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Bill Myers Youth Internship

Bill Myers, our founding CEO, retired from Alternatives Federal Credit Union in 2007. Anyone who worked with Bill cannot help but be impressed with Bill's keen sense of purpose and sharp intellect on how to convert purpose into action. He worked tirelessly to make Alternatives' mission "to build wealth in the community" a reality. And then, using Alternatives as his experimental station, he shares successes with the world. Now it's our turn to thank him for all he's done for Alternatives, for the community, for the credit union movement, for community development, and beyond.

Bill Myers Youth Internship
Bill didn't want a building named after him. He didn't want a gold watch. He wanted to see his work in starting the Student Credit Union and educating youth continue. The internship will provide support and opportunity to youth committed to working on issues of economic and social justice. Our ambition is to ignite the community development spark in the bright leaders of tomorrow.

Our Board committed Credit Union and personal funds to this Internship and ask you to join them in honoring Bill Myers and his outstanding contribution to community development credit unions. For more information e-mail Mary Beth Bunge, Director of Development.

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Rima Shamieh

My IDA [Individual Development Account] experience was just incredible. I saved a few bucks every week and after a year, I had a savings account with $3,000 in it! And I'm glad that the MoneyWise class was required, because it really helped me develop a healthier relationship with money. So many of the skills I learned in class seemed so obvious, but I never thought/knew how to do them until we went over them in class. For example, tracking my spending made a HUGE difference in how I now spend money. Also, the exercises in the beginning when we explored our relationships with money - I discovered I'm a carefree, spirited, impulsive spender. It helps to put a name on things.

After accruing thousands of dollars in debt from student loans from when I was an undergraduate, I was determined to do all I could to stay out of debt for when I continued my education. The IDA really helped. I feel so much better prepared to build equity and save for my future. Thanks, Alternatives!


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