cPort Maine News Connect

After a successful pilot, cPort Credit Union continues its sponsorship of Maine Public News CONNECT, a program by Maine Public to deliver the news in the four most commonly spoken languages in Maine, after English: French, Spanish, Portuguese and Somali. cPort’s underwriting message for this program is cPort Credit Union. Providing innovative banking solutions while actively…

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Best Places To Work in Maine 2021

cPort Credit Union was recently named as one of the 2021 Best Places to Work in Maine. The awards program was created in 2006 and is a project of the Society for Human Resource Management – Maine State Council (MESHRM) and Best Companies Group. Partners endorsing the program include: Mainebiz, the Maine State Chamber of…

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Paying For College

The Greek philosopher Aristotle once said, “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” When considering these bitter roots of education, was Aristotle thinking about college tuition? Without a doubt, the price of a good college education can be expensive in the United States. However, students can plan ahead to lower the…

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"Portland Me., Post Office" (1909). Portland Postcards. 28.

We are asked often about what the “c” stands for in our name cPort Credit Union. Our recognizable “c” encompasses everything we do. For us, our “c” represents character, confidence, cooperative, current, and community. Our name may be young, but our history serving the community reaches back to 1931. In the midst of the Great…

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MSR Check-in

Have you checked in with your MSR lately? cPort Member Service Representatives (MSR) are always available to sit with you one-on-one to discuss your financial needs. Here are just some of the ways we can help: Consolidating your loans to reduce your interest and/or number of payments Providing strategies for buying a house, car, or…

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Chris M

cPort’s very own Chris Mbalazamo was featured in a Mainebiz article about new Mainers working as bank tellers in our state. Chris attended a 12-week new Mainer teller training program that cPort supports. After graduating, Chris came to work at cPort. In the Mainebiz article, Chris states “When I was growing up, my dream job…

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Champion Award

On Wednesday, June 9, the Portland Regional Chamber awarded cPort Credit Union the Champion Award. Presented to us by UNUM, this award recognizes our efforts to strengthen the foundation of the Portland region through our work to promote racial and social justice. The award was given during the Portland Regional Chamber’s Imagine Portland virtual celebration…

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Money Transfer Scams

Fraudsters love money transfer transactions because it provides a quick and easy way to get your money. A Money Transfer transaction is when you send money using your debit card. Apps and websites such as Cash App, Venmo, Zelle, and Facebook Pay also allow you to make money transfers. Because you are sending cash, there…

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Financial Wellness

The next time you log into cPort’s eBanking platform you will see a new Financial Wellness widget (formerly Budgets). This exciting new feature learns buying habits based on your spending history and automatically categorizes transactions for you. This way you can understand where you spend money and how it impacts your finances. The Financial Wellness widget groups…

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cPort Maine News Connect

cPort Credit Union is a sponsor of Maine Public News CONNECT, a six-month pilot program by Maine Public to deliver the news in the four most commonly spoken languages in Maine, after English: French, Spanish, Portuguese and Somali. cPort’s underwriting message for this program is cPort Credit Union. Providing innovative banking solutions while actively supporting Maine’s…

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Annual Meeting

cPort’s Annual Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, May 26 at 7:30 a.m.  If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by Wednesday, May 19.  You can RSVP one of the following ways: In person with a cPort teller By emailing [email protected] Calling 1-800-464-0253 Once you RSVP, you will be sent the details…

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Why my credit score matters

Your credit score matters because it is the single number that can cost or save you a great deal of money in your lifetime. Lenders look at your credit score to determine how much of a risk you might be to for them to loan money to. But, that’s not all! There are many reasons…

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What is my credit score?

