The 78,000 member, $1.5 billion Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union has all of its branches open and has begun to collect material relief for its members who have suffered losses from the storm.
The credit union has an original presence in New York and New Jersey but also branches in the Chicago area. Branches in the Chicago are have suffered no weather related impacts, according to Mariusz Moryl, Marketing Manager for the credit union.
Moryl reported that all New York and New Jersey branches have bee opened, but that the Garfield branch is still without power and the CU has placed its Mobile Branch at the site. Also, the branch in Bayonne, New Jersey, opened at 11:00 AM today.
Additionally, the credit union is waiving fees accrued during the storm and its aftermath, including non-sufficient funds (NSF), return of a deposited check (NGC), auto transfer of funds, and Intell-a-check. Also, late payment fees on consumer loans which might have accrued during this period will be waived.
“We want you to be assured that we will continue to do everything in our power to assist you in the recovery efforts,” the credit union said in a letter to its members. “If there still is no power in your area and you need to charge your phone or a laptop computer, please feel free to visit one of our branches. Special area has been designated at the Clifton branch for neighborhood children who might need electricity to complete their homework assignments. We have also started collecting necessary non-perishable items: batteries, blankets, pillows, warm clothing and outerwear, as well as personal hygiene products: toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant and other personal hygiene items for the hurricane victims in our community.”