People Helping People

At Directions Credit Union, we are not only dedicated to improving the lives of our members, but of all those that live in our communities. Credit Unions were founded on the basic principle of “people helping people,” and each day we strive to continue that mission.

Directions gives back to the community through financial literacy education, in kind donations, scholarship support and more.

Financial Literacy

Directions delivers approximately 365 hours of financial educational events annually to more than 8,500 participants at libraries, schools, churches, senior centers, and correctional institutions in our communities. We provide a full array of financial topics from budgeting, identity theft, understanding credit and much more. If you are interested in more information about scheduling a financial literacy workshop please contact:

Central Ohio

Jenni Paramore –
Tina Wilson –
Austin Baker-

Toledo Area

Erin Hagedorn –
Alyson Binkley –

Directions Scholarships

Directions annually awards $1,000 scholarships to students with a passion for helping others.

      The Directions Credit Union High School Scholarship:

      This scholarship consists of two, one-time, $1,000 scholarships that will be awarded yearly for students in the ninth to twelfth grade. The scholarship will be paid directly to the school of your choice and applied to the following school year tuition.

      The Directions Credit Union Post Secondary Scholarship:

      This scholarship consists of two, one time, $1,000 scholarships. The scholarship will be paid jointly, to the student and school they attend and applied to their school tuition.

      2018 Northwest Ohio CU Outreach Alliance Scholarship Program

      Are you planning on going to college or to another post-secondary school?  Are you worried about the expense?  The Credit Unions of Northwest Ohio would like to help.  Enter the Credit Union Cash for College Scholarship and you could win one of the three scholarships that will be awarded this spring!  The three  scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of $1,500.00, $1,000.00, and $500.00.

      Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, March 30, 2018Recipients will be announced and posted by April 27, 2018 at

      Northwest Ohio CU Outreach Alliance Scholarship Nomination Form

      Community Giving

      Directions provides over $50,000 in annual monetary and in kind donations to numerous organizations within our communities. If your nonprofit organization would like to request a donation or other support, please complete the Donation Request Form and send to Karen Hack –

      Download the Donation Request Form

      Causes We Support

      Children’s Miracle Network

      Directions Credit Union unites with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to help sick and injured kids in local communities. Donations to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals create miracles by funding specialized medical care, research, and education that save and improve the lives of children. The annual Ohio Credit Unions: Marching Miles for Miracle Kids campaign raises money for the nine children’s hospitals that serve Ohioans, through events at credit unions and throughout communities around the state.

      School Supply Drive

      We annually collect supplies and cash donations for area schools. These donations are a huge help to our local schools and many families who struggle to provide supplies for their children each year.

      Summer Reading Programs

      Directions wants to reward all of our young members for participating in local library summer reading programs. Our “Rewards for Reading” program runs every summer. Members age 18 and under can earn a free $5.00 deposit into their Youth Savings Account for completing their local library’s summer reading program.

      Finances 101

      Directions Credit Union supports the Finance 101 program, an educational game that teaches high school students the basics of money management. Students learn about paying bills and taxes, what it costs to run a household, how earning can impact buying decisions, and more. Learn more

      Team Effort!

      “I love that credit unions started to strengthen the communities they are within. Feels like a “team” effort!”

      – Jennifer, Ashland, Ohio