SMCU recognizes the importance of document security and disposal, so we host several free Shred Day events each year at our branches. Join us on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10am to 2pm at our Georgetown, Northgate, or Lynnwood location and shred up to two boxes of documents for free!
La Raza NW, 4/5/2017
Richard Romero is a person in which many stories come together and that diversity has allowed him to successfully build his professional career. (Read on.)
La Raza, 12/28/2016
As an immigrant and a minority, our CEO Richard Romero knows the challenges Latinos face. With nearly 30 years in the banking industry, one of his missions is to make sure SMCU improves the lives of all Seattle residents.
This year will be one of unprecedented growth and change for Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union. One big and very exciting change we want you to know about is the relocation of SMCU’s headquarters to its new location right across from Safeco Field. Our new mailing address is now: 1521 1st Ave S, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98134.
Sometimes a dog just needs to get outside and run with its own kind. When your dog is sitting by the door and begging for a game of fetch, visit one of these seven highly-rated dog parks in Seattle for some fun and exercise.
In 2013, 34% of Washington residents volunteered, ranking us 9th in the country for Volunteering and Civic Engagement. Can you imagine what it would be like if 100% of residents volunteered? With just a few hours of your time each week, or even each month, you can help make our community a better place. Here is a list of organizations, organized by cause, where you can volunteer in the Seattle area.
Welcome to the Emerald City, crown jewel of the Pacific Northwest. This is the land of NPR, bookstores, corporate giants, farmers’ markets, and copious amounts of caffeine. Yes, it does rain here, but that doesn’t stop Seattleites from enjoying life. In the winter, music, art, theater, and diverse cuisine keep the city buzzing. And when the sun comes out, you’ll find residents heading for the mountains and lakes, attending a festival, or flocking to the city’s many parks.
Love of the outdoors is part of our culture here in Seattle. Lush forests, snow-capped peaks, and sparkling waters make the Pacific Northwest a fantastic place to live and play. Earth Day is a perfect time to consider how we can keep this landscape clean and beautiful for generations to come. One way is to make sure recyclable, reusable, and hazardous materials stay out of landfills and waterways.
Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of our new Beacon Hill branch. The new branch is located in Plaza Roberto Maestas across from the Beacon Hill LINK light rail station.
We are excited to announce that in an effort to better serve our members’ needs, our Southcenter branch is moving a few blocks this spring
Everyone is looking for ways to save money, and that’s just what Love My Credit Union Rewards is all about. Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union is excited to offer you exclusive discounts and benefits on products and services you use every day. Credit union members have already saved over $1 billion with Love My Credit Union Rewards discounts. So along with lower loan rates and fewer fees, here’s another way you can save even more.
Join Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union for the 2017 Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 20, at SMCU’s headquarters in Downtown Seattle. The Annual Meeting is an opportunity for you, as a member-owner, to learn about the performance and strategic direction of your financial cooperative. It is also your chance to bring questions and suggestions directly to the SMCU Board of Directors.
CU Journal, 2/22/2017
Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union recently became the first CU in Seattle and the second CU in the state of Washington to be accepted into the Juntos Avanzamos program, which recognizes efforts to serve the Latino community.
We all know the signs: morning fog, dark evening commutes, and seemingly endless drizzle. Fall has arrived in the Pacific Northwest, and when the mercury drops, heating bills go up. But a little work around the house now can save you money until spring returns. Here are 9 ways to keep your home warm and conserve energy during the cold months ahead.
Remodeling and renovating your home can make your home more enjoyable, and— if done right—increase your home’s value along the way. But not all renovations are created equal. While some projects can add significant value to your home, others can actually reduce the sale price. So what’s a homeowner to do?
You’ve been to most of Seattle’s must-eat food spots. You’ve seen the sunset from Gasworks. And you’ve explored every neighborhood and green space in Seattle proper. Now what? If you’ve explored the Seattle sights and are wondering where to have your next adventure, it’s time to get out of the city. Here are four weekend getaways within a 3-hour drive from Seattle.
La Raza, 1/11/2017
Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union (SMCU) anunció que abrirá una nueva sucursal el 30 de enero en Beacon Hill en la nueva Plaza Roberto Maestas, desarrollada por El Centro de la Raza.
Seattle Magazine, 12/01/2016
While there’s been lots of bluster this year about building walls and turning immigrants away at our borders, SMCU CEO Richard Romero’s initiative honors one of our country’s core values and lends a helping hand to those seeking a better life.
The Credit Union Times, 10/21/2016
Our CEO, Richard Romero, spoke with the Credit Union Times about his life, the rapidly changing Seattle Market, and serving the underserved.
In June 2016, OIRA and Federation member, the Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union (SMCU), launched two citizenship loan products to help low-income immigrants and refugees pay for citizenship applications and increase access to banking services.
Romero is Crosscut’s Courage in Business Award winner this year, for his efforts that have led not just to business success but also to him helping other immigrants interested in U.S. citizenship.
La Raza, 9/28/2016
Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union supports initiative of a member of the Hispanic community.
After four decades at 801 Third Ave, SMCU moved across from Seattle's Safeco Field.
A veteran public servant who has spent decades in government and philanthropy. A banker who has worked to give immigrants a foot in the door to citizenship. A nonprofit leader who works to better the lot of Native Americans. And a thousands-strong community group that came together to save a beloved public radio station. These are the winners of the 2016 Crosscut Courage Awards.
Measuring and comparing courage is a difficult task. We’re reminded of this each time you — our readers — send us nominations for the Crosscut Courage Awards. Which is why we in turn hand the job of selecting the honorees over to a council of civic, business, and cultural leaders in our community.
La Raza, 8/16/2016
El Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union (SMCU) y la Oficina de Asuntos para Inmigrantes y Refugiados de la Ciudad de Seattle (OIRA, por sus siglas en inglés) se unieron para crear un programa de préstamos a bajos intereses para ser usado en la aplicación del proceso de ciudadanía.
The Seattle Times, 08/10/2016
The loans aim to assist a population that often has no access to credit or banks spread out the financial impact of paying nearly $700 per person to apply for citizenship.
In partnership with the City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA), the Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union (SMCU) launched two citizenship loan products in June 2016 to help low-income immigrants and refugees pay for citizenship applications and increase access to banking services.
Anthem talked to SMCU President & CEO Richard Romero on the heels of their recent partnership with the City of Seattle on providing loans to help finance the first step on the path to U.S. citizenship.
It’s that time of year again—time for Blue Fridays, lucky socks, and weekends spent screaming at the television with fellow fans. If the experience of viewing the game is as important to you as the game itself, get up off the couch and head to one of these top spots for watching football in Seattle. Whether your priority is screen square footage, abundant beer, or mouthwatering eats, we’ve got the venue for you.
Along with vowing to break the seal on that gym membership and contribute the max to your retirement account, consider a resolution to make 2016 the year you lock down your identity. Nearly 13 million Americans were defrauded of $16 billion through identity theft in 2014. How can you help to prevent this from happening to you? Here are seven ways to keep your identity safer.
Touch ID is a security feature using fingerprint recognition IPhones. It helps keep your information even more secure and because no two fingerprints are alike it's one of the best passcodes you can have.