We wish to thank you for your interest in volunteering for Ballina Credit Union Ltd. The credit union movement originated and is built upon the efforts of thousands of volunteers who give freely their time and skills to the credit unions ethos and spirit of co-operation. It is people like you that have led to the credit union movement becoming one of the largest financial organisation movements in the country. Before proceeding with your application to become a volunteer please review the questions and answer section below.
You may be asking why should I volunteer with Ballina Credit Union Ltd.?
There are many benefits of volunteering with Ballina Credit Union Ltd, here are just a few;
- You will gain experience and grow new skills in an interesting and fulfilling role within the credit union.
- For skills you currently hold, becoming a volunteer offers the opportunity to showcase those skills and potentially grow them.
- Education and training will be provided to help you develop and make the most of your skills.
- The opportunity to work on new development and business projects.
Why do people volunteer?
- To learn new skills
- To develop interests
- To increase employability
- To use professional skills
- To increase self-confidence
- To have a purpose, sense of achievement
- To do something they enjoy
- To make a difference, a desire to help others
- To give back to an organisation that has helped so many
- To meet new people, have a sense of belonging in the community
- Belief in the credit union ethos and movement
I don’t feel I have anything to offer?
We would disagree with this statement. At Ballina Credit Union Ltd. everybody has something to offer. You do not need to be a financial expert or a PC whiz kid. Ballina Credit Union Ltd. has a role for everybody; together we can find that role and may indeed uncover hidden talents that you never knew you held. Unknown to yourself, you may be just the person we are looking for.
Volunteering is too much of a commitment, I don’t have the time?
Volunteering does take commitment but Ballina Credit Union Ltd. only expects you to be committed when actually volunteering. How much volunteering you wish to commit to is for you and the credit union to decide. Start with a few hours per month and see how it goes.
I don’t know much about credit unions?
The credit union will provide an introduction to credit unions as part of the initiation process. You will be surprised at how fast you will pick things up. Remember the credit union is built on an ethos of collectively helping each other, Ballina Credit Union Ltd. has a highly educated and more than willing workforce and current volunteers that will help you develop your knowledge of credit unions.
Are there any restrictions to becoming a volunteer at Ballina Credit Union Ltd.?
To become a volunteer with Ballina Credit Union Ltd. you must be a member of the credit union and live or work within Ballina Credit Unions common bond.
Ok, I have read the above and feel I am ready, what’s the next step? All volunteers of the credit union are inducted through what is called a Nominations Committee. The Nominations Committee is a subcommittee of the Board of Directors. Among the roles of this committee is to ensure there is an active level of volunteering, replenishment of volunteers, induction for volunteers and aligning volunteer skills to suitable positions within the credit union. The next step of the process in becoming a volunteer of Ballina Credit Union Ltd. is to complete the following form available here. Once you have completed the form please return it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Ballina Credit Union Ltd., O’Rahilly Street, Mayo.