Virginia Beach, VA (June 4, 2019) – On May 29, 2019, Chartway Federal Credit Union joined together with local leaders for two ribbon-cutting celebrations at local branches in Portsmouth and Suffolk, VA, which also included a special Wish Proclamation for four-year-old Parker in partnership with Make-A-Wish® Greater Virginia.
The day kicked off in Portsmouth, VA, as Chartway celebrated its newly-renovated Olde Towne branch located within the Portsmouth City Hall building alongside John Rowe, Jr., Portsmouth mayor; Lisa Lucas-Burke, Portsmouth vice mayor; and Shannon Glover, Portsmouth city council member.
Following the ribbon-cutting celebration at Chartway’s Olde Towne branch, the credit union then hosted a second ribbon-cutting in Suffolk, VA, to celebrate its newly-constructed branch located within the popular Obici Place complex, which features a variety of shops and eateries. During the event attended by Leroy Bennett, vice mayor of Suffolk; Patrick Roberts, Suffolk city manager; Suffolk city council members Roger Fawcett and Michael Duman; Sheri Lambert, president & CEO of Make-A-Wish® Greater Virginia; and several members of Chartway’s board and leadership team, the credit union held a special Wish Proclamation for four-year-old Parker.
Parker battles Rheumatic Aortic Stenosis – a rare medical condition. Playful, funny, and full of energy, Parker wished to travel to one of Florida’s famous theme parks with his family – a dream that was granted thanks to a donation from Chartway’s We Promise Foundation and the work of Make-A-Wish® Greater Virginia.
“We’re honored to partner with Make-A-Wish® Greater Virginia to make Parker’s wish come true,” said Karen Lane, executive director of the We Promise Foundation. “Throughout the past 10 years, Chartway’s We Promise Foundation has granted more than $780,000 to Make-A-Wish® Greater Virginia to bring joy, hope, and smiles to children like Parker. We recognize the importance of a wish come true for these young heroes and the role it plays in helping them gain the fuel they need to continue fighting their illnesses.”
Chartway’s Obici Place branch marks the credit union’s return to the city of Suffolk. “We’re proud to see Chartway Federal Credit Union re-enter our growing financial services sector,” said Linda Johnson, Suffolk mayor. “Chartway will further elevate a base of community-focused and strong corporate citizens here in Suffolk. We wish them much success.”
Chartway’s Obici Place and Olde Towne branches feature modern, inviting, and engaging member spaces. Additionally, both branches offer Direct Teller technology – interactive machines that can be used as ATM’s or to connect with a live teller in real-time to perform a wide array of personalized transactions from the convenience of their car. Direct Teller machines also significantly improve drive-thru lines by reducing transaction processing times by as much as 50%.
“At Chartway, we’re in the process of modernizing all our branches – creating colorful, contemporary spaces that allow members to benefit from the professional guidance they need and technology that supports their evolving needs,” said Brian Schools, Chartway’s president & CEO. “We’ve completed several modernization efforts and are excited that our members in Portsmouth and Suffolk can now enjoy these modern, member-focused spaces that allow us to make their lives more convenient and affordable