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New partnership with Electronic Merchant Systems helps businesses take payments

Posted 4 weeks ago

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We are also proud to announce to our community that we have formed a new partnership with Electronic Merchant Systems, a Cleveland-based merchant services provider.

Established in 1988, Electronic Merchant Systems is a leading provider of payment processing and merchant services. EMS manages and safeguards many types of electronic payment transactions including all major credit cards, debit cards, electronic benefits transfer (EBT), stored-value, and electronic check services. No matter what type of small business you run, EMS can provide innovative solutions to help you securely accept payments.

Community First Credit Union members can enjoy the following benefits from this new partnership:

Local service backed by Electronic Merchant Systems

Innovative payment solutions

A dedicated relationship manager to help your business grow

Unmatched 24/7/365 live customer support

For more information on this new partnership or our services, please contact us.

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Free Financial Counseling is available for all members

Posted 7 months ago

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Community First has three Certified Financial Counselors to help you develop a financial plan, pay down debt, and build wealth. Patti, Rene, and Gail are certified by the Credit Union National Association's Financial Counseling Certification Program (FiCEP).

We can help you find a way out of financial trouble, or assist you in creating a solid financial strategy.

We help with:

• Household budgeting

• Debt management

• Credit repair

• Financial problem-solving

Our Certified Financial Counselors can help you in a professional, caring, and confidential manner.

This is a no-cost, no obligation service to all members.

Call 440-997-5919 to schedule your free consultation or read more on our Financial Counseling page.

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Community First is happy to help support Blessings in a Backpack

Posted 1 year ago

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Community First CEO Mark DeGeorge and CFO Philip Pawlowski this week presented a donation to Judy Summers of Blessings in a Backpack, which mobilizes communities, individuals and organizations to provide food on weekends for elementary school children who may otherwise go hungry.

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We can help finance your education with affordable college loans

Posted 2 years ago

Community First can help you finance college or other education.

In partnership with Sallie Mae, we offer the The Smart Option Student Loan to members. This loan features three repayment options, competitive interest rates, and no origination fees.

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Monitor your debit and credit cards with the CardValet App

Posted 2 years ago

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Take control of your Debit Card with the CardValet App. Our new CardValet app lets you control your debit card, save time and gain peace of mind knowing you can control your card with the phone in your pocket.

CardValet lets you:

• Turn your debit card on and off.

• Establish transaction controls for dollar amount limits, merchant categories and geographic locations.

• Receive alerts when your debit card is used, approved or exceeds the transaction controls set by you.

• Stay informed of potential fraud with alerts on attempted, declined transactions.

• Get real-time balances for your accounts.

Get Started Today! Download the CardValet app for your Apple iOS or Google Android device or search for CardValet on your device's app store.

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We are proud to serve members like Perry Schools Superintendent Jack Thompson

Posted 2 years ago

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At Community First, you are not a number, you are a member!

Perry Schools Superintendent Jack Thompson is a member. He has pursued greater heights in his life and career. Over a career of 29 years spanning seven school districts, Jack has only needed one Credit Union – Community First Credit Union.

He obtained his loan digitally, never had to come in to sign, and he has always received great service – so why change? Thank you, Jack!

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Member wins $500 in auto loan transfer drawing

Posted 2 years ago

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Congratulations to Elizabeth, a member who won $500 in Community First Credit Union's Auto Loan Transfer Drawing. Community First also donated an additional $500 to Elizabeth's local charity of choice, Habitat for Humanity.

Elizabeth transferred her auto loan from another lender and got a lower rate at Community First, which will save her a lot of money over the life of the loan.

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You can use No-Fee ATMs all over town!

Posted 3 years ago

Withdrawing money from an ATM can be expensive. Surcharges and fees can cost as much as $3.50 per transaction.

As a member of Community First Credit Union, you can withdraw cash at dozens of surcharge-free ATMs in and around Ashtabula County. And you have access to thousands more surcharge-free ATMs when you travel across Ohio and the United States.

If you use ATMs frequently, you could save a lot of money with your Community First ATM/Debit Card!

Locally, you can find surcharge-free ATMs at Sheetz Convenience Stores, CVS Pharmacies, Grumpy Grandpas Git & Go Convenience Stores, Wal-Mart, and many local financial institutions. You can look for ATMs displaying logos for Alliance One, CU24 ATM, AllPoint, and MoneyPass networks on any ATM. You can also find locations online on our ATM map.

See all the No-Fee ATM locations in Ashtabula County.

If you prefer smartphone apps, you can download ATM locator apps for CU24 and Alliance One and have thousands of locations at your fingertips.

You have access to two nationwide networks of surcharge-free ATMs. That means you can find thousands of ATMs in town, near your workplace, or while traveling.

Read more and download the ATM locator apps.

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Community First Credit Union donates $1,500 to local food pantries

Posted 3 years ago

Community First Credit Union staff and members donated $1,500 to local food pantries this month to help hungry neighbors in our Ashtabula County community.

CFCU donated $500 to the Messiah Lutheran Food Pantry. Members bought chocolate bars from our staff to raise the funds as part of a Northeast Credit Union Outreach Alliance program. On behalf of our members, we thank our friends at the Food Pantry for their work and are happy to be able to help!

We are still selling chocolate bars to raise more money, so stop in and help your community (and your taste buds)!

Our staff this week donated $500 to the Conneaut Food Pantry and $500 to the St. Joseph Food Pantry in Ashtabula to help our community during the holidays. Community First staff members donate money each Friday to wear jeans and give back to the wonderful people of Ashtabula County. We are disbursing the year's funds to several area organizations this month.

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Community First Credit Union serves everyone in Ashtabula County

Posted 5 years ago

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Membership in Community First Credit Union is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Ashtabula County. Families of members can also join. Just stop by our office and make a minimum deposit to open your savings account, and you can be a member/owner, too!

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Refinance your auto loan and get up to $150 Cash Back with No Payments for 90 Days

Posted 1 year ago

Refinance your auto loan from another lender and you first payment isn't due until the weather is warm! Plus, get a low rate, a low monthly payment and no payments for 90 days.

Auto loan rates are now as low as 1.79% APR* for a 35-month term and as low as 2.75% APR* for a 59-month term.

Refi today and get:

• Rates as low as 1.79% APR*

• No Payments for 90 Days

• Up to $150 Cash Back

• No processing fees

• No application fees

• Financing options up to 72 months

• No prepayment penalties

• Automatic payroll deduction is available

Visit our office, call 440-997-5919, or apply online now.

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