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Tuesdays at the Plaza

Greater Alliance will be participating in Tuesdays at the Plaza! Starting June 11th through October 1st from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, come join us for live music, farmer’s market, and special events.

These events are open to the public and will be held at the William J. Bate Memorial Court House Plaza.

Presented by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Department of Cultural & Historic Affairs, and Friends of Passaic County Park Inc.

Make sure to stop by and say “hi to the Greater Alliance folks.” We will be at every Tuesday at the Plaza event  unless it rains. If it RAINS the event will be cancelled.  For any cancellations, please check for updates on our social media site and website. 

Below are the dates for each of the Tuesdays at the Plaza events. 

  • June 11, 2019
  • June 18, 2019 CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN
  • June 25, 2019 CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN
  • July 9, 2019
  • July 16, 2019
  • July 23, 2019
  • July 30, 2019
  • August 6, 2019
  • August 27, 2019
  • September 10, 2019
  • September 17, 2019
  • September 24, 2019
  • October 1, 2019
Ice Cream Day!

Cool off in the summer heat. Stop by to enjoy some ice cream on us. Our branches will be giving our members free ice cream if you stop by the dates below.

We will start handing out the the Ice creams at 11:00 AM and will last until supplies last. Below are the details for the event.

  • Hackensack/Paterson: Friday June 21st starting at 11:00 AM until supplies last
  • Paramus: Friday, June 28th starting at 11:00 AM until supplies last

We look forward to seeing you, stop by and get your FREE ice cream! It’s a great way to kick off the summer!

Ice Cream Cones

 

 

Bergenfest 2019

Join us on Saturday June 29th 2019 @ 12:00 pm for the Bergenfest event. High School “Humanitarians” of Bergen County, NJ presents a music and arts festival to raise awareness and funds for TEEEM.

Students from Ridgewood, Northern Highlands, Pascack Valley, Westwood, Bergenfield, Waldwick, Hackensack, and many other Bergen County high schools and middle schools are working together to raise awareness and funds for TEEEM.

Join us in making a difference!

Greater Alliance Employees and Members receive a discounted rate of $15. Help grow TEEEM by Purchasing tickets for the Bergenfest or make a DONATION.

Please visit www.TEEEM.org to learn more.

No chairs and no pets.

EVENT DETAILS:

When:  June 29th 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Where: Benjamin Franklin Middle School, 335 North Van Dien Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ
Cost: Normally $20 per person, but Greater Alliance members/employees get a $5 off coupon so each ticket is $15 per person.
To make a donation and to help us reach our goal of $100,000, please visit https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/Bergenfest.
Phishing Email Security Alert

We have been alerted to malicious phishing emails that may have been directed to our members. While the name and emails look remarkably like Greater Alliance Federal Credit Union, they do not originate from Greater Alliance and upon closer review you will notice subtle differences in these communications. We would like to warn you of this attempt to access member credentials and advise you not to access these emails and you should NOT enter any personal information or your Greater Alliance log in credentials.

What is Phishing?
Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames and passwords by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

What is Website Spoofing?
Website spoofing is the act of creating a website with the intention of misleading readers that the website has been created by a different person or organization. Normally, the spoof website will adopt the design of the target website and sometimes has a similar URL.

Be on the Lookout for the Suspicious Emails.
Official Greater Alliance emails will always come from –  gro.ecnaillaretaergnull@ofni
If you’ve opened an email that you suspect to be spam, and the email links to an unfamiliar web URL address, delete the email immediately.

Take Precautions when Logging in to Online or Mobile Banking.
When logging in to Online and Mobile Banking, double check the URL in your address box to make sure it is a Greater Alliance Federal Credit Union owned domain. Enter your log in information ONLY when you see the following URL –  https://www.greateralliance.org/

If you suspect something unusual, contact our Service Support Department at 888.554.2328 or email gro.ecnaillaretaergnull@ofni

Annual Meeting 2019 – RSVP TODAY

You are cordially invited to attend our 82nd Annual Meeting. This event is a great time for all of our members to come together. You are encouraged to come, and learn about the credit union’s plans for 2019 and the coming year.

Please join us:

When:    Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Where:  Board Room – 40 W. Century Road, Paramus, NJ 07652

Time:     4 PM – 5 PM

RSVP Today – gro.ecnaillaretaergnull@gnitekram or call 201-599-5500 Ex: 272

Light Refreshments will be provided

Sprint Comes to Greater Alliance

You are invited to stop by our Branches on April 11th and 12th to talk with representatives from our local Sprint Stores in partnership with Love My Credit Union about how Greater Alliance members get amazing discount benefits when they switch to Sprint.

