Our Story, SunWest Federal Credit Union (Phoenix, AZ)

Our Story

As always, our goal at SunWest Federal Credit Union is to grow as an organization while staying true to our founding mission. Since our doors first opened 82 years ago, we have remained committed to providing exceptional service focused on dedication, integrity, and compassion to help our members grow and thrive. Although times may have changed, we want you to know that SunWest remains committed to its members and will continue to focus on bettering the communities in which we serve.

SunWest History

Our story began in 1937 when 12 telephone workers came together to establish a financial cooperative that truly existed for the people. They opened their doors as Phoenix Telco Federal Credit Union and ended their first year with $160 in assets and 45 members. Fast forward to today, and Phoenix Telco has transformed into SunWest Federal Credit Union, with over $300,000,000 in assets and more than 46,000 members. Today we are stronger than ever thanks in large part to our founders and their vision for creating a world with hassle-free banking and stronger communities.


SunWest Federal Credit Union will improve the financial health of our members while enriching the communities we serve. We will accomplish this by sticking to our core values:

  • Integrity - we treat others with honesty, integrity, and respect
  • Commitment - we honor our commitments by being empowered, resourceful, and accountable
  • Service - we provide exceptional service with compassion and empathy
  • Community - we are passionate about serving our communities and creating a positive impact

This philosophy will be used to ensure every member-owner is treated with respect, consideration, and caring by the professionalism of every employee.

Becoming a Member

We remain committed to serving those who live, work, worship, or attend school in either Maricopa County or the City of Tucson. To become a member of SunWest, simply visit any of our eight branches located throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan Area and Tucson. We have made the process quick and easy and we’ll even help you switch your accounts over from your previous institution. All you need to get started is a U.S. government issued photo ID and a minimum share account deposit of $5.

Membership Perks

Not only do you become part of a family when you join SunWest, but you also get to enjoy some great perks, like exclusive auto refinancing rates and special incentives for upgrading accounts. We even reward our members for referring family, friends, and neighbors through our referral program.

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