Archive for Community

Empower by Fashion: Clothing for a Cause

Get ready to clean out your closets because CSE is hosting a clothing drive September 3rd-10th! Our mission is to help people build financial success, so we’re partnering with Louisiana Workforce Commission to help empower men and women by providing them with professional attire so they can thrive in their work life.

How can you help? Go through your closets and help us spread the word; encourage your friends to do the same! Keep in mind that not every job requires a suit and tie—some places of employment want their employees to wear jeans or scrubs. Our goal is to help men and women dress for the job they’re interviewing for! Please consider donating the following:


  • Suits
  • Dresses
  • Blazers
  • Skirts
  • Pants
  • Polos
  • Jeans
  • Dress shirts and blouses
  • Cardigans
  • Scrubs
  • Slacks
  • Sports coats



  • Pumps: peep-toe, closed toe or sling-back
  • Flats: ballet, loafers
  • Men/Women’s boots
  • Men’s dress shoes: oxfords, loafers



  • All toiletries must be new and unopened. We encourage donating hygiene and grooming products, cosmetics and cologne or perfume.



  • Brief cases
  • Handbags
  • Belts


Clothing should be career appropriate, new or gently used and should not have holes, stains or require repairs.

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Cell Phones for Soldiers


Cell Phones For Soldiers Inc. is a national nonprofit dedicated to serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 300 million “Minutes That Matter” to deployed troops. Since 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” has provided emergency funds for more than 3,100 returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships.

Provide a lifeline to America’s bravest. Your simple, powerful gift provides connections that truly make a difference. Make your tax-deductible* donation today by:

Cell Phones for Soldiers accepts ALL makes, models and conditions of cell phones.

New and Used, Broken or Cracked. Both Smartphones and Cell Phones.

Cell Phones for Soldiers allows active-duty military members the ability to communicate to their families and emergency assistance to veterans.  We are accepting donations the entire month of July at each branch location. July 31st is the deadline for donations.

For more information email the CSE marketing department or call 337-562-3160. 

 Your simple, powerful gift provides connections that truly make a difference.

*Consult a tax advisor

We’re Going Nuts for Santa!

We invite our youngest members to come and visit with Santa.  If your child is not a member yet, ask us how they may join and start saving for their future.

Free 4X6 Photo ( Limit 1)

Come experience the timeless tradition of the Nutcracker | Petting Zoo | Refreshments| Activities


Tailgate with CSE at the McNeese Home Football Games

2018 Thanksgiving Food Drive


2018 Thanksgiving Food Drive

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving. ~ W.T. Purkiser

November 5 through November 10, we will be accepting canned goods to help support local food pantries!

We ask members to drop off canned goods during regular business hours at any of our branch locations. CSE would like to encourage our members to help support this cause by donating any of the following items listed below, which will provide a hearty Thanksgiving meal for a family:
Canned fruit (of any kind or pie filling)
Canned vegetables (green beans, tomato sauce, pork & beans, black-eyed peas)
Dry goods (rice, pasta, cornmeal, sugar, flour, cornbread mix, pie or cake mix)
Seasonings (salt, black pepper, red pepper, garlic powder, onions )
Cream of chicken or mushroom soup
Broth of chicken or beef
Gravy mix
Stuffing mix
Cranberry sauce
Canned pumpkin
Canned yams
Cooking oil

Drop off at any CSE location. The annual food drive reflects our employees’ ongoing volunteer efforts to support programs and initiatives in the community throughout the year and particularly, during the holiday season.

Your support of CSE’s Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive will help make a fulfilling holiday possible for many families in SWLA this season.

$500.00 Gift Card Winner

On October 19, CSE FCU, along with more than 56,000 credit unions around the world, celebrated International Credit Union Day (ICU Day), and the philosophy and achievements of the credit union movement. In the days leading up to credit union day, members could visit any CSE branch and enter to win a $500.00 CSE gift card.

Congratulations, Tawan Gradney. She was chosen out of 400 member entries from all CSE location. She is a 22-year-old native of Kinder, Louisiana and a Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge. She has several different accounts with CSE Federal Credit Union. When asked what her dream was, she said, “My dream is to receive my degree on May 11, 2018, and then pursue a master in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.” She wants to teach children how to communicate effectively and make an impact in their life. At CSE we believe in smart futures and Tawan, your future looks bright. We wish you all the best in your near future.

Whether you dream of attending college or retiring remember at CSE dreams thrive here. For more information about our products and services call 337.477.2000 and speak with a representative today.

(Pictured left to right: CSE CEO, Clark Yelverton;CSE Member, Tawan Gradney; Director of Marketing, Colleen Desselle)

CSE Celebrates People-First Banking

On October 19, CSE FCU will, along with more than 56,000 credit unions around the world, celebrate International Credit Union Day (ICU Day), and the philosophy and achievements of the credit union movement.
CSE celebrates ICU Day because it believes, the not-for-profit structure and people-first principles of credit unions make them the ideal financial partners for everyone. This year’s ICU Day theme is “Dreams Thrive Here,” a celebration of how credit unions help people achieve their biggest goals in life.
The public is welcome to stop by any branch and celebrate with CSE, a worldwide movement that’s made helping people its No. 1 priority for more than 160 years.

Schedule of Events
ICU Day- October 19, 2017
11:00 am to 2:00 pm. We will have Paul’s Rib Shack Barbecue – The “Bishop of BBQ” at the main location for members who show their CSE debit or account card.
8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Pops and Rockets gourmet frozen pops will be at each branch in the lobby for members.
One name will be drawn at 3:00 pm on October 23 at the main location for a $500.00 gift card.
Beginning October 2, you will have the opportunity to enter-to-win the gift card by writing your dreams on a dream catcher and placing it in a CSE wishing well located at each branch.

