Credit Union List­ing Guide

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Learn more about lo­cal credit unions and how to con­tact them.

Al­liance Credit Union was cre­ated in 1952 by a small group of vi­sion­ary Gen­eral Elec­tric em­ploy­ees with the idea of “peo­ple help­ing peo­ple.” Al­liance Credit Union has grown as a mem­ber-owned, fi­nan­cial co­op­er­a­tive to now serve more than 40,000 mem­bers in six coun­ties in­clud­ing Santa Clara, San Ma­teo and Alameda coun­ties in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia and New Hanover, Pen­der and Brunswick coun­ties in North Carolina. They also serve ap­prox­i­mately 400 com­mu­nity busi­ness part­ners through­out both states by of­fer­ing ex­clu­sive ben­e­fits to their em­ploy­ees.

You can find branch of­fices in Cal­i­for­nia at lo­ca­tions across San Jose and in Sun­ny­vale. There is also a branch of­fice in Racine, North Carolina.

For more in­for­ma­tion: 800-232-8669­

Meri­west Credit Union was orig­i­nally es­tab­lished in 1961 as the IBM San Jose Em­ploy­ees Fed­eral Credit Union. Then in 1975, the of­fi­cial name changed to Pa­cific IBM Em­ploy­ees Fed­eral Credit Union. In 1999 Pa­cific IBM be­came Meri­west Credit Union. To­day, the amaz­ing ben­e­fits once only avail­able to em­ploy­ees and fam­i­lies em­ployed by IBM are now avail­able to any­one who lives or works in the greater Bay Area of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia or in Tuc­son, Ari­zona.

Branch of­fices are lo­cated in sev­eral lo­ca­tions across the Bay Area in­clud­ing San Jose, Cu­per­tino, Mil­pi­tas, Moun­tain View, Palo Alto, Santa Clara and Sun­ny­vale.

For more in­for­ma­tion: 877-637-4937 www.meri­

Pa­cific Ser­vice Credit Union was founded in 1936 by the em­ploy­ees of Pa­cific Gas & Elec­tric Com­pany. To­day, more than 80 years later,

Pa­cific Ser­vice CU has grown to nearly 70,000 mem­bers and sur­passed $1 bil­lion in as­sets. They are a full-ser­vice fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion serv­ing any­one who lives, works, wor­ships or at­tends school in Alameda, Con­tra Costa, Fresno, Marin, Napa, Placer, Sacra­mento, San Fran­cisco, San Ma­teo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma coun­ties.

Branch lo­ca­tions in­clude San Fran­cisco, Liver­more, San Ra­mon, Pleas­ant Hill, Con­cord and in Fresno as well.

For more in­for­ma­tion: 888-858-6878 www.pacific­ser­

Patelco Credit Union was cre­ated back in 1936, with only $500 in as­sets by a few em­ploy­ees from Pa­cific Tele­phone and Tele­graph Com­pany (now know as AT&T). Since then, Patelco Credit Union has grown to be­come a full ser­vice, not-for-profit fi­nan­cial co­op­er­a­tive ded­i­cated to help­ing its mem­bers and com­mu­ni­ties to pros­per. Cur­rently, with $6 bil­lion in as­sets and over 325,000 mem­bers na­tion­wide, they have be­come one of the largest credit unions in the na­tion. Even with all their growth, their pur­pose re­mains fo­cused on their mem­bers: fu­el­ing hope and cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to build fi­nance re­siliency while em­pow­er­ing them to achieve fi­nan­cial free­dom.

Patelco Credit Union can be found at lo­ca­tions across the Bay Area in­clud­ing San Fran­cisco, Daly City, San Bruno, Oak­land, Berke­ley, SanMa­teo, San Le­an­dro, Lafayette, Hay­ward, Red­wood City, No­vato, Cas­tro Val­ley, Wal­nut Creek, Danville, San Ra­mon, Con­cord, Dublin, Fre­mont and Santa Clara.

For more in­for­ma­tion: 800-358-8228

SafeAmer­ica Credit Union was es­tab­lished in 1953 and op­er­ates in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia. They are pri­mar­ily fo­cused on the San Fran­cisco Bay Area, with a mis­sion to pro­vide a bet­ter bank­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for its mem­bers. They have branches in An­ti­och, Hay­ward, Pleasan­ton andWal­nut Creek serv­ing the coun­ties of Alameda, Con­tra Costa, SanMa­teo and Santa Clara as well as nu­mer­ous em­ployer groups in­clud­ing mem­bers of the Fi­nan­cial Fit­ness As­so­ci­a­tion. Find a branch near you in An­ti­och, Hay­ward, Pleasan­ton andWal­nut Creek.

For more in­for­ma­tion: 800-972-0999 www.safeamer­

Stan­ford Fed­eral Credit Union was cre­ated by a group of Stan­ford em­ploy­ees back in 1959 and has grown into a $2.4 bil­lion, full-ser­vice fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion owned and op­er­ated by over 65,000 mem­bers of the Stan­ford com­mu­nity. Stan­ford Fed­eral Credit Union pri­mar­ily serves the bank­ing needs of in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies who com­prise the Stan­ford com­mu­nity, and the em­ploy­ees and fam­ily mem­bers of over 100 se­lect em­ployer groups through­out the Bay Area. How­ever, they do al­low oth­ers to join who are in­ter­ested in be­ing part of a lo­cal­ly­owned co­op­er­a­tive with friendly, pro­fes­sional per­sonal ser­vice and con­ve­nient world­wide ac­cess.

Branch lo­ca­tions can be found in Palo Alto and at sev­eral lo­ca­tions on the Stan­ford Univer­sity cam­pus.

For more in­for­ma­tion: 888-723-7328

UN­CLE Credit Union was started back in 1957 by just four em­ploy­ees of the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Ra­di­a­tion Lab­o­ra­tory at Liver­more (now Lawrence Liver­more Na­tional Lab­o­ra­tory). The Ra­di­a­tion Lab­o­ra­tory Liver­more Credit Union as it was first named, was es­tab­lished to pro­vide fi­nan­cial ser­vices for the en­tire Lab com­mu­nity. Then in 1988, the name was changed to UN­CLE (Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Liver­more Em­ploy­ees) Credit Union, proudly of­fer­ing mem­ber­ship to any­one who lives, reg­u­larly works, at­tends school or reg­u­larly wor­ships in Alameda, Con­tra Costa, San Joaquin or Stanis­laus coun­ties. Dur­ing the past 60 years, they have grown to more than $449 mil­lion in as­sets and over 27,000 mem­bers.

You can find UN­CLE Credit Union fi­nan­cial cen­ters all across Liver­more and they also have an of­fice in Pleasan­ton.

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