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Who We Are

Since 1934…

For over 88 years, Achieve Financial Credit Union has been dedicated to providing credit union members with added financial value to their lives by providing them with fast, easy and convenient services. The Credit Union Philosophy of “People Helping People” is and will always be our main priority.

Today, Achieve Financial Credit Union is a full-service financial institution, serving members who live, work, worship, or attend school in Hartford and New Haven counties. 

Banking with a purpose

Achieve Financial has a strong commitment to improving financial literacy and actively participates in our communities and our school systems to offer unique financial learning experiences for our students and young members.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to “improve the financial lives of our members.”

How We Give Back

We volunteer year-round for Financial Reality Fairs in the state of Connecticut to help educate high school students on managing money and budgeting for a successful future.  The Credit Union also sponsors numerous charities and organizations within our local community.

Lifetime Membership

The credit union motto is “Once a member, always a member”. Once you’re a member at Achieve Financial, your immediate family members are also eligible to open accounts. And, you can keep your credit union account even if you move, change jobs or retire. We will continue to provide you with the same quality service you’ve come to expect.

Volunteer Board of Directors

Achieve Financial is a financial cooperative, owned and operated by its members and governed by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

John Fredericks, Chairman
Dene Welage, Vice Chairman
John Stairs, Treasurer/Secretary
Thomas Langdon, Director
Elaine Richards, Director
Juan Berrios, Director
Jason Smith, Director
Patrick Turek, Associate Director


Supervisory Committee

Fred Ambroszewski, Chairman
Robert Smilnak
Darlene Sawczysyn



Credit Union Difference

A credit union is a cooperative, not-for-profit, financial institution, owned and operated by its members to meet their financial needs. A credit union serves members who share a common bond, such as location/community, education, social interest, employment, or religion.

Credit Unions are similar to banks in that they offer the same products and services such as savings, checking and loans.

Here’s the difference

  • Credit unions are not-for-profit.  Earnings are paid back to members in the form of higher savings rates and lower loan rates.
  • Banks are for-profit.  Earnings are paid to stockholders only.
  • Credit Unions have volunteer Board of Directors.
  • When you bank at a Credit Union, you’re considered a member, not a customer.
  • Ownership.  Members are the owners of the Credit Union. Opening a Prime Share savings account with a minimum deposit, represents “your” share in this cooperative financial organization and gives each member one vote.

By opening an account at a Credit Union, you can escape the world of big bank fees and join over 100 million Americans who already do their banking at a Credit Union.