Communitywide Federal Credit Union

Overview / Commentary
1555 W Western Ave
South Bend, IN 46619

Communitywide Federal Credit Union is headquartered in South Bend and is the 19th largest credit union in the state of Indiana. It is also the 607th largest credit union in the nation. It was established in 1967 and as of December of 2020, it had grown to 75 employees and 55,479 members at 11 locations. Communitywide Federal Credit Union has an A health rating.

Field of Membership Restrictions

Membership in Communitywide Federal Credit Union is open to members of the Michiana Goodwill Boosters or the Marine Corps League of St. Joseph Valley. Membership is also open to those who work in Adams Engineering Company, Syscon International, and over 40 other Select Employer Groups.
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Reviews (5)

There When You Need Them

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Community Wide Credit Union has gone above and beyond to help me out. Late one Friday night, I found myself going through a separation with my husband. He told me that he was going to drain our joint account. This was the same day that my $4000 tax refund had just been deposited. I immediately called Community Wide and they were amazing in helping me out. The woman I spoke with helped me open a new checking account over the phone and was able to transfer all my money into it so that he could no longer ruin me financially. She was my savior that night! She really went above the call of duty and did more for me than I would ever expect a bank employee to do. I know it was her job to open that account for me, but the way she handled the entire situation and looked into all the options and helped me decide the best thing to do for me was wonderful. I've also been just as pleased with the service I have received in my branch as well. Every employee has always done their best to get me in, out and on my way. Whether I'm making a deposit, withdrawal, or looking for information about a loan, my experience has been great. They definitely have me as a customer for life!

Behind The Times

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Their rates are good but their online banking, particularly ability to transfer money in and out is atrocious.

Customer Review of Community Wide

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I had a checking account with Communitywide for over four years, but I closed it when I moved out of the area. Overall the experience was good. The people who worked in the bank were friendly, caring, and willing to help whenever possible. The only thing that bothered me about the experience was that the hours were terrible. They closed at 4 so there was no way to get there after work. If I ever needed to do anything, I would have to get up early on Saturday. I also prefer banks that have ATMs, and they only had one at one location that I recall not at all of them. I also would prefer a credit union that offers more incentives. I would have considered a savings account there if there had been a reward for doing so. The bank that I have a savings account with now offered 20 dollars to start one. All in all though it was a positive experience.

Starting Apr 2019, Their Regular Savings Acct Earned A Higher APY Than Their High Rate Savings Acct

Starting on Apr 2019, as noted below, Communitywide FCU's Regular Savings acct earned higher APY when compared to their so-called High Rate Savings acct:

YYYY-MM .... Regular Savings acct APY ... High Rate Savings acct APY
2019-03 ....... 0.00% ................................ 2.25%
2019-04 ....... 2.46% ................................ 2.30%
2019-05 ....... 2.38% ................................ 2.30%
2019-06 ....... 2.45% ................................ 2.30%

- On their Regular Savings acct, just like any other regular savings acct, you can make up to 6 withdrawals per month, in accordance with federal regulations.
- On their High Rate Savings acct, which is more like a short-term 3-month CD (on automatic/perpetual rollover until you close the acct), you can only make penalty-free withdrawals during the first 5 days of each quarter. If you make any withdrawal(s) outside of that very narrow window, they'll charge you a withdrawal penalty equivalent to (1 month) 30 days of dividends.
- For all I know, what Communitywide giveth, Communitywide can also take away. So, just like they suddenly increased their Regular Savings acct APY from 0.00% to 2.46% on 2019-04 without notice, they could just as easily drop it back down to 0.00% without notice and with neither rhyme nor reason.

Try To Avoid

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Be warned: they do a hard credit inquiry that can damage your credit score, for opening an account. As others have mentioned it does not make sense to do a credit inquiry for investing in the bank. It should be the other way around and from that aspect they are rated B+, which is pretty low and thus a red flag.


Health Grade Components

NCUA #18336
Year Chartered1967
Primary Regulator
Profit Margin
Return on Assets - YTD1.05%
Return on Equity - YTD6.91%
Annual Interest Income$33.4MM
Assets and Liabilities
AssetsQ4 2020vs Q4 2019$559.4MM$474.5MM
LoansQ4 2020vs Q4 2019$433.8MM$410.9MM
DepositsQ4 2020vs Q4 2019$476.1MM$397.2MM
Equity CapitalQ4 2020vs Q4 2019$82.3MM$76.6MM
Loan Loss AllowanceQ4 2020vs Q4 2019$19.1MM$14.5MM
Unbacked Noncurrent LoansQ4 2020vs Q4 2019$10.5MM$16.2MM
Real Estate OwnedQ4 2020vs Q4 2019$55.00K$70.00K
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Communitywide Federal Credit Union Savings Account Rates

0.60%$1-High Rate - Quarterly
0.60%$1-IRA - Quarterly
0.40%$1-Funds - Monthly
0.30%$1-Savings Account

Communitywide Federal Credit Union Checking Account Rates

0.20%$1-Checking Account

Communitywide Federal Credit Union CD Rates

0.95%$1k-60 Month Share Certificate
0.90%$1k-48 Month Share Certificate
0.85%$1k-36 Month Share Certificate
0.80%$1k-24 Month Share Certificate
0.70%$1k-12 Month Share Certificate
0.65%$1k-6 Month Share Certificate

Communitywide Federal Credit Union IRA Rates

0.95%$1k-60 Month IRA
0.90%$1k-48 Month IRA
0.85%$1k-36 Month IRA
0.80%$1k-24 Month IRA
0.70%$1k-12 Month IRA
0.65%$1k-6 Month IRA


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