If you meet one of the eligibility requirements, you can become a member of Ascend. To become a member, you must purchase at least one share by depositing $5.00 into a Share (savings) account. This is not a membership fee – you get it back if you ever decide to close your account. But as long as you keep the $5.00 in your Share account, you remain a member of Ascend. Paperwork is required to open an account, and forms would need to be notarized unless it’s signed and witnessed by an Ascend employee. Please visit a local financial center or contact us at 800-342-3086 to mail you the new account paperwork.