Winter 2021 Newsletter

President's Message  •  New Volunteers Join HFCU Board of Directors & Supervisory Committee
Introducing HFCVT Video Branch  •  Heritage Family Cares 4 You
Merchant Processing Solutions for Your Business •  Emerald VISA Balance Transfer  •   Liberty Mutual 
HFCUniversity Certified Financial Counselors  •   Heritage Way


President's MessageAn image of Matt Levandowski, HFCU President/CEO

2020 certainly was a year like no other. A global pandemic yielded some unprecedented challenges that, unfortunately, changed some peoples lives forever.


It was a year in which the Credit Union philosophy of people helping people” took on an even deeper meaning for us at Heritage Family.  Through all of these difficult times, our commitment to our members, employees and the communities that we serve has not wavered. Together, we have persevered and developed partnerships to meet these challenges and become an even stronger financial institution.
 

Despite the economic impact of COVID-19, I am pleased to report that your Credit Union continues to remain financially healthy. Over the past year, we assisted over 340 area businesses obtain $16 million in PPP loans, processed an untold number of mortgage and home equity loans and grew deposits an astonishing 24%. All of this activity helped push our assets to an all-time high of $620 million.
 

  • As we enter 2021, we want to maintain that financial health and stability. It is with that in mind that I want to let everyone know of a change that will be occurring to our operations at the end of the first quarter. Effective April 1, 2021, we will be closing our North Main Street branch. This branch was obtained as a part of the merger with CVPS Employees' Credit Union in 2012. In addition, it is one of only two branches that we lease. Over the past several years, weve seen in-branch traffic continue to decline at this location, which was further escalated by the pandemic.  We consequently have made the decision not to renew the lease expiring on March 31, 2021.
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  • While we are closing one branch in Rutland, we will still have our Allen and West Street locations available to service all of your in-branch needs.  In addition, those employees and resources from North Main St. will be redeployed assisting us in elevating our digital strategies. As mentioned in my previous newsletter, this will include the introduction of both the video branch and Interactive Teller Machines in the coming year to better serve the ever-evolving needs of our members.
     

    With so many uncertainties still hovering over us as we go head first into 2021, I want to remind everyone that your credit union is here to service all of your financial needs. As a financial cooperative”, we want to assist you throughout all of your life stages. Whether you are ready to borrow for a new home or car, looking for advice regarding your investment options or in need of a little assistance budgeting for those unexpected expenses, we have the expertise on staff to help you along the way.
     
    Heres to a great 2021! Wishing you all the best.

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Matt Levandowski
President/CEO

 
Paul Carroccio and Leslie Doenges


New Volunteers Join HFCU Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee

At the October 2020 meeting of the Heritage Family Credit Union Board of Directors, the board unanimously approved the appointment of two new board members, Paul Carroccio, CEO & President of TPW Companies in Manchester, VT and Leslie Doenges, owner of VT Sport & Fitness in Rutland. They will serve as HFCU Board Members, replacing two vacancies that occurred earlier in the year, until the Annual Meeting of the Credit Union in April 2021.

 

In addition, the board also filled two committee vacancies. Staci Buysse, Director of Finance and HR at VT Achievement Center in Rutland and Dave Lambert, Controller at Kinney Motors in Rutland, will be joining the Supervisory Committee.
 
Please join us in welcoming these volunteers to the HFCU family.  

 


Smartphone connected to HFCUVT Video BranchIntroducing HFCVT Video Branch

Our newest branch” is ready to serve you beginning February 1! For members who are seeking in-person assistance, without even leaving the comfort of your home or office, our live team is here to help! HFCUVT Video Branch is easy-to-use, convenient, and safe.

 

HFCUVT Video Branch is available to use on iOS (Apple) and Android mobile devices, as well as on a laptop or desktop computer with a webcam. From the convenience of your device, youll be able to open a new HFCU membership; open checking and savings accounts; apply for a new loan - car, boat, credit card, even a mortgage; set up a wire transfer; open your business account or even apply for a commercial loan, consult with a Heritage Way Financial Advisor; and more!

