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October 13, 2020
Grow Financial Foundation Donates Necessities for Back to School
Summer has ended, another back-to-school season is in the books, and although it may have looked a bit different this year, the Grow Financial Foundation found a way to help kids in our Florida and South Carolina market areas start the year off with necessities for back to school.
The Grow Financial Foundation was once again overwhelmed by the generosity of our members and team members and astonished by the volume of donations received during the summer Undies and Diaper Drive. Close to 9,000 diapers were donated to Babycycle Diaper Bank in Florida and Lowcountry Orphan Relief in South Carolina, and a substantial donation of underwear was made to Clothes to Kids in Florida and again to Lowcountry Orphan Relief.
Why undies and diapers?
You may not immediately connect the back-to-school season with diapers, but according to the National Diaper Bank Network, children who participate in early childhood education are almost three times more likely to go on to higher education. Without basic necessities for back to school like diapers and underwear, many kids are unable to participate in these early childhood education programs that are the foundation of their future.
Three Organizations, One Common Mission
Each of these distinct organizations may serve a different geographical location, but they share a similar mission to serve the needs of children in their local communities through providing essential resources, including diapers and clothing.
Babycycle Diaper Bank’s mission is for no child to go without necessities like diapers, wipes, clean clothing and other basic items. Serving low-income children aged 0 to 12 in Pinellas County, Florida, they’re part of the National Diaper Bank Network, which aims to support the 1 in 3 U.S. families who experience diaper need.
Jordan Kendle, a Real Estate Loan Officer at Grow, has been very involved with Babycycle over the past several years and was excited to see the Grow Financial Foundation and our members and team members come together to support an organization so close to her heart.
“It has been so nice building the relationship with Jillia at Babycycle as we join forces to give back to those in need. I was raised in a single-parent household and know what a significant impact organizations like Babycycle have on those families in need,” she shared.
Clothes to Kids envisions a community in which every school-age child has quality clothing so that he or she may attend school with the confidence and self-esteem needed to achieve academic success. This year, there’s been a growing need for underwear for kids of all ages. So that’s exactly what was collected.
Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse or neglect. Both the diapers and underwear will make a significant impact in support of their vision that no child should be without the basic necessities in life, regardless of their life circumstances.
The Grow Financial Foundation is proud to support organizations like these in their efforts to serve the community and to make a difference in the lives of so many children. You can learn more about the Grow Financial Foundation and their mission here.
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