Community Relations


Great Lakes First Federal Credit Union’s community involvement through donations, sponsorships, and volunteerism is a very important part of the credit union's values.  This commitment is carried out at every level of the credit union.  Check out the positive impact the credit union has been providing below:

Employee "Dress-Down" Donations from 2017:

2018-19 Scholarship Winners
GLFFCU awarded 3-$500 scholarships for the 2018-19 school year to Lexi Winling (Gladstone), Luke Gustafson (Rapid River), and Janel LaPalm (Escanaba). Lexi will attend Bay College to study Business Administration, Luke will attend Michigan Tech to study Mechanical Engineering, and Janel will attend the University of Michigan to study Pre-Law.

GLFFCU Donation to the Wheelin' Sportsmen - August 2017.
The credit union donated $1,319.76 to the Wheelin' Sportsmen with money that was raised through employee and member donations and proceeds from a raffle and bake sale during Member Appreciation Day.

GLFFCU also raised funds throughout June 2018 for the Gladstone Public Safety to implement its first ever K-9 Program at the department. The funds were raised through the generous support of GLFFCU members, employees, and the credit union itself.

Other Community Involvement:

GLFFCU celebrated “Spread Goodness Day” 2019 by donating $1,500.00 to local charities.  The Child Advocacy Center, Pregnancy Services and the Delta County Cancer Alliance each received a check for $500.00.  The funds were raised by our staff through the credit union’s dress down day program.


2019 Scholarship recipients Willy Schmitt, Margaret Rose, and Natalie Hansen each received a $500.00 scholarship.  Willy Schmitt plans to attend Northern Michigan University to study Wildlife Biology. Margaret Rose will attend the University of Chicago to study Social Work and Natalie Hansen will attend Bay College to study Communication Disorders/Speech Pathology.

Congratulations to Michelle Hadel who received our 2019 Financial Education Stipend!

GLFFCU staff and members had a wonderful time celebrating YOUTH week on August 3rd, 2019 at The Lion King.

Great Lakes staff welcoming guests with a smile at the main gate ticket both at the U.P. State Fair 2019.


Team Great Lakes helping with The Mission of Hope Delta County 2019.


GLFFCU presented- Hope at the Inn, Child and Family Services of the U.P. and Tri-County Safe Harbor each a $500 donation. These funds were raised by team great Lakes staff throughout 2019.

Please join us in congratulating our 2020 Scholarship recipients. Team Great Lakes wishes you the very best of luck in your future endeavors!

GLFFCU had 3 teams participate in the Virtual Amazing Race for Child Advocacy. Team Cash Cows took home the WIN. Congratulations to all the teams and a special thank you to our racers who raised a combined $1,662.00 for the Delta Regional Child Advocacy Center!

Staff posing with over 60 backpacks filled with school supplies for local students.  Supplies were donated by GLFFCU staff. We look forward to hosting this even next year!

Team Great Lakes headed out to support the Virtual End the Silence Walk for suicide prevention in September 2020!

Great Lakes staff with one of 7 donation tables donated to local food pantries during the Christmas season 2020.

Staff posing with personal hygiene Christmas stockings for Hope at the Inn.

The majority of these funds were raised in November 2020 for our local veterans by purchasing flag lapel pins.  Thank you for donating members!

Team Great Lakes sold pink ribbon pins in October, 2020. The proceeds were presented to the Delta County Cancer Alliance.

Winter 2021 staff collected winter items for The Salvation Army!

Team Great Lakes is celebrating Spread Goodness Day by donating our 2020 dress down funds to Hope at the Inn and U.P. Foster Closet

GLFFCU taking part in the local I AM LOCAL campaign to support our small businesses.

Credit Union Youth Week was a big success in 2021.  Our youth members did a great job saving and having fun! Highlights from this year included a dinosaur egg hunt, prize giveaways and a fun event at U.P.utt!

Staff volunteering at the 2021 Esky Cleanup  (a community wide initiative to tidy up downtown).

Each spring, Great Lakes First Federal Credit Union awards scholarships to students who are enrolled in an academic or trade program for the upcoming school year. Recipients are selected by GLFFCU’s Scholarship Committee.

#teamgreatlakes received 1st place for the " I am Local, I am Delta County" campaign by Kindness Rocks of Delta County. We were awarded a $100 check for a pizza party! Our CEO is covering our pizza party cost and donated the $100 back to Kindness Rocks to be used for future community improvements!

