125 North Fulton St. Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 273-4611
Toll Free: (877) 273-AFCU      Contact

Community Programs

More than a financial institution, Alternatives' mission is to build wealth and create economic opportunity. We do this by offering education and asset building programs.

Business CENTS (Community Enterprise Networking and Training Services) is our small business development program offering education, counseling and support services to micro-entrepreneurs.

Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are an asset building program. Savings by low income participants are matched to provide assistance in paying for a home, education or small business.

Student Credit Unions provides financial education, banking services and hands-on teller training for people under the age of nineteen.

Community Partnership Lending (CPL) is a way to partner with non-profits to expand lending to their underserved clients.

Money Wise is our 7 week financial education course.

Free Tax Preparation for any member or non-member who qualifies.

Investment Opportunities for those interested in supporting Alternatives with market rate investments or to help even more, below market rate investments.

The Livable Wage Study shows how much money is needed to live in Tompkins County. The study provides a benchmark for local employers and employees.

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NorthStar House - Elliot Martin, Jed Ashton and Lee Hamilton

At NorthStar House, we use as many local, organic vegetables and meats as we can, so you have our word that we will do all we can to help the community grow in the healthiest way possible. Naturally we bank at Alternatives, not only because they share our goals of community development, but they also provide the tools to make those goals a reality. Alternatives has been there for us from the beginning, helping us develop a business plan in the Business CENTS program, and continues to support us as we grow and have new financial needs.


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