Bank On Rubber City



21 percent of Summit County residents are unbanked or underbanked, relying on costly alternative financial services—like check cashers, payday lenders and expensive pre-paid cards for routine financial transactions.

Bank On Rubber City, a coalition led by United Way of Summit & Medina and the City of Akron, is committed to helping residents of Summit County access safe and affordable banking products and services.

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Why is Banking Important?

Banking access is a key component of financial empowerment. Without a checking account, families wind up paying too much for basic financial transactions such as check cashing and paying bills and have a difficult time reaching other financial goals such as building savings and managing debt.  The average unbanked person spends 5% of net income on unnecessary fees for alternative financial services. This can amount to $40,000 over a lifetime—a significant amount for those who can least afford it.

People with mainstream bank accounts are more likely to:

  • Keep more of their earnings
  • Develop consistent savings habits
  • Have access to budgeting and tracking tools
  • Access to affordable credit options
Research from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation indicates that there are many reasons consumers lack a basic transaction account: not enough money for the minimum balance; distrust of financial institutions; high or unpredictable fees; or identification, credit or banking history problems.
Bank On Rubber City helps individuals identify safe and affordable checking account options that meet the Bank On National Standards.

Features of a Bank On Certified Account*:

  • No minimum balance requirement
  • $5 or less/month
  • No possibility of overdraft
  • Free bill payment & debit card
  • 2nd chance checking opportunities

Find a Bank On Certified Account Near You

Want more information about Bank On certified accounts? Contact [email protected] or call the Financial Empowerment Center at 330.685.9430. The Financial Empowerment Center also offers free one-on-one financial coaching that can help you with banking or other financial questions.