elder financial abuse

Elder financial exploitation has been a top concern for credit unions for many years, as credit unions were built upon the philosophy of protecting their members’ finances. On June 25, Ohio’s credit unions join the state in recognizing and opposing elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.

The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that the number of Americans over 65-years-old will nearly double by 2050, growing from 43.1 million in the most recent census to 83.7 million. That creates new victims for those hoping to abuse or defraud the elderly.

Current studies suggest that 10% of seniors may suffer some form of abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release. Other studies show older adults may suffer billions in losses because of financial fraud. Credit unions make knowing their members a priority; thus, connections made at the teller-line put credit union in the position to know when something seems “off” or the older member seems worried or confused.

interior home improvements

In a previous blog entry, we talked about exterior home improvements and ways to boost your home's curb appeal. Some of the improvements that offer the best return on your investment are exterior, such as a new roof, landscaping, etc. This time, let's go inside.

Financing home improvements

You made a big investment when you purchased your home and, like any other investment, you want its value to increase.

Unlike other investments that are wholly affected by fluctuations in the stock market, you can directly impact the value of your home by making home improvements. Sure, the real estate market will have an impact, but anything you do to improve your property will increase its value.

plannin for college

Did you know that children born today will pay up to four times more for tuition than a current 18 or 19- year-old? Why not start saving for college tuition the day your child is born? Watch your savings grow, and pass along responsible lifelong financial lessons to your child by educating them on the responsibilities and rewards of saving at a young age. This will also help prepare your child for those inevitable financial conversations regarding the high cost of college and their role in paying for it after graduation.

youth month

Each year in April, credit unions nationwide celebrate Youth Month. VLFCU is no exception and is excited to announce that we have revamped the celebration this year! We hope to engage more with our younger members and to educate them and their parents about the products and services specifically designed to help the youth in our community. 

As part of our celebration, each branch will host contests and have giveaways throughout the month. We encourage you to bring your kids to a VLFCU branch for a visit!