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 – jparamore@directionscu.org
Tina Wilson – twilson@directionscu.org
Austin Baker- abaker@directionscu.org

Toledo Area

Erin Hagedorn – ehagedorn@directionscu.org
Luke Grable – lgrable@directionscu.org

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 – khack@directionscu.org

Download the Donation Request Form

Food Bank Rally!

We have some fantastic news to share! Directions has donated a combined total of $30,000 to seven local area food banks!

Thanks again for your participation and for helping us rally for our local food banks!  We are so thankful to everyone who liked and shared our post plus all the kind comments we received. Thanks again for your participation and for helping us rally for our local food banks!

We are all in this together, and every contribution helps! Contact a local food bank today to see how you can help keep our communities healthy.

Monroe County Opportunity Program provides services to low-income individuals and families in Monroe County, Michigan.

Toledo Northwestern Food Bank serves approximately 250 non-profit agencies in eight Ohio counties; Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams, and Wood.

H.O.P.E. Food Pantry Catholic Charities serves individuals and families in Richland County, Ohio.

Associated Charities and the Ashland County Food Bank provides short-term food assistance to people with financial need residing in Ashland County, Ohio.

Greater Dover-New Philadelphia Food Pantry serves the greater Dover-New Philadelphia area in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. 

Wooster Hope Center helps to feed families in Wayne County, Ohio.

Willard Area Food Bank Please call (419) 933-4146 for information.

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 is proud to be a main sponsor of our local library’s Summer Reading Programs. These programs are crucial for a child’s learning process. Summer Reading helps to neutralize summer reading loss as well as foster an enthusiasm for reading! Other benefits include improved reading skills, self-esteem, comprehension, and memory skills.

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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

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 three, 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.

We are no longer accepting applications for this year’s scholarship program. The winners will be announced in May.

The Directions Credit Union Post Secondary Scholarship:

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

We are no longer accepting applications for this year’s scholarship program. The winners will be announced in May.

Team Effort!

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

– Jennifer, Ashland, Ohio

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