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Home Buyer Fair – Hablamos Español    

When:                 Saturday, June 15th

Time:                  9 AM – 1 PM

Location:            Holiday Inn, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

A FREE one-Stop Shop to help first-time home buyers become confident, educated and prepared consumers!

Meet directly with the experts at our 2019 Home Buyer Fair:

  • Realtors
  • Home Inspector
  • Home Buying Counselor
  • Title Company
  • Mortgage Loan Officers
  • Home Insurance
  • Appraiser
  • Real Estate Attorney and more…

Workshops for First-Time buyers – Please Register Below For The Sessions You Would Like to Attend:

  • 9:30 – 10:30 – Getting Your Finances In Order Before Buying A Home (Separate Sessions in English & Espanol)
  • 10:45 – 11:45 – A Roadmap to Buying Your First Home (Separate Sessions In English & Espanol)
  • 12:00 – 12: 45 – Panel Discussion – Q&A Session With Experts About the Home Buying Process

Chance to win great prizes:

  • Enter for a chance to win an ECHO SPOT when you attend the fair.
  • Enter for a chance to win a $50 VISA GIFT CARD for attending any one of our workshops!
  • Register Today:

  • Please choose the different workshops you will be attending at the fair: 9 AM – 1 PM -Home Fair

 

Contact:  For additional information please call 888-554-2328 or email us at gro.ecnaillaretaergnull@ofni

Enjoy family-friendly activities and enter to win some great prizes while learning how to prepare for the most important investment you can make in your family’s future.

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

New Tax Law Small Business Event

You are invited to attend the Greater Alliance Federal Credit Union in Partnership with Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce for a professional mixer regarding – New Tax Law and How Will it Impact Your Business

GUEST SPEAKER: James Delia Esq., will cover the following topics:

  • Deductions for pass-through and corporations
  • If you have less than 100 employees how does it affect your small business?
  • First-year bonus depreciation
  • Net operating loss changes
  • And more…

Please join us and network with other business in the community and remember to bring your business cards!

Light refreshments will be provided.

When:    Thursday, January 10th
(Snow Date – Thursday, January 17th)

Where:  Branch Lobby – 359 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07602

Time:     5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Registration Required: Hackensack Chamber Members $5/Non-Members $10
All proceeds will be donated to the Greater Alliance Hopes & Dreams Foundation for Children Scholarship Fund

Sign up now, LIMITED SPOTS!

 

Light Refreshments will be provided.

2018 Annual Food Drive

Make a difference!

As a means of demonstrating the “People Helping People” spirit of credit unions, we are pleased to host our annual food drive to benefit the following food pantries:

Center for Food Action of Hackensack
CUMAC of Paterson
Table of Plenty Food Pantry, Annunciation Church in Paramus

During the entire month of November and December, we will collect food and other basic necessities to help those less fortunate. Please donate your non–perishable food items during this holiday season.

Food Drive Sample Items

Suggested Items

  • Cereal/Breakfast Items
  • Stuffing & Dry Potatoes
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Tuna
  • Caned & Dry Pasta
  • Rice, Quinoa & Other Healthy Grains
  • Canned Meats, Fruits & Vegetables
  • Canned & Dry Stews
  • Soup
  • Diapers
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Personal Care Items (feminine products, soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.)

Thank you for your generosity

Drop off your food items at any one of our branch locations from November 5th – December 31st, 2018. 

 

Cancelled – Annual Beefsteak Dinner

 

Annual Beefsteak Dinner Has Been Canceled.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Greater Alliance Hopes and Dreams Foundation we would like to Thank You for supporting our beefsteak dinner event. Unfortunately due to low turnout, we will need to cancel the event.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and hopefully you can support us again next year.

Again on behalf of the board, we thank you for your continued support and hope you will join us next year for our annual golf outing.

 

Mission Statement

The foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to financially support programs, activities, and research through grants, donations, and scholarships aimed at easing the plight of less fortunate and handicapped children and their families.