Our Community

Santa Cruz Community Ventures

Our nonprofit arm equips people with tools to achieve financial security.
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  • Programs for low wage earners to build assets
  • Protects members from predatory lenders
  • Promoting childcare for low-income families
  • Building community

Financial Education & Outreach

Financial education is an effective tool to create financial security.
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  • See upcoming schedule
  • Guidance on making a budget
  • Workshops on saving and home ownership
  • Education and business creation workshops

Community Partnership Lending

Programs to provide loans to people who might not qualify otherwise.
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  • Low rates to meet needs of under-served
  • Collaboration with community nonprofits
  • Loans between $2,000-$5,000
  • Terms from 1-2 years

Free Tax Assistance

Helping members get their share of the $6 million in unclaimed tax credits in our community.
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  • Assistance with Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Your credit can equal a full month's wages
  • For individuals and families
  • No preparation fees

Community Visa Donation Fund

Our innovative Visa® program works for you and your community.
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  • We donate 5¢ to charity every time you use card
  • Donations spread to five local charities
  • Members select charities each year
  • No fee application