125 North Fulton St. Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 273-4611
Toll Free: (877) 273-AFCU      Contact

Checking Accounts


Whatever you call it, share draft or checking, ours is better than most; the best around, for many people. Why is it better than a bank checking account? It features:



To withdraw money or pay a bill you just write a check.  

We offer checking accounts to anyone who lives in Ithaca, Tompkins County and the adjacent counties of Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Schuyler, Seneca, and Tioga. For people who live outside this area, we offer savings accounts, certificates, and some loan services.

Carbonless Copies
Our checks have a unique feature, a carbonless form which registers all the information written on the original draft. These copies should be saved and used to reconcile your statement. Paid checks are not returned. We have found it is unnecessary to return paid checks since the account can be reconciled using the statement and the carbonless copies. Proof of payment can be established by receipt from the payee or by using the carbonless copy in conjunction with the statement showing the check has cleared. In the occasional circumstance where further proof becomes necessary, checks are microfilmed and stored as a permanent record off-site, and can be obtained for a fee from the Credit Union.

Each member will be provided with a statement of all accounts prepared on the last day of each month. eStatements are free and can be easily accessed via our
Online Access area.  Paper statements that are mailed at the beginning of each month will incur a $2 monthly fee.

Member Responsibility
Members are expected to use extreme care in using a checking account. If control over the checks is lost in any way (such as theft, loss or unauthorized use) the Credit Union should be promptly notified so that stop payments can be issued. It is essential that members reconcile their account to their statement every month.

Check Designs & Reordering
A variety of check designs are available. You may also conveniently
reorder checks online.

Online Access

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Express Employment Professionals, Kathy Nivison

With a background of 15 years in Human Resources, Kathy Nivison started up the Ithaca office of Express Employment Professionals to better serve local employment and recruiting needs. Kathy approached Alternatives for a business loan, and was impressed with both the loan's low interest rate, as well as the quick response from Bob Anderson, the business loan officer at Alternatives.

Kathy took advantage of our "Women and Minority" subsidized loan, which helps women and minority borrowers who have a minimum of one year in business and are looking for assistance with continued growth and expansion.

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