Making a Difference

Donate a Phone … Save a Life! 

I’m kind of jumping the gun a little bit, since October doesn’t officially start until next week-but I figure, with a drive as important as this-it’s never TOO early to get started.

Typically, financial institutions get called upon to help support the community, whether it’s for the United Way, Salvation Army, local schools, what have you-we get plenty of requests and we LOVE to give back. Hopewell Federal really enjoys supporting various causes and organizations throughout Licking County, but this one, we decided to start by ourselves.

WE WANT YOUR CELL PHONES! That’s right! The month of October, is designated as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. And here at Hopewell Federal, we’re lending our support with a CALL TO ACTION-to our members, non-members and any one else who reads this and wants to mail their old cell phones in! Why? Good question! 

Old cell phones can be reprogrammed to dial only 911, no call plans necessary. I know you have to have an old phone sitting around in a drawer collecting dust somewhere-especially you techie’s out there that just got the iPhone! Bring your old cell phones into Hopewell Federal either to our office in Heath or in Newark, OH and we’ll make sure it gets sent to our local domestic violence shelter NEW BEGINNINGS who will have them reprogrammed to help local abuse victims in need.

According to the FBI, domestic violence claims the lives of more than 4 women each day, with staggering statistics like that, it’s worth your time, to drop in and drop off your phone. It could save a life.

 Remember, it starts October 1st-but if you want to drop them off ahead of time we’ll take them! And if you’re reading this, whether you’re a member out-of-state or just a passer-by, I encourage you to mail your phone to us-at P.O. Box 2157, 501 Hopewell Drive, Heath, OH 43056!

Help us break the cycle of violence!

Have You Had Your Financial Check-up?


 Another week has gone by and I’m still so amazed at the amount of traffic this blog has seen since it began just a few short weeks ago. It’s a busy time here at Hopewell, we’re getting ready for International Credit Union Week, as well as launching a couple of community campaigns to support our friends and neighbors, which I will be sharing with you next week.

As I was trying to think of a blog topic, I got to reviewing some out there and I found one that really captured my attention-how do you maintain your financial health?

It’s a simple concept really, you  go to the doctor when you need a health screening but what kind of importance or value do you place on your financial health? If you can’t answer that question then maybe it’s time to take a closer look. 

Go to your credit union and talk with one of the member service representatives about your current finances. What you have, what you’d like to save, what you’d like to see for your future? It may be that your financial health is just fine, but perhaps there’s something more you could be doing to save money, save on a loan, invest in your future.

Who knows? It really could lead to major savings in the long run and besides, it doesn’t hurt to just ask.  So I encourage you to stop in and talk to a member services representative at least annually to ensure your financial health.

Another Reason Why We’re Different

You know, a few weeks ago, I was asked to respond on how bank’s are different from credit unions. And of course, while I could go on with my personal opinions for quite awhile, you can go back through and read my originial response – it got me thinking of another very important way of how banks differ from credit unions and that’s through shared branching.

Shared branching makes life easier for all credit union members. Thanks to shared branching whether you’re headed for the next town or going on your next vacation you’ll find a credit union ready to help. Plus, you can do the same kinds of transactions you do at your own cu-including deposits, withdrawals, loan payments, balance transfers, money orders-even travelers checks. All you have to do is look for the shared branching cu swirl logo. For a sample of the swirl, check out our site, go to or call 1-800-919-2872 to find one of the more than 2,000 shared branches near you or the more than 50 branches across central Ohio.  Locally in Licking County, you can come to our place, Hopewell Federal, in Newark and Heath or CES or Fiberglas, to take care of your banking needs.

It’s really a cooperative effort and one I thought worth mentioning. Remember, if you have any financial questions or questions in general about credit unions, I’d be happy to help-so feel free to send them. Have a great week!

Introducing Guest Blogger… Cammie Morrow

Hello everyone-

As I said before, we’re new to blogging and aren’t exactly sure how this blog will progress and evolve over time. That being said, I’d like to introduce our Guest Blogger this week-Cammie Morrow. -Al

Hi there!

You can still “Ask Al” a question-but I just thought I’d drop in and add my two cents worth this week, but first thing’s first, allow me to introduce myself, I’m the director of marketing and business development for HFCU, long title-I know. In a nutshell, it means I not only promote the credit union, but I also get to do all the fun stuff, like community events and last night’s was fantastic!

If you attended the Women’s Health Expo that was held at the new Reese Center at the Ohio State University/Newark campus-then I’d like to say thank you for making it a wonderful success! Taking care of your health is important, and that includes your financial health as well! We had a blast-everyone was spinning our prize wheel to pick up something special from Hopewell Federal-but more importantly it gave me-the new kid on the block around here-(only 7 months into the job) an opportunity to meet current members and potentially some new ones!

It was fun, informative and well attended. I think it’s community events like that, that really make Licking County special. I did get asked a couple of questions and rather than relay the info to Al, I told folks I would address them on the blog.

First off-where is the new branch everyone’s heard SO much about?:

It’s located at 1690 North 21st Street in Newark, right in front of the brand new Connell’s furniture store. It really is the most unique financial institution in Licking County-you just have to check it out for yourself-okay, my marketing moment is over.

Second-do we charge for no activity on kids accounts?

The answer to that is plain and simple-No. I can’t speak for the other guys, but I heard your concerns last night loud and clear! As a mother, a member and the marketing director, I can tell you absolutely not. We understand that kids are learning about savings, credit building etc. So we’re not going to punish them by charging them fees for inactivity on their account. That’s just something we don’t do. Our goal is to encourage kids and teens to save and reward them for their efforts with prizes and giveaways through our kids and tween/teen clubs. But you can read more about those on our website.

Finally-everyone can join!

It’s true! You don’t have to be a member of a certain factory, business or organization. If you live, work or worship in Licking County, have relatives that do-whatever! You ARE eligible to join HFCU! It’s just that simple.  

Thanks again to all the ladies and gentleman who attended the event last night. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! I also hope you got lots of information and do business with the wonderful vendors and sponsors who were there. They had so much to offer for you and your families. It was a wonderful evening and you were the key to it’s success.

On that note, I bid you adieu, and invite you to leave comments if you wish!