Reimagine Banking

Reimagine Banking. 

Control your financial future and have a voice in your banking institution. 

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Click HERE to fill out our Membership Application Form. A Member Service Representative will contact you to complete the application. 


WHAT IS A CREDIT UNION? 

How is a credit union different that a bank? Credit unions are not-for-profit organizations that exist to serve their members. Like banks, credit unions accept deposits, make loans and provide a wide array of other financial services. But as member-owned and cooperative institutions, credit unions provide a safe place to save and borrow at reasonable rates. 

MEMBER-OWNED

YOU ARE MORE THAN A MEMBER, YOU ARE PART OWNER

Credit unions are owned and controlled by the people, or members, who use their services. Your vote counts. A volunteer board of directors is elected by members to manage a credit union. 

NOT-FOR-PROFIT

Credit unions operate to promote the well-being of their members. Profits made by credit unions are returned back to members in the form of reduced fees, higher savings rates and lower loan rates.

MEMBERSHIP

Members of a credit union share a common bond, also know as the credit union's "field of membership." Great Erie membership is available to anyone that lives, works, worships or attends school in Erie County, NY. 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Members often have shared interests and appreciate participating in an institution designed to help other members. Credit unions also provide financial education and outreach to their members/community.

COOPERATIVE

The cooperative structure of credit unions creates a cycle of mutual assistance towards the common goal of the financial well-being of members. One member's savings becomes another member's loan. 

Great Erie Supports the Seven Cooperative Principles for Credit Unions

  • Voluntary Membership
  • Democratic Member Control
  • Members' Economic Participation
  • Autonomy and Independence
  • Education, Training and Information
  • Cooperation Among Cooperatives
  • Concern for Community

These seven principles are founded in the philosophy of cooperation and its central values of equality, equity and mutual self-help. They express, around the world, the principles of human development and the brotherhood of man through people working together to achieve a better life for themselves and their community. 


Important Information about Opening an Account

To help the government fight the funding of terrorist and money-laundering activities, the USA Patriot Act requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person who opens an account. When you open an account, we will ask for your name, address of physical residence, date of birth, taxpayer identification number and other information that will allow us to identify you. We may also ask to see your driver's license or other identifying documents.