NW Credit Union Micro-Communities Think and Do BIG


Jeffrey Lew is just one guy. A guy with two kids in school who cared about some students being “shamed” or served “alternative meals” because they could not afford to pay for their hot school lunch.

He found out his local school district was carrying more than $20,000 in debt for unpaid school lunches.

He fumed. Then he acted.

Lew galvanized community support and got that debt paid. All of it.

Let that sink in: one guy had a lot of determination and a big idea. Sound familiar? Jeffrey Lew personifies the Credit Union Movement’s “people helping people” philosophy. In credit unions, what may seem impossible to some, becomes possible.

Lew will share his story at the Northwest Credit Union Association’s (NWCUA) Micro-Communities Workshop in SeaTac June 7. Passionate credit union professionals are invited to come together to learn, build, and discover opportunities to work cooperatively.

NWCUA President and CEO Troy Stang will fire up attendees with his #CUobsessed message. Everyone should be part of a not-for-profit, cooperative credit union, Stang believes, so they can improve their financial well-being, and be part of a bigger social movement to make communities better.

Also on the agenda is a presentation by Erin Coleman, Senior Impact Director at the Filene Research Institute, about what’s on the horizon in the Credit Union Movement.

“If you’re a credit union professional who thrives in collaborative environments, who lives to make a difference, or who wants to turn inspiration into action, the Micro-Communities Workshop is for you,” said Carmen Vigil, NWCUA’s Director, Cooperative Momentum. “This full-day workshop will include deep dives and thought-provoking discussions around leadership, education, advocacy, and credit union philosophy.”

Vigil has posted a video explaining the concept of “micro-communities” to the workshop event page, along with registration information and travel discounts.

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