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WFCU is the Proud Recipient of the Prestigious Dora Maxwell Award!

We would like to share some exciting news with our followers! WFCU was recently awarded the Dora Maxwell Award – a prestigious industry award for credit unions that exemplify community service and social responsibility! We are extremely proud to have earned this award and very proud of our staff for doing such an outstanding job last June for our ‘Fill a FORD for KIDS’ campaign to collect donations for Hope Clinic! We were awarded 1st Place in Michigan for our asset size category and 2nd Place nationally! We were also the only credit union in Michigan to advance to the national level and to be considered a contender for this award from the Credit Union National Association! Our business development specialist just recently returned from Washington DC, where he went to retrieve the award. Pictured below is Dan receiving the award from the CEO of the Credit Union National Association, Jim Nussle, and also two great pictures of our staff from our charity campaign last June! We want to sincerely thank everyone who helped us with this wonderful project – staff, members, volunteers, board members, community members, and two wonderful local partners Gene Butman Ford and the UAW Local 898! Thank you as well to our awesome members who continue to support us and make things like this possible!...

WFCU Business Highlight: Gene Butman Ford

It’s Monday – and that means that it’s time for another one of our ‘Business Highlight’ posts! This week we’d like to highlight: Gene Butman Ford “Established in 1957, Gene Butman Ford was the second dealership to open in the city of Ypsilanti. Named for its founder, Gene Butman Ford has remained a family-owned business with Ken Butman following his father as President in 1980. The dealership moved from Pearl Street to Washtenaw Avenue in 1965, and completely remodeled in 2002. Gene Butman Ford employs 80 individuals, and offers a full line of cars, trucks and utilities. They have a complete state of the art service department as well as a well-stocked parts department and body shop. Of their many awards, Gene Butman Ford is most proud of having won the Ford Motor Company’s, prestigious President’s Award, based on customer satisfaction, Seven times.” – www.butmanford.com How are they connected to us? Gene Butman Ford is one of the preferred auto dealerships used by our credit union members! With our relationship with Gene Butman Ford our members can purchase vehicles there without even having to step foot in the credit union! You also have the option of coming to the credit union to set everything up for your new car loan – we offer auto loan rates as low as 2.49% APR* for our members! Gene Butman Ford was also a wonderful partner who worked very closely with us and provided the vehicles for our ‘Fill a Ford for KIDS’ campaign that helped collect donations for HOPE Clinic in Ypsilanti! For more information visit their website at http://www.butmanford.com And for...

Thank you to all who participated in our Member Appreciation Day!

We would like to thank everyone who came out to join us on our first Member Appreciation Day at our Whittaker Road branch location yesterday! We were ready to celebrate – we had balloons, we had snacks, and we had a cooler filled with pop, water, and juice for our members to enjoy and to say thank you! We care about and appreciate all of our members (current and new) and we want you to know that as your local credit union we are here to serve YOU! We enjoyed talking more with our current members who came in and we also enjoyed getting to know some of our new members! We also appreciate those who decided to open an account with us and we look forward to serving you at either of our two locations! Please contact us at (734) 484-5100 or visit our website at www.washtenawfcu.org for more information! We are proud to be your local credit...

** VISA Winter Special **

Check out WFCU’s new VISA Credit Card Special! During the Holiday’s you will receive a promotional rate of 2.95% APR* until January 1, 2018** on ALL new purchases, ALL balance transfers (no balance transfer fee), ALL cash advances, and active cardholders will receive 1,500 bonus rewards points at the end of February in 2017! This is a deal you do not want to miss! *Annual Percentage Rate. Some restrictions apply. **All transactions must be completed between November 15, 2016 and February 28, 2017 to qualify for 2.95% APR*...

