It all started in 1951 under the name of Taylor County Co-op Credit Union. It was inaugurated as a financial cooperative set out to serve the members and employees of the Medford-Stetsonville Farmer’s Union. The newly-chartered credit union was located on the second level of the old Farmer’s Union Co-op building on Whelen Avenue in Medford which is the current location of the Medford Cooperative Tire & Auto Center.
They opened their doors and, in the first month, had “17 members with loans of $130.00 and $1,025.57 in cash.”
In 1965, Taylor County Co-op Credit Union’s growth necessitated a relocation into the Farmer’s Union Appliance Store building (now the current location of the Downtown Office Plaza). Twelve years later, in 1977, the credit union was preparing to move for yet a third time. This time, it was into a newly-built office at a brand-new location – 825 E. Allman Street—still the home of Taylor Credit Union (TCU).
For over 30 years, Taylor County Co-op Credit Union only served members and employees of the Medford-Stetsonville Farmer’s Union. It wasn’t until the 1980s when their scope of membership would expand to include persons living and working in Taylor County or within a 25-mile radius of the city of Medford.
As membership continued to grow, TCU made two significant changes in 1995. They shortened their name to Taylor Credit Union and remodeled the building to continue to serve the ever-growing membership.
Seven years later, in 2001, TCU expanded their field of membership to include Price and Clark Counties with Taylor County. In 2009, they took on their largest expansion to date. This was the year TCU opened their first branch which was located in Abbotsford. With the build of a new branch, TCU expanded again their field of membership to a total of five counties to include Lincoln and Marathon Counties.
As TCU continued to grow, it was time to complete some updating to continue to provide the same great service their members had come to expect. In 2018, came the renovation project of the Medford office, which finished in the spring of 2019. That renovation project also included a rebranding with a new logo, slogan (“Our passion, Your Journey”), mission (“Passionate to see you succeed through your life’s journey”), and vision statement which read, “Committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our members and the communities we serve.”
This year, TCU is celebrating their 70th Anniversary with a “Refi Ruckus,” a “Fun Frenzy” and promotions that include:
70 Days of Giving, described as “Throughout the year, 70 random days were chosen to surprise members with a $10.00 Chamber of Commerce Gift Certificate. One recipient from our Medford office to receive a Medford Area Chamber of Commerce Gift Certificate and one member from our Abbotsford office to receive an AbbyColby Crossings Chamber Gift Certificate.”
Pay It Forward: “To continue our 70th Anniversary celebration, each Taylor Credit Union employee and board member is given $70.00 to go out and Pay It Forward in the community.”
70th Anniversary Home Loan Special: “Finance or refinance your home for as low as 2.70% APR* with direct deposit and auto payment and receive $70.00 closing cost discount.”
Today, Taylor Credit Union serves over 7,800 members across Taylor, Clark, Price, Marathon, and Lincoln counties. Our assets have also increased to a total of around $70,000,000. TCU continues to provide exceptional service to their members who live and work in Taylor, Price, Clark, Marathon, and Lincoln counties. With the Medford and Abbotsford locations, Taylor Credit Union’s passion remains attractive to the clients they serve.
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