Save the Date: OR and WA CU Days at the Capitol Around the Corner

Advocates gathered in Salem and Olympia during last year’s CU Days.

On February 15 (Washington) and March 16 (Oregon), both state capitols will be awash with advocates touting the Credit Union Difference to legislators.

The annual events give credit union advocates a chance to share two key points with elected officials: hard data on how not-for-profit credit unions impact communities, and stories about some of those 5.2 million members who derive value from that structure.

“In the end, it’s about building relationships,” said Jennifer Wagner, SVP of Advocacy for NWCUA. “Legislators need to hear from credit unions directly, because your members are their constituents.”

Credit Union Days are the premier way for credit union staff to get involved to build those relationships with legislators. In the end, staff can take these meetings and build on them when engaging in advocacy in their credit unions.

“Credit union professional staff make up more than 15,000 jobs across both states, and that makes them a powerful, unified voice when speaking to legislators,” added Samantha Beeler, Director of Grassroots Advocacy for NWCUA. “Their members speak for credit unions in communities, but credit union staff are critical advocates for their members in the Capitol as well.”

Advocates will be armed with new economic data, individualized for each legislator’s district. For instance, if a State Representative wants to know the total dollar amount returned to his or her constituents, that can be shared. In addition, attendees will be advocating on behalf of our priority bills in each state as credit unions in both states will have a full legislative agenda.

The NWCUA will offer training, talking points, and even a free lunch for credit union representatives who attend.

To learn more or register for Credit Union Day at the Capitol in your state, visit the Oregon and Washington registration pages and let Olympia and Salem know the real value of credit unions in the Northwest.

Questions about this story? Contact Eric Horvath: 503.350.2222, ehorvath@nwcua.org.

Posted in Advocacy News, NWCUA.