WFCU Business Highlight: The Hamptons of Cloverlane Apartments

It’s Tuesday – and that means that we are a little late publishing another one of our ‘Business Highlight’ posts! Hey, we’re not perfect over here at WFCU…sometimes we lose track of time too! 😉 This week we’d like to highlight: The Hamptons of Cloverlane Apartments “Welcome Home to the Hamptons of Cloverlane! Ann Arbor Schools, convenient location and MUCH more! If you are looking for a community that values what the residents want, then look no further than the Hamptons of Cloverlane Apartment Homes. When you make the Hamptons your new home you will enjoy the comforts of country living without having to drive hours for the city experience. Situated at the crossroads of two major universities, Eastern Michigan University and University of Michigan, the Hamptons satisfy a modern lifestyle with convenient time-saving access to major destinations and expressways such as I-94 and Route 23. The choices are endless, while providing an Outstanding Living Experience. The Hamptons offers ten unique floor plans with a variety of exciting features including fully appointed kitchens with disposal, fireplace and vaulted ceilings, walk-in closets and full-size washer and dryer or applicable hookups.” How are they connected to us? Hamptons of Cloverlane Apartments are one of our preferred community business partners! We love referring our members to them and we appreciate their residents that bank with us! They are also one of the local merchants participating in our WFCU Member Perks program! You can download our free WFCU Member Perks mobile application and receive $75 off of move-in costs just for being a member of the credit union! For more information visit their...

WFCU Business Highlight: Haley Mechanical

It’s Monday!! Time for another one of our ‘Business Highlight’ posts! This week we’d like to highlight: Haley Mechanical “Are you looking for professional mechanical services for your home needs? Haley Mechanical is a professional service company providing exceptional heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical and geothermal services to enhance and maintain your daily comfort. We are reliable and qualified to meet your lifestyle needs. We are devoted to high standards of client care and will exceed your expectations of home mechanical services. It is our goal to provide innovative and professional mechanical services creating an atmosphere of comfort for your home.” How are they connected to us? Haley Mechanical is one of the certified contractors that our members can use to obtain a Michigan Saves Loan! Our Michigan Saves Loan is an unsecured loan of up to $30,000 that helps you make energy efficient improvements to your home. If you’re interested in energy efficient improvements for your home we encourage you to give them a call! For more information visit Haley Mechanical’s website at https://haleymechanical.com And for information on our Michigan Saves Loan visit our website at washtenawfcu.org or email Dan at...

WFCU Business Highlight: Chelsea Chevrolet Buick

It’s Monday again and you know what that means… time for another one of our ‘Business Highlight’ posts! This week we’d like to highlight: Chelsea Chevrolet Buick “Located in Chelsea, just outside of Dexter – Chelsea Chevrolet Buick is proud to be your hometown Chevy & Buick dealership of choice. Located at 2038 McKernan Drive, our New Chevrolet, New Buick & Used Car Dealership is an excellent choice for Dexter auto shoppers looking for an impressive vehicle selection, certified Chevrolet Service Center & top-rated Customer Service! The Chelsea Chevy Buick Team is happy to help you find the perfect New or Used Car to fit your style, needs & budget!” How are they connected to us? Chelsea Chevrolet Buick is one of the preferred auto dealerships used by our credit union members! With our relationship with Chelsea Chevrolet Buick our members can purchase vehicles there without even having to set foot in the credit union! You also have the option of coming to the credit union to set everything up for your vehicle loan – we offer auto loan rates as low as 2.49% APR* for our members! For more information visit Chelsea Chevrolet Buick’s website at http://www.chelseachevy.com And for information on WFCU’s vehicle loans visit our website at washtenawfcu.org or email Dan at dpawlak@washtenawfcu.org *Annual Percentage...

WFCU is Hiring! We are looking for an Accounting Clerk

Accounting Clerk, Washtenaw Federal Credit Union, Ypsilanti Washtenaw Federal Credit Union is seeking an accounting clerk to join our team at our main office in Ypsilanti. The accounting clerk will work closely with the Chief Financial Officer to assist with a diverse set of duties based on the right candidate’s skills. Washtenaw Federal Credit Union offers a rich set of benefits and excellent wages. Job duties will include, but not be limited to: General ledger reconciliation; familiarity with settlement of Debit card, ATM and ACH transactions; posting daily journal entries; maintenance of credit union investment tracking; annual escheat submissions; and other duties as required by the CEO and CFO. This position requires at least one year of accounting experience at a financial institution, and a high school diploma. An accounting degree is preferred but not required. The ideal candidate will have excellent skills with MS Excel and Word, will possess a passion for learning, and is looking for an institution driven to grow within our community. To apply, please forward your resume’ and cover letter to...

