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February 28, 2020
Grow Financial Foundation 2020 Outlook
Kindness is in the air, and the Grow Financial Foundation is looking forward to another great year of giving back!
The mission of the Grow Financial Foundation remains the same: to encourage and support the health and wellness of individuals and organizations within the communities the credit union serves through financial, educational, social, physical and mental health strategies. But for 2020, they’ve added a theme to help drive their activity: kindness is contagious.
Newly elected Chairman of the Board of the Grow Financial Foundation and Web Developer at Grow, Khenh Vong, was key in instituting the theme. “As cliché as it sounds, there’s just no end to the power of a kind act. It really can be contagious. We felt that as a theme, this sentiment would be a great way to inspire our team members to be more kind and to give back even more,” Vong said.
To that end, the Grow Financial Foundation set a lofty goal for our team members in 2020—to double our 2019 achievement of over 400 hours volunteered in our Tampa Bay and South Carolina communities.
One way we are accomplishing this goal is by creating a volunteer army within Grow. Grow team members are encouraged to serve others and being part of the volunteer army ensures that those who want to give back are aware of the opportunities, and we are able to cover even more ground supporting local groups.
A benefit the volunteer army has already brought to light was the ability to spread kindness to a new organization who needed volunteers on short notice. Tennis for Fun in Brandon, Florida, a free tennis clinic for athletes with special needs, reached out to the Grow Financial Foundation for support, and because we had a team ready to serve, we’ve already gotten out there to help!
In addition to electing a new chairman, the Grow Financial Foundation excitedly welcomed Tabatha Bowers, an Agile Product Owner at Grow, as its newest board member. “Once I started, I quickly realized that giving back was what made me happy, what made me feel whole. It’s what I like to do. I’m so excited to be a part of the Grow Financial Foundation Board and have the ability to share kindness through it,” Bowers shared.
Here’s a look at what the kindness is contagious theme means to some of the board members:
“Making a difference in people’s lives drives me to do what I do in giving back to the community. I feel a sense of responsibility to give back to others the way others gave to me,” Eli Berrios, Area Manager, said.
ChristiLee Russell, Market Manager, shared, “Without the ability to lean on your community and have people just do good because it’s the right thing to do, it can be very tough, so that’s something that has always inspired me to continue to give back. You really never know how that act of kindness is going to shape someone’s day and what it could do.”
“We don’t know the impact we can make. It doesn’t always have to be a grand gesture; it doesn’t mean you have to have a million dollars and give it away. You don’t know what little thing can turn someone’s day around,” Laurie Holloway, Chief of Staff to CEO, said.
All told, 2020 is shaping up to be a great year for the Grow Financial Foundation. If you’re looking for support for your 501(c)(3), learn more about the Grow Financial Foundation.
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 and home equity 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 and personal loan payments:
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 75466
Chicago, IL 60675-5466
Address for mortgage and home equity payments:
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 11733
Newark, NJ 07101-4733