The answer to this question is an important one and one you should always be aware of. In fact, lenders will want to know too. This is especially true when it comes time to apply for a loan or credit card. Lenders pull from a credit bureau such as TransUnion, Equifax or Experian to determine…

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CPort Blog Post Image 2 TAX TIPS

The IRS has extended the tax deadline for individuals from April 15 to May 17, but that does not mean you should procrastinate when it comes to gathering necessary documents for filing your taxes. Here are a few key pointers to remember when it comes to being prepared and organized with your tax documents. The…

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CPort Blog Post Image 2 Wedding (1)

What is that we hear? Did you know March 20 is National Proposal Day? It’s also the first day of spring! Sounds like the smell of flowers is not the only thing in the air. Is the only thing holding you back from popping the question your financial situation? A cPort wedding loan can help…

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CPort Blog Post Image 2 Virtual Scholarship

We all know the 2020/2021 school year looks a little different than normal. Despite some of the challenges, cPort is proud to still be facilitating its 14th year of the Elementary School Scholarship Program. This year we have six schools participating in the program from Portland and Augusta. Students will participate in a mix of…

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Spirit Week Blog

The cPort staff is in it to win it! The last week of February our in-branch staff participated in a themed spirit week where every day they were challenged to dress up. The schedule of events included: M: Scrabble Day, T: Formal Day, W: Jersey Day, TH: Charity/Organization Day and F: Flannel Day Nothing like…

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CPort Blog Post Image 2 Hiring

Interested in a career where you can make connections on a daily basis while providing excellent member service? At cPort Credit Union, we have a variety of career opportunities available. If working in a fun, collaborative, team-orientated environment where employees are valued sounds like a good match–look no further! cPort has made the list of…

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CPort IBlog GORED

Did you know February is heart month? On Friday, February 5th cPort staff joined millions in supporting the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement to help spread awareness about heart disease in women. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That is approximately one…

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CPort Blog Post Image 2 Indus Fund (1)

Starting fresh in a new country can be difficult to navigate, especially when it comes to managing your finances. At cPort we have met hundreds of immigrants and helped them to establish a financial foundation in America to build from. We are passionate about helping those in our community by seeing them achieve their goals…

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Blog Image TAX PRP (1)

With the promise of Spring on the horizon also comes the deadline for filing your annual tax return and income tax payment. A lot of people get overwhelmed when it comes time for tax season, but a little proactive preparation can help make things a little less stressful. A good starting point is to be…

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cPort is accepting applications from members and non-members for the second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding. Congress passed this new COVID-19 Relief Bill in order to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the pandemic. Both first-time and second-time applicants are eligible. Not sure if you qualify for a PPP loan? Afraid that…

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CPort Blog Post Image 2 Vaccine Scams

Scammers are taking full advantage of the fact that many Americans are eagerly awaiting their chance to receive the COVID vaccine. Some people may get blind-sided by the shiny light at the end of the tunnel and fall victim to fraud along the way. Here are a few tips we want to keep in mind…

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Blog Post Image Home Mortgages

Especially after this past year, we find safety and comfort in our homes. With mortgages at or near all-time lows, purchasing a new house, refinancing an existing one, or taking out a home equity loan to update a part of your house might make sense for you as we begin a new year.

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Blog Post Image Effective Money Habits

We know, you hear it at the start of every year. Practice good money habits to help build a successful future, but, its true! If you start the year off with a plan for your finances, you are more likely to see positive end results. 1.Create a budgetDeveloping a budget for the year or on…

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Blog Post Image Earn Money 2021

For a lot of people, the holidays can be an expensive time of the year. This is in addition to some of the bills that can accumulate and be due at years end. Most people look to start the New Year with resolutions to help keep them on a successful track for 12 months. One…

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…why yes, we do mean some Holiday giveaways from your friends at cPort Credit Union! We know a lot of you will likely be doing some online shopping this year from the convenience of your living room, so what better way to shop than supporting a local business?…

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CPort Blog Post Image 2 Give Back

At cPort, we believe it’s important to support our community throughout the year. We know this holiday season is going to be particularly challenging for many people and charitable organizations. During the holiday season, the contributions we make to a few organizations come directly from the generosity of our employees. We select charities that support…

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CPort Blog Post Image 2 Riverside Open

As we near 2021 and take time to reflect on what we are thankful for over the past year, it’s also important to remember a lot of people are struggling financially during the holidays this year, charitable organizations included. At cPort we are always looking for ways that we can support our community and give…

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CPort Blog Post Image 2 Riverside Open (1)

