First-Ever Virtual Hike at Home Connects Hundreds of Northwest Advocates to Congress

This year’s virtual environment presented an opportunity for more voices to be heard.

8/18/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic prevented the annual fall “Hike the Hill,” typically a whirlwind trip to the Beltway by a small delegation of diehard advocates who meet with as many elected officials as possible over the course of two days to keep credit unions in the spotlight.

But don’t worry — Congress is still getting the message this year.

This week, the Northwest Credit Union Association kicked off the first-ever virtual Hike at Home, scheduling opportunities for advocates to meet with Members of Congress. 

Northwest credit union advocates were all-in for Hike at Home during a virtual meeting with Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA 6th  District) Aug. 17.

“This is an opportunity for credit union professionals who’ve always wanted to advocate at the federal level to do so from their desktops — no need for travel and long periods of time away from their work,” said Samantha Beeler, Vice President, Advocacy.

Attendance was strong Monday, with more than 200 advocates leaning in to tell their representatives how credit unions are serving Main Street when Main Street needs them most. Their headlines included how they  processed Paycheck Protection Program loans that kept thousands of businesses open, how loan payment deferrals kept people in their homes, how emergency low interest loans helped families shoulder unexpected expenses, and more.

A training session launched Hike at Home on Monday, where advocates received information on key legislation. Throughout this week, meetings are scheduled with U.S. Senators, congressional representatives, and key staff members. The event will conclude Thursday with a Town Hall meeting.

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