Great Lakes staff presenting Ken from NWTF Bays De Noc Gobblers Chapter Wheeling Sportsmen Program a donation check from our 2021 Member Appreciation Day raffle and 50/50. We could not have done it without our generous members!

Tellers in Escanaba having fun with Halloween 2021!

Another successful Christmas season in the books for GLFFCU.  Staff loves giving back during the holiday season!

With the help of our members GLFFCU was able to donate $1.250.00 to the Marine Crops Toys for Tots.  Local children are sure to have a brighter holiday, thank you to our generous members!


GLFFCU staff presented a $500.00 check to Tri-County Safe Harbor, Lakestate Industries, and the Delta County Cancer Alliance. Funds were raised by staff members donating $1 each Friday to dress down for a good cause.  Spread Goodness Day 2022!

Safety and Security

Your protection is a main priority at Great Lakes First Federal Credit Union.  Your personal data is vulnerable no matter if you bank in person or online.  GLFFCU has taken extensive measures to ensure your transactions with us are always safe and secure.

Your transaction information is kept private with our secure online server.

Arm yourself against identity theft and unauthorized transactions.  Report any suspicious or questionable activity:  text messages, emails, phone calls or social media attacks.

Any debit card transactions that don’t match your normal spending patterns will be flagged and followed up with a phone call or text message to make sure the transaction is yours.  Download the MobiMoney app and take control of your debit card.

With Zero Liability, any transaction that is not yours will be disputed and the amount credited back to your account.

Learn how to protect yourself!  Use a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters for your passwords.  Don’t use words, repeated characters or numbers in a sequence.  Regularly check the activity on your accounts and credit reports

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Employees of the Harnischfeger Corporation in Escanaba, MI.
  2. Members of Teamsters Local #328 in Escanaba, MI.
  3. Persons who live, work, worship or attend school in; and businesses and other legal entities located within a 4 mile radius of the post office located in Gladstone, MI.
  4. Persons who live, work, worship or attend school in; and businesses and other legal entities located in the following townships in Michigan:
    1. Bay de Noc
    2. Brampton
    3. Ensign
    4. Masonville
  5. Employees of the following companies who work in Gladstone, MI:
    1. Alger Delta Co-Op Electric Corporation
    2. Northern Michigan Splice Veneer, now called Besse Forest Products
    3. Marble Arms Company
    4. LaPine Brothers
  6. Persons who live in the underserved area of Delta County; persons who regularly work, worship, attend school, perform volunteer services or participate in associations headquartered in the underserved area of Delta County; persons participating in programs to alleviate poverty or distress which are located in the underserved area of Delta County; incorporated and unincorporated organizations located in the underserved area of Delta County or maintaining a facility in the underserved area of Delta County; and organizations of such persons.
  7. Members of Esky Band Boosters in Escanaba, Michigan, who qualify for membership in accordance with its charter and bylaws in effect on September 30, 1992;
  8. Spouses of such persons who died while within the field of membership of this credit union.
  9. Employees of this credit union.
  10. Persons retired as pensioners or annuitants from the above employment.
  11. Members of their immediate family or household; and
  12. Organizations of such persons.

(Immediate family members defined as:  spouse, child, sibling, parent, grandparent or grandchild -includes all adoptive and step relationships.  Households are defined to include persons living in the same residence and who maintain a single economic unit).

Misson Statement

Great Lakes First Federal Credit Unions’ goal is to strive to serve our members’ needs in an ever-changing financial world.


Great Lakes First Federal Credit Union was originally organized on April 7, 1949 under the name of Harnischfeger Employees of Escanaba Federal Credit Union.  A group of nine employees decided to organize a credit union with the idea that by saving together, they could build a fund from which loans could be made to help Harnischfeger employees who needed money for worthwhile purposes.  They felt an employee free from financial anxiety is a more efficient and reliable person.  Since organization, several changes have occurred.

  • October 1, 1982-Harnischfeger Employees of Escanaba Federal Credit Union merged with Teamster’s Local 328 Federal Credit Union.
  • March 1983, Harnischfeger Corporation closed the Escanaba plant which resulted in the credit union’s name being changed to Great Lakes First Federal Credit Union.
  • October1, 1991- Great Lakes First Federal Credit Union merged with Gladstone Community Federal Credit Union.

As we continue to grow, we strive to provide our members with a wide array of financial services transacted in a professional and friendly manner.

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