Get Your Congressional Representatives’ Undivided Attention Now

A delegation of Portland-area credit union champions enjoyed quality time last week with Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR 1st District), discussing legislative priorities that could help them to better serve more than two million Oregonians who belong to credit unions.

One could sense that the Congresswoman leaned into the opportunity to talk with her constituents, at a time when no bills were being debated or voted on. The credit union advocates talked about how they are helping students and teachers this year by supporting school supply drives and providing laptops to families so children can keep up with their classwork. Rep. Bonamici’s passion for affordable childcare solutions won their full support, and it provided an opportunity for them to message the limits credit unions have on making loans to nonprofit daycare operations, something they’d like to see changed.

The Congresswoman thanked credit unions for their service to Main Street, particularly as the pandemic lingers, and asked about credit union employees’ morale. It was the type of deep conversation that might be difficult to have during busier times when Congress is in session.

Now is the time to meet with Congress.

Members of Congress don’t use the August recess to vacation as much as they do to interact with their constituents and the businesses who serve their voters.

“Northwest credit unions should take this opportunity to connect virtually with our elected officials,” said Jordan Beyer, Manager of Grassroots Advocacy for the Northwest Credit Union Association. “August Hike at Home meetings have been arranged with our Representatives and Senators, and it’s a wonderful way to share your positive community impact stories while communicating about priority legislation.”

New and seasoned advocates are welcomed, and information is provided so all advocates are well-prepared, Beyer noted. The time commitment is short; most meetings last 20 to 30 minutes, and a 30-minute legislative briefing on Aug. 23 will help set the stage for all advocates. The meetings take place throughout the rest of August, and some continue into September.

“With the many conflicting priorities elected officials have to balance, it’s a bright spot in their day when they meet with credit union advocates,” Beyer said. “You’re looking out for the communities they represent, and for consumers’ financial well-being. They want to learn more from you.”

Editor’s note: Information regarding the August Hike at Home was sent to credit unions via email last week. If you did not receive your link, please contact Jordan Beyer.

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