Announcements

September 15, 2020 

People’s Credit Union is committed to continually improving the products and services we offer to our members. As part of that strategy, we are moving to a new ATM and debit processing partner on Monday, September 21. We have summarized below several of the benefits that you will enjoy.

Fraud Monitoring

Our enhanced fraud monitoring and notification system is designed to give you an added level of security and protection when using your debit card.

While the new card validation system is learning your individual behaviors, you may receive alerts regarding what appear to be suspicious transactions:

  1. You will first receive an email alerting you to the suspicious transaction with instructions on how to confirm the validity of the transaction. Please call the telephone number provided in the email, enter the Case Identification Number when prompted and then answer the subsequent prompts as applicable.
  2. If you do not respond to the email, within minutes you will receive a follow-up text Please reply “Yes” if the transaction was valid and “No” if you do not recognize it.
  3. If you do not reply to the text, the fraud monitoring system will call the phone number we have on file for your card. You will then be directed to confirm or deny the validity of the transaction.

Card Alerts

We have also made enhancements to the “Card Services” section of our mobile app. The new service, called “Card Valet”, can be found in the myMobile menu under “Card Controls”.  Here you will find several new features.  The card alerts you currently have in place will need to be recreated within Card Valet when it becomes available on Tuesday, September 22.  More detailed information on how to reestablish your alerts can be found here (link to web page).

ATM Availability

As part of this transition, People’s Credit Union ATMs will undergo some required

maintenance.  The maintenance is being done on a staggered basis, so only one ATM will be impacted at a time.  The specific schedule is available on our website (include URL to list of machines and days). We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Contact Information

Some phone numbers will be changing beginning on Monday, September 21st:

  • To report fraudulent activity on your card, please call 800.498.8930
  • To activate your new card, please call 1-800-992-3808

We are excited to be providing you with these enhancements.  If you have any questions, please call your local branch or the Member Service Center at 800.498.8930 for assistance.

Thank you for being a member of People’s Credit Union.


August 6, 2020 BauerFinancial Recognizes People’s Credit Union As One of the Nation’s Strongest Credit Unions

People’s Credit Union proudly announces it has achieved another Superior 5-Star Rating from BauerFinancial. This is the highest rating from BAUERFINANCIAL, the Nation’s Premier Bank and Credit Union Rating Firm. A five-star rating indicates that People’s Credit Union excels in areas including capital adequacy, profitability, and asset quality.  People’s Credit Union has earned and maintained this top honor for 114 consecutive quarters and has also procured a “Best of Bauer Credit Union” designation. This designation is reserved specifically for institutions that have earned Bauer’s highest rating consistently for over 25 consecutive years. It also indicates that People’s Credit Union is one of the strongest credit unions in the nation.

"People’s Credit Union had a very strong second quarter of 2020, which clearly demonstrates our ability to execute in this challenging environment. Even with the COVID-19 pandemic, our employees got right to work assisting members and those in the community with their financial needs,” said Sean Daly, President and CEO of People’s Credit Union. “These are unprecedented times, but People’s Credit Union has a very strong capital and liquidity position that will help us weather any challenges ahead. We have been in business for close to one hundred years and I am confident we have the right team, strategy, and foundation in place for our long-term success.”

BAUERFINANCIAL, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution can pay for or opt out of a BauerFinancial rating. Consumers may obtain free star-ratings by visiting bauerfinancial.com


June 11, 2020 - People’s Credit Union Partners with Swipe for a Cause

Bill DeWitt, EVP & Chief Marketing Officer for People’s Credit Union, is pleased to announce that the People’s Credit Union has partnered with Swipe for a Cause for its merchant payment processing solution for business members.  

Based locally in Rhode Island, Swipe for a Cause was founded by Andrew and Margaret Kinnecom in 2010. A portion of Swipe’s revenue is donated to selected charities, including their initial beneficiary, Hope Hospice and Palliative care. Since going into business, Swipe has grown to serve approximately 500 customers from various industries and has donated over $250,000 to associated charities.