Stop by and learn about…

  • Sprint discounts for Greater Alliance Members
  • If switching to Sprint makes sense for you and your family
  • Test out the latest smartphones
  • How to switch to Sprint
  • And more…

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When and Where:  Branch Locations

  • Paterson – Thursday, April 11th – 66 Hamilton Street, Paterson NJ 07505
  • Paramus – Friday, April 12th – 40 West Century Road Paramus, N J 07652
  • Hackensack – Friday, April 12th – 359 Main Street, Hackensack NJ 07601

Time:     12pm – 4pm

No registration required, just stop by our branches during the dates above. 

Spring President’s Message

Dear Valued Member:

Happy Spring!

Now that winter is finally behind us, we couldn’t wait to get going with our spring projects.  Like your typical household, your credit union team takes advantage of this season to look at our products and services and make the necessary tweaks to make sure they are still relevant and meeting your financial needs.

Part of our success is knowing our members, and since we’ve been around for over 80 years,  we have built a very solid relationship.  I have personally witnessed these solid relationships form and grow.  Seeing our members utilize us, from way back when I started 25 years ago, and now seeing their children and/or grandchildren utilize our products and services the way generations before them did, is very satisfying and fulfilling – it fuels us.  It gives us a sense of purpose that we are carrying forth our Mission, Vision and Core Values set by our founders 82 years ago.

Through the constant evolution of financial services, we’ve managed to remain relevant and continue to effectively provide products that serve and meet our members’ financial needs in the 21st century.  One thing that remains consistent is our passion to serve you.

Speaking of evolution, an opportunity has come  to us to provide you with a better facility at our Hackensack location.  As our lease at our existing Main St. location is coming to an end in a little over a year, we are looking to move to a location within Hackensack that offers you the high-level member experience you’ve come to expect from us, paired with a newer, state of the art and environmentally conscious facility.

We were founded in 1937 in Hackensack and would like to remain there for the next 80 years and beyond.  The officials of the City of Hackensack have been tremendously helpful and we are grateful for their continued support.  We have setup a page on our site www.greateralliance.org/betterbranch as a single source for the latest information regarding this project. We will also utilize our various social media channels to keep you well informed.  We will be having our Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 29th, and if we can answer any additional questions regarding this move, we will be more than happy to discuss them at this year’s meeting. Please do not forget to RSVP and  stay tuned for more information through the year

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Senior Management and the entire credit union team, I wish you a happy and productive spring season.

Sincerely,
Glenn Guinto

#BetterBranch – FAQs

We will be providing the most recent updates regarding our Hackensack branch relocation below. Please check back frequently or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for all the updates with the trending #BetterBranch.

Q1.  Why is the Hackensack branch relocating?
A. Our lease will be expiring in May 2020 and a collective decision was made by the management and the board of directors to explore new locations and possibilities that will help provide a better in branch experience for our members. 

Q2. When will the relocation occur?
A. As of now we don’t have a formal move date but will communicate to you once the date has been confirmed.

Q3. How much is this new facility going to cost?
A.  We have looked at the cost of the new facility and made a decision that was in the best interest of our members’ and the credit union.

Q4. Is it cheaper to move or to stay here?
A.
It is cheaper for us to move than lease the current location after the lease has expired and that is one of the main reason of why we are looking to move to a new location.

Q5. Are you going out of business?
A.
We are definitely not going out of business, our financials are sound as you can see from our 2018 Annual Report. We are looking to move as our lease will expire in May 2020 for the Hackensack branch.

Q6. Where are you going to be moving?
A.
We are going to be moving to a location within Hackensack as we were founded in Hackensack 82 years ago and would like to remain there for the next foreseeable future. We are considering a few locations in Hackensack and as soon as one is finalized, we will post it on the website

Q7. When will we have the next update regarding the move?
A. We will have a dedicated page on our website – greateralliance.org/betterbranch and you can check to see the most recent updates. We will be updating our social media sites as well with any updates about the move.

Q8. What is the physical address of the location and will it have parking?A. Once everything has been finalized we will provide you with the actual address and YES parking will be available for our members.

If you have any additional questions please email us at gro.ecnaillaretaergnull@ofni or call 888-554-2328. 

First Time Home Buyers Seminar

Greater Alliance is excited to host a FREE First Time Home Buyers Seminar in Espanol for the Spanish community.

The seminar will focus on: 

  • How to successfully navigate the market and buy your first home.
  •  Learn about current real estate trends, breakdown of the process, Down Payment and Grant Programs.
  • Understand the benefits of pre-approval and explain what you’ll need to do to secure a mortgage loan.

