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July 8, 2021
Grow Team Members Serve the Community on Volunteer Days
What does it mean to grow the greater good? This is one of several guiding principles that team members are introduced to on their very first day at Grow, and for us, it means that real service includes giving our time, energy, talents and resources to better our communities. Grow team members serve the community through their Volunteer Days and beyond.
As an organization dedicated to serving people, Grow has always encouraged volunteerism for our team members with opportunities both inside and outside of the workday encompassing many passion areas, from youth and education to food insecurity and homelessness. To make sure all team members can support causes significant to them, Grow introduced Volunteer Days, two new paid days off for team members to use to support any charitable cause or organization close to their hearts. During the first half of the year, team members have logged more than 1,200 service hours. Organizations they’ve served include Metropolitan Ministries, Meals on Wheels, Feeding Tampa Bay, The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, United Way, The Wounded Warrior Project ®, Friends of U.S. Military Families and more.
Paul Boraske, Marketing Materials Coordinator, said, “My take on our passion for volunteerism is that it’s not just taking time out of our workday to commit to community service, but doing it with such passion that the commitment to serving others extends into our personal lives as well. Grow gives us the incentive to be exposed to many wonderful charitable organizations and promotes volunteerism for team members.”
Volunteer stories from our team
Meals on Wheels
“I believe Meals on Wheels has a significant impact on the community. For the specific group I worked with that’s based in Tampa, ‘homebound’ isn’t limited to the senior population but also includes younger individuals with disabilities, which allows them to serve more people in need. My favorite part was seeing the smiles and appreciation on the faces of the individuals who we delivered meals to. I will definitely be back.” – Deionne Scatliffe, Executive Operations Coordinator
“Volunteering is about helping people in need without expecting something in return — making this world a better place, one act of service at a time. Some people don’t have the means to donate money to organizations, so they donate their time, which is invaluable. To me, it’s very rewarding to know that I make a difference in someone else’s life.” – Sherry DeMoranville, Market Manager
Veterans Alliance Center
“I used my volunteer time for a cause close to my heart, military veterans and homeless veterans. This charity works with the American Legion, a local Mission church and several businesses in Bowling Green. They run completely on donations from the community and volunteers. They offer gently used household items, clothing, medical equipment, hygiene items, blankets and a food pantry, and it costs veterans and their families nothing to come in and get items they need. It was such a great experience. I’ll be volunteering on a regular basis. I’m grateful to work for Grow and be a part of an organization that encourages and makes it possible to do things for our communities and give back.” – Nancy Kreisle, Sr. Underwriter
Feeding Tampa Bay
“Working at Feeding Tampa Bay was highly rewarding, especially during the pandemic. As a local credit union, we have a bond to the community of Tampa and are tasked with social responsibility for those who are less fortunate. Every time I’ve volunteered here, I’ve been amazed at how much food is donated that would otherwise be food waste, and I feel passionately that no one should starve. Our collective action during the Feeding Tampa Bay volunteer sessions gives thousands of meals to families dealing with food insecurity.” – Christopher Strutz, Accountant
“Financial difficulty can snowball quickly. Job loss, illness, emergencies and other situations can happen that cause someone to struggle financially, even when they are doing their best. United Way finds different ways to help hard-working people who are struggling with one thing or another, and it’s important for me to stay involved in my community helping people.” – Eric Vanderham, AVP Regional Executive
For anyone wondering where to get started with volunteering, Vanderham advised, “Find something you’re passionate about and get involved in it, such as a non-profit that makes the community their number one priority.” We wholeheartedly agree and plan to keep using our collective power as an organization to help our communities through volunteering.
Our Grow team members serve the community in a variety of ways. Learn more about our initiatives in the community.
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