Nearly 180 Credit Union Advocates Hike the Hill – From Home

Each spring, the Credit Union Movement’s largest gathering brings thousands of credit union advocates to Washington, D.C. to meet with their elected representatives in the House and Senate. In terms of a show of force, this year’s CUNA GAC is no different. The new opportunity 2021 brings is a virtual setting. That means professionals at all levels can attend. There is no concern about travel budgets or large chunks of time away from the credit union.

On Monday, NWCUA convened nearly 180 advocates from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington for the Hike at Home Kick-Off Meeting.

“Credit union advocacy leaders showed up in full force to kick off Hike at Home and to get ready for this week’s CUNA GAC,” said Samantha Beeler, NWCUA’s Vice President, Advocacy. “Northwest advocates do a phenomenal job connecting with their congressional delegation, and they are continuing to develop and grow important relationships with their elected leaders in this virtual world.”

NWCUA was honored to welcome Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) to the meeting. He’s long been in key leadership positions on committees important to credit unions, and this year, he is Chair of the Senate Finance Committee.

The Senator shared his continued strong support of the Credit Union Movement.

Attendees received a high-level briefing documenting credit unions’ economic impact, totaling $10.7 billion across the Northwest. They also learned that membership across the region tops 8 million consumers, and discussed credit unions’ extraordinary services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including more than $13 million in fees waived, and the lifelines credit unions provided to small business, such as the more than 22,000 Paycheck Protection Program loans.

Below are links to each state’s report:

Throughout this week and in weeks to come, Northwest advocates are meeting with their elected federal officials. As they tell the credit union story and talk about the “People Helping People” mission, advocates will also share the new economic and community impact data.

Editor’s note: While the week of CUNA GAC is important and always looked forward to by credit union advocates, opportunities abound year around for you and your team to message policy makers. Please share the economic and community impact reports with your team, so they will be prepared when opportunity knocks!

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