WFCU Business Highlight: Tower Inn Cafe

Because of Columbus Day we are a little late publishing our weekly ‘Business Highlight’ post! This week we’d like to highlight: Tower Inn Cafe! “Tower Inn Café has been creating delicious memories since 1975. They are located at 701 W. Cross, in Ypsilanti, 48197. Stop in to enjoy the Ypsilanti favorite gourmet pizza, burger and pasta restaurant, bar & grill with sixteen micro brewed beers on draft!” How are they connected to us? Tower Inn Café is one of the local merchants participating in our WFCU Member Perks program! You can download our free WFCU Member Perks mobile application from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store and receive 10% off your order just for being a member of the credit union! For more information visit Tower Inn’s website at http://www.towerinncafe.com (link below) And for information on our WFCU Member Perks program visit our website at washtenawfcu.org or email Dan at...

WFCU Business Highlight: CMR Mechanical

We are excited to share that we will be publishing weekly ‘Business Highlights’ to share information with our members about the many different businesses we work with in our community and the great things that they do! To start things off for this first week of October, we’d like to highlight: CMR Mechanical “CMR Mechanical is a family owned licensed mechanical contractor based in Dexter, Michigan. We service your residential, commercial and industrial needs; while specializing in all types of heating and cooling systems, refrigeration, water heaters, boilers, back-up power generators, as well as many other products and services.” How are they connected to us? CMR Mechanical is one of the certified contractors that our members can use to obtain a Michigan Saves Loan! Our Michigan Saves Loan is an unsecured loan of up to $30,000 that helps you make energy efficient improvements to your home. If you’re interested in energy efficient improvements for your home give them a call! For more information visit CMR Mechanical’s website at http://cmrmechanical.com And for information on our Michigan Saves Loan visit our website at washtenawfcu.org or email Dan at dpawlak@washtenawfcu.org...

WFCU Will Be Launching a New, Enhanced, Online Bill Pay Soon!

**Attention WFCU Members** We will be launching a new, enhanced, online bill pay soon! The new system will include features that we expect will make this valuable tool even better, including:   Full integration within online banking Full mobile functionality for your phone or tablet Ability to configure email alerts Real-time access to checking account balance Reminders if balance isn’t sufficient to pay bills A more intuitive, user-friendly experience   In order to roll out the enhanced version, we’ll need to temporarily turn off our current Bill pay for a short period prior to our upgrade. On September 20, 2016 you will not have access to Bill pay. On September 21 the new system will be available and of course we encourage you to log in and check out at that time! In the meantime – Here’s what you need to do: Document your current payees, including payee account number, payee name, contact information, etc.  Click here to watch a video which explains how to quickly find your payee data. Note the dates during which the upgrade will be implemented: Bill pay access with be unavailable: September 20 Our New Bill pay system will be available: September 21 Call, email or visit either branch office for any questions or concerns regarding the upgrade: (844.5MY.WFCU) (734.484.5100) (info@washtenawfcu.org) We have also included several links below to provide additional information, answer additional questions, and help guide you through collecting relevant information from your current Bill pay payees:   This document will help provide general information and answer any additional questions you may have about the Bill pay transition process: FAQ for Members...

***Introducing our new WFCU Member Perks!!!***

Washtenaw Federal Credit Union is excited to announce the official launch of WFCU Member Perks! With Member Perks, WFCU Members can enjoy exclusive discounts and savings at more than 40 local merchants throughout Washtenaw County, available to members only! All you have to do is pay with your WFCU debit or credit card! How does WFCU’s mobile discount program work? It’s simple: 1) Download the FREE APP or sign up free online. 2) No member numbers or passwords required. 3) Get mobile alerts when you’re near a perk. Never miss a discount! Once you have downloaded the mobile app, available for Apple and Android devices, WFCU Member Perks will send your mobile phone alerts when you’re physically near a qualifying discount so you can receive instant savings! Simply open the app on your phone to see the discount and remember to pay with your WFCU debit or credit card! Some of our participating merchants include: Aubree’s Pizzeria & Grill (Depot Town), B-24’s Espresso Bar, Bandito’s Mexican Restaurant, Bomber Restaurant, Congdon’s Ace Hardware, Dexter’s Pub, Kluck’s Drive-In, Mac’s Acadian Seafood Shack, Milan Dairy Barn, New York Pizza Depot, Tower Inn Café, and many other great organizations!! The discounts that these merchants offer to Washtenaw Federal Credit Union Members are completely free and are here as a perk to our members! We appreciate our members and are proud to handle our membership’s banking and financial needs and provide exclusive opportunities like WFCU Member Perks to help our members save more at the local establishments they love! So what are you waiting for? Download the FREE WFCU Member Perks App today and...