Every year around the holidays we like to provide our members with some help to avoid online shopping scams. This year is no different, especially with the uptick in COVID-related fraud.  As is with every year, scammers are becoming even more advanced in their techniques to try and fool you into divulging personal information. Since…

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Holiday Loan

With the holiday season upon us now may be the time you are looking to give gifts—and we know for a lot of you that may involve swiping your credit card.   We’re here to tell you we’ve got a great solution for those high interest credit card rates you may be seeing.  Did you know…

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CPort Blog Post Image 2GIVE BACK

We can’t talk about all things Thanksgiving and not mention the true intent of the holiday. While the holiday is a time to reflect on what we are thankful for, it’s also important to remember that some people may be struggling when it comes to keeping their family fed. Many food banks and pantries rely…

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CPort Blog Post Image 2TAKEOUT

Sure, cooking at home can be a fun activity on Thanksgiving, but it’s not for everyone.  Sometimes you simply don’t feel like cooking or dealing with buying all of the ingredients at the grocery store. If you’re one of those people, we have a great suggestion for how you can still get a great Thanksgiving…

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Even though this year’s Thanksgiving table might be a little smaller than past years, it’s still so easy to spend more money than you like putting the meal together. Here’s a few helpful hints on how to curb costs while preparing for your Thanksgiving dinner. Don’t buy enough for leftoversWe know, one of the best…

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Temperatures are dropping, snowflakes are beginning to fall, and colorful lights and decorations are starting to appear in the trees. The holiday giving season is right around the corner in Maine! This year is going to be a little different, but we can still keep it magical. The best way is to think and buy…

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Each month Forest Avenue’s Branch Manager Jen Smith and Assistant Branch Manager Honorine Uwishema weigh in on important financial topics to the new Mainer community in Amjambo Africa. November’s issue is an in depth look into planning for the future. Budgeting is not only an important tool take make sure you are keeping track of…

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CPort Blog Post Image 2 Hunger2

With cooler temperatures nearing and the pandemic still at the forefront, many Mainers continue to struggle to find ways to put food on the table and keep their families fed. We’ve partnered with the Maine Credit Union League to support the Ending Hunger Campaign. The campaign is the largest, non-hunger organization-based philanthropic fundraising effort to…

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CPort Blog Post Image 2 STRIVE2 (1)

The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project helps low income immigrants improve their legal status and works for more just and humane laws and policies affecting immigrants. ILAP began in 1993 as a volunteer lawyer project assisting asylum seekers in Maine and has grown over the years to expand the immigrant legal aid services they provide. ILAP’s…

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CPort Blog Post Image 2 STRIVE2

cPort is proud to once again be a sponsor of STRIVE’s 16th Annual Auction. STRIVE is a nonprofit in South Portland that acts as a community resource serving over 1,000 tweens, teens, and young adults with developmental disabilities. In 1999, STRIVE opened its doors to young adults with developmental disabilities as a place to socialize…

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CPort Blog Post Image 2Prosperity ME (1)

cPort is proud to support ProsperityME, a non-profit service organization dedicated to helping Maine’s immigrants and refugees build successful, rewarding lives in their new homeland. Their services are open to all refugees, immigrants, asylees, and low-income individuals in Greater Portland and Lewiston/Auburn, Maine. This year ProspertityME’s 12th annual Community Block Party will be virtual and…

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CPort Blog Post Image 2 Amjambo

With the start of school, one thing that can weigh on students’ minds is the financial responsibility that comes with attending college.  The financial section in the October issue of Amjambo Africa highlights the topic of education. Forest Avenue’s Branch Manager Jen Smith and Branch Supervisor Honorine Uwishema discuss all of the different way’s students…

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We’ve made some renovations to our Middle Street branch to expand our walk-up structure. We’re happy to be able to assist even more members at this location! Remember, we have implemented some precautionary measures to keep our members and employees safe. Please make sure to click here to learn more before you visit a branch in…

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CPort Blog Post Image 2 Do It All

If we can say one thing with confidence, it’s that 2020 has given new meaning to the term “homebody.” What once used to be the space where we would hang our hat at the end of our day has become so much more. No one knew just how much time we would be spending at…

