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ēCONews
Fall 2016

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The ēCO Savings Race Fifth Edition Kicks-Off
The ēCO Savings Race is back for a 5th
Edition, bigger and better than ever before.

Team Cox

Team Graham

Team Holifield

Team Reid

Team Grayson

Team Jackson

Team Stephenson

Team Wright

In an effort to help more families find financial
freedom, we are shaking things up this season! The
ēCO Savings Race has kicked-off with eight families
divided between three coaching teams. The teams
are working with their coaches to set goals, make
plans, and begin improving their financial pictures.
They will also complete Dave Ramsey’s Financial
Peace University to build a foundation for their
journey. Don’t worry—you’ll be able to follow their
progress on CBS 42, Team Facebook pages, and on
the ēCO Savings Race site. The teams will write blogs
and create video blogs to share tips and keep you
posted on their progress.
In January, the three ēCO Savings Race finalists will
be announced, and they will continue to work closely
with their coaches to exceed their goals. CBS 42 will
also dig a little deeper into their stories to help ēCO
members and the community learn even more.

The five other teams’ journeys will not stop there either. Their coaches will check in with them regularly to be sure they are
continuing to meet their goals.
In May, the ēCO Savings Race 5th Edition will come to a close. One finalist will walk away with the $10,000 ēCO Savings
Race Grand Prize, but none of the finalists will walk away empty-handed. The two teams not selected as winners will each
receive $2,000. The “at home” team that performs the best will also receive $2,000!

Follow along on CBS 42 and at ecosavingsrace.org!

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October 3 - November 8
ēCO Savings Race Voting
Let your voice be heard, and vote for
your favorite Savings Race Team during
the first voting period… you might
even walk away with a little extra
money too! At the conclusion of each
voting period, the team with the most
votes will receive a $250 VISA gift card,
and one lucky voter will be randomly
selected to receive a $100 VISA gift card.

October 20
International Credit
Union Day
ēCO will be giving away a total of $300
to Kirby Kangaroo and CU Succeed
members for International Credit Union
Day. Click here to learn more.

October 27
Change for Children’s
Celebration
As we wrap up our Change for
Children’s fundraiser, we will celebrate
another great year!

December 19-23
Apple Cider in
Branches
Drop into any ēCO branch
for a holiday treat!

Holiday Closings:
November 11
Veteran’s Day

November 24-25
Thanksgiving Holiday
December 26
Christmas Holiday

Even when your favorite ēCO branch
is closed, you can access your account
through ēCO Online, Mobile Banking,
and Voice Response

A Message From Your
CEO
By Joey Hand

Fall has arrived in the Birmingham area!
As you prepare for tailgates and holiday
travel, do not forget that you can take ēCO
with you. That’s right... with ēCO Online,
Mobile Banking, and Voice Response, even
though you may not be close to your
favorite ēCO branch, you can still access
your accounts. We also make it easy for
you to send and receive money through
P2P in our Mobile App. If you haven’t
downloaded it yet, do yourself a favor and
access it in your app store.
In addition to providing convenience,
we also prioritize helping our members
acheive financial success! We are excited
to offer a variety of solutions to help you
reach your dreams. From October 3rd
through December 23rd, members can
transfer credit card and loan balances to
an ēCO Credit Card at an incredible rate.
Not only will this help reduce interest, it
will also allow you to make one, easy
payment. In addition, we will offer our
popular Holiday Loan in November and
December. The loan will allow you to
make sure you cross off everyone on your
list, without racking up high-interest debt.

And, while you’re thinking about
Christmas shopping, don’t forget about
ēCO’s Christmas Club account. The
account is free and allows you to save for
Christmas throughout the year through
direct deposit or payroll deduction into
the account.
As we look to 2017, we are already seeking
ways to serve you better. Technology and
security will continue to be priorities. We
also plan to increase our ēCO Credit Union
Foundation fundraising efforts, allowing
us to further promote financial literacy in
classrooms and our communities.
With the start of a new season and the
holidays approaching, we, at ēCO, like
to take a moment to reflect on the many
things we have to be thankful for. At the
top of our list is you, our incredible
members. Thank you for continuing to
choose ēCO to meet your financial needs.
We hope to serve you well and provide
solutions for many years to come. From all
of us at ēCO, we hope that you have a safe
and blessed holiday season!

ēCO in the Community
We are proud to
support our
communities through
sponsorships,
donations, and
financial education.

