GCS Credit Union
GCS is a full-service financial institution serving the following counties in Illinois: Sangamon, Logan, Macon, Marion, Jefferson, Perry, Jackson, Williamson, Jersey, Macoupin, Montgomery, Madison, Bond, Clinton, St. Clair, Monroe, Washington and Randolph.

Get Mo' Green with the GCS Federal Credit Union Teen Club

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What could be better than a club that helps you save money and gives you a chance to win money just for being born? The Get Mo’ Green club from GCS Federal Credit Union is for teens ages 14-18 and offers fun events, cash prizes, and scholarship opportunities to its members. If you’re a high school student who wants to turn some money into more money, this is the club for you!

Mo’ Green to Save

A Get Mo’ Green account lets you use the yields from interest rates to save money. When you’ve saved enough, you can use the money for an important purchase, like a first car, apartment, or college tuition.

Mo’ Green for College

The seniors in the club are eligible to apply for the $1,500 Nicole R. Thorp Scholarship. All you have to do is fill out the application and submit it before the deadline of April 30, 2012. With the completed application, submit an essay of 300 to 500 words or a five-minute video explaining why saving money, budgeting, and maintaining a balance will help you in your future ambitions. You’ll also need to explain why you’re the best candidate for the scholarship and how you would use the funds if you won.

It’s All About the B-Day Benjamins, Baby

Opening a Get Mo’ Green account gives you a chance to win $100 on your birthday. One person every fiscal quarter will be the lucky winner of the prize. Here’s how it works: If your birthday is in January, February, or March, you’re automatically entered into the first quarter drawing; if your birthday lands in April, May, or June, you have a chance to win during the second quarter, and so on. The earlier you open a Get Mo’ Green account, the more chances you’ll have to win.

Don’t miss out on an opportunity created just for you. If you have any questions about the club or want to know more about opening a checking account, call GCS Federal Credit Union at (618) 797-7993

Learn Why You Should Ditch the Big Banks Now!

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A credit union’s first priority is its members. Check out these links about money, savings, online banking, and why your money might be better off with a credit union. 

  • Learn more about our new Total Money Manager budgeting tool that is part of our online banking system with this screencast.
  • Create a strong password when you sign up for online banking and be vigilant about your security. Follow these tips for creating a strong password.
  • Money market accounts offer a great way to watch your money grow. Learn more about how money market accounts work by checking out this article from HowStuffWorks.com.
  • Online banking and paperless billing save a lot of trees and gas. Learn just how eco-friendly online banking can be by clicking on this link.
  • Do you know when the financial quarters begin and end? This article on fiscal policy will give you some answers. 

GCS Federal Credit Union accepts membership from residents of the Illinois counties of Madison and most of St. Clair. If you’re looking for something that’s better than a bank, give us a call at (618) 797-7993.

GCS Donates Backpacks

In an ongoing effort to support the local community, GCS held a collection for Riverbend Head Start & Family Services.

James Wing, GCS Mortgage Loan Manager, put together a fundraiser to purchase backpacks for Riverbend’s early childhood education program. GCS Federal Credit Union employees and members of Gracepoint Church came together to support this project. Backpacks will be given to children leaving the program to enter school this fall.

The mission of Riverbend Head Start & Family Services is to, “Enable children and families to develop positive skills to meet life’s challenges.” To find out more, visit riverbendfamilies.org.

To find out more about GCS, visit myGCScu.com or call (618) 797-7993.

Founded in 1941, GCS Federal Credit Union currently has assets of more than $314 million. GCS serves more than 38,000 members throughout Madison and most of St. Clair Counties in Illinois via 7 conveniently located branches, numerous ATM locations, and 24-hour account access through a telephone audio response system and PCU online banking.


Pictured: Debbie Fremont, RHSFS Child Development Coordinator

A Brief and Humorous History of Credit Unions

Credit unions started as a way to even the playing field between consumers and creditors. The first U.S. credit union was founded in Manchester, New Hampshire in the early 1900s.

Watch this video to learn about the founders and philosophies that shaped America’s federal credit unions. The credit union grew so rapidly that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Credit Union National Association, providing insurance, auditing, and supplies. More recently, President Bill Clinton signed the Credit Union Membership Act, allowing credit unions to add members outside of their original core group. Check out this video history of the credit union for facts about credit unions with a dash of humor.

GCS Federal Credit Union was founded in 1941, and we customize our financial services to meet our customers’ ever-changing needs. Call us at (618) 797-7993 for more information.

Homerun for Character Winners Announced!

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The CHARACTER+ Homerun for Character program in Illinois is sponsored by GCS Federal Credit Union and the Gateway Grizzlies.  Area schools submitted applications to illustrate their Service Learning achievements.  Winning schools receive free tickets to the June 12 Grizzlies game for all students and staff.  The 2012 winners are:

Althoff, Triad Middle School, William Holliday & Signal Hill

GCS, CHARACTER+ and the Grizzlies are presenting Homerun for Character banners and game tickets to these schools over the next several days.  Congratulations students and faculty!

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