Mills42 Federal Credit Union (Mills42) today announced it is the recipient of a $125,000 Technical Assistance grant from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. The award allows the credit union to purchase a deposit-taking ATM to serve its low-income and underbanked membership better.
“Without a depositing ATM, Mills42’s members and future members wouldn’t have 24-hour access to simple banking transactions,” explained Carla Rasetta, president and CEO of Mills42.
The primary mission of Mills42 is to serve the low-income, distressed, and underserved consumers of Lowell, Massachusetts. Because Lowell has one of the densest populations of Asians in the country and a growing Hispanic community, helping these largely neglected minority groups is a priority for the $22-million credit union serving 2,800 members.
“As CEO of Mills42, I’ve had the great fortune of working with a committed staff and Scott Butterfield, CEO of Your Credit Union Partner, which has propelled the credit union’s success and growth,” Rasetta continued. “We are beyond proud that we’ve stayed the course and been awarded the Technical Assistance grant. This award has fueled our staff and me to deepen our efforts – not only to be a convenient place to bank for our members but to help those with imperfect credit and those who need support to build savings for emergencies and unexpected expenses.”
The CDFI Program invests in and builds the capacity of CDFIs to serve low-income people and underserved communities lacking adequate access to affordable financial products and services. Award recipients often use the funds to analyze which products and services are appropriate for their target markets, develop lending policies and procedures, and build staff lending capacity. This year’s CDFI Technical Assistance grant recipients included 73 organizations and totaled more than $9.16 million in awards.
“For 25 years, the CDFI Fund’s Technical Assistance awards have helped CDFIs grow their organizations and better their capacity to provide financial products and services in low-income communities,” said CDFI Fund Director Jodie Harris. “The FY 2019 CDFI Program…recipients will continue that work in communities across the country, including 28 states and Puerto Rico.”
About Mills42 Federal Credit Union
In 1958, Mills42 Federal Credit Union was chartered to serve the employees and families of M/A-COM Technology Solutions located in Lowell, Massachusetts. As the years passed, we saw an opportunity to serve others in the community better. In 2013, we officially changed our name: “Mills” is a nod to the heritage and diversity of our city with a note of intrigue, while “42” is a reference to the line of latitude where Lowell is located on world maps and navigational charts. People from all over the world followed the 42nd latitude line at the beginning of the 1900s to make their fortunes here during the Industrial Revolution. Now you can follow Mills42 to 83 Merrimack Street to enjoy a superior credit union experience. We’re ready to help you build from here.
About the CDFI Fund
The CDFI Fund was created for the purpose of promoting economic revitalization and community development through investment in and assistance to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). The CDFI Fund was established by the Riegle Community Development and Regulatory Improvement Act of 1994, as a bipartisan initiative. Since its creation, the CDFI Fund has awarded over $2 billion to community development organizations and financial institutions; it has awarded allocations of New Markets Tax Credits which will attract private-sector investments totaling $54 billion, including $1 billion of special allocation authority to be used for the recovery and redevelopment of the Gulf Opportunity Zone. For more information, visit https://www.cdfifund.gov.