Membership

Membership with CES Credit Union has been a valued asset for hundreds of central Ohio families since 1952.

This, and all credit unions, are a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by our members (customers). You can become a member of CES Credit Union if you live, work, worship or attend school in either Knox, Delaware, Ashland, Richland or Licking counties of central Ohio.

Plus we offer our membership to the employees of over 50 select employers or groups (see below), and to the family members of our present members (son, daughter, spouses, siblings, grandparents).

If you have a question whether you may become a member of CES Credit Union, you may call us at 740-397-1136, or stop into any office for more information.

Because we are owned by our members, we function as a not-for-profit entity, funneling our efforts back to our members in the form of lower rates on loans and higher rates on deposits than you will find at most for-profit banks and financial institutions.

To explain better the difference between a cooperative and a "for-profit" financial institution, we refer to...

The Seven Principles of a Cooperative

  1. Voluntary and Open Membership
    Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
  2. Democratic Member Control
    Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. Members have equal voting rights - one member, one vote.
  3. Members' Economic Participation
    Members contribute equally to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. A cooperative business returns margins to their patrons. Any margins (or profits) are credited to each member's capital credit account. Each member's share of the capital credits for the year depends on the amount each individual paid into the cooperative during that year and on the total margins of the cooperative for the year. Capital credits are retained for a number of years and the money is used as operating capital. Retaining capital credits reduces borrowing needs. Capital credits are paid to all people who were members in a certain year. Each year members receive a notice showing the amount of capital credits that have been credited to their account for the past year.
  4. Autonomy and Independence
    Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.
  5. Education, Training, and Information
    Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperatives.
  6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives
    Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional, and international structures.
  7. Concern for Community
    While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work to improve the quality of life in the areas they serve.

The single principle of a "for-profit" entity or business is "to maximize shareholder wealth."

With this information, you can choose the organization that will best serve your needs and interests.

These employer partners offer CES Credit Union benefits to their employees ...

  • American Health Network
  • AMG Industries
  • Arbors of Delaware
  • Ariel Corporation
  • Central Ohio Mental Health Center Inc.
  • Concepts in Community Living
  • Connell’s Furniture
  • Cooper Industries and Cooper Cameron
  • Dana Corporation
  • Delaware County Employees
  • Delaware Co. Board of Realtors
  • Delaware County District Library
  • Elbro Enterprises
  • Elks Lodge of Mount Vernon
  • Ellis Brothers Concrete
  • Energy Machine Inc.
  • Foote Foundry, Fredericktown
  • Fraternal Order of Eagles #376, Delaware Co.
  • General Castings Co. 
  • Glass Gardens Greenhouse
  • Heating and Cooling Products, Mount Vernon
  • HISAN Inc.
  • Kenyon College
  • Knox Community Hospital 
  • Knox County Employees
  • Knox Co. Bar Assn.
  • Kokosing Day Care
  • Loudonville/Perrysville School Dist. employees
  • Mid-Ohio Suzuki Honda
  • Mohican Sports Medicine
  • Mount Vernon Academy (students and staff)
  • Mount Vernon/Knox Co. Board of Realtors
  • Mount Vernon Bottled Gas
  • Mount Vernon City Employees
  • National Metal Shapes
  • North American Bus Industries (NABI)
  • Ohio Conference, Seventh Day Adventists (Mount Vernon) 
  • Offices at 325 S. Sandusky St. LLC
  • Optimist Club of Delaware
  • Potemkin Industries
  • Public Library of Mount Vernon & Knox County
  • Replex Plastics
  • Siemens 
  • Sign Strut (Delaware)
  • UE Local  799 (Delaware)
  • UMD, Inc,
  • United Precast Inc. (UPI)
  • Village Clinic of Fredericktown