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COVID-19 Resource Page

Protecting members and employees in response to the health threat posed by the virus.


Dear Peninsula Credit Union Member,

Our website is the best place to find the most current information related to Peninsula actions in the coming weeks and months, including any changes or service interruptions that affect members. Our Facebook page will also provide timely and ongoing updates. Please know that the health and safety of our members and employees is of utmost important to us.

For more information and the full list of recommendations from the CDC, please see the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.

If you have any questions specifically about your accounts, you can send us a secure message using online or mobile banking, or give us a call at 800.426.1601

Thank you for being our member,

Jim Morrell
President/CEO
Peninsula Credit Union

 

Recent updates:

March 23 Letter to Members – Member Assistance

March 17 Letter to Members –  Lobby Closures

March 9 Letter to Members –   Acknowledgement of COVID-19

Federally insured credit unions like Peninsula Credit Union offer a safe place for credit union members to save money. All deposits at federally insured credit unions are protected by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund, with deposits insured up to at least $250,000 per individual depositor. Credit union members have never lost a penny of insured savings at a federally insured credit union. Additional information on NCUA share insurance coverage for consumers is available at MyCreditUnion.gov.

PCU in the News

Radio Interview

This week Jim Morrell, CEO and Kirk Smith were interviewed by Jeff Slakey IFIBERONE News Radio – KMAS about what consumers should do during this crisis and specifically what Peninsula was doing to help its members. Listen to it here.

Federally Insured

Every time we see a crisis like government shut-downs, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, or in this case, a virus outbreak, the financial fragility of American’s is brought “out of the closet” and into discussion. We want to assure you that your accounts are federally insured by NCUA.

The Remarkable Credit Union Podcast

Our President and CEO Jim Morrell was on the Remarkable Credit Union podcast. He has a great dialog with host Cameron Madill about this COVID-19 crisis and how credit unions can help their members find financial peace during these turbulent times.

Shelton Mason Journal Article

Peninsula was featured in a recent article in the Shelton Mason Journal about service levels in Mason County. To read the article

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Newspaper article about shifting our business to drive up

Here are some methods of banking you can use to manage your finances while practicing social distancing.

1. Calculate your financial runway. How much money do you have? How long will that last? How much work (unpaid) will you be missing? What bills are coming up? What is the financial gap?

2. Prioritize your payments. Housing should be first. Perhaps student loans can be deferred for 6 months?

3. Look into solutions that will help you with temporary relief and an increase of cash flow during this temporary setback, (loan extensions, loan modifications, low interest loans for disaster recovery, waived fees, etc…) Reach-out to creditors/lenders to seek temporary relief too.

4. Here is a great BALANCE tool-kit called, Surviving a Financial Crisis.

5. Here are a couple of articles that may be helpful too:
What to do if your income is reduced?
Cut these costs immediately if you are facing a financial hardship.

It’s no secret that fear causes people to make rash decisions. That’s why people buy out all the toilet paper on the shelves when a pandemic is announced. Scam artists know this and use times of fear to manipulate others into giving them money or personal information, in fact, scamming is so prevalent during these times that the Federal Trade Commission created a Scam Bingo Sheet with some of the most common scams. It’s times like these that you need to be extra vigilant about who you’re giving information to and where your hard-earned money is going. Note that seniors are particularly vulnerable, please talk to your elderly family members about these scams and how to avoid them.

Fake Emails, Texts, and Phishing Scams

Phishing is a huge problem and is a favored method by many scammers. According to Dictionary.com Phishing is defined as “trying to obtain financial or other confidential information from Internet users, typically by sending an email that looks as if it is from a legitimate organization, usually a financial institution, but contains a link to a fake website that replicates the real one”. This can happen with any and all financial institutions, for example, you may get an email from someone claiming to be Peninsula Credit Union that requests for you to click a link or call a number and reveal personal information. In some cases, clicking the link alone is enough for the hacker to infiltrate your computer and find your personal information.

So, how do you avoid phishing scams?

  • Know what information you need to guard. Scammers are looking for things like account numbers, social security numbers, login IDs, and passwords. If someone asks you for any of this information, be certain that they are a trusted source.

  • Do not provide personal information to unknown sources. If you cannot verify the identity of who is calling you, texting you, or the source of the email, do not provide information.
    PCU Tip: To verify that it is Peninsula Credit Union calling you about your account, you can always ask for the name of the person you are speaking to, hang up, call our contact center (1.800.426.1601) and asked to be routed back to that employee.

Robocalls

In much the same way as phishing, scammers use robocalls to target individuals for private information. These calls could be set up to come from many sources that seem reputable on the surface, places like the Social Security Administration, Medicare, or even your financial institution. Robocalls may be trying to steal PIN numbers, account information, or trick you into buying gift cards.

So, how do you avoid Robocall scams?

  • Hang up immediately, do not push any buttons or speak. As a rule of thumb, if someone needs to gather personal information, they will not use a robot to do it.
    PCU Tip: We’ll never ask for your personal information with a robocall. When in doubt, call our contact center (1.800.426.1601) to see if need anything from you.

Fake Cures & Testing Kits

Scammers and businesses prey on people’s fear by trying to sell products or services that claim to prevent or treat the coronavirus. These can be anything from oils and teas to therapeutic sessions. While government agencies are trying to crack down on these scams, some do manage to slip through the cracks.

