Global Bridges Program: Northwest Credit Unions Welcome Delegates from Korea

The Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions’ Global Bridges program returned to Oregon as five credit unions recently hosted a delegation from the National Credit Union Federation of Korea (NACUFOK).

During the Global Bridges journey in Oregon, participants deepened relations with the Korean delegation, providing them a firsthand look at credit union operations in the area.

As part of the NACUFOK Global Bridges journey to Oregon, delegates joined representatives from Advantis Credit Union, Northwest Community Credit Union, Oregon Community Credit Union, Rivermark Community Credit Union, and Unitus Community Credit Union in a series of learning and networking events. NACUFOK represents more than 870 credit unions in South Korea.

“The Global Bridges program connects credit unions around the world to help strengthen communities,” added Mike Reuter, Executive Director of the Worldwide Foundation of Credit Unions, the charitable and engagement arm of the World Council of Credit Unions. “We are proud to serve as the bridge between credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to help them exchange ideas, gain diverse global perspectives, and drive innovation around the world.”

As part of this collaboration through the Global Bridges journey, a delegation of Oregon credit union leaders will travel to Korea in November.

“In the spirit of the global cooperative movement, we are always working to share our knowledge and learn from others to improve the products, services, community, and global outreach at the heart of our credit union,” said Steven Stapp, Unitus President and CEO.

The NACUFOK delegation engaged with dozens of credit union representatives during their visit to Oregon. The group visited several credit unions, historic Multnomah Falls, the Oregon Korean War Memorial, the University of Oregon, and the legendary Hayward Field.

“We look forward to our visit to Korea this fall for hands-on learning opportunities with NACUFOK,” said Stapp. “Shared learning beyond borders is part of what makes the global cooperative movement so successful.”

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