So Proud of our staff, our members, and our community!!

Where do we start?! There are no words to express how thankful we are to have received so much support for our very first ‘Fill a FORD for KIDS’ charity drive to support Hope Clinic! We delivered all of the supplies today for the clinic and they were so grateful! We want to start off by thanking our staff and WFCU members for being so generous and so supporting! You all went above and beyond and you helped show everyone what being a credit union is all about!! Credit Union’s everywhere should be proud! We want to thank our amazing partners Gene Butman Ford​ and UAW Local 898​ for all of your help on this project! You guys were awesome to work with! We want to thank Hope Clinic​ for providing amazing volunteers to help us collect donations, Standard Printing​ for helping us create flyers and posters for the event, the Ann Arbor/ Ypsilanti Regional Chamber​ for helping to share this event to its members and the community, and we want to thank all the amazing businesses that helped by making very generous donations – Betsy Meade Orthodontics​, Larky​, Real Estate One​, TheRide​, Kroger​ on Whittaker Road, and Target​ on Carpenter Road… just to name a few!! We also want to thank FOX 2 Detroit​ for helping to share the event in their Weekend News Report! Finally, we have to say thank you to the community as a whole for your support – it was because of all of you that this was possible!! Ypsilanti should be proud, this is what community is all about!! One last thing…we need...

Help our community Fill a FORD for KIDS!

Washtenaw Federal Credit Union, Gene Butman Ford, and UAW Local 898 have joined forces to help support HOPE Clinic in Ypsilanti! These organizations recognize the important role that Hope Clinic has in the Ypsilanti Community and they wanted to work together to collect donations for the clinic. After several meetings with staff at the clinic it was determined that there is a need for school supplies and dental supplies for the children, thus their Fill a FORD for KIDS campaign was born! Gene Butman Ford has generously offered to supply vehicles to place throughout the community at four separate locations on Saturday June 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for residents and supporters to drop off their donations! Vehicles will be located in the Target parking lot on 3749 Carpenter Road (just North of Ellsworth), in the UAW Local 898 parking lot on 8975 Textile Road, in the Key Bank parking lot in Downtown Ypsilanti at 301 W. Michigan Avenue, and at Gene Butman Ford 2105 Washtenaw Avenue. Volunteers from each organization will be at each location to help collect donations throughout the day. You may also deliver any donations to either of Washtenaw Federal Credit Union’s offices located at 424 S. Mansfield (Michigan Avenue and Mansfield intersection) or 1861 Whittaker Road (across from Kroger) anytime up until this Friday June 17th! Thank you so much for your support and for helping these organizations support Hope Clinic! We hope to see you Saturday! For more information please contact: Dan Pawlak Washtenaw Federal Credit Union (734) 484-5100 ext. 221...

Recap of WFCU’s 2016 Annual Meeting & What’s Ahead For The Rest of 2016!

Hello to all of our wonderful members! We wanted to share a recap of our 2016 Annual Meeting that took place on the evening of Tuesday, May 17th at our main office located at Michigan Avenue and Mansfield in Ypsilanti. The meeting was brief as usual, and we had a good number of members in attendance ranging from our board of directors, volunteers from several of our committees, our staff, and our management team! Jason Matley, WFCU’s President & CEO began the meeting by welcoming all in attendance and by giving a brief update on how 2015 went. He also highlighted some of the really exciting things we have planned as we continue to move through 2016. Some notable accomplishments from 2015 were things like the creation of our new WFCU Mobile Application that allows our members the capability to check balances, move money, pay bills, apply for a loan and more now directly from their mobile phone! The WFCU Mobile App is available for download free on both Apple and Android devices. WFCU also completely revamped its website, making it more user friendly for our members and packing it with loads of helpful information! WFCU also created several new social media accounts that have been actively used to engage members, provide useful information to our followers, and provide another means of communication for anyone wanting to reach us. Look for us now on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram! What can members expect from WFCU in 2016? We are nearing the launch of a second mobile application for our members called WFCU Member Perks! This is another free perk...