“We are thrilled to be working with People’s Credit Union to serve the needs of their business members,” said A. Kinnecom. “We believe we have the right products and solutions for businesses of all sizes. We stand by our offerings and pledge to try and help save our customers both valuable time and money. We had been looking to work with People’s for quite some time, as the team at Swipe felt that there was a good business, cultural, and philosophical fit.”

“When People’s Credit Union was in the market for a new merchant payment processing company to work with, Swipe for a Cause seemed like a good partner for us. At People’s, we live by the philosophy of ‘people helping people’. Andy and Margaret have baked this same philosophy into their business model,” commented DeWitt. “Swipe’s personalized local service, along with their pricing options and discounts are all things our members are looking for when considering a merchant service provider. The fact that a portion of their profits is donated to charity makes working with Swipe a win-win.”


June 4, 2020 - People’s Credit Union Appoints Estelle Chaves as Vice President of Mortgage Operations

Cormac McCarthy, Chief Lending Officer of People’s Credit Union, is pleased to announce the appointment of Estelle Chaves as Vice President of Mortgage Operations. In this newly created role, Chaves will oversee mortgage loan operations including loan setup, processing, underwriting, closing, post-closing, and servicing.

Chaves has over 25 years of residential, consumer and commercial loan operations management experience, with expertise in mortgage underwriting and regulatory compliance. In addition, Chaves has extensive experience training, mentoring, and managing multiple lending teams and departments.

"We are excited to welcome Estelle to our team," said McCarthy. "Estelle’s experience and skill set will help guide our loan operations and initiatives, which will be a tremendous asset to People’s. Estelle has a proven collaborative leadership approach that will be a strong cultural fit for our members, employees, and the communities we serve.”

Prior to joining People’s Credit Union, Chaves served as Vice President, Residential Consumer Compliance Officer, for Rockland Trust Company, headquartered in Middleboro, MA,  where she was responsible for working collaboratively with the Bank’s business units to assist with the creation of appropriate policies and procedures relative to various banking regulations.

Chaves holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix and currently serves on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Division of Banks Board of Appeals.


May 7, 2020 - People’s Credit Union Donates $20,000 to Help Support Food Assistance

In response to the overwhelming demand for food assistance caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, People’s Credit Union is proud to provide $20,000 in financial support to area food pantries.

“As a local credit union, we believe it’s our responsibility to support the communities that we serve in this unprecedented time,” said Sean Daly, People’s Credit Union’s President & CEO. “And Rhode Island’s most vulnerable populations need our support now more than ever.”

Reflecting the credit union’s long-standing commitment to supporting non-profits that provide direct local impact, People’s made the following donations:

  • $10,000 to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, Middletown
  • $3,300 to the East Bay Food Pantry, Bristol
  • $3,300 to the North Kingstown Food Pantry, North Kingstown
  • $3,300 to the Jonnycake Center Food Pantry, South Kingstown

“We are extremely grateful to People’s Credit Union for this generous support at a time when our Newport County neighbors need us more than ever before. This illustrates how People’s lives by its core values of enhancing the communities it serves. Because of this funding, we will be able to continue providing nutritious food, including fresh produce, eggs, milk, and meat to those most affected by this crisis,” said Heather Hole Strout, Executive Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center.

Many Rhode Islanders are experiencing food insecurity for the first time as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis. Kate Brewster, Executive Director of the Jonnycake Center, stated, “Like communities across the country, ours was hit hard by this public health crisis.  We served significantly more visitors during the first six weeks of school closures and rising unemployment.  We simply could not meet this new demand without the generous support of local businesses like People’s Credit Union who have stepped up in a big way and provided financial support so we can purchase food and other basic necessities.”

Karen Griffith Executive Director of the East Bay Food Pantry also remarked, “We really appreciate the generosity of People’s Credit Union! In April, our food pantry handed out 70% more food than we did last April, and our Food4Kids program is distributing twice as much food due to the school closures. We are responding to this increase in need while also coping with a loss of income from our Thrift Shop, which is currently closed. Donations from partners like People's Credit Union are providing critical funds for our food programs, and we are tremendously grateful for the support!”


