Another Successful Shred Day!
April 2016 - Our annual Shred Day at the Newington Branch was a huge success! According to Shred-It, approximately 8,500 pounds of paper was shredded. This paper will be recycled into reusable items such as paper plates, tissue, wrapping paper and gray board. Community members donated funds to Journey Home, a local charitable organization dedicated to ending chronic homelessness in the Greater Hartford region. We are proud to support the environment and offer this service free of charge to the community.
Pictured left to right: Liz Mumford, DPCU Vice President of Marketing, and Jim Schmidt, Enterprise Car Sales.
Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest Supports a Good Cause
December 2015 - Wearing ugly holiday sweaters just got warmer! Staff who wore a holiday themed sweater donated to Operation Fuel to help those less fortunate.
Dutch Point Credit Union Brings the Wizard of Oz to Life
October 2015 - Employees and members were “treated” to quite a show with the Wizard of Oz, Wicked Witch, Glinda, Tin Man, Munchkin, Cowardly Lion, and Dorothy with Toto in tow, as they marched through the Wethersfield branch celebrating Halloween and kicked off our non-perishable food drive. Both members and employees contributed to the food collection and the donations were given to local food pantries. President and CEO Francis R.N. Proto stated, “Our staff truly enjoys giving and even a small contribution like a food drive can make a difference. We will continue doing fun events like this throughout the year as part of our charitable giving in the future.”
Pictured left to right: Francis Proto, President and CEO, Debbie Pasquale, Maria Vining, Tony Sacchetti, Jane Short, Liz Mumford, and Joanne Rataic.
Dutch Point Provides Financial Skills
July 2015 - As in years past, the Wethersfield Department of Social Services ran their summer program with the goal of helping high school students learn valuable life-skills to prepare them for entering the workforce upon graduation. This year, the Governor approved funds for the Education Enhancement Grant to help pay for the Youth Employment Skills Program (YES).
The program focuses on skill-building, including writing a resume, establishing and maintaining goals, practicing good communication and interviewing skills, basic banking education and learning about workplace ethics. For the past three years, we've been proud to participate in several ways. The students take a trip to the credit union and visit each department. They are able to put banking into perspective by seeing the day-to-day operations and talk with employees about their positions. They’re given real-world advice about their own banking, as well as how a bank is actually run and operated.
After visiting the credit union, they take part in a group learning session on banking, saving and lending. These basic skills will be very important for their financial success. They are encouraged to pay themselves first by saving early in life. This will help prepare them for large purchases, emergencies and anything else that may come up.
Last year, one student Ruth Eragene participated in the program. “What affected me the most was when we came to visit the Wethersfield branch to learn about money management. Because of that visit, I learned that they hire teenagers at Dutch Point” Ruth said. “As someone that has always worried about money growing up in Haiti, this was a golden opportunity.” Ruth explained that if it wasn’t for the YES program and her employment at Dutch Point Credit Union, she would not have been able to begin her journey at Eastern Connecticut State University this fall. Educational programs such as these help students succeed upon graduation. Dutch Point actively participates in financial literacy programs and works to help our youth gain a financial foundation.
Pictured from left to right: YES Program participants Jordan Rivera, Jasmine Barajas, Kevin Davoren, Gavin Burns, Daziyah Armstrong, Mason Torres, Zackery Nyari, Zaid Tahir, and Chris Barajas.
Dutch Point Credit Union Supports Operation Fuel
March 2015 - As part of our mission to make a difference in our community, we helped to raise $1,250 for Operation Fuel. The credit union matched $500 toward the cause. Operation Fuel helps families that struggle to meet basic needs by assisting with their fuel costs. With the rising price of heat, we created a donation and dress-down program to help fund Operation Fuel. In our second year contributing to this cause, team members participated by wearing jeans on Fridays for a $3.00 donation. In addition, we collected funds from our generous members.
Operation Fuel enlists the assistance of volunteer organizations in more than 100 locations statewide. We are proud to support local families to stay warm, and we thank our members and staff for their donations.
Pictured from left to right: Debbie Pasquale, Tony Sacchetti, Collette Giarratano, Francis Proto, President and CEO, Suzanne Murphy, Shannon Dwyer, Charlyn Tanner, Christine Cloutier
Dutch Point Raises Funds for Making Strides of Hartford
October 2014 - Eleven of our employees were among 6,000 walkers who teamed up to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer at Making Strides of Hartford. Our staff raised $2,672 for the event, which included the credit union’s contribution of $500. For nine weeks, staff wore pink shirts with jeans on Fridays for a $5.00 donation. The 11 walking team members personally raised $1,450 through their own efforts on social media and word of mouth. “Supporting breast cancer research and patients through our fundraising efforts hits very close to home for me,” said Nancy Sivec, breast cancer survivor and Branch Manager of our Newington Office. “Because of the research done for a trial drug I was on during my treatment, I am alive today and the drug is now used regularly to help save many lives."
Every breast cancer walk and event is an incredible opportunity to honor those who have battled breast cancer and is a way to raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease through research and services. We are proud to participate in this worthy cause.
Depicted from left to right: Jeanine Boulay, Maria Soucie, Dawn Pereira, Michelle Zea, Gabe Fillion, Trish Kaminsky, Suzanne Murphy, Heather Salgado, Barbara Gunterman, Tanya Vidal, Laura Caron
September 2014 - Dutch Point Credit Union was the Main Gate Sponsor for the 2014 Wethersfield Cornfest.
