We Need You: Share the Credit Union Story With WA Legislators

If your legislator doesn’t know the enormous value that credit unions bring to our communities, then she won’t be concerned about credit unions’ best interest as she crafts and votes on important bills. This is why it is critical for you and your team to join us for Washington Credit Union Day at the Capitol on Thursday, February 19, so you can tell your legislators the credit union story.

Washington Credit Union Day at the Capitol is the premier advocacy event of the year to make sure credit union voices are heard in Olympia. With the legislative session under way, the timing is perfect for credit unions to share their stories, concerns, and policy priorities.

“Building relationships with lawmakers and sharing the credit union difference face-to-face is the most important thing we can do to make sure credit unions are governed by just, fair laws that reflect the real work of credit unions,” said Mark Minickiello, the NWCUA’s vice president of legislative affairs.

For those with little or no experience speaking with legislators, we need you too! The NWCUA will offer the training that you need to be an effective spokesperson for the credit union movement. You already believe in credit union values and know the difference your credit union makes. You are the perfect person to share it. And we’ll make sure you can do so with confidence.

This year we will be armed with the recent economic impact study from ECONorthwest, which shows the tremendous economic value that credit unions bring to the Northwest. With 15,000 jobs, $352 million in direct member benefits, and $6.8 billion in total impact, the case for credit unions could not be more clear, especially when combined with the personal experiences of people like you.

“It is imperative that we get face time with each of our legislators in Olympia and share with them the data gathered in the recent ECONorthwest Economic Impact Report,” said Samantha Beeler, the NWCUA’s political and grassroots manager. “But what will really help share the credit union message are the real life stories reflected in this data, and you have those stories.”

The NWCUA will offer training, talking points, meetings with legislators, and even a free lunch for credit union representatives who attend. This is a chance to make positive change for the credit union movement.

Click here to register for Washington Credit Union Day at the Capitol, and let Olympia know the real value of credit unions in Washington.

Questions about this story? Contact James Pearson: 206.340.4790, jpearson@nwcua.org.

 

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