March 10, 2020 - People’s Credit Union Announces Appointment of Donald Nessing, Mortgage Loan Officer

People’s Credit Union is pleased to announce that Donald Nessing has been appointed Mortgage Loan Officer. In his position, Nessing will be responsible for residential loan origination and will work closely with a network of real estate and business professionals to assist members with all aspects of the home-buying process, from application to closing.

Nessing comes to People’s Credit Union with more than 25 years of experience in the banking and mortgage industry.  Previously, he served as owner of Newport Financial Corporation, a mortgage brokerage company, which he negotiated and executed into NFC Mortgage, LLC. Most recently, Nessing was a Senior Loan Officer at Savings Institute Bank and Trust.

“We are so excited to have Don join our dedicated team of mortgage loan officers,” commented Cormac McCarthy, Chief Lending Officer. “Don is a proven mortgage lender with a deep commitment to the community. His background and extensive experience in the industry will be of tremendous value to both the Credit Union and our members.”


January 9, 2020 - People’s Credit Union Donates to Bristol Warren Education Foundation

People’s Credit Union recently donated $1000 to the Bristol Warren Education Foundation (BWEF), an independent community-based organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the Bristol Warren Regional School District. The donation will go towards providing grants to teachers and staff for innovative, high-quality programs that enhance and enrich educational experiences for students.  People’s Credit Union also helps support their Annual Bee, "Bee Amazed” and is the presenting sponsor of BWEF’s Food Truck 5k/10k, one of their largest fundraisers.

BWEF acts as a catalyst, broadening the base of support for public education in Bristol and Warren, and helping to shape an educational experience of the highest caliber for all students in the district. Nicky Piper, BWEF Chair stated, "As the Bristol Warren Education Foundation works to support teachers in bringing creative learning solutions to all the students of our district, we are proud to stand alongside People's Credit Union, as critical partners in this important mission. People's Credit Union’s dedication to community and education reflects the values of BWEF, and we look forward to continuing to enrich the opportunities available in our schools thanks to this incredible support and faith in our work."

For more information on the Bristol Warren Education Foundation, please visit www.bwedfoundation.org


January 7, 2020 - People’s Credit Union Employees are Casual for a Cause

People’s Credit Union employees recently donated over $350 to the Kiwanis Club of Aquidneck Island, a local nonprofit located in Middletown, RI. The donation was given through employee donations for the Credit Union’s employee dress down day, called Casual for a Cause.

People’s Credit Union’s Community Enhancement Committee works with the branches and support staff in choosing twelve local non-profits in the community to be the recipients of the employee donations. This employee driven initiative is one way in which employees demonstrate their commitment to enhancing the community, which is one of People’s Credit Union’s core values.

The Kiwanis Club is a thriving organization of men, women, and youth that are dedicated to serving the children of the world and improving the quality of life worldwide. “The Kiwanis Club of Aquidneck Island thanks People’s Credit Union for donating their Casual for a Cause funds to our organization so that we may continue our mission of helping our communities. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Kiwanis is your volunteer group to join.”   “We want YOU,” said David Koohy, current Club President.


November 25, 2019 - People’s Credit Union Appoints Margaret McGill EVP & Chief Financial Officer

Sean Daly, President & CEO of People’s Credit Union is pleased to announce the appointment of Margaret McGill as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer.

With over 30 years of financial, operational, and executive management experience, McGill is a seasoned leader. Her expertise includes strategic planning, asset/liability management, and systems analysis. In addition, McGill has experience with SEC financial reporting and regulatory compliance.

