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Don’t miss our annual holiday Hope, Healing and Happiness fundraising campaign running now through Dec. 24, 2020. Stop by the drive through of one of our branches to donate unwrapped gifts, monetary funds and/or gift cards to help this year’s benefit recipient, CenterPointe Campus for Hope. Safe drop-off boxes are also located in our vestibules.
CenterPointe Campus for Hope offers both short- and long-term residential programs, as well as peer support, for people suffering with mental health and substance use issues. The majority of people CenterPointe sees experience both severe and persistent mental illness and addiction issues. Nearly every individual CenterPointe serves has very low or no income when they enter the program. They are truly the most vulnerable people in our community.
CenterPointe uses a holistic approach by treating the whole person, not just one aspect of his/her challenges. In doing so, mental health, physical health and addiction can be addressed together in real time.
Since its start in 1973, CenterPointe has been a leader in holistic healthcare. CenterPointe acquired the Campus for Hope facility in 2017 to better serve people in the Omaha community. CemterPointe is in the process of expanding its programming at Campus for Hope to be able to serve more men, women, teens and veterans, and help them to take steps on their journey toward a healthier life.
CenterPointe’s mission is to help the people they serve get better, sooner, for longer.”
Specific items needed include hygiene products such as deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, bar soap, disposable razors, shampoo/conditioner, combs and brushes.
Clothing items needed include sweatpants (unisex sizes medium to 3XL), T-shirts (sizes medium to 3XL), women’s underwear and bras (sports bras work well), men’s boxers, sweatshirts and socks.
Gift cards to Walmart, Target or similar stores (Dollar General, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar) are appreciated, too.
Click here for an additional list of Amazon items needed.
From December 1 through December 24, 2020, Omaha Federal Credit Union (OFCU) will be offering small individual holiday craft kits to members’/visitors’ children via our branch drive-throughs. These craft kits are directed toward children ages 5-9 years.
When the kits are gone, they’re gone! So hurry in and share this community service campaign with your friends, family and others and invite them to stop by and check out OFCU!
We are excited to announce Virtual Branch Next! On Oct. 29, 2020, you will notice a new look to our Virtual Branch program. It provides a clean, contemporary and intuitive landing page featuring one-click access to all accounts, recent transactions, upcoming schedule transfers and bills. Please note that the Bill Pay system will be available after 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.
We have Safe Deposit Boxes available at our Main, Downtown and Blair Branch offices. We have very competitive annual rates on these boxes and we have several different sizes to choose from. Boxes start as low as $15 annually. Start protecting your important items today! Stop by or call our office today to get more information. 402-399-9001
The Main Office on 82nd Ave. and the Blair branch are open to the public. The Downtown branch in the Zorinsky Federal Building is closed to the public, but is available to those working in the building. The VA Hospital branch is currently closed to the public.
The fastest growing crime in America is identity theft, and the best protection is prevention. Here are some tips to safeguard your good name: 1. Protect your Social Security number. Do not carry your card in your wallet. 2. Do not give out your personal information unless you made the contact. Scam artists “phish” for victims by pretending to be credit unions, banks, stores, government agencies, etc. They do it by phone, email, and snail mail. 3. Shred papers with personal information. Always shred credit card offers that you don’t use. Also, shred those “convenience checks” you don’t use. 4. Open your credit card bills and bank statements right away. Check for unauthorized charges or withdrawals and report them immediately. 5. Protect your computer from viruses and malware. Use firewall, virus, and spyware protection software – make sure it is updated regularly. Always use “strong” passwords. 6. Always click with caution online. Only enter personal information on secure Web pages with “https” in the address bar and a padlock symbol at the top or bottom of your browser window.
Omaha Federal Credit Union offers the Popmoney personal payment service to our member’s. This allows you to conveniently send, receive and request money with an email address, mobile phone number or account number, eliminating the need for checks and cash. This is a simple, convenient and secure way to send money. Sign up by clicking on the Bill Payment tab after signing into your account and click on Popmoney.
You can help protect yourself by taking these low-tech, common-sense precautions:
- Never give your Social Security number or other information to strangers who call, text, or send e-mail messages to you, even if they seem legitimate, as with phony “phishing” e-mail that looks like it comes from your bank. And don’t write your Social Security number on checks (except those you send to the IRS), noncredit applications, or other forms.
- Never leave your wallet or purse unattended. Don’t carry your Social Security card, rarely used credit cards, or written PINs or passwords.
- Store financial account statements, medical records, and tax filings in a secure place at home, especially if you let workers or others inside, and shred those documents when you no longer need them
- Don’t post your date of birth, mother’s maiden name, first pet’s name, or other personal information on websites like Facebook, Flickr, Friendster, LinkedIn, MySpace, or Twitter. They’re often used to verify your identity and could allow an imposter electronic access to your accounts.
- A lot of credit/debit-card issuer offers free online or mobile alerts that will warn you of suspicious account activity as soon as it’s detected, sign up for them. The alerts are different from the expensive credit-monitoring services that banks also sell. (You don’t need those.)
As data breaches and identity theft become increasingly common, it’s more important than ever to keep tabs on your credit. By law, every 12 months you’re entitled to a free credit report compiled by the three credit reporting agencies. The three agencies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – have set up a central website, a toll-free telephone number, and a mailing address through which you can order your report. For your free report, do not contact the credit reporting companies individually. To order, visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call 1-877-322-8228. Or, complete the Annual Credit Report Request Form available at www.ftc.gov and mail it to Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281. You may order your reports from each of agencies at the same time, but by ordering your report from each of them one at a time, you can space out your requests over the 12-month period. This way, you will get more up-to-date information. Annualcreditreport.com is the only website through which you can access your mandated free report. Be wary of other sites that appear to offer a “free” report. It’s likely they are a scam, or trick you into paying a monthly fee once a trial period expires.