Get involved as a volunteer
The Credit Union spirit of co-operation and community development is perhaps best demonstrated through the incredible contributions of thousands of volunteers at director, committee and local Credit Union level, who selflessly give their time and energy to the Credit Union movement.
In 2001, President McAleese paid tribute to the dynamism and consistency of the movement when speaking at the World Council of Credit Unions’ International Conference in Killarney, Co. Kerry saying, “The Credit Union movement is not and never has been about rocket science but about the simplest and the most profound human psychology – wrapped up in an old Irish saying – Ní neart go cur le chéile – unity is strength.”
Community Credit Union exists for the benefits of its members. It is staffed by members for members. We rely a great deal on the services of our valued volunteers who commit tirelessly to the success and sustainability of our Credit Union. These volunteers sit on the various Committees and our Board of Directors, so they are fundamental to our past, present and future. Every credit union needs a team of volunteers dedicated to ensuring a strong and viable future for all of our members.
An individual can develop both personally and professionally by volunteering. The benefits of Credit Union volunteering include:
- Gaining skills and experience with a professional financial service provider
- Education and training
- Personal development
- Meet new people from the community
- Work on developmental and business projects
- Give something back to the community
Finance, information technology, management and communications skills are particularly welcome. However, any ability to make a contribution is appreciated. There are policies and training in place to support volunteers in their roles. In addition to the induction training programme for all new volunteers, ongoing training is available and people are encouraged to develop various skills.
Credit Union committees offer an excellent starting point for new volunteers. These committees provide experience, learning and an active role within the credit union. Once a volunteer has served the Credit Union at committee level for a period of time, and training needs have been identified and addressed, you can move into a director or supervisor position.
The Credit Union reserves the right to refuse a person as a volunteer and where appropriate will give a reason for that refusal as Community Credit Union is bound by the standards of Fitness & Probity, issued by the Central Bank of Ireland.
Talk to us and find out what your potential contribution could be. We need people like you.