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CPort Blog Post Image 2 Refinance

Mortgage rates continue to remain a hot topic of conversation. According to The Mortgage Report, a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 2.875% at the end of the first week of September. Over the past few months, we have continued to see rates stay at or near all-time lows. Many experts say, if your mortgage rate is…

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CPort Blog Post Image 2 Check Scams

We know since the start of the pandemic scammers have been targeting people daily and their tactics continue to get more and more sophisticated. Right now, we’re noticing check scams are on the rise. Check scams can be used in a variety of ways, we wanted to share a few examples from the Federal Trade…

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CPort Blog Post Image Photo Contest

Have you been perfecting your photo skills the past few weeks? Remember, Friday, July 31 is the final day to submit your photos for the annual calendar photo contest. Photo Tips: We enjoy photos of all things Maine! Scenic photos, landscapes, landmarks, a budding flower bush or a snow-covered barn; we’re open to everything! Keep…

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A few weeks ago, we kicked off our 2020 goal to cut down the number of month-end statements we print from 17,000 to 11,000. We can’t make this goal a reality without your help! Here are a few reasons you’ll want to opt into eStatements: Always be in the know By opting for eStatements you…

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CPort Blog Post Imagecalendar

Looking for a fun and easy low-cost hobby this summer? It’s time to pull out your camera and brush up on your snapping skills. We can hardly believe it’s that time of the year. Yes, we’re accepting submissions for cPort’s annual calendar photo contest! The DetailsThe sky’s the limit with this contest—we enjoy photos of…

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CPort Blog Post Image 2 Schedule

Like most businesses over the past few months, we’ve had to change how we operate to best support our staff and members during this pandemic. We adjusted our branch hours to better accommodate our employees and decided to temporarily close branches on Saturdays. Opening our branches back up in a safe and responsible way takes…

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CPort Blog Post Image Worried

As we continue to see COVID-19 cases in Maine and are encouraged to keep practicing social distancing, a lot of people are worried about what impact this will have on their finances. Whether you’re concerned about how you are going to keep saving or if you’ll be able to pay all your bills, here are…

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Credit Reports

It’s always been a good idea to monitor your credit closely. But now, given the heightened awareness around fraud during the pandemic, it’s more important than ever. Routinely reviewing your credit report is helpful for a few reasons: Catch identity theft early on We know that fraud scams have been on the rise during the…

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Go Green with eStatements

Join cPort in helping to be as eco-friendly as possible by reducing our paper waste. Each month, we mail over 17,000 printed statements to our members.  No need to do the math – we know, it’s A LOT of paper. If you think about it, each statement needs to be printed, stuffed into an envelope,…

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CPort Blog Post Image Cityfunds

Recognizing the need for more support, The City of Portland’s City Council approved up to $700,000 in additional funding in grants and loans to help Portland’s small businesses. This includes businesses that have remained open, furloughed some or all of their employees, closed temporarily, or are preparing to open. These funds are not meant to…

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CPort Blog Post Image Graduates

We are so fortunate to see so many young cPort members, and brilliant aspiring scholars in our community, accomplish the milestone of graduating college in pursuit of their career dreams. We’ve watched them grow since opening a College Club or Earnie Savings Account. The hard work and commitment of these students is to be celebrated.…

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What does NCUA mean?

Because your money is deposited at cPort, it’s safely backed by the U.S. government. More specifically, it’s insured by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund. This reserve was created by Congress in 1970 and insures millions of account holders in credit unions like cPort. The NCUA (National Credit Union Administration) is the independent federal…

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CPort Blog Post Image Exercise

Back Cove Trail | Portland, ME Corey Templeton Photography  A 30-minute stroll around the block, streaming a cardio session on YouTube, or a bike jaunt through the woods – exercise makes us feel better, more energetic, and helps us to live healthier lives. There’s another benefit we’d like to add to the list of things a…

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CPort Blog Post Image PAF

Touchless payment apps such as Venmo and PayPal are on the rise with more people trying to avoid handling cash during COVID-19. While popular apps like these are convenient and easy, they could be costing users in fees and privacy. At cPort, we’ve seen an increase in our eBanking platform usage too. Over 700 people…