"We are delighted to welcome Margie to our executive management team," said Sean Daly, President and Chief Executive Officer of People’s Credit Union. "Margie’s extensive banking experience across all critical financial functions will be a tremendous asset to People’s. She has also demonstrated a collaborative leadership approach that will be a strong cultural fit for our members, employees, and the communities we serve. We are eager to benefit from her insight and look forward to her contribution as we execute our strategy to grow and strengthen the credit union and create value for all of our stakeholders." 

Prior to joining People’s Credit Union, McGill served as Vice President of Finance and Accounting for HarborOne Bank, a $3.3 billion dollar bank headquartered in Brockton, MA, where she held full responsibility for the leadership of the finance team. Prior to this position, McGill served as HarborOne’s Vice President & Controller from 2005-2013.

McGill holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Stonehill College and is a graduate of Fairfield University’s National School of Banking. McGill resides in Falmouth, MA, and is married with four grown children.


November 5, 2019 - People's Credit Union Appoints Sean Daly President and CEO

Edward T. Lopes, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Directors of People’s Credit Union’s announced the appointment of Sean Daly as President and Chief Executive Officer effective November 8th. As was previously announced, Daly will succeed departing President and CEO, Ellen Ford, who announced her intention to retire earlier this year.

In making the announcement Lopes stated “The Board is excited and confident that Sean is the right person to lead the Credit Union into its second century. He is an accomplished executive with a rich blend of strategic insight, innovative leadership, financial acumen, and operational expertise.” Lopes continued, “With almost thirty years of experience in banking and other diverse industries, Sean has proven executive leadership capabilities which will set us up for continued growth and success.”  In describing her successor Ford commented, “Sean is a dynamic and collaborative leader and his vision and passionate commitment to our members, our employees, and the communities we serve is unmatched.”

Daly previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Technology for Camden National Bank, a $2.5B publicly traded community bank headquartered in Camden, Maine. In this role, Daly was recognized in 2007 by USBanker Magazine as one of the Top 10 U.S. CFOs.

Most recent to joining People’s, Daly served as Chief Financial Officer for Provant Health Solutions, a wellness services provider located in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. He also previously held the position of President and Chief Operating Officer at IDT911 (since rebranded Cyber Scout), an international identity theft and data risk management company.

Mr. Daly said, “Working for People’s Credit Union for the last several years has been a privilege. I am looking forward to leading this great organization and continuing to build on its legacy in our community. Now is an exciting time to be in the industry as we look to blend the convenience of digital technologies with the exceptional personal service that our members expect.”

Daly holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bryant University. A native of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Daly has been heavily involved in the state’s arts and humanities, including serving 26 years on the Board of AS220, an internationally recognized creative arts organization in Providence. He and his wife, Marya, have two adult children and make their home in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.


October 23, 2019 - People’s Credit Union Announces Appointment of Caroline Norato to Commercial Loan Officer

People’s Credit Union is pleased to announce the appointment of Caroline Norato to the position of Commercial Loan Officer. In this position, Norato will focus extensively on building relationships with the local business community and will be responsible for growing the Credit Union’s commercial loan portfolio through new business generation while also enhancing existing business relationships. Norato will serve as a direct liaison between the Credit Union and the borrower and her past banking and lending experiences at both smaller and larger institutions will provide an excellent perspective that will directly benefit the Credit Union’s business clients.

Caroline resides in Cranston and has over 15 years of financial services and management experience. Most recently, she held the position of Commercial Credit Analyst at Greenwood Credit Union in Warwick.

“We are excited to welcome Caroline to our team,” stated Cormac McCarthy, Chief Lending Officer. “Her extensive banking background and broad knowledge of the commercial lending industry strengthens our core team as we work towards expanding our business lending portfolio. Throughout her career, Caroline has demonstrated the qualities that we value at People’s Credit Union, which will be an asset to both our existing and new business members.”


July 1, 2019 - People’s Credit Union Proudly Announces it has Achieved Another Superior 5-Star Rating from BauerFinancial.

