Community Partners

Our Selected Employer Groups and community partners play a huge role in the work of the credit union. We partner with over 50 organizations, businesses, and non-profits to make our products and services available to a wider network. Many of our community partners also provide important additional support services to our members and neighborhoods.

If you are associated with or employed by a Selected Employer Group or community partner, you are eligible for membership at the credit union. If you would like to become a partner of North Side please contact Sarah Marshall at 773-769-5800 ext 226 or at s.marshall@northsidecu.org.

Selected Employer Groups

Heartland Alliance

Heartland-Alliance-LogoHeartland Alliance for Human Needs and Rights has been serving the needs of the poor in Chicago for over 120 years and has provided much needed support services to communities throughout the city. Through their asset building program, Heartland partners closely with North Side. Heartland helps low income participants build financial stability and gives them the education and tools to build a more positive future. Some of their program highlights include a matched savings program, individual consultation services, and financial education workshops. Melinda Croes, Asset Building Program Manager, states:

“Many of our participants have had negative experiences with money management at financial institutions. North Side allows our participants to save without worrying about high or hidden fees. Participants who are unable to access other traditional financial services are able to participate in mainstream financial services through the credit union.”

North Side Community Federal Credit Union provides a safe place for Heartland participants to practice money management skills and build savings. Heartland Alliance is a valuable partner that provides important resources for North Side members as well.

To learn more, visit www.heartlandalliance.org/assetbuilding/

Centro Romero

Centro RomeroCentro Romero, a long time partner of North Side Community Federal Credit Union, has the mission to provide opportunities for people with the fewest options. Centro Romero serves over 11,000 individuals annually and provides a wide range of programs to strengthen the lives of their program participants. The organization focuses specifically on Latino and immigrant communities in Chicago. Just a few of their many services include ESL and GED classes, legal services for immigrants, and after school programs.  Daysi Funes, executive director, speaks highly of Centro Romero’s partnership with North Side. She feels confident referring her program participants to the credit union.  North Side Community Federal Credit Union plays a large role in Centro Romero’s immigration and legal services program. Individuals applying for permanent residency can come to the credit union to apply for a small dollar Citizenship or Permanent Residency Loan. Daysi says:

“We’re happy our relationship with North Side continues because they understand the needs of our community and work with our participants where they are.”

To learn more about the work of Centro Romero, visit www.centroromero.org

Christopher House

Christopher HouseChristopher House has been providing important family support services in Chicago for over 100 years.  The organization strives to meet the needs of the neediest in their communities, and almost 98% of involved families meet or exceed federal poverty guidelines.  Christopher House provides early childhood education, college and career preparatory programs for youth, prenatal care and education, ESL and GED classes, and a food pantry, among other services. Christopher House boasts high success rates, and credits much of it to their comprehensive family assessment. At intake, families complete a needs assessment with a case manager and creates goals based around the identified needs. Together, the family and the Christopher House case manager work to reach those goals. Sometimes families identify a financial goal. Through the Christopher House partnership with North Side, the family is referred to the credit union for credit counseling or low cost banking products. North Side can individually work with Christopher House participants to start a savings account, develop a budget or repair credit. Colleen Douglass, Associate Director of Parent Involvement and Literacy Programs, appreciates that:

“the credit union makes banking accessible for our participants. North Side’s educational workshops are also a real value add.”

To learn more about Christopher House, visit www.christopherhouse.org. The organization takes applications on an on-going basis.