The Pulse 12-07-17

Volume 6, Issue 47.5



MnCUN Holds Life Simulation to Help Credit Unions Better Serve Struggling Members

Participants wait in line for resources during the
Life Simulation Nov. 30 MnCUN Life Simulation

Last week, 64 credit union professionals took part in a Life Simulation designed to help sensitize credit union employees, volunteers, and management to the financial needs of low-wage working families.

During the three-hour activity, participants were grouped into “families” struggling to make ends meet in a simulated month of four fifteen minute weeks. Each participant played a unique role within the family. These simulated families visited a variety of booths, including a school, employer, pawn shop and payday lender. Through the exercise, they encountered events & financial crises faced by many low-income Americans, including eviction, loss of utilities, lack of reliable transportation, crime, and the moment-to-moment stress of making ends meet. At the conclusion of the exercise, participants shared their experiences and emotions in a powerful debriefing session.

Wakota Federal Credit Union Director of Community Affairs Amanda Kissner lead the debrief session following the Life Simulation.

“It was fascinating to watch participants discuss the Life Simulation and draw conclusions from the emotional and stressful experience,” said Kissner. “I was inspired hearing those who had completed the participation discuss how their perceptions changed and their increased commitment to help credit union members struggling financially.

The event was hosted by the Minnesota Credit Union Network and supported by the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation. The event was run by volunteers of the Minnesota Credit Union Network young professionals group, The Crew.

With questions about hosting a Life Simulation at your credit union, or with a community partner, please contact Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Executive Directory Andrea Molnau by email or by phone at 651-288-5527.


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Follow the links on the stories below to read more about the outstanding programs, new initiatives and well-deserved recognition received by your peers recently. Got news of your own? Send stories, pitches, press releases and published articles to MnCUN Director of Communications Laura Whittet.




Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Below is a summary of the Minnesota Credit Union Network's December and January educational sessions. Browse the listings below and click the links for more detailed information and online registration.


Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Sessions & In Person Events


Foundation Events

Chapter Meetings

Look for a complete schedule on the Event Calendar section of the Network website.



$20,000 in Scholarships Available to your Members through the Foundation Scholarship Council

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Foundation Scholarship Council (FSC) scholarship program. This year, the council will be awarding $20,000 in the form of two $3,000, two $2,000, and 10 $1,000 scholarships. Any member of a Minnesota Credit Union Network affiliated credit union pursuing post-secondary education in the fall 2018/spring 2019 is eligible to apply.


Applications are being accepted online with a submission deadline of Feb. 1, 2018.


As a cooperative benefit to Minnesota’s credit unions, the Foundation Scholarship Council has developed marketing resources to promote the scholarship to members.


Additional information is available on the Foundation website. With questions about the scholarship program, contact the FSC.

Minnesota Credit Union Network
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St. Paul, MN 55102

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