We Will also have:

  •  A Certified HUD Counselor on hand to answer any questions regarding fixing credit, budgeting for your first home and more…
  • A representative from Address Yourself, an innovative program from New Jersey Community Capital that streamlines the homebuying process to make it easier and more efficient for you, the first-time homebuyer.

Event Date/Time:

Jueves, 9 de Mayo 6:00PM – 8:00PM (ESPANOL).

Event Location:

New Jersey Community Development Corporation

32 Spruce Street Paterson, NJ –  Building is located adjacent to Burger King (Parking available across the street at Michael’s Energy)

Seating is limited: All attendees will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $50 VISA Gift Card.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Paterson Seminar 2019

  • Register Today:

Important Notification – Online and Mobile Banking Security Upgrade

To provide the most secure environment for our members, we are updating our Online Banking platform on Monday, February 25thIf you are using any of the Devices or Operating systems below, you will need to upgrade or use an alternate method to connect.  If you fail to make this upgrade you may have partial access or NO any access at all after February 25th.

Details on Impacted Systems and Devices:

Mobile Device Operating Systems

  • Android devices version 4.4.4 and below.
  • Apple iOS devices using Safari versions 5 and below.
  • Windows Phone using Internet Explorer Mobile versions 10 and below.

Desktop Operating Systems

  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 with Microsoft Internet Explorers versions 10 or below.
  • Apple OS X using Safari Versions 8 or below.

Users Will Need to Upgrade to the Below Devices or Operating System:

  • Microsoft Operating Systems:  Windows operating systems using Microsoft Internet Explorer version 10 and below will need to be upgraded to the latest versions.
  • Apple Operating Systems: Apple operating systems using Safari Version 8 and below will need to be upgraded to the latest version.
  • Apple and Microsoft Web Browsers:  All outdated web browsers will need to be upgraded to the latest version.
  • Android Tablets or Phones: Devices running any Android operating system released before December 2014 will need to be replaced.  Or the users will need to access Online Banking through another compatible device.

These changes will be implemented on Monday, February 25, 2019.

To avoid any disruptions please upgrade your devices or operating system.

For more information regarding these changes please contact our Service Support  Department at 888-554-2328 or email gro.ecnaillaretaergnull@ofni

Individual Tax Preparation Service

Prepare For April 15th!

Better Yet….LET US PREPARE FOR YOU

Stop by our Hackensack Branch every Thursday from February 7th – April 4th to have a tax consultant prepare you for the upcoming tax season.

Call today to make an appointment – 973-276-0044

Tax & Accounting Services provided by Hamilton and Babitts, CPAs

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Servicing the Greater Alliance Federal Credit Union Membership for the 24th Consecutive Year

Where: Hackensack Branch – 359 Main Street, Hackensack NJ 07601

When: February 7th – April 4th

For more information and details about a discounted offer please call to make an appointment at 973-276-0044.

 

President’s Message 2019

Dear Valued Member:

We blinked and the year is over.  The phrase “time flies when you’re having fun” couldn’t be any truer for 2018.  We have been busy leveraging our new system’s capabilities to give you more accessibility options and to help streamline the way you manage your finances even better.

Simplicity is what we aim for and we are consistently reviewing our various products and services and giving them an overhaul to ensure they are very simple to use and securely accessible from just about anywhere, while providing the best user experience possible.

We want you to have that feel-good experience when you interact directly with us or through any electronic device.  We continue to invest in proper training to arm our front-line staff with the tools to serve you better.  In 2018 we reinvested in our staff’s development to ensure we are up to the task of delivering our mission, vision and core values and ensure that they adapt to current banking standards and methods.

This year, we also aimed to make a positive impact in the communities that we serve.  I’m proud to say that our team members delivered in a big way!  From participating in various community events, charitable walks for numerous worthwhile causes and selfless volunteerism to help those in need within our communities – I couldn’t be any prouder to be part of TEAM GREATER.

As we close out 2018, I thought it would be nice to give you a glimpse of how your credit union did in 2018.  Please enjoy this data from our Marketing Dept:

  • Number of members – 23,214
  • Fastest growing products – Online Banking – 8,884; Personal loan – 5,449; Easy Checking – 4,398
  • Oldest Member – 104 Years Old
  • Youngest Member – 2 Months old
  • Number of bills paid within Online and Mobile banking YTD – 26,457
  • RDC Average Monthly Amount – $443

On behalf of our Board of Directors, Volunteers and entire Staff, I would like to wish you and yours a blessed Holiday Season and may 2019 be even GREATER!

Sincerely,
Glenn Guinto