Taste of Shelby County
ēCO was proud to serve as a Premium
sponsor of the Taste of Shelby County
to benefit the Shelby County Schools
Education Foundation. Vendors from
all over Shelby County and
surrounding areas gathered at
Jefferson State Community College
on September 8th to offer a “taste” of
their specialty dishes.

New Teacher Orientations & Institute Days
We are always thankful for the opportunity to
welcome teachers back to school at Institute Days.
ēCO was represented at:
Jefferson County New Teacher Orientation,
Shelby County New Teacher Orientation,
Alabaster Institute Day, Tarrant Institute Day,
Mountain Brook Institute Day, Homewood
Institute Day, and Vestavia Hills Institute Day.

Report Card Covers
ēCO is proud to provide report card covers for Jefferson County
Schools each year. In 2016, we ordered 16,500 report card covers
to be used for the first nine weeks report cards.

eCO Credit Union
Foundation Grants
The ēCO Credit Union Foundation
exists to promote financial
literacy in our schools and
community. Our goal is to prepare
people of all ages to make
well-informed financial decisions to
prepare themselves for a successful
future.

Each year, ēCO supports Children’s of
Alabama and Children’s Miracle Network
Hospitals through the Change for Children’s
fundraiser. The campaign brings together the
community and classrooms to support a great
cause!

In an effort to help
teachers, the Foundation is offering
grants. To learn more and apply for a
grant, please visit the Foundation’s
website: www.ecocufoundation.org.

We would like to thank all of our vendors,
sponsors, and members for helping with such a
worthy cause. Thank you for joining ēCO Credit
Union to help families around our city and state.
Click here to visit the Change for Children’s donor
page.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
- Helen Keller

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From October 3rd through December
23rd, members will have the
opportunity to transfer balances to an
ēCO Credit Card with no balance
transfer fee and at an incredible rate that
will remain the same for the life of the
loan. No gimmicks... No catch!
We hope this will allow our members to
get rid of high-interest debt and simplify
to one easy payment.
If you currently have an ēCO Credit
Card, you can request a balance transfer
through the credit card online access
site or at any ēCO branch.
If you do not currently have an ēCO
Credit Card, you can apply online or at
any ēCO branch. Once approved, you
will be able to begin the balance transfer
process.

Holiday
Loan

Third Quarter
Dividends

5 . 9 9% A P R
Terms up to 12 Months

The third quarter dividends
on savings (Share) accounts are
at the following levels:

Subject to Credit Approval
APR- Annual Percentage Rate

Tier 1 ($100,000 or more):
0.40 APY
Tier 2 ($75,000-$99,999):
0.30 APY
Tier 3 ($40,000-$74,999):
0.25 APY
Tier 4 ($10,000-$39,999):
0.20 APY
Tier 5 ($100-$9,999):
0.15 APY
Tier 6 ($0-$99):
0.00 APY
Construction began on our Alabaster branch in
September. We are excited to serve Shelby County
members in our new branch very soon! Like ēCO on
Facebook to follow the branch’s progress.

Locations and Office Hours
Alabaster Office
507 First Street North
Alabaster, AL 35007
Phone: 205.226.3951
M-F 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Drive-Thru: 9:00 AM5:30 PM

Clay Office
2430 Old Springville
Road, Suite 100
Birmingham, AL 35215
Phone: 205.226.3940
M-F 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Drive-Thru: 9:00 AM5:30 PM

Gardendale Office
1233 Pecan Avenue
Gardendale, AL 35071
Phone: 205.226.3948
M-F 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Drive-Thru: 9:00 AM5:30 PM

Homewood Office
McCalla Office
* Jefferson County
Colonial Promenade
Board of Education &
Tannehill
Homewood City Schools 4933 Promenade ParkBoard of Education
way Suite 113
Employees Only
Bessemer, AL 35022
Phone: 205.226.3959
Phone: 205.226.3944
M-F 9:00 AM-4:30 PM M-F 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Closed from 12:30-1:00

Riverchase Office
3746 Lorna Road
Birmingham, AL 35216
Phone: 205.226.3938
M-F 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Drive-Thru: 9:00 AM5:30 PM

Toll-Free: 1.877.217.0513 | Member Services: 205.226.3900 | Voice Response: 205.250.6141 | Mortgage Department: 205.226.3902 | www.ecocu.org


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