First District Congressman Rod Blum (R-Iowa) was on the job Friday at Dupaco Community Credit Union’s Sycamore branch in Dubuque to learn first-hand how credit unions, like Dupaco, fulfill their not-for-profit mission to improve each member’s financial well-being.
As part of his visit, Blum experienced a Dupaco Credit History Lesson, met a small business owner, and served members on the teller line. Blum also met with Dupaco MoneyMatch participant Delora Beal, who led herself out of a transitional housing program and into sustainable employment and housing.
Dupaco President/CEO Joe Hearn said it’s important for elected officials, like Blum, to understand how their decisions in Washington affect credit unions’ ability to best serve their members.
“We invite all lawmakers to learn more about how credit unions fulfill our mission,” said Hearn. “It’s important for elected officials to see—up close—how we positively impact members’ lives every day.”
Dupaco’s Sycamore branch is located near the credit union’s 1948 origins, when 10 employees of the Dubuque Packing Company pooled their savings to start Dupaco Employees Credit Union on the philosophy of cooperation and mutual self-help.
“Dupaco’s structure and mission are the same today with 97,000 members as it was in 1948,” added Hearn. “Nearly 70 years later, we have the same mission, same structure—Dupaco is just making an even bigger positive impact.”