This is the highest rating from BAUERFINANCIAL, the Nation’s Premier Bank and Credit Union Rating Firm. A five-star rating indicates that People’s Credit Union excels in areas including capital adequacy, profitability, and asset quality.  People’s Credit Union has earned and maintained this top honor for 111 consecutive quarters, and has also procured a “Best of Bauer Credit Union” designation, this designation is reserved specifically for institutions that have earned Bauer’s highest rating consistently for 100 consecutive quarters or longer. 

“At People’s Credit Union we have been helping our members by providing banking solutions for their financial success – all without compromising our own financial health in the process. The success of the Credit Union correlates directly to the success of our members. Credit Unions are built on the philosophy of ‘People helping People’ and that is our mission,” Stated Ellen Ford, People’s Credit Union’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

BAUERFINANCIAL, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution can pay for or opt out of a BauerFinancial rating. Consumers may obtain free star-ratings by visiting bauerfinancial.com


June 17, 2019 – People's Credit Union Announces Promotion of Andrew Plante to Controller

People's Credit Union is pleased to announce the promotion of Andrew Plante to the position of Controller, having most recently held the position of Assistant Controller. Andrew started with the Credit Union in January of 2018 and has since made significant contributions to the organization, including enhancing the financial forecasting process, creating departmental efficiencies, and improving the overall support of the Finance Department to all areas of the Credit Union.

Plante will be continue to be responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the activities involved in the administration of all functions within the Finance Department, including regulatory reporting, budget preparation, and liquidity management. Plante earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

“Andrew’s knowledge and experience is an asset to the Credit Union and our members and we are excited to expand Andrew’s role on our team. His experience and background will assist in supporting our strategic initiatives as we continue to grow,” said Sean Daly, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


May 29, 2019 – People's Credit Union Wins PBN Best Places to Work for the Seventh Year in a Row

People's Credit Union was recently named as one of the Providence Business News' 2019 Best Places to Work in Rhode Island. This is the seventh consecutive year that People's has been awarded this distinction.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Rhode Island. The first part of the process consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee driven survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.

"It has been our goal to maintain a workplace where our employees can flourish and succeed in their careers. This recognition is the result of each employee's commitment to People's core value of Providing an Extraordinary Employee Experience. We believe in providing a workplace that values its employees, provides growth opportunities and maintains work-life balance. Our employees are one of our greatest assets and we value their contributions to our organization's success. We are thrilled once again to receive this prestigious honor," commented Ellen Ford, People's President and CEO.


May 15, 2019 – People’s Credit Union Announces Appointment of Cormac McCarthy, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer

People’s Credit Union announce the appointment of Cormac McCarthy to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer. In this position, Cormac will be leading the charge as People’s continues to develop their commercial lending offerings that will support the growth and success of its members' businesses.

McCarthy is an accomplished professional with extensive knowledge and business lending experience. Prior to joining People’s Credit Union, he was employed as Vice President and Chief Lending Officer at RTN Federal Credit Union in Waltham, Massachusetts. Prior to RTN Federal Credit Union, he served as Vice President, Commercial Lending at East Cambridge Savings Bank in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

McCarthy attended University College Cork, Ireland, where he majored in Psychology and Geography and received his Bachelor of Arts. Active in the community, he is currently or has been a volunteer coach for soccer, baseball, softball and basketball in Lexington, MA, and previously served as a Wakefield Rotarian and Board member of the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center.

“Cormac has decades of business lending experience and his innovative, client focused approach to helping businesses succeed makes him a great addition to People's Credit Union. He is an advanced and accomplished leader with a wealth of diverse experience,” said Ellen Ford, President & Chief Executive Officer. “We are thrilled that he has joined our executive team.”


May 3, 2019 – People’s Credit Union Wins Best Credit Union from Readers of Newport Life Magazine

People’s Credit Union was recently awarded Newport Life Magazine’s Best of Newport County’s Best Bank/Credit Union. This fun and spirited award is voted on by the magazine’s readers and residents of Newport County. People’s is proud that its members helped to recognize their financial institution as “best of.” One of People’s Credit Union’s core values is providing an extraordinary member experience. This core value, which is a cornerstone of the organization, speaks volumes about People’s Credit Union and its commitment to those that choose to bank there.

