Ideal CU Promotes Financial Literacy with MN Dept of Commerce
February, 2013

OAKDALE, Minn. – Financial Literacy Month is well underway. To celebrate, Ideal Credit Union (Ideal CU) invited Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman to tour its student credit union branch Thursday at Tartan High School and observe peer-to-peer financial education in action. The Woodbury-based credit union hosted a grand opening for its student-run branch in February and is using it as a tool to aid in financial education efforts at the Oakdale high school. Student workers at the in-school branch led sessions in classrooms throughout the day Thursday, teaching their fellow students about financial topics and money management. Commissioner Rothman attended afternoon classes and spoke with students about the importance of youth savings and financial education.

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Ideal Credit Union of Minnesota Still Accepting Coats for Kids Donations Through October 14th

September 30, 2012

With the official start of the Salvation Army Coats for Kids Drive about to begin, Ideal Credit Union of Minnesota (Ideal CU) is reminding members, staff and the community there is still time to donate a new or gently used coat to help Twin Cities children this winter. The drive will be held October 1 – 14.

A warm coat on a cold day makes a big difference, which is why Ideal CU and the Ideal CU Community Foundation have partnered with the Salvation Army’s Coats for Kids project for several years. This year, to allow ample time for donations, Ideal CU placed collection barrels in all 5 locations in early 2012. Ideal CU employees took the opportunity to get creative, and came up with some eye-catching barrel designs. The annual Salvation Army coat drive is held in October, prior to the start of the cold weather season, to ensure kids have adequate outerwear to keep them warm. Last year Ideal CU collected 53 coats and donated $1,000 through the Ideal CU Community Foundation to purchase 60 more.

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