Pictured left to right: Patty Pelletier and Ruth Eragene
Community Shred Day with Country 92-5
July 2014 - On a hot, sunny Saturday in July, we hosted a Community Shred Day with Country 92-5. We shredded more than 4,000 pounds of paper, collected donations for the Newington Lucy Robbins Library and offered special raffles and promotions. Several attendees won concert tickets and special prizes from the radio station. It was a beautiful day to come together and support being green.
Pictured left to right: Barbara Gunterman, Membership Development & PR Officer, Shannon Dwyer, Training and E-Commerce Manager, Kevin Hill, Enterprise Car Sales, Collette Giarratano, Director of Branch Operations.
Dutch Point Teaches Finance to Wethersfield Youth Employment Skills Program
July 2014 - Every year the Wethersfield Department of Social Services runs a summer program with the goal of helping upcoming high school graduates learn valuable life skills to prepare them for entering the workforce after school. The focus is on skill-building, including writing a resume and cover letter, writing and measuring specific goals, practicing communication and interviewing skills, basic banking education and learning about customer service and workplace ethics.
For the past two years, we have been participating in the program by teaching basic savings, checking, lending and interviewing skills. After attending a classroom session on banking and lending skills at Social Services, the students visited the credit union and met with employees in each department to learn how a financial institution operates. After visiting each department, the students learned interviewing skills and discussed what employers look for in a potential employee. "Joanne Rataic, DPCU’s Vice President of Human Resources took such great care teaching students about the interviewing process” said Colleen Keane, Program Coordinator for Wethersfield Youth Services. “It was a great opportunity for our students to witness what employers are looking for first-hand.”
We aim to give each student a basic understanding of banking products, what a credit card is and lending basics within the program. The added value of visiting the credit union departments and interviewing skills adds real world application to classroom training.
Pictured left to right, Top: Amy Krebs, Assistant Program Coordinator YES Program, Joey Kaczmerek, Mairah Viscusi, Joshua Walsh, Joshua Colon, Brian Adames and Barbara Gunterman DPCU Membership Development and PR Officer. Bottom: Yesenia Caceres, Stavon Lassiteo, Tevin Walker and Jose Rivera.
Dutch Point Credit Union named Wethersfield Business of the Year
Dutch Point Credit Union was honored with the Wethersfield 2014 Business of the Year Award at the Wethersfield Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. The credit union was recognized for this award based on our unending support of the Chamber and many organizations in the town of Wethersfield. Our staff volunteer countless hours and provide donations to help the town in a variety of ways.
Francis Proto, President and CEO, stated that it is truly an honor to receive this award. We are proud of this achievement and look forward to continuing to support the Wethersfield community.
Pictured left to right: Anthony Sacchetti, Chief Member Development Officer, Barbara Gunterman, Membership and Public Relations Officer, Jeanne Kelly, Vice President Lending, Joanne Rataic, Vice President Human Resources, Collette Giarratano, Director of Branch Operations, Michael Dwyer, Chairman of the Board, Elizabeth Mumford, Vice President Marketing and Public Relations, Suzanne Murphy, Vice President Compliance and Risk Management, and Francis Proto, President and CEO.
Bloomfield Chamber and Mayor Welcomes Dutch Point Credit Union
June 2014 - The Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Syd Shulman and several town dignitaries welcomed us into the community on June 19, 2014, for our official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Tony Sacchetti, our Chief Membership Development Officer, officially presented the credit union to attendees at our Bloomfield branch located at 1 Wintonbury Mall.
In October 2013, Capitol Region Federal Credit Union merged into Dutch Point Credit Union. The Capitol Region West Hartford and Bloomfield offices became a part of our expanding branch network as a result of this merger.
Photo courtesy of Minyan Zhu Photography
Pictured left to right: Crista Morrone, Bloomfield Chamber Executive Director; Michael Johnson, Chamber Board of Director; Paul DeCrisantis, Chamber Board of Director; Barbara Gunterman, DPCU Membership Development and PR Officer; Charlyn Tanner, DPCU Chief Financial Officer; Tony Sacchetti, DPCU Chief Membership Development Officer; Jeanne Kelly, DPCU Vice President of Lending; Liz Mumford, DPCU Vice President of Marketing; Syd Shulman, Mayor of Bloomfield; Maria Soucie, DPCU Branch Manager; Thom Hooper, Bloomfield Director of Planning & Zoning.
West Hartford Chamber and Deputy Mayor Welcomes Dutch Point Credit Union into Downtown
May 2014 - The West Hartford Chamber of Commerce, Deputy Mayor Shari Cantor and several town dignitaries welcomed Dutch Point Credit Union into the community on May 6, 2014, for our official ribbon cutting ceremony. Francis Proto, our President and CEO, officially presented the credit union to attendees at our West Hartford branch located inside Town Hall. “We are thrilled to welcome Dutch Point Credit Union to the Chamber,” said Barbara Kreitner, Director of Membership Services. “We look forward to introducing their friendly staff to our community and business connections.”
Photo by Lindsay Vigue of Lindsay Vigue Photography
Depicted from left to right: Bobby Hensley; Matt Gordon; Barbara Kreitner; Dave Calibey; Leon Davidoff; Timothy Tuell; Elizabeth Mumford; Mark McGovern; Jeanne Kelly; Shari Cantor, Deputy Mayor of West Hartford; Chip Janiszewski; Charlyn Tanner; Richard Zajack; Francis Proto, DPCU President and CEO; Kevin Kickery; Tony Sacchetti; Nancy Sivec; Bob Loomis; Todd Bower; Barbara Gunterman; Joanne Palmieri