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 …

are emv chip cards really safe?

Are EMV Chip Cards as Safe as Companies Claim?

When I think about someone stealing my money, I normally think about it in terms of actual cash. I never really think about someone stealing my debit or credit card, and I rarely think about someone stealing my information without ever seeing a physical card. It’s never on my mind because it’s convenient to use my debit or credit card, …

How to Give Without Giving Money

How to Give Without Giving Money

I feel horrible when I’m at the store and there’s a charity outside asking if I want to donate to their cause but I can’t afford to donate. It’s absolutely heartbreaking; I’m standing there after saying “no,” and I see the look in their eyes. Then, I feel ashamed and have to avoid them because I just don’t have the …

Cute Budget Date Ideas in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Cute Budget Date Ideas in Baton Rouge

Ask any residents of the Red Stick and they’ll tell you just how beautiful the city of Baton Rouge is. Scenic views of city landmarks and amazing after-hours events are almost around every corner, so there’s always something to do in the city! It might seem hard to find a cute date idea in Baton Rouge on a budget, but …

Are Payday Loans Bad for You?

Are Payday Loans Bad for You?

We’ve all seen the commercials and the countless companies on the side of the highway offering “Cash NOW,” “Cash 4 Le$$” and other variations of phrases for payday loans. You can find them in any town in America. Payday loan companies give people instant access to cash with a higher-than-normal interest rate with a short term. Well, there’s more to …

Alexis Patterson - Pelican State Credit Union Internship

Being an Intern at Pelican State Credit Union

When I began to prepare for my first day as an intern at Pelican, I did some research on the company. I studied the corporate values, vision statement and mission statement. I also read Pelican’s most recent annual report to get an insight on what they accomplished over the year. What I learned prior to my first day, was how …

Can I Afford a New Car?

Can I Afford a New Car?

I’ll never forget my first car. It was a 2003 Green Kia Sportage. It didn’t drive very well, but it got me where I needed to go. I’d take it everywhere, keep it super clean and always made sure to keep up with the maintenance. I always told myself that I’d get a brand new car one day. Well, that …

Lauren Chemin - Credit Union Career

Pelican Family Moment: Lauren Chemin

Time and again, our team and credit union members will say that Pelican is one big family. Many even have stories about specific moments that have really stuck with them over the years. We talked with our Human Resources Manager Lauren Chemin about the moment that she really felt like Pelican was a family. Lauren’s story tugged at our heartstrings: …

Eight Free Library Services - Livingston Parish Library

8 FREE Library Services That You’re Wasting Money On

When you hear the word “library” what do you think? Chances are you probably thought of rows and rows of dusty old books. Alright, maybe an older lady telling you to quiet down, too. These are just overplayed library stereotypes, sure, but most people think that’s all their library has to offer. I bet you didn’t know that there are …

Trafficking Hope in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Hope House

Spotlight On: Trafficking Hope in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

One of our favorite things to do is give back to charity. Each year, Pelican team members choose a Charity of the Year to focus all of our giving efforts on. Our employee volunteer and fundraising committee, Beak Squad, works together to find fun, creative ways to donate to charity at Pelican – stuff like bake-off competitions, painting nights and …