125 North Fulton St. Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 273-4611
Toll Free: (877) 273-AFCU      Contact
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Our mission is to build wealth and create economic opportunity for underserved people and communities.


Our lobby ATM has been moved to the Farmer’s Market. Our vestibule hours are 8:30am to 6:30pm. You are welcome to utilize our ATM at GreenStar or at our drive-up window for your convenience.

Mobile Deposit is now live! 
Our app has been rebranded for a fresher look, better navigation and to provide an improved user experience and address bug fixes.

Next time you're crunched for time, avoid the lines and make your deposit from anywhere at any time using your smartphone. Upgrade today for improved convenience. Mobile Deposit FAQ

Expanded Drive-thru and Walk-up teller hours
Beginning Monday, October 19 our Drive-thru and Walk-up teller will open at 9:00am.

Join us for our upcoming Member Appreciation Days - in the lobby from 10am - 6pm.

December 18: Celebrating diversity and holiday markets

If you are interested in tabling for a specific event that is relevant to your member business, please contact marketing@alternatives.org

Scam alert

Members should be aware of an automated phone scam currently in the wild. If you receive a phone call, with a recorded message indicating that there is a hold on your M&T debit card, do not return the call, and do not provide any card information. If you have provided your Alternatives FCU card information in response to this scam, please contact Alternatives FCU immediately.

Community Support Account

Learn more about how you can help local non-profits with this exciting new program.

CUNA'S Community Credit Union of the Year

We are completely honored and thrilled to receive this award! This award "honors credit unions that consistently excel in the advancement of credit union ideals, are proactive in their communities and meet the needs of their own diverse member bases."

Back on Track loan

Unexpected expenses can be tough. We are here to help. If you can document emergency medical, dental, veterinarian, home, or auto repairs, Alternatives FCU offers a loan at a much lower rate than most credit cards.

Verified by Visa

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Art Gallery: Yvonne Fisher

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2015.12.17 Coffee Talk! - Small business peer mentoring circle, meeting every third Thursday of each month...

The Credit Path

As Alternatives Credit Union has grown and changed, our use of the Credit Path model of financial empowerment has changed as well. Originally developed by Bill Myers as a way of understanding our members' financial situations and incorporating that into our business planning, the Credit Path describes where people are situated at various points along a continuum between poverty and self-sufficiency. Our job, as a community development financial institution, is to help our members move along that continuum by empowering them to make decisions, and offering opportunities, that will move them towards financial self-sufficiency. more»

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