As part of the new-branch promotion, the credit union is offering $50 for signing up for direct deposit. Also, the first 100 new members who open a checking account will receive a $25 gift certificate.
The credit union is vague about membership qualifications. The About Us Page makes it appear it has easy qualifications. Please contact the credit union for details. Membership requires a minimum balance of $5 in the share savings account. There's also a $5 membership fee, but the credit union will waive this as part of this new-branch promotion.
Update 12/03/08: A reader was informed by the credit union that no out-of-state applications are allowed. You must apply in person.
Branches are located in the Rhode Island cities of Coventry, Manville, West Warwick and West Greenwich.
The credit union's financial ratings for soundness are mixed: 4 stars (excellent) at BauerFinancial and 2 stars (below peer group) at Bankrate.com. Both ratings are based on 6/30/08 data. The credit union is federally insured by the NCUA (Charter # 66595).