I’m new here.
And not just to the blog, but to Verity itself. It’s been almost six weeks since I began my journey with Verity. Time flies, and boy, are my arms tired.
For a long time, I was naïve to the ministrations and benefits of the Credit Union, and, even after living in Seattle for six years, I’d never heard, or seen, Verity. Granted, I was a college student, so paying attention to money was not at the top of my list. Sigh.
What I realize now, though, is that I was living in some dark times. I guess we all were. Really, it was black and white compared to the awesome orange of Verity. I learned enough in my first two hours of training to know that I was in the right place. I had joked with friends about selling my soul after graduate school, working for some corporation, doing what I needed to do to write in the evenings. In those first two hours, I realized I was at a place that would ultimately shift the way I thought about banks, about our financial system, about our world wide economy in general.
Who doesn’t like a group of people agreeing to help each other out, to work, in fact, with other groups of people around the world to create a more nurturing, less oppressive and more community oriented financial institution (institutions, in fact)? What we miss, often, is people working together. Verity, indeed all credit unions, seems the perfect way to get away from the sterile environment of the ‘financial sector’ and get to a place where everyone is friendly, everyone is able to help, where Verity will do whatever they can to help you with whatever issues come your way. It isn’t a bank so much as a friend.
Now, I’ve begun my journey. And what a journey it has been. Short, yes, but I can see the path twisting and turning along the way. I can see it becoming much more than just a job. I actually feel like I’m part of something larger than myself, which is a strange, wonderful feeling. Instead of plying my talents at some thankless job, I’m working at a place that is all about looking to help people stay in their homes, keep their cars, not go bankrupt. It was a wonderful change.
I feel, now, as I continue to learn more about my job, about Verity, about the people who frequent my branch, that we are all off on a journey to the magical land of Oz, a band of ragtag misfits, shedding the way things used to be, the big banks, the large corporations, and we have the Emerald City in our sights (ironic, I know, that we are living in the Emerald City, yes). It’s going to be a long road, getting to the end, but I think we can get there, and I think we can gather so many more people with us as we go.
There will be more to share in the months go come, but for now, this is the introduction I have. As I learn more, as I shuffle my way through a new, unique business model at the Northgate Branch, there will be more to discuss, more to post about.
Until then, Kingston out.
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