So, how do you avoid fake cures and testing scams?

  • Don’t purchase anything that claims to treat or prevent coronavirus. Currently, the Federal Drug Administration says there are no approved cures or at-home testing kits.

Charities

The times are uncertain and many people are more than willing to lend a helping hand. Be careful when being solicited for donations to charities that claim to help those affected by the virus or doing research. There are reputable organizations that do need your help and contributions, but there are also scammers who are trying to pull on your heartstrings and steal your money.

So, how do you avoid charity scams?

  • Do your research. If the charity that is contacting you is one you’ve never heard of before, tell them that you’d like to look into them a little more before making a financial contribution. If someone is claiming to be a well-known charity, consider making the donation directly through their website rather than over the phone, this way you can be sure your contribution is going directly to them and not a scammer.

We understand that many people in our community will be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and many organizations that provide assistance to those in need will need more support than ever before. Here are a few organizations you can support with donations or volunteer your time:

Mason County

Kitsap County

Jefferson County

General Resources

Education Resources


Lending Options to Help You Now

Emergency Pay Day Advance Loan

This loan has rates as low as 0.00% APR* up to $10,000 with a maximum term of 18 months. To learn more or to apply

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Loan Modifications

We can offer interest only and payment deferral options. Call today to discuss which may be best for you.

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Release of Held Funds on a Secured Loan

Members can request a release of the held savings for an active borrow and save loan, share secured, and VISA secured for up to $1,000 or 25% of the held amount whichever is higher.

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Fee Free Refinances of PCU Loans

We have waived the $100 fee to refinance your PCU loan**. This may help you lower your monthly payments as we have low interest rates.

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Debt Consolidation Loan

Consolidate your debt into a single low-rate loan with flexible repayment options.

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Products and Services to Help You Now

Penalty Free Certificate Withdraw

If you have a certificate with us, we will waive the penalty fee if you wish to withdrawal funds from the certificate early

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Online and phone payments

We have waived the fee to pay online and over the phone.

Pay Now

No Fee Cash Advance

With an appointment you can come into the branch and do a VISA cash advance for no charge

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Skipped a Payment

“I had a member call concerned about making his $700.00 truck payment. He said he is a hair dresser and his salon has shut down so he is out of work. I let him know that we are here for him and we have a couple of options to help him. I asked him if he would benefit doing the 90 day interest.. or if skipping a 1 month payment would work best for him. He chose the skip pay option which extended his payment out till May 2020. He was so thankful he said "I can breath and pay my rent on the 1st." ”

"They really care"

“A health care worker w/ 6 kids and her Husband was laid off. They are going through groceries like crazy and losing his income is hard. The member stated that we reached out first and we were so positive. She is taxed physically as a Healthcare worker and this really helped them out. Member said that we seem to really care about our Members. We did a 90 day Interest only on her Auto Loan. ”

Eased My Stress

“A member and his wife are currently raising their 2 grandkids for the last 10 years. His hours were cut drastically and the Interest only payment has eased his mind . He stated he and his wife should be planning for retirement instead he is trying to raise a second family. Anything that eases his stress he is very grateful for at this trying time and we stepped up as a Credit Union!! ”

Featured resources for our members

COVID Family Financial Survival Guide

Peninsula Credit Union has been certified since 2014 as a Community Development Institution (CDFI) identified by the U.S. Treasury to have a focus on financial challenged households in our community. CU Strategic Planning is our partner helping to design products for credit unions to help build financial stability.

In this guide topics covered will include

  • Difficulty Paying Rent
  • Getting & Saving Your Cash
  • Protect Your Credit

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Download the Survival Guide

Digital Lessons for Remote Learning

EVERFI is here to help families bring learning to life at home. EVERFI’s digital lessons are used by more than two million K-12 students, and thanks to our sponsors, are always available to school districts and educators at no-cost.

In this period of increased remote learning, we’re also providing students direct-access. We invite you to visit EverFi and access this comprehensive information.

  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School

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Go To EverFi Website

Every time we see a crisis like government shut-downs, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, or in this case, a virus outbreak, the financial fragility of American’s is brought “out of the closet” and into discussion. Helping those we serve get from barely surviving to financially thriving is our collective goal! If you are not prepared for this sort of financial setback, we hope this information can assist you in moving forward. As you recover, don’t forget to plan ahead for the future. Our hope is that we can keep the “Financial Health” conversation alive every day, not only in times of emergency.

Financial Education

Free Access to Financial Education and Resources

At Peninsula Credit Union, we care about your financial wellness. That’s why we’ve partnered with industry-leading BALANCE to provide you with free access to expertly-crafted financial education and resources to help with your fiscal matters. And should you need, BALANCE can assist with confidential, no-cost financial counseling services to help you develop a sensible budget managing spending and debt. For all your financial life stage changes and more, we—in partnership with BALANCE—are here to help.

Register for BALANCE Today
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Disclosures

*APR=Annual Percentage Rate.  Loan approval is subject to Peninsula Credit Union underwriting guidelines. Payment example: $555.56 a month based on 18 months, $10,000 loan amount at 0.00% APR or $559.98 a month based on 18 months, $10,000 loan amount at 1.00% APR.

**Some Exclusions Apply

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