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ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Timberland Federal Credit Union is celebrating 50 years of making banking all about the people by giving back to the community.

Studio 814’s Morgan Koziar sits down with CFO Shane Pentz and Assistant VP of Compliance & Communications Jay Edmiston to learn about what sets Timberland apart.

Why choose a credit union over a regular bank?

Edmiston stresses that the goal of Timberland is to focus on helping the people in the community.

“We understand that when the community succeeds, everybody succeeds,” Edmiston said.

Additionally, Timberland’s board of directors is made up of local volunteers that are voted on annually.

Because federal credit unions are tax-exempt, Timberland is also able to get you higher rates on deposits and lower rates on loans.

The credit union is able to offer checking accounts that earn 2% and savings accounts that earn 1% — benefits you won’t find at traditional banks, according to Pentz and Edmiston.

Do I qualify to become a member of the Timberland FCU?

Over 200,000 Pa. residents qualify to be a member of Timberland — and you might be one of them.

The credit union has offices located in Dubois, Clearfield, Phillipsburg and Pleasant gap to serve all of its members.

Interested Centre, Clearfield and Jefferson County residents can submit an application to become a member on Timberland’s website today.

You can join Timberland FCU for “Dogs for a Cause” on June 30 at its Pleasant Gap office located at 161 W. College Ave to grab some food and compete in games.

Visit Timberland Federal Credit Union’s website and Facebook page today for more information.