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NORWICH, CT — CorePlus Credit Union has installed two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its East Lyme branch, providing a convenient and environmentally friendly service to all visitors.

The Level 2 charging stations, each capable of serving one battery electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle, will be open to the public and free to all CorePlus Credit Union members.

“We are the first financial institution in Southeastern Connecticut to install EV charging stations,” said Ray Currier, President and CEO of CorePlus Credit Union. “These stations represent CorePlus Credit Union’s commitment to lowering the carbon footprint and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Connecticut. CorePlus is looking into the possibility of installing EV charging stations at additional locations as well.”

Connecticut has experienced strong growth in EV ownership in recent years, according to data from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). There were 44,313 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles registered in the state at the end of 2023, compared to just 4,878 at the end of 2016.

Connecticut has more than 360 public EV charging stations. DEEP has been encouraging the installation of EV charging stations at homes, workplaces, and transportation hubs to help grow Connecticut’s charging infrastructure.

About CorePlus Credit Union

CorePlus Credit Union is a federally chartered, member owned, not for profit cooperative. We are a not for profit, not for charity, but for service credit union founded in 1936. With a strong emphasis on community development and member well-being, CorePlus Credit Union is dedicated to creating financial wellness for all. For more information, visit

CorePlus Credit Union (CPCU) is proud to announce the launch of a newly designed, modern, and responsive website focusing on an enhanced user experience. This exciting evolution reflects CPCU’s commitment to providing our members with the most user-friendly and convenient online banking experience possible while advancing our mutual goal to become the premier digital credit union in eastern Connecticut.

“At CorePlus, we are constantly striving to improve how we serve our members. This new website represents a significant step forward in fulfilling that commitment. We listened to our members’ needs and built a website that is intuitive, responsive, and tailored to create a superior digital banking experience.”

– CPCU President and CEO, Ray Currier. 

The new CPCU website features a clean and modern design, making it easy for members to navigate and find the information they need quickly and easily. The website has been optimized for all devices, ensuring a seamless experience — from desktop computers and tablets to smartphones.

The design of the new website recognizes the growing trend of mobile banking and the understanding that more and more of our members are accessing their finances on their tablets and smartphones. That’s why CPCU made sure this new website is perfectly responsive and easy to use on any mobile device.

Beyond an enhanced mobile experience, the new website better tells the CPCU story — detailing who we are, where we came from, what we stand for, and how CPCU strives to make a difference in the lives of our members and the communities we serve.

Experience the future of digital banking with CorePlus Credit Union. Visit and discover a banking experience that is truly seamless, convenient, and member-focused.

NORWICH, CT — The employees and members of CorePlus Credit Union have brightened the holidays of more than 70 children in eastern Connecticut by participants purchasing new toys and clothing through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Tag program.

This is the third consecutive year that CorePlus has participated in the program. The credit union set a goal of fulfilling the requested donations on 75 tags, an increase from the 55 children supported in 2022.

“We’ve been overjoyed to see the community’s response every time we put up our Angel Tree, and this has been our best year yet,” said Meg Martellotta, Vice President of Operations at CorePlus Credit Union. “We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from CorePlus Credit Union’s members and employees, who have contributed in creating an enjoyable Christmas morning for our Norwich neighbors.”

Businesses, schools, and other organizations participate in the Angel Tree Tag program by setting up a tree and requesting as many tags as they think they can support. The tags — featuring the first name, age, and gender of a child, as well as requested gifts — are used to decorate the tree.

Participants remove a tag to purchase the requested gifts, which are returned to the participating organization with the tag attached. The Salvation Army then picks up all donations to distribute to families in the community.

In addition to helping individuals in need have a more enjoyable holiday, the Angel Tree Tag program helps defray the cost of purchasing Christmas gifts that would normally be part of The Salvation Army’s holiday expenses. This frees up more funding for The Salvation Army to support other emergency needs such as providing food, clothing, shelter, and assistance with rent or fuel.

CorePlus received 50 tags on November 15th, and another 25 on November 21st. The credit union has been encouraging its members to participate in the program through radio, social media, and newsletter messaging.

Debbie White, Social Ministries Director at The Salvation Army Southern New England Division stated, “The Salvation Army Norwich Service Center thanks community partners such as CorePlus Credit Union for their active role in volunteering at the Red Kettle this holiday season and for adopting 75 children for Angel Tree. Thank you, CorePlus Credit Union, for making this holiday season a little brighter for our families in the Norwich community.”

About CorePlus Credit Union

CorePlus Credit Union is a federally chartered, member owned, not for profit cooperative. We are a not for profit, not for charity, but for service credit union founded in 1936. With a strong emphasis on community development and member well-being, CorePlus Credit Union is dedicated to creating financial wellness for all. For more information, visit

Award presented at the APEX 2023 conference at Mohegan Sun

NORWICH, CT — CorePlus Credit Union is proud to announce its recognition as the second-place recipient of the Credit Union League of Connecticut’s (CULCT) Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award at the APEX 2023 conference, hosted recently at Mohegan Sun. This award acknowledges credit unions for their exceptional commitment to social responsibility and community service.


CorePlus Credit Union was honored for its participation in The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Tag Program during the 2022 holiday season. This remarkable initiative brought joy and hope to 55 children in Norwich, Connecticut, by providing them with new toys and clothing.


The Angel Tree Tag Program is a heartwarming endeavor that aligns perfectly with CorePlus Credit Union’s deep-rooted commitment to giving back to the community. By participating in this program, CorePlus displayed its dedication to making a meaningful impact on the lives of those in need, embodying the core principles of the credit union movement.


