In the Community

As part of Dutch Point Credit Union's commitment to assist the local areas we serve, we frequently participate in community initiatives throughout Connecticut providing financial guidance and supporting local efforts.

Recent Events

Virtual Seminar on Student Loan Refinance and Consolidation

July 2022 - This seminar provided participants with valuable information on refinancing and consolidating student loans. Viewers also gained a better understanding of the student loan marketplace and learned tips to pay off loans earlier.

 

 

Dutch Point Participates in Wethersfield Chamber of Commerce Event

June 2022 - Chief Member Experience Officer Tony and Wethersfield Branch manager Christina attended the Wethersfield Chamber of Commerce Make a Splash Business Showcase. Local businesses had an opportunity to meet with one another and showcase their products and services. Attendees were excited to learn about the Dutch Point difference!

Wethersfield Chamber of Commerce 2022

 

ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk

June 2022 - Board of Director members Marguerite and Mike participated in the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk at Dunkin Donuts Park. The annual event raises funds to zero out prostate cancer. We are proud of our Board volunteers and their commitment to making a difference in our communities!

Prostate Cancer Walk 2022

 

Dutch Point Educates the Community at Local Wellness Fair

June 2022 - Team member Laurie represented the credit union at the Town of Newington's Wellness Resource Fair. Attendees learned financial wellness tips and discussed ways to improve or maintain their credit and overall financial picture.

 

Team Members Support Red Nose Day

May 2022 - Dutch Point once again raised funds for Red Nose Day. Team members donated to this worthy cause and got the chance to sport red "noses" for the day. Together we are working to provide children with safety, health, education and empowerment, and create a bright future for today's youth.

Red Nose Day 2022

 

Newington Library 5K

May 2022 - Team members participated in the 25th annual Newington Library 5K Challenge. The race raises funds for Newington library programming to help keep events free to the community. Dutch Point was also an event sponsor. Congratulations to Will, Maria, Sherri and Angela on completing the race and supporting the community!

Newington Library 5K

 

Niantic Bay Boardwalk 5K

April 2022 - Team members participated in the annual Niantic Bay Boardwalk 5K. This year’s race raised funds to help revitalize the downtown Niantic area. Dutch Point was also an event sponsor. Congratulations to our team members for completing the race and supporting the community!

Niantic Bay Boardwalk 5K

 

Virtual Seminar on the Power of Saving

April 2022 - This seminar highlighted how savings can help you maximize your financial future. Viewers learned why savings matters, the easiest ways to save, tips on saving and budgeting, and how to set SMART savings goals.

 

 

Virtual First-Time Home Buyer Seminar

April 2022 - We had a great time hosting our virtual first-time home buyer seminar! Joe Zampitella from Members Mortgage, Attorney David Golas Jr. from Golas, Golas & Golas, PC, and Blanca Escobar from Liberty Mutual Insurance provided participants with helpful information on the home buying process. Attendees learned about home shopping, financing options, price negotiation, and contract and legal considerations.

 

 

Dutch Point Participates in Local High School Career Fairs

March and April 2022 - Team members Tony Sacchetti, Chief Member Experience Officer, and Robert Pellegatto, Director of Human Resources, recently participated in career fairs at Wethersfield High School and Newington High School. Students had an opportunity to explore various careers and start thinking about their future path. Local business representatives were on hand to share personal career experiences and information about their field.

WHS Career FairNHS Career Fair

 

Dutch Point Raises Funds for the American Cancer Society

October 2021 - To recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dutch Point team members found exciting ways to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Several team members were among thousands of walkers who joined up to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer at Making Strides of Hartford. Dress down contributions during the month were put toward this worthy cause. Member donations were also accepted in branch locations. The Dutch Point Crusaders raised a total of $2,000 in donations from these efforts and matching donations from DPCU! Every breast cancer walk and event brings us one step closer to winning the battle against this disease.

Dutch Point Crusaders 2021

 

Virtual Seminar: Protecting Yourself from Scams and Fraud

September 2021 - Community members gained a wealth of knowledge on scams and fraud during this virtual seminar. Dutch Point team member Shannon discussed identity theft, how fraud occurs, trending scams and ways to protect yourself, and what to do if you become a victim.

 

 

Virtual First-Time Home Buyer Seminar

September 2021 - We had a great time hosting our virtual first-time home buyer seminar! Joe Zampitella from Members Mortgage and Attorney David Golas Jr. from Golas, Golas & Golas, PC provided participants with helpful information on the home buying process. Attendees learned about home shopping, financing options, price negotiation, and contract and legal considerations.

First-Time Home Buyer Seminar 2021

 

Dress Down Contributions Benefit Local Communities

August 2021 - Dutch Point team members sprang into action when they heard there was a need for food and school supplies in our local communities. Recently collected dress down donations were used to replenish the Town of Wethersfield’s food pantry with items such as soups, macaroni and cheese, jelly and oatmeal. Town children received pens, pencils, highlighters and markers for their return to school. The credit union also donated food items to the Connecticut Food Bank for use in the surrounding towns. In total, $600 worth of donations went into our local communities!

