The Importance of Credit Union Advocacy — Let Your Voice Be Heard
Credit unions are unique in the financial services marketplace for many reasons, including how we provide affordable financial services to our Members and communities every day. Because credit unions are for service—and not for profit—our business model is different from banks and other financial institutions, and it’s this difference that makes credit unions so vital to our Members and communities.
Congressman Mike Thompson (center) visits
with Redwood Credit Union Officials and Executives for a tour of RCU’s offices and discussion of recent legislation.
Ensuring our elected officials understand why not-for-profit financial cooperatives are important to Members and our communities is crucial to our industry’s well being, preservation and success. It’s also critical that credit union supporters voice their opinion on related legislation that affects credit unions and our Members. The most effective way for lawmakers to understand credit unions is by hearing directly from you, as a credit union supporter.
RCU President and CEO Brett Martinez at the Congressional Small Business Administration (SBA) Hearing in Washington D.C..
Connect For The Cause — Your Link to Lawmakers Made Easy
To aid credit union supporters in ensuring their voice is heard by lawmakers, the California & Nevada Credit Union League created a website that makes it simple, easy and quick for you to communicate about credit union issues. The site is called Connect for the Cause, and includes the following:
- Provides easy online access to state and federal legislators.
- Provides a brief overview of current legislation affecting credit unions and our industry’s position.
- Allows you to voice your support for credit unions on key issues by generating a pre-written but customizable email or letter with just a few clicks.
- Provides the league and your credit union an easy way to keep you informed of important developments and updates through email alerts.
Representatives from RCU and the credit union industry meet with Assembly member Jared Huffman (third from right) in Sacramento to discuss CA legislation affecting credit unions.
We encourage all RCU and credit union Members to sign up now for Connect for the Cause so your voice can be heard on issues important to our credit union, Members, communities, and our industry. To sign up now, click on the following link and follow the easy instructions on how to register: www.connectforthecause.org
RCU Representatives meet with California State Senator Noreen Evans (right) to share credit union information & issues