By Rhonda Miller
PBN Staff Writer
SMITHFIELD, – Navigant Credit Union members will receive a bonus dividend of 2 percent of interest accrued on accounts in 2012, according to a press release. This marks 25 consecutive years the credit union awarded a dividend to its members.
“Navigant Credit Union experienced rapid growth in 2012, but we will never grow too big to serve our members,” Navigant Credit Union President and CEO Gary Furtado said during the credit union’s 97th annual membership meeting. “Our primary focus will always be on our members and providing them with excellent, responsive customer service and leading-edge products and services.”
Navigant Credit Union has expanded its branch network in northern Rhode Island with new branches in the Manville section of Lincoln and Glocester’s Chepachet village, and with its merger with Carol Wire & Cable Employees Federal Credit Union in Lincoln. It merged this year year with Columbus Credit Union, with branches now open in Warren and in the Riverside section of East Providence.
Community service has been a long-held commitment of the 98-year-old institution, and Navigant Credit Union took many steps in 2012 to remain connected with its communities. The new branch in Chepachet, for example, honors the roots of the village with a wall-sized community map and a multimedia presentation highlighting the village’s rich history.
The credit union also supported 250 Rhode Island community programs through grants, donations, scholarships and volunteerism programs, such as V-Force, the company’s team of volunteers that has donated hundreds of hours to community projects.