Welcome to Better Values Better Banking New Hampshire!
This is where you can learn about the credit union movement in the Granite State and find a credit union you can join.
Did you know that New Hampshire is the birthplace of the credit union movement in the United States? The country’s first credit union was founded in 1909 by a group of textile workers in Manchester who were denied access to savings and credit at traditional banks.
With help from their pastor, Monsignor Pierre Hevey; local lawyer Joseph Boivin; and Alphonse Desjardins, founder of the credit union movement in Canada, they started St. Mary’s Cooperative Credit Association. Now called St. Mary’s Bank, it’s still going strong. Boivin’s home, which served as St. Mary’s first headquarters, now houses America’s Credit Union Museum.
Today, New Hampshire has 18 credit unions with total assets of $6.58 billion. Half of them have assets of $50 million or more.
New Hampshire’s credit unions employ 1,471 full-time workers and 300 part-timers. In addition, 193 people serve on their boards of directors and in other volunteer positions.
Almost 600,000 Granite State residents belong to a credit union – that’s 43.5 percent, or nearly half of the state’s population. By joining their number, you’ll become part of a movement that puts people above profits – and you’ll be on your way to a healthier financial future.
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