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 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

 

Virtual First-Time Home Buyer Seminar

September 2020 - Community members enjoyed attending 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.

Mortgage-Seminar

 

Credit Unions are #FinancialFirstResponders

August 2020 - On August 7th we celebrated Financial First Responders Day. During these challenging times, Dutch Point Credit Union continues to be here for our members and the communities we serve, offering financial guidance and support and doing whatever we can to lend a helping hand. We’re here to educate, serve and delight you in unique ways and help you achieve your financial goals.

Financial First Responders

 

Financial Education for Local Youth

February 2020 - Team member Laurie visited the Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford. The Center for Latino Progress conducts a workforce development initiative each year with Hartford students 16 years of age and older. Through the Hartford Student Internship Program (HSIP) the students become certified in career competency and are tested in their commitment to a potential internship. Laurie was a guest speaker for the financial literacy component of the program, where she discussed budgeting, setting financial goals, opening a bank account, and how to understand credit.

Capital Prep Magnet School

 

Operation Fuel Fundraiser

Winter 2020 - Dutch Point team members dressed down this winter in support of Operation Fuel. Funds raised help local families stay warm during cold winter months. We are proud to support this worthwhile organization and its efforts to protect those in our local communities.

 

 

Dutch Point Receives Award For Youth Financial Education

December 2019 - We are excited to announce that Dutch Point Credit Union received second place honors in Connecticut for the Credit Union National Association Desjardins Youth Award! This award recognizes credit unions that excel in providing financial education to members and to the local community. Chief Member Experience Officer Tony Sacchetti accepted this award from the Credit Union League of Connecticut's CEO, Bruce Adams.

Desjardins Award

 

Holiday Food Drive

November 2019 - Thank you to all of our members and employees who donated to our annual food drive. Items collected were donated to local towns to help people in need during the holiday season.

 

 

Dutch Point Raises Funds for Making Strides of Hartford

October 2019 - Several of our team members were among thousands of walkers who joined up to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer at Making Strides of Hartford. The Dutch Point Crusaders raised $1,500 in donations from members, family and friends, and matching donations from DPCU.  Every breast cancer walk and event brings us one step closer to winning the battle against this disease. We are proud to participate in this worthy cause.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk 2019

 

Financial Education and Community Involvement Radio Interview

September 2019 - Listen to our Chief Member Experience Officer Tony Sacchetti and Business Development Officer Laurie Mornhineway talk about our programs designed to teach young students about banking and finances. Visit our Financial Education page to hear the full interview.

 

Wethersfield Cornfest 2019

September 2019 - Dutch Point was once again proud to be the Main Gate sponsor of this year's Wethersfield Cornfest. There was good music, good food, and good conversation with our local community!

Cornfest 2019

 

Shred Day Success in Niantic!

September 2019 - Our Niantic Branch hosted a very successful community Shred Day! 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. We are proud to support the environment and offer this service free of charge to the community.

Shred-Day-2019

 

Dutch Point and NEAT of Middletown Support Financial Education

September 2019 - Our Chief Member Experience Officer Tony Sacchetti and Business Development Officer Laurie Mornhineway attended the North End Action Team (NEAT) of Middletown's annual Garden Party to highlight our financial education programs. NEAT is a community organization that advocates for the betterment of the North End neighborhood of Middletown. The annual event was attended by residents, community leaders and neighborhood stakeholders.

NEAT

 

Summer 2019 Dutch Point Goodwill Crusade

During the months of July and August, Dutch Point Credit Union was on a Goodwill Crusade in Niantic for residents and businesses. We spread goodwill throughout Niantic with various crusade events, some of which included: paying for a family's museum tickets, treating local residents to free ice cream and paying for admission to the local movie theater.

Niantic-Goodwill-Crusade

 

Newington Library 5K Challenge

May 2019 - Team members Maria and Marjorie participated in the 23rd annual Newington Library 5K Challenge on Sunday, May 19th. 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 Maria and Marjorie on completing the race and supporting the community!

Newington Library 5K

 

Dutch Point Crusaders Walk for a Hunger Free Connecticut

May 2019 - The Dutch Point Crusaders participated in the Connecticut Food Bank's annual Walk Against Hunger on Saturday, May 18th. Funds raised from donations help provide food to people in need and help us move toward a hunger free Connecticut.

Walk Against Hunger 2019

 

Teaching Financial Literacy

March 2019 - DPCU team member Laurie conducted a financial literacy seminar to a group of women at the YWCA in New Britain. The Y’s Family Resource Center strives to promote change through improving lives for individuals and families. Their paramount theme is for every woman to achieve economic security. We are proud to educate our local community!

Laurie YWCA

 

Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut and Dignitaries Welcome Dutch Point Credit Union into the Community

February 2019 - Dutch Point Credit Union celebrated its relocation to 241 Main Street, Niantic with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Wednesday, February 6thDutch Point’s previous location was 8 West Main Street, where we first opened our doors to the Niantic community 13 years ago. The Ribbon Cutting ceremony was attended by more than 30 people. Some of the attendees included: Banking Commissioner Jorge Perez, Senator Paul Formica, State Representative Holly Cheesemen, First Selectmen of East Lyme, Mark Nickerson, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, Tony Sheriden, and several staff members of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut.

With the Niantic branch relocation the new branch has a 24 hour ATM, convenient parking, an Internet Café and more. Stop by our Niantic branch to see our new home!

Niantic-Ribbon-Cutting-2019

 

 

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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