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Prequalify for Your Dream Home with NIH Federal Credit Union
If you’re shopping for a new home, now is an excellent time to buy. A perfect first step is to request your free, no-obligation prequalification. We’ll estimate how much you can borrow and provide valuable advice so you can shop with confidence.  With great rates, exceptionally low fees, fast closing and expert local service, the NIHFCU is here to help you own a home fast and for less. Visit nihfcu.org/mortgages or call 855.203.4747 to schedule yours today. This is free service for all NIH & FDA employees and contractors – NIHFCU membership is not required.

PayCheck Direct - A Smarter Way to Shop
Brought to by the NIH R&W, PayCheck Direct helps you get what you want today and pay for it the easy way, with interest-free financing and worry-free payroll allotment over 12 months.  When you shop with PayCheck Direct, you have thousands of choices: furniture, big-screen TVs, major appliances, fashionable jewelry, powerful computers and even toys. PayCheck Direct does not perform credit checks and there are no down payments required. For a PayCheck Direct catalog visit any R&W store and start shopping today at www.mypaycheckdirect.com/nih.

R&W Dry Cleaning Service
The R&W has begun a new dry cleaning service that is available at the R&W stores in Bldg. 31, Bldg. 10 CRC, and Rockledge.  Dry cleaning will be picked-up from and delivered to the store every Monday and Thursday.  Laundry service will be $2.20 and dry cleaning will be $6.75 and up.   Leather Repair, Bridal Gown Restoration, and Shoe Repair also offered at different cost.  Please be aware that if a federal holiday falls on a Monday or Thursday or there is inclement weather, then pick-up and delivery will resume on the following Monday or Thursday as the situation allows.  If you have questions regarding the service email us at nihrw@mail.nih.gov or speak with the store manager.

R&W Store Movie Rentals
$1/Overnight
$2/Monday-Tuesday, due Thursday
$3/Weekends starting Thursday, due Monday or starting Friday, due Tuesday.Late Fee: $2/night per movie
You must be an R&W Member to rent movies.

NIH R&W Montgomery Aquatic Center (MAC) Corporate Membership
Eligibility for MAC Corporate Memberships apply to any NIH staff member who has both a valid NIH ID badge, current NIH email address, and a current R&W membership. This offer doesn’t extend to family members. MAC memberships under this promotion are $140 (savings of over $200). This group membership provides joiners with full access to the MAC, ONLY. The MAC is located at 5900 Executive Blvd; North Bethesda, MD. To join NIH employee can sign up for their membership directly at the MAC. You must present your NIH ID badge, as well as a current R&W membership card with sticker (purchase a new card/sticker at any R&W store location). Registration will open on September 3rd. Call the MAC at 240-777-8070 if you have questions about swim schedules, swim hours, classes, etc. This opportunity is not part of any official federal fitness program, so neither R&W, NIH, nor any other part of DHHS can take responsibility for injuries or related problems that may develop as a result of using this facility. Use of the MAC must also be on employee’s personal time only. Neither R&W, NIH more broadly, nor DHHS is necessarily endorsing the MAC.

The NIH R&W and Zipcar Partner to Provide Smarter Transportation on Campus
The NIH R&W is proud to partner with Zipcar to provide Zipcars on campus and at discounted rates. The freedom of Zipcar allows you to run an errand, head to a meeting, or explore the city without the hassles of owning a car.

Convenient: Two Zipcars now live on NIH campus! In addition, you can access over 800 Zipcars around DC and thousands more worldwide. Simply join Zipcar, reserve online, unlock the car with your Zipcard, and keys are inside for you to drive away.

Affordable: Every reservation includes gas, insurance and 180 miles. Members report saving over $7000/year compared to car ownership. Join through NIH to receive discounted rates.

Sustainable: Each Zipcar takes 15-20 personally owned vehicles off the road.

Variety: Over 30 makes and models to suit your style and need.

Join: Join for only $25 at www.zipcar.com/NIH-employees.  Use the promo code NIH25 to receive $25 in FREE driving!  Offer ends 8/31/2014. If you’re already a Zipster, be sure to email Michael McFarland at mmcfarland@zipcar.com to receive discounts.

Zipcar will be at the NIH Gateway Parking Center (top deck).

R&W Tax Preparation Service
Every February and March!

BJ’s Wholesale Club Membership Discounts
R&W has BJ’s membership discounts for new members or renewals!  When you join BJ’s, you’ll have the convenience of finding all you need in one place – over 6,500 items in stores!  And, BJ’s accepts all manufacturers coupons.  This special offer is not valid online or at any BJ’s Club locations – it’s only available through only through R&W!

Memberships Categories:
Inner Circle - one year for $40 (reg. $50) plus bonus three months free
Rewards - one year for $80 (reg. $100), bonus three months free, and earn 2% payback on BJ’s purchases.

To receive an application, contact David Browne at browned2@mail.nih.gov.

Special Benefit from Nationwide
for NIH/NOAA Employees

It’s never too late to “Join the Nation!” Corrigan Insurance, a Nationwide Insurance Agency, offers an Affinity discount to all employees through the R&W Association. Call 800-213-1634 and see how much you could be saving. Be sure to mention you are a NIH/NOAA employee to receive your discount.

Entertainment® Coupon Book!
Available August – February!

Beauty & Barber Shop
The beauty and barber shop located in Bldg. 10 (B1 level) will be closed for renovations from thru late-August. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated of a scheduled re-opening. Look for a list of new services and offerings in the R&W Newsletter.

Bethesda, MD
Bethesda is renowned throughout the Greater Washington, D.C. area for its many unique restaurants, home décor shops, arts venues and live theater.  Downtown Bethesda features 600 retailers and services, including nearly 200 multi-cultural restaurants, 75 home fashion and clothing stores, and world-class arts and entertainment venues.

Exciting festivals such as the Taste of Bethesda, Bethesda Fine Arts Festival and Imagination Bethesda offer outdoor entertainment, live music and more in a friendly, hometown atmosphere that makes for a fun-filled afternoon.  Other special events include the annual Play in a Day, Dance Bethesda, Bethesda Literary Festival, Bethesda Outdoor Movies, summer concerts series and more.

A state-designated Arts & Entertainment District since 2002, downtown Bethesda is home to art galleries, arts education centers, public art and live theatrical productions at Round House Theatre, Imagination Stage and The Writer’s Center.  The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club also offers nightly entertainment featuring local and national musicians.  Bethesda’s art scene includes Gallery B, which features monthly art exhibitions by local artists, and Studio B, home to three local artists who create and sell their artwork at this new artist workspace.

Downtown Bethesda is accessible via the Bethesda Metro and offers free parking in public garages on Saturdays, Sundays and Montgomery County holidays. The FREE Bethesda Circulator connects the Metro station to public garages and is available to assist you in navigating downtown Bethesda.

Additionally, downtown Bethesda preserves its reputation for clean and safe streets, beautiful flowers and an overall scenic urban landscape thanks to the Bethesda Urban Partnership’s hard-working maintenance team.

For more information about downtown Bethesda and the Bethesda Urban Partnership, please visit www.bethesda.org.