SEATTLE –Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union has been designated a Juntos Avanzamos, or “Together We Advance,” financial institution by the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions (the Federation).
SMCU is the first credit union in Seattle and the second credit union in the state of Washington to be accepted into the program that recognizes its efforts to serve the Latino community.
The credit union officially accepted the designation with a flag raising ceremony at the grand opening of its new Beacon Hill branch. Guests included Seattle Deputy Mayor, Hyeok Kim; El Centro de la Raza's Executive Director, Estela Ortega; CDCU’s SVP of Membership and Network Engagement, Pablo DeFilippi; and Northwest Credit Union Association President and CEO Troy Stang.
“We congratulate Seattle Metro for becoming a Juntos Avanzamos (Together we Advance) credit union, joining a fast growing network committed to financial inclusion and to providing asset building opportunities for Latinos and immigrants. We salute Richard Romero and his team for their leadership on brining responsible and sustainable financial services to the Hispanic community in Seattle,” said DeFilippi.
“On behalf of the entire Northwest Credit Union Movement: thank you to SMCU for your tireless efforts to help so many advance, together,” added Stang. “Your work exemplifies the member-driven, not-for-profit cooperative structure, as well as the Juntos Avanzamos mission.”
“As SMCU has grown with the City of Seattle, we have focused on serving the communities that need more affordable financial services, plus options like bilingual services and more,” said Richard Romero, CEO of Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union. “This designation is an important recognition of our initiatives and commitment to provide outstanding service to Latinos.”
The Juntos Avanzamos program was developed by Cornerstone Credit Union League in Texas and is expanding nationally by the Federation to meet this demand. Member credit unions who receive this designation are recognized for serving and education the Latino community on their journey to financial independence.