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North Coast Connection

Welcome to the North Coast Connection. Here you will find more information about our involvement with the community and the products and services we offer.

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    Opt-In to receive the North Coast Connection

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    Be the first to know! Opt-in to our North Coast Connection email to receive the latest in promotional offers, member-only offers and benefits, and invites to our events and giveaways! 

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    Nonprofits Fighting Hunger in Our Communities

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    During times of great need, like now, it's even more important that we address food insecurity in our community.  A big part of this is supporting our future farmers, especially in agricultural areas like Skagit and Whatcom.  We wanted to shine the spotlight on a few great nonprofits who are helping to prevent hunger in our communities.

    Viva Farms is a farm incubator in Skagit county, which provides aspiring and limited-resource farmers with training on organic farming methods, access to low-cost land and equipment for rental.  They provide a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box to … more

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    2020 North Coast Cares Fund Update

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    North Coast Cares Fund gives each North Coast Credit Union employee the opportunity to give $250 to local non-profits of their choice to celebrate their work anniversary. These organizations support our communities by providing food, shelter, and care for both humans and animals. North Coast is grateful for the important work of so many in our community!

    In 2020 our employees have donated to 43 different nonprofits:

    Alternative Human Society

    Animals as Natural Therapy

    Behind the Badge

    Bellingham Food Bank

    Boys & Girls Club of Sedro-Woolley

    Boys and Girls Club of Skagit County … more

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    Protect Yourself. Beware of Spooky Scams

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    Scammers are using every tool they can to get people to give away their information and money. They target people of all ages by call, text, email, social media, or even snail mail hoping for people to fall victim to their scams. But don’t fear! You can protect yourself and learn how to spot a scam!

    DON’T

    Don’t send money or give out personal information in response to an unexpected request.

    Don’t share passwords, account information, or anything sensitive via social media.

    Don’t deposit a check and wire money back.

    Don’t pay upfront for a promise.

    Don’t accept a job that asks you … more

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    Technical Upgrade Changes and Benefits

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    On October 5th, 2020 we launched a technical upgrade for our entire system. This improves our security and accommodates growth in membership. It also simplifies and enhances member experience. Below are some changes you may notice.

    Names Only

    When you call or visit North Coast, all your accounts and information can be found under your name as well as your account number. This means you will not need to remember your member or account numbers.

    Statements 

    Month End and Credit Card Statements will look a little different. This will not be a dramatic change, but we want you to be aware … more

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    Food First Responders

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    One of the core pillars of North Coast Credit Union's community impact is in making sure our communities have access to the healthy food they need to sustain themselves. Food banks are our first line of defense against people going hungry, during these times of financial hardship and social distancing.

    We want to shine the light on the amazing work being done by two Food First Responders who are providing for our hungry neighbors in Skagit and Whatcom county.

    "Helping Hands Food Bank of Skagit County began to see the impact of COVID-19 in early March. Before March, the average number … more

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    Spotlight On Skagit Community Action and Whatcom Opportunity Council

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    North Coast Credit Union is a long-time partner of Community Action of Skagit and the Opportunity Council in Whatcom. They both have a lengthy history of supporting our communities and that is why we are proud to support these organizations through workplace fundraisers, event sponsorships and volunteering.

     

    Community Action of Skagit County offers a large array of diverse, anti-poverty services focusing on family stability, housing support, homeless prevention, financial stability, employability, education, health, food, and volunteerism. During the Covid crisis this year, their vision … more

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    DACA And Citizenship Loans

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    North Coast Credit Union Offers Small, 12-Month DACA and Citizenship Loans

    For over 80 years, it's been our mission at North Coast Credit Union to work with our members to help them achieve their financial goals. In 2012, we listened to our members when they told us the community needed small loans for fees associated with Citizenship applications and again in 2013, when they asked for small loans for DACA filing fees.

    These filing fees can put a significant dent in anyone's budget and we are happy to provide a way to make them more manageable. Our small loans are at the manageable rate … more

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    Give It A Wiggle

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    How to Spot a Skimmer

    What is a Credit Card Skimmer?

    Skimmers are devices that enable thieves to steal card data and use if for fraudulent transactions.

    These devices are created to look exactly like the ATM or gas pump the criminals are targeting. Once they are attached, the device reads the magnetic stripe on your credit or debit card when you slide it into a car reader. The skimmer stores the card number, expiration date and cardholder’s name.

    Do Skimmers work on a Chip Card?

    Yes. The magnetic strips are also on chip cards, so they are vulnerable to skimmers as well.

    What Does a … more

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    Security Alert for North Coast Members

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    5/28/2020

    Dear Members,

    We have recently discovered a “Skimmer” was placed on the ATMs at our Sedro-Woolley and Mount Vernon branch on week end dates in late April and early May. A “Skimmer” is a card reader that can be disguised to look like part of an ATM. The skimmer attachment collects card numbers and PIN codes, which are then replicated into counterfeit cards.

    Last weekend “Skimmer Cards” were used to attempt cash withdrawals from a Seattle ATM and for a variety of purchases. Our security system stopped the majority of these fraudulent transactions. However, some fraudulent … more