Technology makes winter 'snow' problem for Maine CU members

March 17, 2017

If spring is truly upon us, winter hasn't heard yet.  With last Tuesday's blizzard in many parts of Maine, it was another day of travel disruption, closed schools and businesses.  However, thanks to the the latest technology, many of Maine's 685,000 credit union members were able to conduct transactions, obtain loans and access their accounts, even though their branch was closed because of the storm.

"The willingness and ability for Maine credit unions to implement the latest technology, such as mobile deposit capture, online account opening, and online lending, has made it easy and convenient for credit union members to access their credit union, no matter what the weather is outside.  With this winter's high snowfall, credit unions, along with most businesses, have had to adjust their operating hours and close early or open later.  Because of technology and multiple delivery channels, credit union members are able to conduct most financial transactions from the comfort of their own home, even in a raging blizzard," stated Jon Paradise, Vice President of Governmental and Public Affairs for the Maine Credit Union League.

In addition to online platforms that keep credit union members connected, when members do need cash, the Maine Credit Union SurF ATM Network is the largest, surcharge-free ATM Network in Maine.  "Access and convenience is a strength of Maine's credit unions," added Paradise.