Reliance Bank Donates to Joshua House

Reliance Bank proudly donated $10,000 to the Joshua House in Tyrone, PA. Jim Kilmartin founded the Joshua House 20 years ago in 1998. The Joshua House is a community center where kids and teens can learn, grow, and find purpose.

Since 2001, the Joshua House has hosted a local 3-on-3 basketball tournament called HoopsFest, which has grown into the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Central Pennsylvania. To accommodate the growing interest, HoopsFest expanded in 2017 to include two tournaments – one in Tyrone, and one in Altoona.

The Joshua House also organizes the Cross-Town Basketball League, which is available to students in grades 7-12 who do not play on a school basketball team. The league makes playing in an organized basketball league possible for teens of all skill levels. The league provides a safe place for teens to build relationships, stay physically fit, and be positively impacted by dedicated coaches.

In order to support the increasing interest in their various basketball programs, the Joshua House purchased an armory and renovated it into a basketball facility. Reliance Bank, which strongly endorses Joshua House’s goal to motivate and inspire the youth of our community, made its donation in order to defray the costs of the armory renovation. We are excited to see how this expansion will continue to develop the mission of Joshua House in years to come!

Members of Reliance Bank’s Senior Management team and Tyrone Branch staff present a check for $10,000 to Jim Kilmartin, founder of the Joshua House.

New Services for Check Card Customers

Beginning October 1, 2017, we will be offering two new services to our check card customers: Fraud Alerts and Visa® Account Updater. Continue reading to learn more about each of these new features.

 

FRAUD ALERTS

Beginning October 1, 2017, if there is suspected fraud on your Reliance Bank Check Card, you will receive a text message* at the mobile phone number we have on file for you. The text message will present you with three options:

  1. Reply YES to confirm your enrollment in this service
  2. Reply HELP to be directed to the Fraud Prevention Call Center.
  3. Reply STOP to cancel future text message Fraud Alerts.

*Your mobile carrier may charge for internet access and/or text messages. Message and data rates may apply.


VISA® ACCOUNT UPDATER

Do you use your Reliance Bank Visa® Check Card to pay a bill automatically? If you do, then beginning October 1, 2017, Visa® Account Updater will automatically update your card information with the merchant when there is a change, such as a new expiration date. The service is designed to save you from having to manually update your card information with the merchant.

Will this automatically work for all the merchants with whom I do business?

This is up to each individual merchant, as they have to sign up with Visa® to participate in the service. Check with your merchant to learn if they participate in the service or review any disclosures that they provide in their terms and conditions.

What are the benefits?

Your information is updated for you, so you experience uninterrupted service from participating merchants and avoid having your payment declined. You get to skip the hassle of re-submitting or re-entering your payment information every time you get a new Visa® Check Card.

How do I Opt Out of Account Updater?

You may choose to Opt Out of this service if you don’t want the automatic updates and prefer to manage your changes on your own. In that case, please contact Customer Service at (814) 949-6255 or customerservice@reliancebank.com. You may also visit any branch and ask a member of our staff to help you Opt Out.

 

 

 

Utilize a Credit Freeze to Safeguard Your Identity

You may be familiar with the “Big 3”, but did you know there are FOUR credit bureaus? They are Equifax, Experian, Innovis and TransUnion. (These are links to their credit freeze websites, safe to click and share.) Always be wary of scammers sending fake links.

What a security freeze will do is prevent anyone from accessing your credit report. So, if a scammer tries to open a new line of credit using your name, date of birth, and social security number, when the lender tries to pull your credit report, it’ll say it’s blocked and that you have to contact the credit bureau. Note: it will NOT say the report is frozen; this is part of the security feature.

Each of these four credit bureaus will give you a 6-digit number (PIN) that you can use to unfreeze or “thaw” your reports. You should hide this PIN somewhere where you won’t lose it – because if you do, your accounts will be stuck as frozen.

If YOU want to open an account, you’ll have to contact the credit bureau ahead of time (either on the phone or online) and thaw your account for a little while. You will need that 6-digit PIN you set for the bureaus to thaw or unfreeze your reports. You can set the temporary thaw either for a period of time or for a particular creditor. For example, if you know you’re going to be looking for a car over the next week, call the bureaus and thaw your report for that week. Or, if you are applying for a credit card, call and unfreeze your report for that particular company, and then turn the freeze back on. You can also completely remove the freeze if you determine that you don’t want the protection any longer.

Depending on your state of residence and your circumstances, you may have to pay a small fee to place a freeze at each bureau. The fee ranges from $0 to $15 per bureau, meaning that it can cost upwards of $60 to place a freeze at all four credit bureaus (recommended). There may also be fees associated with thawing your account – check with your lender to see which bureau they use to avoid multiple thaw fees.

Using credit freezes like this is a little more trouble and inconvenience in your life, but it’s better than the alternative – cleaning up your credit after your identity has been stolen. Prevention is better than a cure.

Reliance Bank and Blair/Bedford Builders Association Support Habitat for Humanity

Reliance Bank proudly announces its support along with the Blair/Bedford Builders Association to build a Habitat for Humanity home in Altoona.

“Community is woven through the DNA of Reliance Bank,” commented Dennis E. Doll, President and CEO of Reliance Bank. “We had the ground available and the Builders Association has always been an organization in which we play a key role.” Doll and the dedicated team at Reliance Bank have the trust and respect of the builders and Habitat.

Reliance Bank will work with the builders and other community members to help build this new home. The lot, located at 1814-20 Third Avenue, Altoona, will become home to a well deserving family by year end 2017.

Allen McManus, Executive Director of the local Habitat office, said, “Habitat is very thankful for Reliance Bank’s support, both with the vacant lot as well as their manual labor.” McManus will organize the efforts of the build. Dave DeBiase, Executive Officer of the Blair/Bedford Builders Association, stated, “With Reliance Bank’s support, and that of the many builder members in our community, we are confident that this new home will be solid and a source of many family memories for years to come!”

Habitat for Humanity Blair County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.