Credit Unions Celebrate New Branch Openings


Advantis Credit Union Opens New Branch in Woodstock Neighborhood

Advantis Credit Union has opened its eighth branch in SE Portland, at 4235 SE Woodstock Boulevard.

In addition to providing a full range of financial services, the Woodstock branch is one of the first in the area to feature video teller machines. Using the new video teller machines, members can speak with a local Advantis member advisor via real-time video and receive the same personal service for transactions as if they were using a traditional teller line. The technology allows Advantis Member Advisors to provide more complex guidance and advice on financial products and services.

To celebrate the branch grand opening, Advantis is hosting the Woodstock Community Grant program, a $5,000 grant campaign that supports neighborhood-based organizations. The public is invited to visit the branch and place a vote for one of five pre-selected Woodstock-area organizations, including Duniway Elementary PTA, Friends of the Woodstock Community Center, Lewis Elementary PTA, Woodstock Elementary PTA, and the Woodstock Street Art Project. Each vote translates to a $5 donation for the selected organization. Advantis will award a combined total of $5,000 to the selected organizations once a total of 1,000 votes have been placed.

“Giving back through volunteer service and funding has been a core value at Advantis for more than 90 years,” said John Nichols, Vice President of Marketing at Advantis. “We’re looking forward to supporting more community initiatives and growing our cooperative in this vibrant neighborhood.”

Picture of Unitus Community CU Multnomah Village staff

Unitus Community Credit Union, Multnomah Village staff.

Unitus Community CU Opens New Branch in Multnomah Village

This month, Unitus Community Credit Union opened a new branch in Multnomah Village. Located at 7717 SW Capitol Hwy, this marks Unitus’ tenth branch serving members throughout Portland Metro, Salem, and Southwest Washington.

“Unitus is excited to serve members and businesses in a neighborhood as historic as Multnomah Village,” said Unitus CEO Steven Stapp. “Our reception leading up to the opening has been warm and inviting, and we are thrilled to build connections in a place with such a strong, established sense of community.”

Unitus leadership, branch staff, members, and guests will celebrate with a ribbon-cutting during their grand opening on March 14. Unitus also is launching a neighborhood initiative around the opening.

“We’ve partnered with more than 30 local businesses to give out gift cards during our grand opening event,” said Laurie Kresl, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Unitus. “You improve your chance of winning a gift card — or the $1,000 grand prize — by finding ‘lucky clovers’ at local participating businesses. Part scavenger hunt, part self-guided adventure, it’s our way of showing the people of Multnomah Village that we are committed to a creative, rewarding approach to finances and the support of local business.”

As with all Unitus branches, staff will comprise Member Advocates, relationship-oriented employees trained to serve members with almost any financial need they may have. The branch will provide a full range of financial services, including checking, savings and retirement accounts; auto, business, equity and home loans; full-service deposit-taking ATMs, and personal financial assistance.

BECU Expands Footprint in Downtown Seattle

BECU recently opened the doors of a new, 7,700 square-foot Downtown Seattle Financial Center on 6th Avenue between Pike Place and Pine Street.

Due to its larger size, the Downtown Seattle Financial Center will accommodate full-time specialists supporting members with mortgage, investments, and business services. Consistent with BECU’s operating model, the majority of its financial centers offer a “tellerless” layout, including mobile banking, online banking, and ATMs. Member consultants are available to assist with these transactions, and provide one-on-one support for opening accounts and more complex services.

The credit union also announced its plans to open a 1,800 square-foot financial center in the South Lake Union neighborhood at 114 Westlake Ave North in the third quarter of 2018.

By year-end, the credit union will have 11 financial centers serving more than 155,000 BECU members in Seattle. The credit union currently has 49 locations and more than 240 ATMs nationwide.

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