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January 27, 2021
Grow Financial Foundation: 2020 Recap and a Look Ahead for 2021
The Grow Financial Foundation has been doing incredible work this year, with a focus on supporting frontline workers and a continued emphasis on addressing food insecurity. In total last year, they donated almost $60,000 to support the efforts of 32 wonderful organizations serving the greater Tampa Bay area and the Columbia and Charleston areas of South Carolina. Thank you to everyone who donated, participated or otherwise supported the efforts of the Grow Financial Foundation in 2020. As we round the end of January 2021, we want to share highlights from a recent initiative that took place at the end of last year and present some exciting news and information for the upcoming year.
Sharing holiday joy at Quest, Inc.
Over the December holidays, the Grow Financial Foundation was proud to support Quest, Inc., which seeks to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve their goals. Donations included wish list items for many individuals, with the purpose to make their holiday season joyous and memorable.
“Thank you so much for making the holidays so special for those we serve. We cannot thank you and your co-workers enough for the joy you brought to our residents. They had fun parties and amazing gifts,” Bob Krouse, Senior Director of Philanthropy Tampa Region, Quest, Inc, said. For more joy, check out the video that recaps Quest’s holiday event.
Introducing Cynthia Whiting-Burton
We’d like to take this opportunity to announce the Grow Financial Foundation’s newest board member, Cynthia Whiting-Burton. With an extensive background of philanthropic efforts that includes involvement with Metropolitan Ministries, Clothes To Kids and the Safety Harbor Chamber, Cynthia will bring a great perspective to her new position on the board.
“I look forward to serving as a member of the Grow Financial Foundation and sharing ideas about how we can serve our members, local communities, businesses and different organizations,” Whiting-Burton said. Her passion for serving the local community is sure to contribute positively to the goals of the Grow Financial Foundation.
Looking at the year ahead
The Grow Financial Foundation seeks to inspire people to choose kindness, even when it is not the easiest thing to do (especially when it is not the easiest thing to do). It requires courage to choose to go outside of your comfort zone, your own immediate needs and your own perspective to extend kindness to others. That’s why for this year, the Grow Financial Foundation’s new theme is “Kindness is courageous.”
For the upcoming year, they have several exciting initiatives planned to continue serving the community, including support for Autism Awareness Month and Financial Literacy Month during March and April. We’ve heard they have lots more in store, from charitable contributions to educational resources, webinars and more. Be sure to keep an eye on our social media for the latest announcements regarding upcoming opportunities sponsored by the Grow Financial Foundation. We’re excited to see great things in 2021!
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