August 2021 Food Donations Dress Down

 

Team Members Support Red Nose Day

May 2021 - Dutch Point once again raised funds for Red Nose Day, a campaign to end child poverty, one nose at a time. Team members donated to this worthy cause and got the chance to sport red "noses" for the day. Many thanks to team member Laura for the homemade masks! Together we are working to fight childhood poverty and create a bright future for today's youth.

Red Nose Day 2021

 

Virtual Student Banking and Budgeting Seminar

May 2021 - Students and parents gained knowledge on basic banking and budgeting skills during this informative seminar. Dutch Point team members Laurie and Shannon provided participants with information on savings and checking accounts, debit cards, setting smart financial goals, tips on making and sticking to a budget, and how to build and use credit wisely.

 

 

Dutch Point Helps the Homeless

May 2021 - Our team once again showed their commitment to helping those less fortunate by helping the homeless community in Hartford. Hartford Police Officer Jim Barrett has made it his mission to help the city’s homeless during his career. He goes the extra mile to make sure they are cared for during the pandemic. Through staff donations, the credit union raised $1,000 and purchased $800 of bus passes and $200 in Dunkin Donuts gift cards to be donated to Officer Barrett’s efforts to help Hartford’s homeless community. We are proud to support Officer Barrett in his mission to help the homeless.

Officer Barrett Homeless Donations

 

Dutch Point Participates in Credit Unions Kids at Heart Challenge

April 2021 - Dutch Point’s commitment to community support and charitable causes sent us to the streets to help raise money for EasCorp Credit Unions Kids at Heart All-Ability Challenge. We partner with EasCorp to provide financial services for the benefit of our members. EasCorp is dedicated to helping credit unions thrive as America’s favorite financial institutions.

The Challenge is a virtual event and celebration of health and kindness. Participants can run, walk, roll, cycle, or commit a good deed while collecting donations for research aimed at prevention, treatment, and cure of pediatric neurological disorders. These donations will go toward medical research and clinical trials conducted at Boston Children's Hospital that will help children everywhere.

Dutch Point created Streets to Eats, a campaign to raise funds and awareness for Credit Unions Kids at Heart, and also to support a local restaurant. The credit union Management Team broke into two teams and walked to Old Wethersfield to enjoy lunch and support The Charles, a local restaurant. Many individuals and vendors sponsored our walk, and we are grateful for their support. Through these contributions, our team raised a total of $3,040!

Credit Union Kids at Heart Challenge

 

Virtual Credit Seminar

March 2021 - Community members enjoyed attending our virtual credit seminar. Dutch Point team members Shannon and Maria provided participants with information on credit reports and credit scores. Attendees also learned about why credit matters to your financial health, how to use credit wisely, and tips on building or rebuilding credit.

 

 

Financial Education for Local Communities

February 2021 - Dutch Point Credit Union is committed to providing financial education in our local communities. In this video, which was filmed in early 2020, team member Laurie visited the Carmen Arace Middle School in Bloomfield. Laurie taught budgeting, setting financial goals, opening a bank account, and how to understand credit to an eager group of students.

 

 

Dutch Point Credit Union Supports Operation Fuel

January 2021 - Over the last two months, Dutch Point team members dressed down in support of Connecticut's Operation Fuel, Inc. program. Thanks to the generous donations we received from staff and additional contributions from our organization, we were able to raise $1,000 for this worthy cause! Pictured are team members Ashley and Tony, who along with other staff members participated in this fundraising effort. We are proud to support Operation Fuel and our local community!

Ashley and Tony Operation Fuel

 

Partnerships and Programs

Through commitment and partnerships, we promote social responsibility in the communities we serve. We are committed to building relationships through proactive outreach efforts, advocating for, and conducting financial education programs.

Partnerships

The credit union has strong partnerships with the Carmen Arace Middle School in Bloomfield, Newington High School, and the Wethersfield Family Learning Center, along with other organizations in the local community.

  • We conduct frequent financial literacy classes for 8th grade students at Carmen Arace Middle School.
  • We participate in programs at Newington High School that include teaching financial literacy and budgeting classes to students, sharing guidance with students in the Future Business Leaders of America group, and provide marketing insight to students in the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA).
  • We facilitate presentations on basic banking and budgeting to groups of foreign-born parents at the Wethersfield Family Learning Center. The Center is designed to serve the needs of a diverse community and provides necessary skills to help families succeed.

Programs

We hold budgeting seminars at the New Meadows Elderly Housing locations in Newington and Middletown.

We teach people with intellectual and developmental disabilities basic banking skills through MARC Community Resources Inc.

We conduct presentations on basic banking and budgeting through the YWCA’s Family Resource Center in New Britain.

We host financial education seminars through the North End Action Team in Middletown. NEAT is a community organization that advocates for the betterment of the north end neighborhood of Middletown, aimed at developing resources that strengthen families.

We participate in Career Fairs at Wethersfield High School and Newington High School, where we get an opportunity to speak to students about careers in financial services.

We travel to select partner company locations to participate in Wellness Fairs, where we promote financial wellness tips and conduct personalized credit reviews.

Our employees volunteer their time at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, the Connecticut Food Bank’s annual Walk Against Hunger, other various walk-a-thons, and other community related initiatives throughout the state.

We run numerous donation drives throughout the year to collect funds for programs like Operation Fuel, as well as food drives for local towns to help families in need.

 

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