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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.

President’s Message

 

Dear Valued Member:

They say “time goes fast when you’re having fun” and it couldn’t be any truer as the summer of 2018 comes to a close – it sure went by quickly. From our entire staff, we sincerely hope that you and your family enjoyed everything that summer had to offer. Your credit union continues to progress as we see consistent growth and remain financially safe and sound. Greater Alliance is one of the highest ranked credit unions in New Jersey and year after year, our staff works very hard to maintain our standing.

We appreciate your membership and hope that we are meeting you and your family’s financial expectations. Our team at Greater Alliance loves helping our members with any financial situation they may be facing and are very enthused to provide assistance whenever necessary. We realize not every situation is the same and pride ourselves in being able to craft a solution for almost every scenario.

Over the next coming months, we are launching our “Greater Way To _________” campaign and were fortunate enough to have some of our members provide examples of ways we were able to help them. Please check our YouTube channel and I encourage you to come see us, if you would like for us to feature your unique story. Likewise, if you feel that we are not meeting your financial needs, please let us know as well. We are fairly active with our social media channels and love to hear feedback from our membership.

This summer we focused on the communities that we serve. We have never been so involved and our staff’s efforts is evident with the positive impact we’ve had. Greater Alliance Hopes & Dreams Foundation for Children is our non-profit charitable arm. Through that, our volunteer board members and staff participated in walks for various causes, charity golf outings, environmental cleanups as well as simply reaching out with a helping hand to the citizens of the communities we serve.

Several well-deserving High School students in Bergen and Passaic counties benefited with our scholarships that we continue to award. Please visit greateralliance.org/foundation for more details. I would also like to highlight our increasingly convenient remote services. Our members are discovering just how easy it is to access their accounts and do more of the routine transactions online. Of course, we made them available not only through your computers at home or in your office, we also made them available to just about any portable device
you own. I encourage you to try out our remote services by logging in to our website.

Lastly, on behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire TEAM at Greater Alliance, I would like to THANK YOU for your membership and wish you all the best that the Fall Season has to offer.

Sincerely,
Glenn Guinto
CEO/President

Celebrating International Credit Union Week

This year, we’re celebrating International Credit Union Day’s platinum anniversary, a chance to look back after 70 years and be thankful for the lives and communities that have been improved by the unique principles and actions of our movement.

Be a part of this year’s celebration as we celebrate International Credit Union Week from October 15th – October 19th.  Each day of the week we will have trivia’s on our Facebook & Twitter sites and a winner who answers all the questions correctly will be picked each day to win a prize!

  • Movie tickets
  • VISA Gift Card
  • Amazon Echo Dot

We will also be celebrating credit union week at our branches, if you prefer going to the branches you can always stop by for FREE Giveaways and light refreshments for the whole week.

Also, use the hashtag #PlatinumLiningFound on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook to share any stories about how Greater Alliance has helped you to provide the financial support and guidance over the years.  On behalf of the board and staff of Greater Alliance, we would like to thank all our members for their continued support as we celebrate International Credit Union Week.

For more information please contact 888-554-2328 x280 or email gro.ecnaillaretaergnull@ofni

* Members’ who answer the trivia correctly will be randomly picked each day and we will announce the winner the following morning and prizes will be awarded accordingly.

Small Business Networking Event – Nov., 13th

Millennials are reshaping the business landscape. What can your business do to attract and retain them?

GUEST SPEAKER: Patrick Moriarty will cover the following points and have an informative evening to help you get prepared for a new generation of consumers.

  • What is the millennial story and what has shaped their world view?
  • What is different about millennials in the workforce and what are the best ways to keep them engaged?
  • Millennial customers will spend 1.4 trillion annually and represent 30% of retail sales by 2020.

Join us on in partnership with the Paramus Chamber on:

When:  Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Where:  40 W. Century Road, Paramus Branch Lobby

Time:     5:30 PM – 7 PM

Come network and learn why this generation loves smaller companies and what your business can do to attract and retain them as customers.

Light Refreshments will be provided

Registration Required: Paramus 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!

 

 

 

Networking Event For Young Professionals

When:                 Wednesday, October 17th

Time:                  5:30 PM – 7 PM (Paramus Branch will be closing early that day)

Location:            Paramus Branch Lobby, 40 West Century Rd., Paramus NJ, 07652

Who:            Young Professionals aged 22-37 (Born between 1981 – 1996)

Cost:            $5 entrance fee to benefit the Greater Alliance Hopes & Dreams Scholarship Fund. You can pay with a credit card below, or at the door.

A great opportunity to meet other young professionals in the community and have some fun!

A chance to win great prizes:

  • Enter for a chance to win an ECHO SPOT
  • Enter for a chance to win a pair of Broadway Tickets

Light refreshments will be served, and make sure to bring business cards!

Sign up now, LIMITED SPOTS!

Attended the event? Fill out the survey by 7:00 PM for a chance to win an Amazon ECHO SPOT!

Create your own user feedback survey

 

Breast Cancer Walk

This event unites communities with a shared determination to save lives from breast cancer and raise money for the American Cancer Society. Greater Alliance is proud to participate in the Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, and encourage everyone in the area to help support this organization by donating or volunteering their time to walk with us.

When:                 Sunday, October 28th

Time:                  Registration is at 8:00am and the Walk officially starts at 10:00am

Location:            New Overpeck Park 199 Challenger Road Ridgefield Park, NJ

If you are unable to attend the walk but would like to donate, you can do so by visiting http://main.acsevents.org/goto/GAFCU.

To request more information, please contact Stephanie Hanuman at 201-599-5500 Ex: 234