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March 29, 2022
Grow Team Members Join Black History Tour in Downtown Tampa
In celebration of Black History Month, the Grow Diversity Committee had the opportunity to participate in Tampa’s Black History Tour, led by noted local historian Fred Hearns and hosted by the Tampa Bay History Center. Team members toured “the Harlem of the South,” Central Avenue district, and learned about life in Tampa’s African-American community from the 1890s to the 1960s.
Participants walked about one mile along public sidewalks and brick streets. The outdoor trek started at St. Paul AME Church and explored the political, social, musical and religious traditions of the Black community in Tampa. Several Grow team members had the chance to join the tour, including Khenh Vong, Web Application Developer, Helen Betancourt, Real Estate Loan Officer, and Jessica Richard, Marketing Project Coordinator. Each of them shared thoughts about the event and what made it memorable and educational.
Richard, a lifelong resident of the Tampa Bay area, reflected on the breadth of history right at our own doorstep. “It’s incredible how many stories are held within just a single mile of Tampa. Even having grown up in the Tampa Bay area, there’s still so much I can learn through participating in local events like the Black History Tour,” Richard said.
Vong, member of Grow’s Diversity Committee, reflected on a particularly remarkable historical figure, Madame Fortune Taylor. “I enjoyed this event so much! Our tour guide mentioned Fortune Taylor, who has a bridge named after her in downtown Tampa. She accumulated 30 acres of land, but over time, that land was taken from her through various laws and other questionable means. The Black History Tour really tied all the history together in a very meaningful way.”
While the tour focused on Black history in particular, the Ybor City area of Tampa has a deep history for Hispanic communities as well. Betancourt shared, “It was really interesting to find out that Ybor City was named after Vicente Martinez Ybor, an immigrant of Cuba, who contributed so much to the development of the Tampa Bay area. Something I appreciated — perhaps because I am a Latina — is knowing that I have the privileges I have because of other Latinos that made the way in history for us.”
Our Grow Diversity Committee looks forward to joining several other walking tours throughout the year to serve as ongoing educational opportunities for our team. Thank you to all our team members who participated in the Black History Tour in downtown Tampa!
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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
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Where to Find Your Routing & Checking Account Numbers
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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
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