The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLB) is providing up to $500,000 in financial assistance for local individuals, families and businesses affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that occurred on July 18-20, 2019. The grants are for up to $5000 and can be obtained through CoVantage Credit Union, a member financial institution of the FHLB.
Qualifying counties located in the FEMA-declared disaster area include, but are not limited: Clark, Forest, Langlade, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Outagamie, Portage, Shawano, Waupaca, and Wood.
Grants can be used for the rehab, construction, and/or purchase of an owner-occupied property and are available on a first-come, first-served basis now through December 20, 2019. Prospective applicants in the FEMA-declared counties should contact CoVantage Credit Union to find out if they qualify for assistance. Households and businesses must meet specific eligibility requirements to qualify and show evidence of loss sustained in the disaster area.
Help us stop identity thieves! Be aware that CoVantage has a fraud monitoring system; HOWEVER, CoVantage will NEVER call you requesting your PIN number, security code, or other debit/credit card from you. Additionally, CoVantage will NEVER email (or text) you a security code, ask you to watch for it while on the phone, and then provide the code once it is received. These are all schemes that fraudsters use to try to steal your money.
Fight back! If you receive a suspicious call from someone that claims they are from CoVantage, DO NOT give out your information and hang up. Initiate a call to the credit union yourself to verify if it was a legitimate call.
Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, is a national health epidemic. In Wisconsin, there are currently 875,149 people over the age of 65, with approximately 105,000 of those seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. More than 70% of people with dementia spend the majority of their time at home in their community.
CoVantage recognizes the need for quality dementia-friendly care in the communities the credit union serves. As a response, CoVantage recently partnered with the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Langlade County to educate staff on all forms of dementia-related diseases. The trainings were presented to staff by Meagan Fandry, ADRC Caregiver Support Coordinator, at the Antigo headquarters with surrounding branch staff participating through virtual access. Three different class times were offered over the course of two days. Over 50% of CoVantage employees completed the training.
According to Joanna Hilger, Employee Development Specialist at CoVantage, the goal of offering this course was to help employees better understand dementia and be equipped to respond effectively while serving members and their caregivers. “CoVantage Credit Union’s mission is to welcome all and I really felt this training was an important step toward making the organization even more inclusive,“ said Hilger. As a result of the training, 15 of our branches are now certified Dementia-Friendly businesses and are able to better assist our member-owners and their families.
CoVantage Credit Union is proud to announce that with the help of our members and staff, we were rated as one of the top 200 credit unions out of over 5,000 in the country by Forbes.
In June, Forbes released its list of America’s Best Credit Unions in Each State after surveying more than 25,000 credit union members on their current and former banking relationships. The scoring was based on member satisfaction, trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services, financial advice and overall recommendation. The results of these surveys rank CoVantage as the best credit union in the northcentral region and the third best-in-state credit union in Wisconsin.
CoVantage would like to thank member-owners for their continued loyalty and support, we are also grateful to our staff for making this credit union an award-winning place that serves those who rely on CoVantage for their financial needs.
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