“At People’s Credit Union, it is our mission to provide our members with more than just a place to do their banking. The ‘People Helping People’ philosophy is who we are and how we do business. We give our members the tools to achieve their financial goals through our products, services and technologies, while also striving to deliver the best member experience. We are honored to receive this award.” commented Ellen Ford, People’s President and CEO.


April 30, 2019 – People’s Credit Union Marketing Manager, Courtney Hunter, Receives Credit Union Difference Maker Award from Cooperative Credit Union Association

People’s Credit Union Marketing Manager, Courtney Hunter, was recently recognized with the Credit Union Difference Maker Award by the Cooperative Credit Union Association. The Credit Union Difference Maker Award recognizes individuals for their contributions at work as well as in the community.

Hunter has been continuously engaged with the local community as well as providing the Credit Union membership with banking solutions for financial success. She is a past recipient of the East Bay Community Action Program’s Vision Award and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Jamestown Arts Center, the Advisory Board of North Kingstown High School’s Career & Technical Education Academy and the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County’s Advisory Council.

People’s Credit Union’s President and CEO, Ellen Ford, notes, “Courtney works extremely hard on behalf of our members, our employees, and the community; she believes in the credit union philosophy of “people helping people,” and has been a role model not only because of her career success at People’s but also due to her consistent efforts to give back to the community.”


April 2, 2019 – People’s Credit Union Donates to United Way of Rhode Island’s Corporate MyFund Program

People’s Credit Union has donated $80,000 to United Way of Rhode Island through the organization’s corporate MyFund Program. To date, People’s Credit Union has used the digital giving tool to make donations to the South County YMCA, LINKS North Kingstown, The Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, and the Bristol Warren Education Foundation. In addition, the Credit Union made a donation to the America’s Credit Union Museum.

Ellen Ford, President and CEO of People’s Credit Union noted, “In 2018, People’s Credit Union had the opportunity to make a significant philanthropic contribution to the communities we serve. We turned to the guidance of the United Way, and through the establishment of a corporate MyFund account, we were able to leverage their technology to implement and administer the first multi-year corporate MyFund giving program in Rhode Island through this innovative platform. Having the ability to make a gift to the United Way and then make gifts from our corporate MyFund account to any 501(c)(3) in the state or throughout the country was a win-win for us, not to mention the service is free to us as donors. The United Way’s purpose is
to change lives and strengthen our communities by working together. People’s Credit Union is 100% on board with that.”

United Way of Rhode Island launched MyFund in late 2017 to help make charitable giving more convenient, easy, and secure for individuals and businesses alike. The tool provides donors with a unique “online banking service,” consolidating charitable giving into a single account. Over the course of a set time period, donors can distribute their funds to any charity in the country using a mobile phone, tablet or desktop computer.

MyFund also offers donors more control over their philanthropic giving with the ability to add funds to their account, track gifts, or easily view their giving history and balance. At the end of the year, it provides donors a single receipt for all of their charitable giving. Thanks to United Way of Rhode Island’s administrative costs being covered by a permanent trust, MyFund is free of fees for donors and for charities; 100 percent of each gift reaching the benefitting charity. “We know that giving, whether you’re a business, an individual or a family is very personal.” said Cortney Nicolato, President and CEO, United Way of RI. “People’s generous gift connects them with so many great causes, right here in Rhode Island. Creating a corporate MyFund for their charitable giving was a natural fit, one that offers flexibility as well as an opportunity to make a significant gift that will be felt by many across our state.”


March 13, 2019 – BauerFinancial Recognizes at People’s Credit Union You’re a Person, Not a Number

People’s Credit Union proudly announces it has once again secured the highest 5-Star rating from BAUERFINANCIAL, the Nation’s Premier Bank and Credit Union Rating Firm. A five-star rating indicates that People’s Credit Union excels in areas including capital adequacy, profitability, and asset quality.  People’s Credit Union has earned and maintained this top honor for 109 consecutive quarters, and has also procured a “Best of Bauer Credit Union” designation, this designation is reserved specifically for institutions that have earned Bauer’s highest rating consistently for 100 consecutive quarters or longer.

