UVA Community Credit Union has come to Culpeper.
The branch, located at 633 Meadowbrook Dr., the site of the former Suntrust Bank, opened Tuesday as community members and business leaders welcomed the credit union to the community.
“About two years ago our credit union applied to the state corporation commision in order to expand our charter to be able to reach out to surrounding communities to give them the opportunity to join a credit union,” Jeffrey C. Moscicki, Chairman of the Board, UVA Credit Union said.
That allowed the credit union to expand to Culpeper, Fauquier and Rappahannock communities and since then, they merged with the Northern Piedmont Federal Credit Union, giving them two branches in Warrenton.
The new branch in Culpeper fills a void that the credit union hopes to fill by providing information and education for members.
Expanded to Culpeper, Fauquier, Rappahannock communities
“We believe that we’re special because now not only are we a part of your community, but being a credit union member also gives you an opportunity to use the services that we have,” Moscicki said. “Our credit union in particular, really feels strongly about member education. One of the things we do is we hold classes for members and we hold seminars. The reason why we do that is because we believe each and every one of you, if you’re better informed about your finances, you will make better decisions when it comes to buying a home, purchasing a car, paying for your children’s education or better yet saving for that well-earned retirement.”
Close to a hundred people turned out Tuesday evening to welcome the business to the community, including the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce.
“We’re definitely looking forward to the opportunities they will bring to this area,” Wes Mayles, Culpeper Chamber of Commerce CEO/President, said.
The credit union has operated a branch in Orange for more than two years, and the success there is partially what led them to expand their reach to Culpeper.
“The Orange branch has been successful for two plus years and we wish them the same success here in Culpeper,” Orange County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tammy Collins said.
Culpeper’s branch will be led by a familiar face – Jackie Bowles.
Bowles, 1990 Culpeper County High School graduate, is a pillar of the Culpeper banking community, having worked at Suntrust since she was just 16 years old.
She has nearly 30 years’ experience in the financial industry. She began as a part-time teller while still in high school and throughout her career has held numerous positions at Culpeper area financial institutions including teller, licensed banker, and branch manager. Most recently she was manager of the Meadowbrook branch of SunTrust bank, which closed in January.
“I’m a fixture to the building,” Bowles said with a laugh.
She’s excited to come home to work with her community and help give them sound financial advice.
“I think it’s the most important thing, everybody needs guidance to go through retirement and everything else,” Bowles said. “Being in the community builds a lot of trust, and that’s what I like to do is give solutions for their financial needs.”
The new Culpeper branch is the 19th branch operated by the credit union.
“I want to extend a true heartfelt thank you from the credit union to the community and the business leaders because without your help and support this does not come to fruition,” Moscicki said.
UVA Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative that provides a wide range of convenient and professionally managed financial services to its members. It was started on May 1, 1954 by a group of 40 University of Virginia Hospital administrators and staff held their first meeting to organize what would become the University of Virginia Community Credit Union. They believed that by pooling their resources, each member of the credit union could have the chance at a better future. Membership is open to those who live, work or own a business located in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, or Rappahannock. Learn more at uvacreditunion.org.