 

Starting February 1, HFCUVT Video Branch will be available Mondays and Tuesdays from 8am-5pm, Wednesdays from 9am-5pm, Thursdays and Fridays from 8am-5pm and Saturdays from 8am-12pm.To connect with a video agent, visit www.hfcuvt.com or search your smartphones app store for the HFCUVT Video Branch app.

 

Virtual Check Presentation from HFCares4YouHeritage Family Cares 4 You

Through our foundation, Heritage Family Cares 4 You, we proudly presented twelve $1,000 checks to area non-profits on behalf of the members and employees of Heritage Family Credit Union in December 2020. Each of our branches designated a local community non-profit to receive their donation - and we presented those checks to all 12 organizations virtually” through our social media platforms.

 

The 2020 HFCares4You Twelve Days of Giving included donations to Fair Haven Concerned, Inc., Bennington County Relay for Life, Brandon Area Toy Project, Ludlow Fire Department, The Boys & Girls Club of Rutland County, Champion #5 Fire Department in South Londonderry, BROC Community Action, Meals on Wheels of Bennington County, Castleton Cares, Inc., VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region, and Meals on Wheels of Rutland County. 

 
Image of Credit Card with Contactless Payment

Merchant Processing Solutions for Your Business

Heritage Family Credit Union is proud to partner with Total Merchant Concepts (TMC) to offer affordable merchant processing solutions for our business members. TMC’s mission is to provide integrity-based solutions to help businesses reduce frustration and increase their bottom line.
 
TMC can provide your business with a free quote and to get you set up to accept credit cards for payment or have your current equipment upgraded – including contactless payment options. If you are interested in learning more or beginning the setup process, please contact our call center at 888.252.8932.
 


Image of multiple credit cardsSpecial, Low Intro Rate on Credit Card Balance Transfer

Qualified members who transfer their balance to an Emerald VISA® Credit Card will receive an introductory rate of 1.99% APR* for 12 months, then a standard variable 7.25% APR or fixed rates of 9.99-12.90% APR will apply.




 


Liberty Mutual. Image of home and auto in the snowLiberty Mutual Has You Covered

Heritage Family Credit Union is happy to provide a full suite of insurance products through our partnership with Liberty Mutual.  Heritage Family Credit Union members are eligible for a special discount through our local representative Jen Goeke. You can stop into your local branch, visit our website, or contact our Call Center toll-free at 888.252.8932 for a free, no obligation quote!

Liberty Mutual is happy to offer you a variety of coverages options including: Home, Auto, Condo, Renters, Flood, Personal Liability, Watercraft, Motorcycle and Valuable Possessions Protection. 
 
HFCUniversity Logo

HFCUniversity Certified Financial Counselors are Here to Help!

Our HFCUniversity Certified Financial Counselors are available to assist you with a wide range of topics, including budgeting assistance, loan referrals, financial counseling, reading a credit report, credit-building options and more! Speaking with a Certified Financial Counselor is FREE for Heritage Family Credit Union members, and meetings are 30-45 minutes. To make an appointment, visit our new HFCUVT Video Branch or call 888.252.8932.

 


Image of couple using tablet to have conversation with Heritage WayHeritage Way

WHEREVER YOU WANT TO MEET,

HOWEVER YOU NEED TO MEET.

We're here to help you plan for your future.

 

Take control of your retirement today. Design, build and strengthen your financial future easily and conveniently, with someone who’s Familiar. Friendly. Family.
 

See one of our financial advisors today.

 

Please contact our Program Coordinator, Madeline Jockell at 802.776.2184 to schedule no-cost, no obligation appointment with a financial advisor.
 

*Representatives are registered, securities sold, advisory services offered through CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. (CBSI), member FINRA/SIPC, a registered broker/dealer and investment advisor, which is not an affiliate of the credit union. CBSI is under contract with the financial institution to make securities available to members. Not NCUA/NCUSIF/FDIC insured, May Lose Value, No Financial Institution Guarantee. Not a deposit of any financial institution.