“At People’s Credit Union the ‘People Helping People’ ideology is who we are and how we do our business. We give our members the tools to achieve their financial goals through our products, services and technologies while also enhancing the member experience. People’s Credit Union has never lost sight of the importance of human interaction.  We are proud to have maintained a five star rating for over 25 years,” commented Ellen Ford, People’s Credit Union’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

BAUERFINANCIAL, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution can pay for or opt out of a BauerFinancial rating. Consumers may obtain free star-ratings by visiting bauerfinancial.com


March 1, 2019 - Kearsarge Energy L.P. and People's Credit Union Announce a Public-Private Partnership

People's Credit Union (PCU), a local financial institution based in Middletown, RI announces its support for the development of clean renewable energy in Rhode Island by participating in a solar credit agreement with Kearsarge Energy. Kearsarge is the Northeast's leading solar developer, operator and long-term owner of Solar Energy Arrays from carport to canopies to roofs, brownfields, superfund sites, landfills and other repurposed sites.

People's Credit Union will receive solar credits from Kearsarge's project in South Kingstown, RI, which was formerly a septic waste disposal area in the 1970s and 1980s. The prospective solar site was awarded a grant by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) to assist with site investigation and remediation along with development of the solar project. Kearsarge anticipates construction of the 3.8 MW DC solar array to begin in late Spring 2019.

"The revival of compromised land into a productive clean energy asset for the community has been a hallmark of Kearsarge's work and fits well with one of People's Credit Union's cornerstone values of "Enhancing the communities they serve," said Andrew Bernstein, Kearsarge Energy CEO. "This will remediate a contaminated site and turn it into a valuable source of revenue with savings for the net metering credit partners such as People's as well as tax revenue for South Kingstown."

Solar sites generate credits that reduce the electrical cost for partners such as People's Credit Union. In turn, People's participation is a critical element in the project's ultimate success, thus allowing the community to take advantage of otherwise unproductive resources. Once the site is operational it will generate the equivalent of the electricity used annually by over 500 homes, and offset 3,700 tons of carbon otherwise released into the atmosphere every year.

Ellen Ford, CEO of People's Credit Union said, "As a community credit union, People's Credit Union is unwavering in its commitment to giving back to our community; participating in the Kenyon Woods solar project gave us the opportunity to take an important step forward in helping the environment alongside the South Kingstown community, who are our neighbors as well as our members."


February 28, 2019 - People’s Credit Union Donates to The Bristol Warren Education Foundation 

People’s Credit Union has donated five thousand dollars to the Bristol Warren Education Foundation (BWEF) through the United Way’s Corporate MyFund Program which will go towards funding high-quality cross district student training that focuses on engaging academics, positive community, effective management and developmental awareness.  The check was presented by Bristol Branch Manager, Fatima Estrela, and Assistant Branch Manager, Stephanie Mendoza, with BWEF Board Members, parents and children of the Bristol Warren Regional School District.

"This donation and longer-term partnership with People's Credit Union will make a critical and meaningful difference in the creative learning experiences that will be enjoyed by all of the students of Bristol and Warren. We are so grateful for this demonstration of faith in the mission and work of the Bristol Warren Education Foundation and in the creative programs imagined by our wonderful educators, “stated Nicky Piper Board Chair of the Bristol Warren Education Foundation.

Fatima Estrela, Bristol Branch Manager added that “People’s Credit Union is pleased to make this $5,000 donation to the Bristol Warren Education Foundation and to deepen our partnership in supporting programs and organizations that continue to enhance the communities that we serve.”


