Mixes

° Syrup

° Dried Fruit/Raisins

° Trail Mix

° Fruit Cups

° Instant Oatmeal

° Powdered Milk

° Evaporated Milk

° Personal Hygiene Supplies (toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, deodorant)

 

UMe Credit Union Celebrates 75th Birthday In Style

This past Friday evening while Magnolia Park held its “Ladies & Gent’s Night Out” the UMe Credit Union held a party of its own.

(© 2015 Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(© 2015 Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Members, guests and the community were treated to free hot dogs, fries, corn-dogs, soda and more, such as carmel covered apples, free sunglasses and reusable shopping bags.

While Credit Union employees greeted guests they had a DJ spinning tones and a photo booth for some classic pictures.

During the evening a special moment took place when Credit Union officials dedicated a tree in front of the Credit Union’s entrance in memory of long time employee Peggy Holliday who passed away recently after a long illness. Holliday’s sister, Sue, joined City Councilmen Dr. David Gordon and Will Rogers and current employees and placed a plaque at the trees base.

(© 2015 Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(© 2015 Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The evening was captured in pictures by our own Chief Photographer Ross A. Benson.

 

To order pictures from this event click here: http://rossbensonphotography.photoreflect.com/store/thumbpage.aspx?e=9609826&au=6716B25242A941967331F01F69F455179119479B74C701FE0B618E897FA881AB0DE1899B9A5E0218

 

UMe Credit Union Once Again Accepting Toys for “Santa’s Room”

As a long standing Burbank Credit Union, UMe is committed to supporting the local community. For the third consecutive year, UMeHelps — a community focused outreach program of UMe Credit Union — will be collecting toys, books and games to support “Santa’s Room.”

Me, UME -3Santa’s Room is a Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC) program that collects toys, books and games for Burbank children who otherwise would not have presents to look forward to on Christmas morning. The program helps to fulfill children’s Christmas wishes by supporting parents under financial strain. Local parents who request assistance with Christmas gifts are able to visit Santa’s Room to “shop” for their children and choose from the donated gifts.

Through UMeHelps, the UMe Credit Union and its members, along with the Burbank community, can give back to local charities and individuals in need. UMeHelps has supported local organizations by conducting food and clothing drives, pet adoptions, participating in fundraising efforts and building awareness of local programs that people in the community can help support.

Me, UME -4To participate in the UMeHelps Santa’s Room Toy Drive, please bring new, unwrapped toys to the Credit Union from November 3 through December 5, 2014. Visit umecreditunion.com for a link to a complete list of acceptable donation items, found in the “news and announcements section” on the home page or see the list below.

In the spirit of the credit union philosophy of “people helping people” – we’re asking UMe members to help us collect new toy donations for the Burbank Temporary Aid Center’s “Santa’s Room” program. Donation items should be new and unwrapped – and may be dropped off at the Credit Union, November 3 through December 5, during business hours.

Acceptable toy donation items are as follows:

  • Action Figures & Collectibles
  • Arts & Crafts Items
  • Bikes, Skates & Skateboards
  • Blocks
  • Board Games
  • Books
  • Building & Construction Sets
  • Cars, Trucks & Accessories
  • CDs
  • Dolls & Accessories
  • Electronics
  • iTunes Gift Cards
  • Learning & Educational Toys
  • Legos
  • Movies
  • Musical Instruments
  • Play Vehicles
  • Pretend Play & Dress Up
  • Puppets
  • Puzzles
  • Radio Control Toys
  • Sports & Outdoor Play Items
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Teen Jewelry

NOTE: Donation items received after this year’s Santa’s Room shopping dates will be added to next year’s Santa’s Room.

UMe is located at 3000 W. Magnolia Blvd. in the Magnolia Park area of Burbank. For more information, please call Anita Hutchinson at (818) 238.2900 x240.

Magnolia Park Ladies And Gents Night Out Starts The Weekend Off

Summer nears an end with the last Ladies and Gents Night Out of the season on August 29 in Magnolia Park. While the eclectic shopping and dining district has more excitement planned for the September and subsequent monthly events, Friday’s shindig has a classic car show, over 30 food trucks and special events all up and down Magnolia Boulevard and Hollywood Way.

Opal Moon Henna, MadCap Balloons and The Boobe Sisters are just some of the featured guests at Friday’s event, along with special events at Audrey K, Romancing the Bean, Encore Nouveau, 8Ball and many more stores in the area.

Van Dorn Gourmets will hold a tasting with their custom mixed spices. Dylan Keith Salon also offers nail art and oxygen facials specials for Friday night.

“Along with caricatures by Aiden Casserly and silhouettes by Jordan, Dark Delicacies will be featuring ‘Back to Ghoul’ specials on horror notebooks, pencils, clings and stickers,” said Dark Delicacies’ Del Howison. “Out front we’ll have the Dia De Los Puercos foodtruck.”

A classic car show fills the lot at the UMe Credit Union, located at 3000 W. Magnolia Boulevard. Along with The Grilled Cheese Truck, people can dance to live music on a dance floor.

And the fun continues through Saturday, August 30, with a special event at Autobooks-Aerobooks and neighboring shop Creature Feature. The two businesses present Monsterfink, a celebration of hot rods with live music and food from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m.

New banners, in five different designs, have recently been hung on light poles in the district. Ongoing events such as taxidermy classes at Bearded Lady Vintage and new daily kids classes at Mia and the Dragonfly including music, dance, art, games and language are some interesting options in the area, according to Magnolia Park Merchants Association President Ashley Erikson.

The final Summer Movie Nights presentation of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is scheduled for Friday, September 5, at the UMe Credit Union parking area.

More information on the Ladies and Gents Night Out and other events can be found on the Magnolia Park Merchants Association website and Facebook page. Ladies and Gents Night Out is held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the last Friday of every month.