October 19, 2022 (Eatonville, FL) – Here’s some great news coming out of Eatonville! Founding members and town officials on tomorrow, Thursday, October 20, will open the doors to Unity of Eatonville Federal Credit Union and follow up Saturday with a community festival in credit union’s parking lot. Location: 323 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite G, Eatonville, FL 32751. Time for the ribbon cutting and official grand opening on Thursday: 10 a.m. Time for the community festival on Saturday: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Located in the historic town nestled north of Orlando next door to Maitland, Unity of Eatonville is making more history in that it is the first federally insured financial institution ever in Eatonville. How apropos because Eatonville was incorporated in 1887, by a group of freed slaves, becoming the first town to be organized, governed and incorporated by African Americans in the country.
A vision of Rev. Willie C Barnes, pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Eatonville (in walking distance of the credit union building), the credit union began to take form when he established a taskforce to explore the feasibility of establishing one.
This wasn’t an overnight process – from vision to manifestation. It took years to get organized, obtain the charter from the National Credit Union Administration and began setting up operations.
To get more information about the events this week, celebrating the opening of Unity of Eatonville Federal Credit Union, visit the credit union’s website: unityofeatonvillefcu.com or call (407) 637-5657.
Sources: Unity of Eatonville Federal Credit and Town of Eatonville