HOLTVILLE — Sun Community Federal Credit Union is in escrow on the purchase of a parcel of land facing Holt Park that would be the new site of its Holtville branch, a company official said.
While the El Centro-based institution’s
branch has long been at 439 E. Fifth St., the building is 40 years old and is
leased, which limits improvements that could be made. As such, it makes sense
to own a location, noted Billie Cardenas, chief operating officer.
Cassandra Vista, Holtville branch manager,
has been with Sun Community for eight years but just transferred in November
from its Imperial branch.
“Smaller towns like Holtville and
Imperial have a lot of pride,” said Vista. “They’re very tight communities
and hold on to that small-town feel with lots of farmers markets and
Vista explained she started off as a
teller in Brawley but then helped open Sun Community’s first in-store branch at
Cardenas Market in El Centro. She said she is enjoying serving Holtville.
“I know Holtville (residents) really
like to support each other,” she said. “We try to present them with
multiple options for all their financial transactions.”
This includes a home banking app members
can download, as well as accessing Sun Community through its website or the
Contact Center phone number in El Centro.
“But I’ve noticed we get a lot of
traffic in Holtville,” said Vista. “The residents have a really good
relationship with the tellers. Even with the convenience of all our technology
we love to see the members in person.”
Sun Community believes strongly in the
growth potential of Holtville, explained Cardenas.
“Our tag line is, ‘Shine on,’”
she said. “That is reflected in our commitment to put up a new building,
which supports our motto. We really think our members will feel valued by
putting up a new office in Holtville.”
Besides a full line of deposit and loan
products, Sun Community will perform financial reviews on member’s credit
report and consult them on the best place to deposit funds be it a certificate
of deposit, checking or savings account. It will also consult on whether a member
has a high interest rate for borrowing and will advise if a member qualifies
for a lower loan rate.
“We can sometimes save a member $200
a month refinancing a loan and that can mean the difference of paying off bills
or piling them up,” said Cardenas.
Sun Community is dedicated to giving back
to the community.
“Another thing we love, is sponsoring
college scholarships for high school seniors,” she said. “Each year
we provide 10 scholarships. We love to read their essays on why they deserve a
scholarship. We also evaluate on a student’s volunteer experience. We want to
know how they’ll give back to the community once they graduate college.”
The credit union also supports community
“We try to change lives for the
better,” said Cardenas. “We’re very targeted in our sponsorships. We
have a great partnership with the Brown Bag Coalition. Our Calexico branch
donates funds and helps feed the homeless.”