One lingering misconception about credit unions is that they are less accessible than their megabank counterparts. Recent data, however, proves this is completely false. In fact, the CO-OP Shared Branch network now checks in at third place – right behind Wells Fargo and Chase – for number of branches available nationwide. That’s right: Credit unions today offer more locations than Bank of America (not to mention, access to over 30,000 ATMs through CO-OP which is more than any of the big banks offer).
What Is the CO-OP Shared Branch Network?
While most credit unions serve local communities, and therefore, don’t have much presence beyond their specific locales, many belong to an expansive system of shared branches and ATMs.
Known as CO-OP Shared Branching, a division of CO-OP Financial services, more than 5,300 “live teller” branches are available throughout the United States. CO-OP Shared Branching enables you to transact business with your regular credit union at the branches of other participating credit unions — something you’ll never do at competing bank branches. If your credit union participates, you also have access through 1,800 self-service kiosks, many of which can be found within select 7-Eleven locations.
Credit union members who are between institutions, or are traveling and nowhere near their home branch, can conveniently visit another credit union’s location without worry of being charged out-of-network fees. They may perform a number of account-related transactions. Is your credit union close to home but far from your office? There may be a Shared Branch near work.
The Best of Both Worlds
Shared branches and ATMs allow credit unions to maintain one of their greatest benefits – the personal, community-focused service that is foundational to the credit union mission – without sacrificing convenience or accessibility. This gives these not-for-profit institutions the ability to serve a diverse range of members with varying needs while banks continue to serve their bottom lines first.
Services provided at a CO-OP Shared Branch location:
*Sale of Traveler’s Check, Money Orders, Cashier Checks
*Optional services that are not available at all locations. Call ahead to confirm a location offers these services.
At a CO-OP Shared Branch location you will need ONE of the following:
Valid State-issued Driver’s License or Identification Card – US and Canada
Valid Permanent Resident Card or Resident Alien Card
At a CO-OP Shared Branch location you MUST know the following information:
Credit Union's Name : Alcoa Community FCU, Benton Arkansas
Member's Account Number
Last 4 digits of your SSN
Verification of address as listed on member account
Since services vary from location to location, check with individual branches before your visit for a complete menu of available services. A Share Branch location will make available a minimum of $500.00 in cash, per member, per day, based on funds availability of your member account. For funds availability of checks deposited at Share Branch locations contact Alcoa Community FCU at (501) 315-5626.