WSECU, Hands On Children’s Museum Launch “Inspired Learning for All” Initiative

The Hands On Children’s Museum (HOCM) and WSECU recently announced a major new partnership to expand access to the museum’s award-winning early learning programs for South Sound children and families, especially those who are underserved. The credit union will become the exclusive naming sponsor of the museum’s new “Inspired Learning for All” initiative.

The significance of this partnership is two-fold: it will help expand the museum’s innovative exhibits and programs, while also supporting increased access to key underserved populations.

“We are very excited and thankful that WSECU is stepping up in such a big way to help us to take high quality exhibits, programs, and outreach to expanded audiences,” said Museum Board Chair Lauren Pitman. “The museum is firmly committed to making interactive learning available to all, while removing all barriers to access. Currently, one-third of our 305,000 annual visitors receive free or reduced-fee admission, and we know that there are many more children we could be serving.”

The credit union pledge of $225,000 annually over the next five years will allow the museum to expand its mobile educational programs, increase subsidized field trips for schools serving low-income student populations, and offer free admission to any family receiving state basic food assistance through an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card.

“The Hands On Children’s Museum has established itself as the region’s premiere early learning destination and is an incredible asset to the South Sound,” said WSECU Board Chair Marcus Glasper. “We can’t think of a better way to launch our 60th anniversary celebration than by investing in an organization that, like the credit union, is firmly committed to helping people prepare for a brighter future.”

Click here for more on the partnership in South Sound Magazine.

Questions about this story? Contact Eric Horvath: 503.350.2222,

Posted in Community Impact.