CorePlus Credit Union is profoundly honored to be recognized for its efforts. The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award serves as a testament to the credit union’s unwavering dedication to community service and social responsibility. The award reinforces the credit union’s commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of its members and the broader community.


“We are thrilled to receive this esteemed recognition,” said Meg Martellotta, Vice President of Operations at CorePlus Credit Union. “This award highlights our mission to promote social responsibility and community involvement. We are committed to continuing our support for initiatives that enrich the lives of the communities we serve.”


CorePlus Credit Union expresses its deepest gratitude to The Salvation Army for providing such a meaningful program, and to CULCT for acknowledging their contributions. The credit union is looking forward to partnering again with the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Tag Program again this year to make the holidays a little brighter for our community.


For more information about CorePlus Credit Union and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit

About CorePlus Credit Union

CorePlus Credit Union is a federally chartered, member owned, not for profit cooperative. We are a not for profit, not for charity, but for service credit union founded in 1936. With a strong emphasis on community development and member well-being, CorePlus Credit Union is dedicated to creating financial wellness for all. For more information, visit


About the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award

The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award is a prestigious recognition presented by credit union organizations to honor credit unions’ exceptional commitment to social responsibility and community service. It is named after Dora Maxwell, a pioneer in the credit union movement who believed in the power of community service and outreach.

We are pleased to announce that for the third straight year, CorePlus Credit Union (CPCU) has been named one of Connecticut’s best places to work by the Hartford Courant in its annual Top Workplaces awards. CPCU was one of only 32 businesses statewide — and the only financial institution — recognized in the Courant’s category for businesses with fewer than 150 employees.

“It is a great honor to once again be recognized as one of the top places to work in Connecticut, said EVP / Chief Operating Officer Raymond J. Currier. “Our employees are the heart and soul of this credit union, so knowing they hold such high regard for their workplace is truly a testament to our commitment to cultivating a positive and supportive work environment where every one of our employees feels valued and appreciated.”

The Hartford Courant’s Top Workplaces program is based on an employee survey. The 24-question survey collects feedback from employees in businesses of all sizes and in a number of industries. The results of these surveys are the basis for determining which employers make the list.

“I am proud to work for one of the top workplaces in Connecticut,” said CPCU Call Center Manager Ashley Main. “CorePlus has a very engaging atmosphere that makes everyone feel like part of the family. There is such pride that we all take in assisting our members and leading our team to success. I am excited for CorePlus’s future!”

Currier, CPCU’s current EVP / Chief Operating Officer, will work closely with retiring President / CEO Nicholas Fortson through the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition.

  NORWICH, Conn. — The Board of Directors of CorePlus Credit Union (CPCU) is announcing the appointment of Raymond J. Currier as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Currier replaces retiring CEO Nicholas K. Fortson, who will be retiring after nine years as President and CEO. Currier will assume the role of CEO on January 1, 2024.

 Upon the announcement that Fortson planned to retire at year end, the CPCU Board of Directors conducted a CEO search with assistance from The Credit Union League of Connecticut to identify a qualified candidate to lead the nearly ninety-year-old federally chartered, member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative. After considering several worthy candidates, the board determined Currier’s dedication, exceptional leadership, and significant contributions as Chief Operating Officer and overwhelmingly approved Ray’s promotion to the role of CEO. Currier has been with the credit union since 2005 and has close to 30 years of experience in the credit union industry.

 “We are extremely pleased that after performing our due diligence to find the most suitable leader, our own Ray Currier emerged as the best candidate to take the reins and carry on Nicholas Fortson’s legacy,” said CPCU Board of Directors Chair Jean Swift. “We believe Ray possesses the strategic vision, business acumen, and commitment to lead CorePlus Credit Union into a prosperous future. His demonstrated ability to drive innovation, foster collaboration, and deliver exceptional results made him the ideal candidate for this important position.”

 Currier said he is excited by the challenge of his new role and looks forward to a continuation of the success he and Fortson shared with the growth, expansion of service offerings and financial achievements the credit union has experienced over the last decade. “I am incredibly honored to have been appointed President / CEO, and I am excited to lead our talented team in continuing to bring exceptional service and innovation to our membership. CorePlus is well positioned for continued growth and success in the coming years,” said Currier. “I am also very fortunate to have the support and guidance from such an incredible leader as Nicholas Fortson to assist in the transition.”

 Fortson, who has been CEO of CPCU since 2014, announced his retirement effective December 31, 2023 — in January 2023. As part of the transition, he is committed to working closely with Currier throughout the rest of the year to ensure that the transfer of leadership is seamless and that the new CEO is in the best possible position to guide CPCU into the future.

 “Nicholas Fortson has been and continues to be an amazing leader and mentor,” Swift said. “The board wishes to recognize Nick for his remarkable leadership, particularly throughout the pandemic, as well as his ability to select and develop a stellar management team. He will be greatly missed, but we know he leaves us in Ray’s very capable hands.”  In honor of his tremendous leadership and commitment to his community, the board has approved a gift of $10,000 to support two non-profits. A gift of $5,000 will be made in Fortson’s honor to the Otis Library to fund a multi-lingual financial literacy program. Fortson is the former board president of Otis Library, and he and his late wife, Peggy, have been avid supporters of the library. A second gift of $5,000 will be made to the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, where Fortson is also a board member.

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