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money podcasts

If we’ve learned one thing over the past few weeks, it’s that we have a lot of newfound time on our hands. Time spent mostly indoors. Yes, in our spare time we’re all binge-watching television shows, proving we are the next Top Chef, and occasionally reading a novel or two. But, wouldn’t it be great…

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CPort Blog Post Image Mortgage Rates (1)

With warmer weather and the promise of new beginnings on the horizon, Spring is a perfect time to consider refinancing a home mortgage. But with rates hovering around record level lows, now might be the best time we’ve seen in years. A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.31% during the week ending April 16. A year…

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CPort Blog Post Image 2 PPP

Over the past couple of weeks, our team of dedicated loan officers has been working tirelessly to help businesses apply for and obtain financial assistance. Our main objective is to answer your questions and provide the best member service while helping you and your business navigate these challenging times. cPort Loans Operation Manager Evan D.…

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Deposit a check

cPort’s eBanking mobile app makes banking transactions as easy as a swipe of your screen. Our Deposit a Check feature allows you to deposit a check into your checking or savings account right from your phone. Have you tried it? It’s so simple and convenient, we think you’ll love it. Besides, we’re all doing our…

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CPort Blog Post Image Stimulus

The IRS started rolling out stimulus funds this week. So, your payment from the government is on the way. For some members, the money will be automatically deposited into your cPort Account. The IRS will use the account information you provided on your 2018 or 2019 tax return to deposit your funds. The IRS launched a…

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24 Hour Rule

While spending most of our time indoors lately, we’ve been doing a lot of online shopping, maybe a bit too much. You probably have, as well.  Have you seen the amazing deals out there? They can be tempting! It’s easy to make an impulse buy and spend money we should be saving. Here’s a tip:…

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CPort Blog Post Image AfterHours (3)

It’s 11PM at night and you have a burning question about your cPort account. Did you know that we have options available to assist you?   cPort’s eBanking has a convenient and easy to use secure messaging center that connects you to a Member Service Representative. Send us a message and we’ll get back as soon as…

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cPort President and CEO reads to students at Riverton Elementary School.

Monday, March 2 is National Read Across America Day. This morning, cPort President & CEO Gene Ardito participated in Read Across America Day by sharing a story with 5th graders at Riverton Elementary School in Portland. cPort has been a proud community partner of Riverton since 2008. Riverton Elementary School is a participant in cPort’s…

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Behind the scenes talking all things cPort Scholarship Program with Mayor Kate Snyder and Portland Public Schools Superintendent, Xavier Botana. cPort Credit Union is proud to make a $3,000 donation to Portland Public Schools. 2020 kicks off the thirteenth year of cPort’s Scholarship Program which takes places in eight elementary schools located throughout Portland, Augusta…

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CPort EBanking Blog Post Image (2)

On Tuesday, February 11 cPort will be upgrading our eBanking platform. In addition to a cleaner digital experience, and more robust business banking functionality, here are some exciting new online banking features you can expect to see with the upgrade: Smarter security features Stop Pay Principal Only Loan Payments Ability to view non-cPort Accounts **Important…

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Person scrolling on their phone with keyboard underneath.

Protecting Your Account Information In order to better protect the privacy and confidentiality of our member’s account information, cPort Credit Union uses a security method called Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). There are several types of MFA options – cPort commonly utilizes a one-time passcode (OTP). With OTP, a single use code is generated and sent directly to the…

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Scarborough staff dressed as dogs from 101 Dalmatians

Do you know what else Fall has to offer besides Pumpkin Spice flavored everything? Halloween! Here at cPort, our staff are enthusiastic about all things Halloween. Every year, each of our branches engage in a friendly costume contest. We love to have our members get in on the fun too! Feel free to stop into…

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International Credit Union Day

Credit union members around the world celebrate International Credit Union Day, an annual event to commemorate the credit union movement’s impact and achievements. This year marks the 73rd anniversary.  Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives that provide an effective and viable alternative to for-profit financial institutions for more than 291 million members in 118 countries…

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