Simply Outstanding…

Okay, so it’s been a little over week since I posted anything new…I apologize and will try not to stray again. But we’ve been very, very busy! I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s cell phone drive!

We did better than last year by far… We received 174 cell phones. 174! Simply Outstanding Folks! We’re so appreciative of your efforts, but more importantly, so are the women and families in need at New Beginnings, the Licking County Shelter for victims of Domestic Violence.

Thanks again for all your efforts. We really appreciate it and hope to keep the tradition going for next year! As we get ready to kick off the holiday season, it’s moments like these, that make you feel really, really special.

Thanks again!

We Pause to Remember Those Who Have Served…

Hi Folks,

Veteran’s Day is so important, to those who have served, are serving, and those who have given their lives for the greatest gift of all, our freedom. In honor of the very brave men and women across our country, we will be observing a day of blog silence on Tuesday, November 11, 2008.

Feel free to always post your comments, especially if you want to recognize a local resident who has served our country, those are always welcome.

I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all veterans and to the families who’s loved ones have lost their lives protecting our freedoms, to whom we will always be grateful.

We will resume blogging on Wednesday, November 12th.


Shared Branching Just Got Easier!

Hi Friends,

Have you heard the news? Now finding a convenient shared branching location just got easier. Members of Shared Branching credit unions, like Hopewell FCU can now download the 3,450 locations to their global-positioning, personal navigation devices.

This new option joins Shared Branching’s existing telephone and Web locator services. Go to this website and click on Find a Shared Branch, then select the Dowloads tab to export the information to your Garmin, Tom-Tom or other system, in just a few quick and easy steps. It’s never been easier or more convenient to now take your credit union with you, no matter where the road may take you.

Members can also call 1-800-919-2872 for turn-by-turn directions in English or Spanish. You can also always visit our website, to find the closest shared branching credit union before you travel.

So it really is like we have a branch on every corner in the cities where you travel. I know we’re very excited about this new added convenience and hope that you are too!

Have a great day-


Beware: We May Be the Target of a Phone Scam

Attention all Hopewell Federal Members


As you can see from our previous post, fraudsters are everywhere and they have been targeting credit unions across Ohio over the past few weeks, including another local credit union in Licking County.  Unfortunately we have received several inquires from our members, on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, that leads us to believe that we now may be the target of a phone scam.


Several members have received messages or automated phone calls stating that their Hopewell Federal Credit Union credit cards have been compromised. Recipients are then asked to push 1, to re-instate their accounts by submitting their account information. By doing so, this is how the fraudsters steal your account information and potentially withdraw funds from your account.


All members who receive this phone call or text message should immediately disregard it. We do ask that you report these calls to us. Based on the information we have received, we are not aware that any personal information has been compromised. 

More importantly, if you have already fallen victim to this phone scam, you need to immediately notify us to let us know that your account information has been compromised. At this point, it seems that members are being targeted at random. This is not the result of  a data breach at Hopewell Federal Credit Union.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call us immediately.

Al Smith
President & CEO
Hopewell Federal Credit Union