Micro-communities are groups of credit union employees, advocates, and champions that are working together to build a brighter future for credit unions. They are Credit Union Chapters, Young Professional Networking Groups, Sister Societies of the Global Women’s Leadership Network, Credit Union Development Educator Networks, and more. Micro-communities embody the spirit of collaboration and collective action and are a vital component of the Credit Union Movement.


View all upcoming events taking place across Northwest Micro-communities and get involved in your local chapter.

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The use of the Micro-Community Guide is for any active micro-community board of directors. This is your guide to navigate best practices, events, bylaws, and other tools and resources to help ensure your Micro-Community’s success.

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If you would like to add a micro-community event to the calendar, please fill out the form below and provide as much information as possible. Give us 48 hours to publish the post on our Upcoming Micro-Community Events calendar.

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Chapters by Region

The individual Chapters each represent credit unions located within designated geographic boundaries.

Chapters promote unity among credit unions in a local area through communication, networking, training, and participation in community, state, and national projects that support the cooperative spirit of the Credit Union Movement. Chapter meetings offer programs that fall under the Association’s four pillars: leadership, education, advocacy, and philosophy in action.

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Global Women’s Leadership Network

The Global Women’s Leadership Network is the credit union industry’s only international platform designed to facilitate greater gender equality in credit unions, including increasing the number of women in leadership positions. To advance this mission on a local level, Sister Societies of the GWLN have been established around the world. Last fall marked the launch of the first group of Sister Societies in our region: The Northwest Chapter of Sister Societies.

The Northwest Chapter is now part of a network of 44 Chapters across 16 countries, founded to encourage, prepare, promote, and develop women for credit union executive leadership roles.

The Sister Societies of the Northwest Chapter include:

Eastern Washington Sister Society
Western Washington Sister Society
Portland/Vancouver Sister Society
Portland/Vancouver Sister Society
Treasure Valley Sister Society
Eastern Idaho Sister Society

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Juntos Avanzamos

The Juntos Avanzamos–Together We Advance–designation recognizes credit unions that have demonstrate a strong commitment to serving and empowering Hispanic and immigrant consumers. Find out how participating Northwest credit unions are serving Hispanic and immigrant members in their communities, and learn more about the designation.

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Young Professionals

The Credit Union Movement’s continued success will depend on the next generation of leaders. Preparing those individuals with the tools they need to meet the needs of credit union members is essential to ensuring that the “people-helping-people” philosophy continues into the future. This network will serve as an additional resource and a unifying umbrella over existing YP groups across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho—seeking to connect and influence the future leaders of the credit union movement.

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Northwest CUDE Network

The Northwest CUDE Network is an alumni group of credit union professionals who have obtained the Credit Union Development Education (CUDE) certification offered through the National Credit Union Foundation. The network fosters ongoing connection and support among CUDEs, credit union professionals who have attended the Leveraging the Credit Union Difference Workshop, and others working to advance cooperative values.

The Northwest CUDE Network works to connect credit union professionals, helping them grow personally and professionally and providing opportunities to act.

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