The Canton School Employees Federal Credit Union, now known as CSE was founded in 1938. The credit union was founded by forward thinking individuals who believed that by joining together they could provide common people, just like themselves, sound financial services at reasonable costs. From humble beginnings with a ledger book, cigar box, and a teacher’s desk drawer, the credit union began to grow. The same principle that inspired our founders in 1938 is the same philosophy that governs how we do business today.
CSE started out serving the employees of Canton City Schools. We soon added the employees of North Canton City Schools, Malone University, Stark State College, and the Stark County District Library. In the early 80’s the employees of the Canton Christian Home joined. After the passage of H.R. 1151 (The Credit Union Membership Access Act) in 1998, membership began to grow rapidly.
From its modest beginning, the credit union has grown substantially. It has been strengthened over the years by the loyal support of its members. In 2003 we were honored when the National Credit Union Administration granted CSE a Community Charter. With the new charter, we are able to make credit union membership available to people throughout Stark County. This is especially beneficial in helping to fulfill our plan of serving the underserved within our community.
Common people pooling their resources to provide sound, reasonably priced financial services for themselves and other members, is more than just a concept, at CSE Federal Credit Union it is an idea that works!
CSE continues to be locally owned and operated, unlike most of the banks in our area. We have also long outgrown the teacher’s desk drawer at old McKinley High School. For many years, Canton City Schools provided office space for the credit union. In 1979, after remodeling the old Bean Pot Restaurant, we moved operations to 1800 Cleveland Ave. NW. During our time on Cleveland Avenue, two additions and several remodeling projects took place. In October of 1997 we opened a branch office at 6879 Whipple Ave. NW in North Canton. On May 28, 2002 we opened the doors to our new Canton office at 1380 Market Ave. North which also serves as our operations center. In September of 2009 our third branch opened at 5414 Fulton Dr. NW and on November 19, 2012 our fourth full service office opened at 1235 Whipple Ave NW.
Our “tag” line reads, “Committed to Service and Education.” These are not just words chosen to go along with our name – CSE, but words that truly reflect our founders as well as our current leadership’s philosophy. We believe that by living up to this statement, we are offering our members so much more than just a place to cash a check.
Our theme is: "We Make Banking Easy." We truly believe that there is no reason "banking" should be difficult. We do our very best to try and make sure you have a good experience and that we have made your experience with us...CSEasy!
CSE Federal Credit Union has not only made a commitment to provide outstanding financial services to the people of our community, but to support the community and its projects. We are humbled to have been recognized for our community work by the Ohio Credit Union League when they bestowed The Dora Maxell Award for our social involvement and the Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action. In 2012 we also received the Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award for our work with the Stark County Urban League.
Listed below are just a few of the community events CSE has supported:
- Akron Children’s Hospital
- Relay for Life
- Community Blood Program
- Kids Fest
- Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival
- City of Canton’s Bicentennial
- Light-Up Downtown
- Coats for Christmas
- Books for Kids
- Junior Achievement
- MS Walk for Life
- Habitat for Humanity
- Adult Education for Canton City Schools
- High School Sports
- Faces of Stark County
- Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority
- Stark County Hunger Task Force
- Long Haul for Hunger
- American Red Cross
- Stark County Urban League