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.

Directions Scholarships

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

Directions Credit Union High School Scholarship
The scholarship consists of three, one-time $1,000 scholarships that will be awarded yearly for students currently in grades eight to eleven in private school. The scholarship will be paid directly to the school of your choice and applied to the following school year's tuition. 
Directions Credit Union Post Secondary Scholarship
This scholarship consists of twelve, one-time $1,000 scholarships. The scholarship will be paid jointly, to the student and school they attend and applied to their school tuition. 

Students are encouraged to submit their application now through March 16, 2024.

Scholarship Rules and Regulations

Scholarship Application Form

Ohio Credit Union Foundation Scholarship

In keeping with the spirit of the credit union philosophy of People Helping People, the Ohio Credit Union Foundation is offering three scholarships toward college tuition. The first-place winner will receive $5,000, second place $2,500, and third place a $1,000 scholarship. Students are encouraged to submit video applications now through April 26, 2024.

The three scholarships are available to student applicants who are:

  • At least a high school senior;
  • A member of an Ohio-based credit union; and
  • Plan to pursue an undergraduate degree during the 2024-2025 school year.

Visit for details and eligibility.

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 - [email protected]

Tina Wilson - [email protected]

Meranda Gregory  - [email protected]

Toledo Area

Melisa Dubendorfer - [email protected]

Luke Grable - [email protected]

Directions Cares for Classrooms Grant

Directions Credit Union believes in strengthening our communities through education. We want to help our community's educators, that's why we are proud to present the Directions Cares for Classrooms Grant. To learn more or to apply, click below.
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In-kind donation requests

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 sponsorship or other support, please complete the Sponsorship/Contribution Request Form below and send to Jenni Paramore - [email protected].
Download the Sponsorship/Contribution Request Form

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.

United Way

Directions Credit Union supports the United Way through generous giving annually. The United Way perfectly aligns with our mission of people helping people. They accomplish this by being a hub in our communities for those in need with their 211 services as well as supporting other nonprofits that give back to the community.

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.

Report Card Rewards

For every “A” or A equivalent received, we’ll deposit $1.00 to all members under the age of 18! (Up to a $5.00 deposit) To cash in, all youth members need to do is bring their report card to any Directions location during the month of June.
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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.

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Team effort!

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

- Jennifer Ashland, Ohio