February 19, 2019 - People’s Credit Union Donates to Laymen in North Kingstown 

People’s Credit Union has donated $5K to LINKS (Laymen In North Kingstown Schools) through the United Way’s Corporate MyFund Program. Donated funds will go toward LINKS Mentoring Program which aims to positively influence young people's lives through mentoring.

LINKS is a non-profit organization that recruits, trains, places, and supports parent, community, and business volunteers to enhance the educational experience of all students in the North Kingstown Public Schools. “We are so grateful to all those who support the work of LINKS both through the giving of their time and their financial support.  This donation from People's Credit Union will go a long way in supporting literacy in all nine of our North Kingstown Public schools, as well as providing training materials to our mentors and academic guides,” notes Tracy Wilkinson Co-Director, LINKS.

Deborah Maxwell, North Kingstown Branch Manager added that “People’s Credit Union is pleased to make this $5K donation to LINKS. We believe in supporting programs and organizations that continue to enhance the communities that we serve.”


February 11, 2019 - People’s Credit Union Donates to The Boys & Girls Club of Newport County

People’s Credit Union has donated five thousand dollars to the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County through the United Way’s Corporate MyFund Program which will go toward funding the efforts that are a strategic part of the Club. The check was presented by People’s President, Amy Martel, with Newport Branch Manager, Lori Marshall to Boys & Girls Club Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Pratt, Joseph Tomchak, Assistant Executive Director along with employees and after school participants.

“We are so grateful to People’s Credit Union for their support of the Boys & Girls Club. People’s Credit Union’s investment in the Club ensures all children will have access to our high quality programs,” stated Joseph Pratt, Club Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.

Amy Martel, President of People’s noted “People’s Credit Union is thrilled to make this $5K donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County. Our deep rooted commitment to enhancing the communities we serve is at the heart of who we are and we are proud to support programs and organizations that share our philosophy of “people helping people.” The Boys and Girls Club’s programming truly serves its mission to inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need help most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.”


January 31, 2019 – People’s Credit Union Donates to South County YMCA

People’s Credit Union has donated five thousand dollars to the South County YMCA through the United Way’s Corporate MyFund Program which will go toward funding the South County YMCA’s child care center. People’s Wakefield Branch Manager, Michael Hey, with Marketing Manager, Courtney Hunter gathered for a check presentation with Lisa Kennedy, Executive Director of South County YMCA and Steven G. O’Donnell, CEO of YMCA Greater Providence.
“The YMCA of Greater Providence is grateful for the generous donation from People’s Credit Union to enhance the child care program at the South County Branch,” said Steven G. O’Donnell, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Providence. “We share with People’s Credit Union a commitment to community and recognize that an investment in our children is an investment for our future!”

Hunter previously held a position on the Board of the YMCA and noted that “People’s Credit Union is so pleased to make this $5K donation to the South County YMCA. Our deep rooted commitment to enhancing the communities we serve is one of our guiding core values. At People’s Credit Union, we believe in supporting initiatives, programs and organizations that share our philosophy of “people helping people.” The South County YMCA is a valuable community partner and we applaud their work in helping children of all ages learn and cultivate values, skills, and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, healthy lifestyles, and academic achievement.”


January 17, 2019 – BauerFinancial Recognizes People’s Credit Union’s Commitment to Member Relationships

People’s Credit Union proudly announces it has once again secured the highest 5-Star rating from BAUERFINANCIAL, the Nation’s Premier Bank and Credit Union Rating Firm. A five-star rating indicates that People’s Credit Union excels in areas including capital adequacy, profitability, and asset quality. People’s Credit Union has earned and maintained this top honor for 108 consecutive quarters, People’s Credit Union has also procured a “Best of Bauer Credit Union” designation. This assignment is reserved for institutions that have maintained Bauer’s highest rating consistently for the last 25 years or longer.

“At People’s Credit Union, we take pride in providing our members with more than just a place to do their banking. We give our members the tools to achieve their financial goals through our products, services and technologies. We are proud to have maintained a five-star rating for over 25 years,” commented Ellen Ford, People’s Credit Union President and Chief Executive Officer.