4 Creative Fundraisers You Need to Try

4 Creative Fundraising Ideas You Need to Try

Let’s be honest, there’s nothing fun about bringing a bag of clothes to a thrift store and dropping it off. There’s no grand event. There’s just you reluctantly parting with clothes that you love but never seem to have a reason to wear. It’s like a fashion funeral—you’re not smiling as you toss a majority of your wardrobe into a …

Denham Springs Free Kids Bike Race Recap

“You cannot let him ride that bike in public,” said my husband Wes. Our 3-year-old son had hit a growth spurt and suddenly looked like a clown on his tiny red tricycle. After enduring a heavy guilt trip, I gave my blessing for Wes to take Parker to Academy Sports to buy a new bike at 8 pm (bedtime) the …

Pelican Member Moment: Reginald Ducote

Meet Reginald Ducote, an 8-year member of the Pelican financial family and retired teamster. You might remember Reginald from our What’s Your Story video, where he shared his story about financing his truck. Reginald also has another story to tell; this one is about his daughter Hannah. Reginald understood the importance of saving money for his daughter’s future, so he …

5 Things You NEED to Do in Alexandria, Louisiana

5 Things You NEED to Do in Alexandria, Louisiana

Alexandria is located in Rapides Parish right in the heart of Louisiana. They’ve even taken that name to heart, adopting their central location as the city’s slogan, The Heart of Louisiana. Beyond being known for their important historical and cultural significance to Central Louisiana, the city is also well-known for their ability to put on a good time! We’ve gathered …

How to Save Quick Money in College

How to Save Quick Money in College

Student debt is the highest it’s ever been in the history of the world, topping over $1.3 trillion dollars in 2016. That’s right—1.3 TRILLION DOLLARS. That sounds like something Dr. Evil would say, but this isn’t a joke. We’re in a crisis. Student debt is currently growing at a rate of almost $3,000 per second. So what does that look …

furnishing a house on a budget

Furnishing Your House on a Budget

So you’ve got yourself a new house or you’re looking to spruce your place up a bit, and you don’t have the biggest budget. That’s not a problem; there are plenty of ways that you can go about furnishing your house on a budget and come out saving lots of money! Now before you get worried about being stuck to …

Meghan Streeter - MyBranch Lending Rep

#MeetTheFamily: Meghan Streeter

Meghan’s favorite song is Touch the Sky by hillsong united. She loves seafood like most Southerners do; snow crab legs are her favorite! Meghan says her favorite pets are her very own dogs named Max and Mia. When asked about her favorite travel destination, Meghan said the beach is her favorite place to be. She loves being in the sun …

Buying a car after a flood

Buying a Car After a Flood: What You Need to Know

When you’re buying a car after a flood, there is a lot you need to know at each step of the buying process. If you aren’t careful, you could end up with more problems than you started with. After a flood, it’s common to see plenty of deals pop up all over the place. Cars that you normally may not …

half walls after Louisiana 2016 flood

Budgeting for Rebuilding

This year’s flood affected everyone in the greater Baton Rouge area in some way. The Pelican team and our members (even if their homes didn’t flood) were out demoing homes, collecting and distributing supplies and spreading the love of community to everyone they met. But, what do you do when all the help is gone? When we all have to …

helping children with post-disaster depression

Helping Children with Post-Disaster Depression

Not having any kids of my own or family in the area to worry about, I clung to my phone during the flood, watching and waiting to make sure my co-workers and their families were safe. While my friends in northern Louisiana posted their kids’ back to school pictures, I hoped that all the children I saw staying afloat in …

choosing the right contractor after a flood

Choosing the Right Contractor After a Flood

The destruction from a flood can be devastating and impact your life, finances and well-being for months, and in some cases, years after the disaster. During this time, it can be near impossible to sit down and figure out the best way to get your home rebuilt. How can you choose a contractor after a flood if you’re thinking about …