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July 20, 2021
Grow Diversity Committee Hosts Team Member Pride Month Panel
In honor of Pride Month, the Grow Diversity Committee hosted their first ever LGBTQ+ Pride Month panel, bringing together team members from across the organization to share their stories, thoughts and perspectives. The event is part of a series of team member panels designed to encourage learning through shared dialogue. It is also a continuation of our efforts to cultivate an inclusive environment around a common core value — treating everyone with dignity and recognizing our shared humanity. Panelists from multiple departments, of varying age, race, rank and tenure, set the stage for a deeper level of conversation and better understanding of diverse perspectives. The panel featured Tommy Davis, Market Manager, Rosa Hernandez, Loan Resolution Specialist, Peter Mazurkiewicz, Vice President of Contact Center Operations, Doug Tilden, Chief Financial Officer, and Sharon Unger, Vice President of Indirect Lending. This event was incredibly inspiring, filled with laughter, tears and everything in between.
Our team members courageously shared deeply personal experiences about navigating varied workplace cultures and family backgrounds as LGBTQ+ individuals and choosing to be their authentic selves at work. Several panelists recounted experiences of how discrimination has impacted their lives, including instances of being passed over for promotions and enduring hostility from others in previous workplaces. Especially impactful was the journey shared by Tilden, who described growing up in a time of heightened discrimination and risk for LGBTQ+ people.
Tilden joined Grow as CFO in January 2019, after spending many years in finance, operations and risk management, working both domestically and internationally with GE Capital, Volvo Commercial Finance and JPMorgan Chase & Co. He talked about the evolution of the environment for LGBTQ+ people in the U.S. over the last several decades, describing the history of struggle their community has faced in each era, from the HIV/AIDS crisis to the Matthew Sheppard murder to prolonged discrimination in the workforce. He noted the progress made over time, saying, “I can’t emphasize enough the way the conversation has evolved.” He, along with other panelists, discussed a shared concern for LGBTQ+ youth and the importance of advocating for the next generation to have a supportive, safe environment.
While discussing the importance of authenticity in the workplace, a recurring theme emerged in the form of appreciation for the work of Kim Woollard, Chief Human Resources Officer. Woollard has worked diligently throughout her 22 years at Grow to cultivate a culture where every team member feels appreciated, valued and encouraged to be their authentic selves at work. Mazurkiewicz named Woollard’s support for LGBTQ+ team members as a primary reason he feels accepted here. “Kim was instrumental in getting Grow to participate in St. Pete Pride many years ago. I know she put up a really good fight for us in a different time that wasn’t as welcoming,” stated Mazurkiewicz.
Grow recognizes that for everyone to feel included in the workplace, we must embrace the individuality of our people and allow space for all team members to be their authentic selves. In closing out the panel with advice for listeners, Tilden left the audience with a beloved quote from Gloria Gaynor: “Life’s not worth a damn until I can shout out ‘I am what I am.’”
Diversity, equity and inclusion require active effort for progress to happen, and we are committed to seek new opportunities to grow as a team. Our CEO, Thomas Feindt, said, “As we move forward, our commitment to embracing humanity and becoming a more inclusive organization will only strengthen. Recognizing, appreciating and embracing the humanity of everyone around us is fundamental to being able to proudly say that we serve people, not profit.”
To each team member who participated in our first Pride Month panel, we deeply appreciate the courage and vulnerability of each one of you, and we thank you for taking the time to share your personal stories with the rest of the Grow team. To follow our latest community initiatives, visit growfinancial.org/communitynews.
How to Find Your Routing & Account Numbers
When you make a payment online, by phone or on a mobile device, you may be asked for our routing number and your checking account number. Credit unions and banks use these numbers to identify accounts and make sure money gets where it’s supposed to be. You’ll also need to provide your routing and checking account numbers for:
- Direct deposits
- Electronic checks
- Military allotments
- Wire transfers
Where to Find Your Routing & Checking Account Numbers
Your personal checks include both our routing number and your account number, as shown on the Grow check example below.
Don’t have a Grow check? No worries.
Visit any Grow store and ask for a Direct Deposit Form. It lists both your routing number and checking account number.
Making a Loan Payment
When it comes to making payments, we try to make it as painless as possible to pay your loan every month. We have several different ways to pay, including convenient online options.
You have two ways to pay online by transferring funds from another bank or credit union.
- Grow Online Banking (Preferred payment method for any loan)
This is the simplest way to pay your loan. You can make one-time payments or set up automatic recurring payments in Grow Online Banking. Once you log in, select “Transfer/Payments” from the menu. If you’re not enrolled in Grow Online Banking yet, you can set up your account in just a few minutes.
- Debit Card or ACH (Available for auto, personal loans and HELOCs)
Note: ACH and debit card payments are not available for credit cards or most mortgages, except HELOCs.
We accept ACH payments with no additional fees or Mastercard® and Visa® debit cards with a convenience fee of $4.95. To get started with an online ACH or debit card payment, select Pay Now below.
Pay by Mail
You can also pay any Grow loan by check through the mail. Please remember to include your account number and Grow loan number on the check. (For credit card payments, please do not write your 16-digit credit card number on the check, which can cause a delay in processing the payment.)
Address for auto, credit card, personal loan and HELOC payments:
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 75466
Chicago, IL 60675-5466
Address for personal first or second mortgages and home equity payments:
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 11733
Newark, NJ 07101-4733