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.


2015 Member Information update request

On July 2, 2015, Alternatives Federal Credit Union sent out an email request to our members asking them to update their personal information using a secure, encrypted, web-based form. This was a legitimate request. We are deeply committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of your information.Your account number is an optional field within the form.

Information can also be updated through online banking or in the branch where one of our staff members can assist you.

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

August 21: Schools and daycare groups
September 18: Home improvement
October 16: Harvest festival
November 20; Giving thanks and philanthropy
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

Alternatives Federal Credit Union Announces 2015 Living Wage

How much does it cost to live in Tompkins County? According to Alternatives Federal Credit Union’s bi-annual Living Wage Study, a single person working full time would have to make $28,637.40 a year, or $13.77 per hour 40 hours a week.
On May 28, 2015 Alternatives’ Board of Directors voted unanimously to raise starting wages for Alternatives’ staff to the new Living Wage level, continuing its commitment as a role model employer for the community.
To learn more: Living Wage Study 2015Living Wage Study 2015 Press Release, Living Wage Study 2015 Notes

All Together Now

Our 2014 Annual Report is hot of the press and available online, or stop by the branch, say hello and pick up a copy. 

We proudly announce the launch of BusinessLoanConnection.org

BusinessLoanConnection.org is a unique collaboration between Community Development Credit Unions in Central and Upstate New York.
By connecting existing and aspiring business owners to financial and skill-building opportunities, we work to cultivate successful small businesses throughout our combined service area.BusinessLoanConnection.org is brought to you by CDFI-certified Credit Unions: Alternatives Federal Credit Union and Syracuse Cooperative Federal Credit Union.

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. 

Mobile banking APP - Now live!

Mobile Access is our new mobile banking app for your smartphone. The conveneniece of transactions, transfers, loan payments, BillPay, and more are right at your fingertips.

Verified by Visa

Learn how registering with Verified by VISA will help protect your online purchases.

Share your experience with us

If you have had a positive experience here at Alternatives, we would love to hear from you.

Art Gallery: Patti Witten

Business Of The Month: The Clay School

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2015.09.16 Internet Marketing Workshop Series with Matteo Wyllyamz - 9-week course

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Diane Cohen

The Finger Lakes ReUse Center was awarded The Jeff Furman Award for Social Responsibility in Business at Alternatives’ 2012 annual meeting, with Executive Director Diane Cohen accepting the award. Cohen expressed her thanks: “We will hang the award prominently and proudly in our Reuse Center, and as we grow, we will continue to use this as a beacon, to continue our efforts to maximize our capacity to provide opportunities and relieve hardship. We know we are in solidarity with Alternatives on these issues. We're a young organization with a mission to enhance community, economy, and environment through reuse, and a priority to serve our community well. Receiving this award has been an honor and an affirmation.”

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