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Free, anonymous financial advice

Pittsford FCU is proud to announce a new member service. Debt in Focus is a free, internet-based, anonymous financial assessment program designed to help our members get ahead financially.

While the recession has encouraged Americans to be more cautious with their finances, huge barriers remain when it comes to actually seeking financial advice from another party. Many consumers refuse to talk about their finances with a professional because of the embarrassment and discomfort associated with discussing such a private subject. What’s more, many consumers who actually seek financial guidance find that complex industry jargon and unclear directives leave them even more confused than they were before they acted.

Debt in Focus addresses these barriers head-on. Consumers can complete the program without disclosing any personally identifying information. Debt in Focus provides consumers with a robust, yet easy-to-understand, evaluation of personal debts, incomes, expenses, and credit scores, along with powerful suggestions on how to improve each. Results are written in a concise, conversational tone with clear instructions on how to act on them.

We recognize that talking about finances is not a particularly enjoyable experience. Debt in Focus helps break down these barriers and encourages consumers to take the first step.

To get started, visit PittsfordFCU.org/Focus (or find the link in our online Resource Library). Then, just click the “Start” button to begin anonymously entering your income, debt, and expenses. After you click start, it is important to make a note of your anonymous “Revisit ID” in case you want to return to the program to run different scenarios or add more information to fine tune your results.

It will take just a few minutes to get your custom Debt in Focus report. Once you have your report, you can explore the budgeting and payment plan tools designed to help you get ahead financially.



Member Appreciation

Join us for a special Member Appreciation Day on Friday, July 30, 2010. We will be serving hot dogs, chips, drinks, and ice cream at each branch. Feel free to bring your friend, neighbor, or co-worker.



Students can win money for college

Calling all young adults: Get behind the camera and win money for college!

Financial education is very important to us at Pittsford Federal Credit Union, and so are our young adult members. That’s why we’re teaming up with Carducator (Covera’s own quirky superhero) and credit unions across the Northeast to offer Get Carducated, a video contest that gives young adults a chance to share their ideas about responsible debit, credit, and ATM card use.

Covera will be giving away great prizes, like a $5,000 college scholarship, money for textbooks, and more!

How it works:

Get Carducated is open to anyone between the ages of 16 and 21 who is currently attending college or will be attending by October 2012, has access to a video camera, and has an opinion about using debit, credit, or ATM cards responsibly.

All you have to do is make a short movie about responsible card use – why it’s important, lessons you’ve learned, or any other angle you can think of – and submit it to the Get Carducated contest.

The three most-viewed videos as of Nov. 1, 2010, will be awarded the following prizes:

Grand Prize (video with the most views): a $5,000 college scholarship.

Second Place (video with the second highest number of views): a MacBook and a $500 textbook credit.

Third Place (video with the third highest number of views): an iPhone and a $250 textbook credit.

The deadline to enter your video is Oct. 31, 2010, but don’t wait because the first 25 participants to submit an eligible video will automatically win a $25 iTunes gift card.
Visit www.getcarducated.com today for more information about Carducator, the contest, and how to enter.

Even if you’re not eligible to enter, we encourage you to visit the website and learn more about this contest. It’s a great way to spread financial literacy and help young adults fund their college educations.

Get Carducated is brought to you by Pittsford Federal Credit Union and Covera Card Solutions.



Chase Corporate Challenge

Congratulations to the PFCU runners and walkers at the 2010 JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge. Twelve Pittsford FCU team members participated in the event held June 3 at RIT.





PFCU supports summer movie nights

This summer, Pittsford FCU is pleased to help support outdoor movie night events in Pittsford, Honeoye Falls, and Mendon.

For details, including locations and other event listings, visit www.townofpittsford.org and www.HFLMCalendar.com.

Pittsford Movies:

August 12 – Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
August 26 – Aliens in the Attic

Honeoye Falls/Mendon Movies:

July 9 – G-Force
July 16 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
July 30 - Pirates of the Caribbean
August 6 – E.T.




Student interns

Each summer Pittsford FCU hires a few local students to serve as interns in our branches. They provide extra help to smooth out vacation and holiday schedules. In return, they get a chance to learn about credit unions. Our current interns are (above L to R):

Jennifer Martin will soon graduate from Penn State University and has helped with Member Service in our Pittsford Branch for two years. She says, “Keeping my account here has helped as my mom and dad can easily transfer money to me when the need arises. I am also able to do all my banking remotely by using Internet banking.”

Josh Hine just graduated from Nazareth College in May and will be pursuing a masters degree at Boston College this fall. Josh is working in the PFCU Mortgage Department. He says, “I have learned a lot about how to better serve people. PFCU is so customer-oriented that I have already begun to develop the skills I need to best serve my community.”

Julia Davis will be a junior this fall at Syracuse University and is working in our Mendon Branch. She says, “As I prepare to go study abroad this fall, I was pleased to learn that PFCU doesn’t charge an additional foreign currency conversion fee for credit and debit transactions.”

Mark Auteritano is working on his master’s degree in business administration at St. Bonaventure University and has worked in the PFCU Accounting Department for the past three summers. He says, “I am very proud to be a part of an organization that is so enthusiastic about member service, and my experience working here will benefit me in the future.”



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