Open Houses
We will host a membership appreciation at each branch. We are encouraging our members to stop, take a picture in front of our CSE logo wall and share them on social media. Light refreshments will be provided by each branch. Listed below are the times and locations:

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm open house at Moss Bluff – October 5, 2017
11:00 am to 1:00 pm open house at Sulphur – October 6, 2017
9:00 am to 4:00 pm Open house at Lake Charles – October 13, 2017


Click here to download coloring page.

Click here to download contest rules and guidelines for $500.00 gift card.

To download click here.

For more information on ICU Day call 337.477.2000 and speak with a CSE representative.


Children’s Miracle Network

Donate a dollar. Deliver a miracle.
From now through September 29, we’re raising funds with the support of our members for Christus St. Patrick Hospital, our local Children’s Miracle Network hospital. The fundraiser culminates on September 29.  Join us on Miracle Jeans Day, Sept 13, when our credit union employees will celebrate their own donations by wearing their jeans to work.

To meet the kids who are counting on us, visit CMNHospitals. We invite all members to participate in this worthy cause by contributing $1 or more. Make a donation to make a difference, and post your name on a Miracle Jeans Day Icon at your favorite CSE branch. Remember to like our Facebook page and donate.

For more information or ways you can get involved email or call 337.477.2000 and speak with a CSE Marketing Representative.

Summer Skip-A-Pay

Summer is fun when you skip a payment.

Summer is here. You probably wish you could take the money for your monthly CSE loan payment and use it for a vacation, the kid’s summer camp, home and garden projects, or a new BBQ grill.

There are many reasons a monthly payment could be a financial strain like a temporary reduction in income, school or unforeseen expenses, such as car repairs or medical bills. CSE wants to help you take a break from loan payments this June!

CSE’s Summer Skip-A-Pay can let you do just that! As a valued CSE member, if you are eligible you may skip your payment on your CSE loan.

Here’s how it works: For a $25.00 processing fee per loan, you can skip your loan payment, it’s debited from your account at the time of signing. The interest will continue to accrue and the skipped payment will cause the loan to extend beyond the original maturity. Loans insured with Credit Life and or Disability insurance, the monthly premium for coverage will still be added to the loan on the skipped month. If the loan has GAP insurance, members are allowed five skips per the life of the loan. If members exceed that, the GAP insurance may not cover the remaining balance of the loan. Members may take advantage of this offer one time during each calendar year. Members cannot have consecutive Skip-A-Pays in December and January. All parties of the original loan agreement must sign the Skip-A-Pay form. After a one-time approval from the board extension, only one approved Skip-A-Pay after 12 consecutive full payments for the life of the loan.

Loans that are not eligible and do not qualify for the Skip-A-Pay are:

• Real estate, land and HELOC loans.

•Delinquent loans and accounts that are not in good standing.

• No share account or share draft account currently in overdraft.

•Loans previously approved for a workout loan are not eligible.

•Loans that have had a monthly extension in the calendar year are not eligible.

• Signed Skip-a-Pay Agreements must be received at least one day before the payment is due.

Don’t skip out on the summer fun. Skip your loan payment instead! Contact a CSE lender today.

Safety First: Preparing For Hurricane Season

Safety First: Preparing For Hurricane Season
Living near the coast with its breathtaking views and temperate climate is ordinarily wonderful. However, there’s one major danger associated with coastal living, hurricanes. Statistics show that 97% of hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin occur between June 1 and November 30. The basin includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico. It’s hurricane season!

The most important people you can protect during any disaster are you and your family. The best way to do that in the case of hurricanes is to get out of the path of the storm. Having a plan for your evacuation helps you do just that. Your plan should include where you’ll go, how you’ll get there, and where you’ll stay once you’re there. Expect hotels and shelters to fill quickly, so try to stay with friends or family. Have at least two planned routes in the event one becomes blocked. While planning for a storm, don’t forget to plan for your furry friends. Many shelters will house dogs and cats in an emergency.

Don’t forget a crank-powered or battery-operated radio. Look for a weather-band radio with a cell phone charging port to keep you connected in case of a power outage. Make copies of all your important identifying information. Keep originals or hard copies of all important documents in a secure location, like a safe deposit box.

Remember to be financially prepared. If power or communication services are out, your debit and credit cards may not work. Have enough cash around in a safe location so you can use it if necessary to pay for a hotel stay or a week of groceries. You can’t stop hurricanes from coming, but you can take steps to prepare you and your family. Here are ways to prepare financially for hurricane season.

• Apply today for VISA Debit Cards at any CSE location. Use VISA® Debit Card wherever VISA is accepted within the U.S.
• Enroll in CSE’s account access services:
CSE MobileAccount access on your mobile device or smartphone. Download the app today!
CSE OnlineAccount access with Bill Pay, e-Statements, PopMoney, and more. Enrollment required for this service. Contact a CSE representative for details.  
• Sign-up for direct deposit through your employer (CSE’s routing number is 265274859)
• Know your account number(s)
• Know your PIN(s)
• Have extra CASH and Checks
• ATM Access ATM networks: Pulse, Plus, CU Here, Discover, VISA, Cirrus, or American Express
• Utilize CO-OP Shared Branching 1.888.748.3266 or visit online
• Check the CSE website for updates, links, and account access. 


Call (337) 477-2000 for more information.

Disaster Hotline  888.699.3499



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