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January 18, 2022
Grow Financial Foundation 2021 Recap: Kindness is Courageous
The mission of the Grow Financial Foundation is 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. In a year where we all continued to feel the effects of a global pandemic, the Foundation worked behind the scenes supporting our West Central Florida and South Carolina communities. Here’s a look at the Grow Financial Foundation 2021 recap, along with exciting news for 2022.
Grow Financial Foundation 2021 recap
Last year, the Grow Financial Foundation operated with the theme “Kindness is Courageous,” reminding us of the importance of kindness in service to others. The work of the Foundation included a variety of organizations and causes, like American Lung Association, Lowcountry Orphan Relief, Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas and dozens of others, along with relief efforts for Haiti, Afghanistan, Kentucky and more. The Foundation also continued its support for youth education through the EVERFI National Financial Literacy Bee and assisted our veterans in a joint effort with Friends of US Military Families, Inc. and Habitat for Humanity. In total, the Foundation helped more than 40 incredible organizations and donated $60,250 in 2021.
All these efforts were made possible through the help and time of our team members. Khenh Vong, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Grow Financial Foundation, said, “The Foundation wants to thank all our team members for helping us do so much good in 2021. We are so grateful for the tremendous generosity and kindness you’ve shown throughout the year, donating to our various collection efforts and demonstrating your selflessness through community service.”
2022: New Board members and new theme
The Grow Financial Foundation is excited to welcome two new board members, Antione Frederick, Market Manager, and Eric Vanderham, AVP Regional Executive of Branch Operations. Both Antione and Eric are very involved in their communities and passionate about serving others. Antione serves on the Kiwanis Club of Columbia’s executive board, the Lexington County Chamber of Commerce and the leadership of the Lexington County Group, as well as Grow’s Youth and Schools Committee. Eric has served on the executive board of the Hernando County Young Professionals, the Hernando County Chamber and Hernando County Habitat for Humanity, and he currently serves on the board for Hernando County United Way. They both look forward to joining the Grow Financial Foundation to further impact their communities.
Exciting things are on the horizon for this year! As the Foundation looks forward to continuing their efforts of service, they’ve introduced a new theme: “Grow Your Heart. Be Curious. Be Kind.” In a time of increased division in our communities, this theme reminds us to build bridges and go beyond our comfort zone in service to others. We’re encouraged to explore new areas where we can help our communities while maintaining kindness in everything we do.
We look forward to seeing what the Grow Financial Foundation will achieve in 2022!
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