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H&FF Radio Hails Co-op Month
WASHINGTON (9/27/13)--Because October is Co-op Month, Home & Family Finance Radio hosts several leaders who explain what co-ops are and how they help consumers, how to find or start one, and what the difference is between credit unions and banks.
 
The show, a rebroadcast of an earlier program, features Paul Berry, Washington, D.C., journalist and broadcaster, discussing these topics with special guests:
  • "October is Co-op Month." Adam Schwartz, founder and principal of consulting firm The Cooperative Way, Springfield, Va., explains the purpose of co-ops--there are 29,000 in the U.S.--and how people use them, often unaware of just what they are.
  • "Find a Co-op--or Start Your Own." Andrea R. Cumpston, director of communications and marketing for the National Cooperative Business Association, Washington, D.C., talks about how NCBA helps consumers locate co-ops, as well as how to start one.
  • "The Diversity of Co-ops." Jim Bausell, chief operating officer of Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Arlington, Va., discusses the organization's website, which helps consumers do energy checkups, and how co-ops help consumers in everyday life.
  • "The Credit Union Difference." Michelle Dosher, managing editor for two Credit Union National Association personal finance microsites, outlines the difference between banks and credit unions--including their status as cooperatives--the qualifications for joining a credit union, and how credit unions benefit consumers.
Home & Family Finance is a resource center for personal finance information at CUNA. The radio show is sponsored by CO-OP Network, the national credit union ATM network; Cabot Creamery Cooperative, maker of award-winning cheddar; and the Defense Credit Union Council and member credit unions, serving those who serve the country worldwide.
 
Home & Family Finance airs Sundays at 3 p.m. ET on the Radio America Network. The show also is carried on American Forces Radio Network. The one-hour program devoted to consumer finance issues is brought to you by America's credit unions and their 97 million members, and is presented by CO-OP Network.
 
CUNA and Radio America are podcasting Home & Family Finance through iTunes, Podcast Alley, Odeo, and other popular podcast library sites, as well as on Radio America and CUNA's websites.
 
For more information, read "Majority of Consumers: Thumbs Up to Co-op Businesses" and watch "Top 10 Reasons to Belong to a Credit Union" in the Home & Family Finance Resource Center.
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