Member Stories

Learning by Connecting

Lifelong Member Nora C believes in lifelong education. In 2000, she cofounded a national organization to build social networks and promote education among her fellow Latinas. That group — Las Comadres para las Americas — still sponsors events, lectures, and classes in more than 30 cities. Nora shares UFCU’s belief that lifelong learning can change lives.

Nora C originally joined UFCU more than 50 years ago, when she was an employee and student at the University of Texas at Austin. Nora is an educator on the Austin Community College Board of Trustees. She describes herself as curious person who loves to learn and to do as much as she can to improve connections across our communities.

“Back when I joined UFCU, Austin was a small college town. There was no traffic. There were cows alongside the road. Today, all these years later, I work with students, focus on knowledge, and try to find out what it takes to make it possible for someone to be successful in whatever they want to do. I try to remind people how important continuing education is. Education is not just about today. It's forever.

I like to be out in front of people talking about their lives and their continued learning, how they can improve their lives with higher or continuing education. That's what I want to do: build our community, build our network. We all do it together.

Las Comadres is an organization that started here in Austin in 2000. We have had up to 20,000 members in 100 cities. Through Las Comadres, we wanted to find ways to promote education, create connections, and build community. Back then, there were very few Latinos and Latinas in visible positions. So, I wanted to open doors. You know, when you don't see anyone who looks like you, you wonder why. So, I made it my business to open as many doors as I could, not only for Latinos but for anyone who didn’t have broad social networks. We built Las Comadres on local community so that there are more connections and support systems among the members.

I joined UFCU back in 1968, going on 50 years! Maybe it’s their focus on education that especially resonates with me. I’ve gone to their workshops and seminars. I’ve learned more about investments and opportunities for investment. I've been extremely satisfied with UFCU.”

Like UFCU, Nora has been successful at helping people thrive. She shares our mission to assist with education, jobs, scholarships, and opportunities. Nora has acted on what we also believe: individuals and communities grow through connection.

Name Nora C
Member Since 1968
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