Ad Spot

UFCU offers financial relief to members, community during COVID-19 pandemic

ST. JOSEPH — United Federal Credit Union has launched a Member Assistance Program designed to provide financial relief to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

United’s Member Assistance Program includes no fees and increased eligibility for using Skip-a-Pay option on:

• Installment loans

• Mortgages

• Home equity loans and lines of credit

• Credit cards

• 90-day payment deferment on United education loans

• No early penalty withdrawal fee for CDs (no withdrawal limit)

• No $15 fee to pay a loan by phone

Members and non-members alike are also encouraged to call United to discuss financial assistance options specific to their situation by calling (888) 982-1400 or by making a branch appointment.

“In good times and in bad, it is our responsibility to take care of our members,” said United President/CEO, Terry O’Rourke. “The ripple effects of COVID-19 are impacting the financial health of our members and our communities. That’s why we’ve launched the Member Assistance Program for those impacted by COVID-19. From loan payment skips and flexibility to fee waivers and share certificate fund access, Team United has our members’ backs.”

Because member and employee health and safety are a top priority, United has temporarily adjusted branch access at all locations, officials said. Drive-thru lanes and ATMs will be the primary method for transactions to be consistent with guidance and best practices issued by the respective states’ local governments.

Lobbies will be available by appointment only for member needs that cannot be completed through the drive-thru.

In addition to drive-thru and ATM service, United encourages members to utilize online and mobile banking services that provide secure ways to check balances, pay loans, transfer funds and even deposit checks via mobile check deposit.

“We also want our members to know that their money is safe with United,” O’Rourke said. “We have a healthy balance sheet from decades of being good stewards of our members’ money. In addition to being federally insured by NCUA, we have a strong team that is committed to serving our membership.”

Full details about United’s Member Assistance Program and service updates can be found at its Coronavirus Resource Center website unitedfcu.com/support/coronavirus-resource-center.

Dowagiac

Area event venues face uncertainty

News

Niles High School graduate with NASA ties involved in SpaceX launch

Business

Salons, barbershops frustrated at most recent executive order

Business

Businesses owners prepare to open dining, adapt to guidelines

News

Niles Charter Township building to reopen June 8

News

Gov. Whitmer, Department of Insurance and Financial Services announce order requiring auto insurance refunds due to COVID-19

Berrien County

Michigan Townships Association offers scholarship to future local leaders

Edwardsburg

Part of Tree-Mendus sold at auction

Berrien County

Berrien County reports three additional COVID-19 deaths

News

City of Niles to host community meeting

Berrien County

Gov. Whitmer rescinds safer at home order

Berrien County

Berrien County Courts begin four-phase plan to reopen

Dowagiac

Pokagon Band targets June 15 to reopen its Four Winds Casinos

News

MDHHS expands COVID-19 testing criteria to better protect residents

News

Michigan acts to ensure Medicaid behavioral health services remain accessible during COVID-19 pandemic

Cass County

PHOTO STORY: Cass County Fair hosts drive-thru event

Berrien County

United Way seeks to restock area food pantries during ‘Christmas in June’

Business

Niles, Dowagiac gym owner plans to reopen despite COVID-19 mandates

Breaking News

21-year-old Dowagiac man dies in car accident early Saturday morning

Cassopolis

Biggby Coffee coming to downtown Cassopolis

News

Niles funeral director called to action in COVID-19 fight

Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg Sports Complex receives $84,000 in donations

Berrien County

West Woods reports 17 COVID-19 deaths

Buchanan

Teacher, history enthusiast’s family receives support, stories following brain injury