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Let HVFCU be your financial partner for life.

Belonging to a community chartered credit union like HVFCU is a benefit you’ll enjoy the rest of your life. If you live, work, worship, volunteer or attend school in Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, or Putnam County, you are eligible for membership.

To establish membership, use our online application, or stop into any branch. Once you join you’ll discover what over 273,000+ members already know—that HVFCU membership offers the most affordable options to help you save, borrow, and manage your finances.

Eligibility Requirements

  • If you live, work, worship, volunteer, or attend school in Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, or Putnam County, you are eligible for membership.
  • Once you join, members of your immediate family or household are also eligible to join.
  • If your name appears as a joint owner on another member’s account and you do not have a primary account of your own, you are not yet a member— but you are eligible to join.

Online Account Opening For New Members

Membership is established by opening a savings account in your name with as little as $5. You can visit one of our branches, or simply use our online application to join online (must be age 18 or over to join online). If you choose to establish your membership online, you are automatically required to open a savings account. In addition to that account, you may also choose to open a checking or money market account.

Additionally, as you go through the application and establish your membership, you also have the option to:

  • Request an ATM / Visa Debit Card and order paper checks.
  • Request Internet Banking, Bill Pay, and MAGIC access.
  • Request direct deposit.
  • Set up overdraft protection (as applicable to the type of accounts opened).

If you choose to open your accounts with a joint member, you can do so during the account opening process.

If you establish your membership online, we also request that you complete a Signature Verification Card so that we have your signature on file for verification purposes.

Rewards Program

All members enjoy standard benefits, like free Internet Banking, Bill Pay, eStatements, Financial Services consultations, insurance checkups, and more. As part of our rewards program, those members who have an HVFCU free checking account and Visa® Debit Card with rewards truly maximize their membership benefits.

Accessing Your Accounts

Our aim is to provide you with service at those times that are most convenient for you. Most branches and our Contact Center have extended hours through 7:00 pm Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on Saturdays. However, for those times when going to a branch is not convenient, we also offer access to your accounts through ATMs and Internet Banking, Mobile Banking, Bill Pay, and MAGIC (our telephone audio response system).

Key Differences Between Credit Unions & Banks

Credit Unions Banks
Not-for-profit organizations Profit-oriented organizations
Return profits to members in the form of lower loan rates, higher savings rates, and free or low-cost services Return profits to a small group of stockholders
Invest directly back to members Invest in corporate bonds or stock market
Serve those individuals within their field of membership Serve anyone in the general public
Have members who act as co-owners and “own” a stake in the organization Controlled by stockholders and paid officials
Are member-service driven Are profit-driven
Are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Are federally insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Elect a volunteer Board of Directors to represent their interests Have a paid Board of Directors who represent the owners; customers do not have voting privileges

© 2014 Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

159 Barnegat Rd. Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
ph: 845.463.3011 / 800.468.3011

Routing Number : 221979363