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FAMILY TIME - Option 1 Credit Union has partnered with JQ99 & The Pledge, Standale Interiors, and Gerrit's Appliances to help someone in our community create more family time with a make-over renovation for a better place to connect with family.  The winning entry will be given a $10,000 budget to help them create a space so they can build a stronger family connection.  Click here to enter and to get more details!

The Family Time campaign will run September 16 to November 4, 2015. During the campaign,  involve your family and donate your favorite board game!  The games will be collected at all Grand Rapids area Option 1 Credit Union branch locations.   They will be donated to various community organizations such as D.A. Blodgett - St. John's Homes. 

Enter to win  -  Donate Board Games.  Thank you! 

FALL PARADE OF HOMES - The annual Fall HBA Parade of Homes presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids and sponsored by Option 1 Credit Union will feature 36 homes.  Providing inspiration for potential home buyers or those looking to remodel, the event kicks off October 2 and runs through October 17.  Homes will be open for touring Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00 to 8:00 pm and Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  Remodeled homes will be open for touring October 16-17 from 1:00 to 8:00 pm.

The Parade will feature homes from 12 different West Michigan communities with prices ranging from $200,000 to over $1 million.  Builders will be showcasing the latest trends in building styles, green practices, custom details, unique floor coverings, the latest in wall treatments, and landscaping.  

TICKETS:  On sale now throughout the Parade at Grand Rapids area Option 1 branch offices or online at myGRhome.com for $10 each, a savings of $2.  Kids 12 and under are free.

MAPS & INFO:  For maps and additional information, visit the Greater Grand Rapids Home Builders Association website, click here

After you visit the Parade, turn those ideas into reality with unique financing at Option 1 Credit Union! 

- At Option 1 Credit Union we help our members make moving easier with an alternative, eco-friendly way to pack. We provide a coupon for $100 toward BungoBox moving rentals.  It's our gift to you when you close your mortgage loan at Option 1.  BungoBox is an alternative way to pack - they are durable, stackable, eco-friendly containers that cut the cost of packing supplies in half and protect your belongings better than cardboard boxes. Visit our Mortgage page for more details.   

OPTION 1, ONE OF WEST MICHIGAN'S BEST AND BRIGHTEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR -  Option 1 Credit Union was selected as one of the "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For"  and will be honored by the Michigan Business and Professional Association on May 7, 2015.  Only companies that distinguish themselves as having the most innovative and thoughtful human resources approach can be selected.  The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For is a program of the Michigan Business and Professional Association which celebrates the winning companies that are making better business, creating richer lives, and building a stronger community.  For more information, click here.

- Earn 4% apy on balances up to $10,000 with Profit Sharing Checking at Option 1 Credit Union.  As an added feature of Profit Sharing Checking, we offer a .25% apr loan rate discount on consumer loans such as auto loans, recreational vehicle loans, personal loans and more.  In addition, with Profit Sharing Checking, you get up to 10 free ATM transactions per month at non-Option 1 CU ATMs.  For all the details and more benefits and to sign up, click here.  

REMOTE DEPOSIT CAPTURE IS HERE - Depositing your checks has never been easier.  Use your O1 MOBILE Banking app and deposit.  Click here for more details! 


LOW AUTO RATES - Making sure you have an affordable monthly payment has a lot to do with rates.  Our auto loans are as low as 1.99% aprClick here for details. 

HOME EQUITY LOAN SPECIAL - Are you ready for those Spring Improvement projects?   With the Home Equity Loan Special at Option 1,  you can borrow up to $15,000 at a low fixed rate of 3.50% APR*  with no closing costs.  Click here for details. 

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After an extensive search, the Option 1 Credit Union Board of Directors announced on August 4, 2014 that Mr. Steven Bush has been appointed the new President of the credit union.  Mr. Bush will succeed President and CEO, Mr. Andrew J. List who will be retiring in January of 2015.  Mr. List has served as President and CEO of Option 1 Credit Union for over 17 years.  To view the full press release, click here


For the latest in scams and alerts, visit our Security Pages, click here.


Branch offices of Option 1 Credit Union offer an extensive line of products and services through the help of member service representatives, Mortgage services, and Financial Planners. Option 1 Credit Union is also proud to contribute to the development of businesses in the region by offering innovative solutions to help them grow. For a list of our locations and hours, click here.

Below is a picture of our ribbon cutting at our 6025 N. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing branch office. The branch is a full service office with a 24 hour ATM. 

Hagadorn Ribbon Cutting


A look insider our Lake Lansing branch office located at 2250 Lake Lansing Road, Lansing. The branch is a full service branch with a 24 hour ATM. See picture below.



A look inside our South Cedar branch office located at 6250 S. Cedar Street, Suite 14, Lansing. The branch is a full service branch with a 24 hour ATM. 



In today's world, we all need some extra help. Here are some tips to help you save time, protect your money, and make the most of your time:

  • Protect your Debit and Credit cards. If you are traveling out of the area and plan to use your Option 1 Credit and/or Debit card, make sure you contact us and let us know.
    • You need to know there is a difference in how the transactions are processed and how best to protect yourself. If you are traveling outside of the United States, we strongly suggest you use your Option 1 VISA card and DO NOT use your Option 1 debit card. Read more here...
    • For additional protection, register your cards with:
  • Set Up Automatic Bill Payments. Many of us are traveling, busy with the kids, or simply trying to squeeze in some extra time this holiday season. Arrange for your bills to be paid electronically through the Option 1 Bill Pay service. O1 BILL PAY is free and easy to set-up. Click here for details.
  • Alerts and Mobile Banking. Keep your budget on track with tools like Alerts to remind you about bills that are due, account balances, and more. With our new O1 MOBILE Banking app, you can easily do your banking on the go, wherever you are. Click here for details.

MEMBERS FINANCIAL SERVICES for 2015 - Financial planning isn't just for retirement! As a member of Option 1 Credit Union, you have access to professional financial advisors with many years of experience in helping people just like you. Everyone needs a plan for financial success. Update yours or start one.Click herefor more information.

HOME RESTYLE - new loan option to help you with your home improvement projects no matter how large or small. Option 1 can help you add value to your home, click here for details!

ONLINE APPLICATIONS - safe and secure online Option 1 application is now available! Click here to apply for a loan, credit union membership, or to add additional services to your Option 1 account.

24/7 CALL CENTER - Option 1 offers personal access to your accounts with our extended Call Center to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Talk with one of our professionals and even apply for a loan by calling 800-323-2129.

ID SAFE CHOICE - professional identity theft recovery services are now a benefit of Option 1 checking accounts. For an informational brochure, click here. Option 1 was featured on the Eight West show discussing the impact of identity theft in today's world. To view the segment, click here.

KEEP YOUR PASSWORDS SAFE - For the latest in scams and alerts, visit our Security Pages, click here


DON'T TAX MY CREDIT UNION - Credit unions are different for a reason. The Credit Union National Association (CUNA), a trade group that represents credit unions, has launched a new campaign to protect credit union federal tax-exempt status. The campaign, "Don't Tax My Credit Union," is asking all credit union members to petition Congress to preserve the federal income tax exemption that credit unions enjoy as not-for-profit, member-owned cooperatives. Keep in mind, credit unions DO pay taxessuch as property tax, sales tax, and payroll tax. This new effort, which is being heavily lobbied for by banking associations, will eliminate the federal income tax exemption for credit unions. Credit unions have been exempt from federal income tax since our inception and many credit unions were born out of the Great Depression, for a reason. Visit our Legislative Advocacy page for updates. 

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