Credit Union programs earn state recognition

Fort Knox Federal Credit Union’s financial education programs have been recognized with three state awards.

The credit union received the 2019 Alphonse Desjardins Financial Education Award, the Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Member Service Award and Dora Max­well Social Responsibility Com­munity Service Award in the more than $1 billion asset category.

“We’re proud of the work we’ve accomplished together to help hard-working families across Kentucky,” said Ray Springsteen, Fort Knox Federal’s president and chief executive officer. “As a lead sponsor of financial education, our credit union has already been able to help many of the 5th graders in our community strengthen their financial knowledge. In 2020, high schoolers throughout the state will also have access to financial literacy programs because of our support.”

The Fort Knox Federal Vault, an interactive financial literacy program, was launched in early 2019 at several local elementary and middle schools. It helps students become financial decision makers while they are early in their cognitive development.

In addition to the credit union’s youth initiatives, a full-range of online educational tools are available for adults at fortknoxfcu.org. Fort Knox Federal also hosts the annual Operation Veterans 2 Entrepreneurs event, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center, to help veterans build and grow small businesses.

Sponsored by the Kentucky Credit Union League and Credit Union National Associ­a­tion, the state honors recognize a commitment to leading the way in financial education while serving members and the broader community.

• The Alphonse Desjardins Financial Education Award was created to recognize leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of financial literacy for all ages.

• The Louise Herring Philosophy in Action award annually recognizes credit unions that demonstrate, in an extraordinary way, the practical application of the credit union philosophy – “People Helping People” – through programs and activities offered to its membership.

• The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award is given to a credit union for its social responsibility projects within the community.

The largest Kentucky-based credit union with approximately $1.6 billion in assets, the organization has 105,000 members. Headquartered in Radcliff, it has branches on post and in 10 area counties.