Interested In Putting Solar Panels on Your Home?

Hello to all our WFCU members! It’s warming up outside and Spring is finally here! Yes, according to the calendar it was “officially” here several weeks ago but lets face it, the weather and the calendar didn’t do a very good job of coordinating things. The weather has been beautiful and we’ve had more members submitting their Michigan Saves Loan Applications to receive funding for their energy efficient improvements on their homes! Did you know that Washtenaw Federal Credit Union has partnered with Michigan Saves to offer our members a loan product that you can use to make exciting improvements to your homes? It’s true! We are currently offering to our members an opportunity to receive an unsecured loan from $1,000 to $30,000 to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on your home. For more information on this program you can visit MichiganSaves.org! They are working very hard to make this process easy for you with no home appraisal or equity required! Homeowners can choose from a list of qualified improvements such as new windows and doors, new air conditioners or furnaces, or even new appliances! You can even have a home energy assessment done to identify what you can do to spend less money on energy in your home. If this is something you’d like to take advantage of please feel free to contact WFCU anytime! We are happy to answer any questions you may have or help point you in the right direction so you may begin applying for your loan. The first step is to find a Michigan Saves Authorized Contractor to receive an estimate...

An Honor to Attend the 2016 CUNA Marketing & Business Development Conference

Just last week I had the privilege of attending the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Conference in Anaheim, California! To be selected as one of ten young professionals from across the nation to attend the conference as a “crasher” was a tremendous honor! I am so grateful that CUNA (Credit Union National Association), the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council, Filene, and the Cooperative Trust provide this opportunity to developing credit union leaders around the country. The passion and enthusiasm for credit unions and the credit union movement was absolutely incredible and helped reinforce without a doubt why I love working in this industry! Attendee’s participated in a variety of different breakout sessions throughout the week and had the privilege of hearing from two fantastic keynote speakers, Johnny Earle from Johnny Cupcakes and Scott Stratten from Unmarketing! Throughout the four-day conference, attendee’s were also frequently reminded of the Seven Cooperative Principles; principles that all credit union’s and other cooperative organizations abide by that help make them great! I have these principles hanging in my office and I use them to inspire me everyday to do the best that I can for my organization. I wanted to share them below – and to all of our members and future members reading this, these principles are all about you! A cooperative organization is built by people to serve people, and puts forth as the first priority the best interest of the members. There are no shareholders, only members, and cooperatives are not driven by profit, but rather by serving their members in the best ways that they can! The principles are...

Cash, Debit, or Credit – which do you prefer using?

We’d like to say a special thank you to Ms. Libby Kane for her article on this topic published by Business Insider. As you know, most all of us have numerous ways to pay for things or ‘payment options’ in our wallets! Many of us have debit cards linked to our checking account(s) and also credit cards that allow us to pay for things we desire by borrowing money and paying it back at a later date. Some of us also still prefer to pay with cold hard cash! I’m sure I am not the only one who knows someone who carries around a wad of cash in his or her pocket and uses that to pay for everything… then they ask me why I don’t have cash, to which I reply “It’s okay, I forgot to pluck a few twenties off the money tree in my back yard this morning”… Okay, Okay, I may have gone off on a little tangent there. Anyway, back to what I was saying! There are several different ways to pay for things and how do you know which may be the best for you? The truth is that everyone and everyone’s situation is different so there really is no right answer that is set in stone; however, we found an article that offers some pretty good suggestions that we wanted to share with you! Ms. Libby Kane, Author of Should You Use Cash, Debit, or Credit? helps to simplify each definition for us. As we know, credit allows us to borrow money with the promise that we will pay it back at...