The Credit Union was officially founded March 30th, 1972 as the Vienna Correctional Center Credit Union. The name was changed in 2008 to the River to River Credit Union. The credit union was organized for employees working at the Vienna Correctional Center to have a place to save and borrow money at lower costs by “pooling” their money into a non-profit co-op. The first share (savings) account was opened on this date with a deposit of $4.75 and the first loan was issued in July of 1972 with a limit set at $200. Thus, from these humble beginnings emerged the Credit Union as we know it today.
Throughout the years, the R2RCU has not only expanded its services from the basic savings and loan program, but has expanded its membership to include more of the Southernmost Illinois area. You can become a member of R2RCU if you live or work in the Illinois counties of Johnson, Pope, Hardin, Saline, Pulaski or Alexander. The field of membership also includes employees or any person affiliated with or working at Vienna Correctional Center, Shawnee Correctional Center, Dixon Springs Work Camp, Hardin County Work Camp, Illinois Youth Center (Harrisburg), Shawnee Development Council INC, Egyptian Health Department,and Southern Seven Health Department..