Community Partners

You may be eligible to join the Credit Union if you are an employee, member or volunteer at our Community Partners listed below.

You can join many of our Community Partner organizations today as part of your Northwest Federal membership application. When completing your online Northwest Federal membership application, simply select the Community Partner organization you wish to join when prompted.

Once you become a member of Northwest Federal, you can share the benefits with your family and friends to experience all that credit union membership has to offer. With Northwest Federal membership, you’ll enjoy lower loan rates and higher savings rates than banks. Plus, you can take advantage of all the personal financial products and services we offer.

    If your organization is interested in becoming a Northwest Federal Community Partner, please submit a Partner Checklist. To discover how we are transforming lives in the communities we serve, visit our Newsroom.

    Northwest Federal Community Partners

    If you are employed by or volunteer for one of these organizations, you're eligible to join Northwest Federal.

    If you are employed by, volunteer for, or you or your company is a member of one of these organizations, you’re eligible to join Northwest Federal.  

    70 Acts of We in 2017

    Northwest Federal Credit Union has officially been serving its members and community for more than 70 years. To celebrate this milestone anniversary. Northwest Federal worked with our Community Partners, members, and employees to perform 70 Acts of We in 2017.

    With the help of our Community Partners, we truly served the members and communities who have contributed to 70 successful years!

    For that reason, we want to spotlight all of our Community Partners and thank you for working with us to celebrate 70 years of We!

     


    September 2017 Partner Spotlight

    July 2017 Partner Spotlight

    May 2017 Partner Spotlight

    March 2017 Partner Spotlight

    January 2017 Partner Spotlight

    Identity Theft: A Survivor's Guide

    Identity theft is a crime with many faces: from the thief who your skims your card info at the ATM, to the hacker who assumes your persona and opens accounts in your name. Unfortunately, rectifying identity theft damage can be like untangling a wet knot. You can do it - but it will require patience and perseverance.

    To start, commit yourself to becoming and remaining organized. Since you will probably be communicating with a lot of people, you will need to keep track of who said what, and when. Keep copies of all letters and maintain a verbal correspondence log. File paperwork right away and store everything in a safe and accessible place.

    Step One: Creditors and Financial Institutions
    If accounts have been used or opened illegally, contact your creditors immediately. Ask for fraudulent transaction documentation as you may need it to file a police report. Add "non-guessable" passwords to replacement cards and all existing accounts.

    If a collection agency attempts to collect on a fraudulent account, explain (in writing) that you are a victim of identity theft and not responsible for the debt. Ask that they confirm in writing that you do not owe the balance and that the account has been closed.

    For checking account fraud, contact your financial institution to place stop payments on any outstanding checks that you did not write. Report the crime to check reporting agencies. It is also a wise idea to cancel your checking and savings accounts and obtain new account numbers and passwords. Monitor all future account statements carefully for evidence of new fraud.

    Step Two: Legal and Government Agencies
    Report the crime and file a report with either your local police or sheriff's department or the police where the identity theft took place. Request a copy of the report and keep the phone number of your investigator handy.

    Create an Identity Theft Report with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which is the combination of the Identity Theft Affidavit, also filed with the FTC, and the police report.

    For additional documentation you may also pursue a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau investigation.

    Notify your local postal inspector if someone else has used your address. If your social security number has been fraudulently used, alert the social security administration.

    Step Three: Credit Reporting Bureaus
    The most arduous task in this process may be ensuring that your credit report lists only factual information. To know what is being reported, you will need to obtain a credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus (if you are married, your spouse should also check his or her report).

    Even if the fraudulent information hasn't yet appeared on your credit reports, be proactive and report the crime now. Contact one of the bureau's fraud department and request that an extended fraud alert be entered on your file for seven years instead of the normal 90-180 days. Confirm that the bureau you filed the fraud alert with will contact the other two bureaus for you and have them place the fraud alerts.

    Write a victim's report - a brief statement describing the details of the crime - and send it to the bureaus to be added to your credit report. The first credit reports with the fraud alert are free and will be sent to you automatically. After that, check your credit report every three months to ensure accuracy.

    Healing the wounds of identity theft will take time and work. However, the sooner and more aggressively you deal with the problem, the faster you will see results.

    ©BALANCE Financial Fitness
    Revised January 2016



     

    September 2017 Money Minute

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    January 2017 Money Minute

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