Governor Inslee to CU Advocates: I am a Believer in Credit Unions

A record crowd of 200 grassroots credit union advocates received enthusiastic support from the Governor in the areas of financial education and community impact.

Specifically, Governor Inslee supported Washington credit unions for providing “a pillar of community support in times of crisis.”

“I’ve seen this as Governor in the past three years, the number of times credit unions have been absolutely integral in rebuilding your community,” Inslee said. “I saw it when we had the largest forest fires in Washington state history. We had an area the size of Delaware burn last year. And in every one of those communities in one way or another you’ve helped.” Inslee lauded the Northwest Credit Union Foundation and its contributing credit unions for seeding an emergency fund to help the communities impacted. 

The Governor also praised credit unions from the Northwest and across the country for coming to the aide of Oso following the 2014 mudslide. They contributed, he noted, $108,000. “That’s just one reason I love credit unions,” he said. “You are pillars of these small communities.”

The Governor endorsed credit unions’ financial education work, noting they fill gaps in services being provided to families.

“What you’re doing is very effective. Thank you for helping our young families to become financially competent.”

Inslee lauded credit unions for the safety and soundness they bring to communities and added his thanks for “being a vital part of a tremendous wave of economic growth we’ve had in the state of Washington.”

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