Calling All CU Advocates: It’s Time to Demonstrate the Credit Union Difference


CU advocates gather for a group photo following Washington’s 2017 Day at the Capitol event.

It’s time to mark your calendar for our annual IdahoOregon, or Washington Days at the Capitol. By participating in a day dedicated to grassroots credit union advocacy in your state, you play an important role in showing credit unions’ collective strength to legislators and advocating on behalf of your members.

The motivation behind your Association’s Days at the Capitol is simple: Often, the most effective way to communicate the issues affecting credit unions to elected officials is to step right into their offices. By sharing your perspective, you help us speak with a unified voice on credit union values and legislative priorities.

“We need your voices to tell the story of the Credit Union Difference,” said Samantha Beeler, NWCUA’s AVP, Advocacy. “When credit union leaders, employees, and supporters speak directly to legislators, it has a profound impact on how these decision makers view the role of credit unions in the community. Your engagement in advocacy helps them understand and consider the positive economic and community impact of credit unions’ cooperative structure as they create and move legislation.”

In Washington and Idaho, we are gearing up to have our two largest Days at the Capitol yet. Your Association’s advocacy team will walk you through key talking points with legislators. For new attendees, the team will also provide targeted training on what the day will look like and information you’ll need to know.

In Oregon, we look forward to our biannual legislative luncheon for the shorter legislative session.

At each of these events, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from their elected officials, and to see their state’s latest economic impact report, which is making its debut in Idaho this year.

Following are the dates for each state’s 2018 Capitol event:

Your investment in advocacy through events like these is an investment in the success of the credit union system, and critical to our efforts to protect your ability to serve your communities.

Questions about the 2018 Days at the Capitol? Contact Samantha Beeler, NWCUA’s AVP, Advocacy, at

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