Join Seattle Credit Union for the 2018 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 28, at our 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 Seattle Credit Union Board of Directors.
It’s time again to exercise your rights as a member by electing volunteers to represent you on Seattle Credit Union's Board of Directors. All members in good standing are entitled to a vote in the 85th Annual Volunteer Elections. Voting takes place between Monday, February 12, 2018 and Friday, March 9, 2018.
Seattle Credit Union is guided by altruistic principles like inclusion, cooperation, and community and values like trustworthiness, dynamism, and engagement. We strive to act with integrity in everything we do and put the needs and goals of our members first. That’s why we tailor our products and services to individuals and families – not the other way around.
By managing your monthly expenses, you can reduce the anxiety that comes with borrowing and maintain your financial health.
We all have them. In fact, most of us have more than one, and nearly everything we do affects them. Whether you use your credit card at the checkout counter, or get a no-interest loan for new furniture, your credit score is a record of your spending habits.
If you haven’t built yourself an emergency savings fund, now’s the time to get started. This fund allows you to continue paying your bills if there’s a major unexpected expense without relying on credit or going into debt.
For a lot of people, becoming financially fit is tough – and even more difficult to maintain. At some point in life, everyone faces financial challenges. Helping you become savvy financial consumers is an important part of why Seattle Credit Union exists.
We're only a few days away from Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Many people hope to score big deals these days - and so do criminals.
For all the good found on the internet, it’s also easier than ever for criminals to steal your identity. Some of the information they’re looking for are social security numbers, birthdates, passwords, Medicare numbers, passport numbers, and bank account numbers.
Walk a short distance from the Beacon Hill light rail station, and you'll find yourself at El Centro de la Raza (the Center for People of All Races). In the courtyard are a spate of food carts; one of them, La Mesa Azul, or The Blue Table, is owned by Albert, a Seattle Credit Union member.
As one of Seattle Credit Union’s newest employees, Barney Herrera is passionate about community connections and building relationships.
The new Seattle Credit Union mobile app is here! Transfer funds and make payments, view account history, find surcharge-free branches and ATMs, deposit checks using your device's camera, and more. Download or update it through the Apple App Store or Google Play.
SMCU announced it earned Low Income Designation (LID) from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), allowing low-income members easier access to financial services and the tools they need to prosper.
Today, Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union announced that it has simplified its name to “Seattle Credit Union,” and revealed a new branch design and brand logo.
Online Banking and the mobile apps have been updated to reflect our simplified name and to incorporate some accessibility and user experience improvements. When logging in for the first time, you may be asked to reauthenticate your device using MFA.
More than just a safe word for online security, two-factor authentication, or 2FA, adds another level of protection to your online security. Technically just an added step, what makes 2FA better and different than a ‘two-step’ verification process is the combination of factors—something you know, something you are, and / or something you have.
Seattle Credit Union walks the talk when the talk is about community. Here’s a sampling of what we’ve been up to.
We’re looking for talented, experienced leaders for Board and Supervisory Committee positions who will provide governance in shaping the future of this dynamic organization. Since its founding in 1933, Seattle Credit Union has grown into a $800 million, full-service financial institution with nearly 50,000 member-owners.
Sometimes too many syllables get in the way. That was the case at Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, which is changing its name and logo as part of a wider, three-year transformation under CEO Richard Romero.
Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union is no more, replaced by Seattle Credit Union.
Puget Sound Business Journal, 9/18/2017
Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union changed its name to Seattle Credit Union on Monday.
As the legal guardian of her three grandkids, 10, 8, and 4, Kim Parker’s top priority is to ensure they have a good, stable life. Kim works from home as a paralegal and in 2013, purchased a Subaru Outback to more safely transport the kids to school, extra-curricular activities, and various doctor appointments. Despite good credit, her interest rate was high, and making those payments was tough. She was just getting by month-to-month.
Keeping an eye on your credit report is a smart thing to do at any time to make sure there’s nothing there that shouldn’t be, because credit reporting companies directly influence your ability to get credit. You can request a free credit report once per year from each of the three major monitoring services, which essentially means you can check your credit report every four months. Find links or get more information here.
Today, I am excited to announce a new name and vision that we believe will better carry us into the future.
It’s easy to see, Seattle is booming! Some important shifts are taking place in our region, creating new opportunities to strengthen our position in the community. We anticipated this well-spring of activity and recently completed an 18-month planning process to help guide our vision — a collaborative effort that included members, non-members, employees, consultants, executive leadership, and our member-elected board of directors.
We’ve simplified our name to Seattle Credit Union.
Skimming—the process of stealing your credit or debit card information at cash machines, gas pumps, restaurants, and in self-checkout lanes—is popular among the unscrupulous because there’s a lot of money to be made if they’re successful. According to the US Secret Service, the agency that investigates bank fraud, it’s a multi-billion dollar a year problem.
When the sun makes a welcome and overdue appearance in the Pacific Northwest, the open road beckons to even the most weather-weary driver. Whether you are seeking a roadside adventure, need a weekend getaway or just looking to enjoy the ride, here are a few ideas for exploring our scenic byways.
We’re thrilled to be part of the Burien community, and we invite you to come see us at our newest branch. You’ll find us in Burien Town Plaza at 14901 – 4th Avenue SW, Ste. 107, Burien, WA 98166.
It’s no secret SMCU has great loan rates. But did you know your credit union has two different auto programs to help save you time and money? Depending on your car buying style, the two programs do the shopping for you, each with a different approach: one does the research for you based on your preferences; the other steps in once you settle on price. So whether you’re just starting to look, or ready to make a purchase, take a look at these two options.
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.
Seattle 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.
If you have a mortgage, you already know a thing or two about home ownership. If you’re the typical home owner, there’s never a shortage of what can be done to upgrade, fix, or change something about your home. Costs can seem daunting, but that’s where the equity in your home can help.
If you receive a message to visit or conduct transactions at seattlemetcu.com, do not go to this site. It is not a site used by Seattle Credit Union and is intended to deceive visitors.
With security breaches regularly making headlines, it’s more important than ever to stay on top of securing your personal data. Hackers will keep hacking, and crooks will find new ways to fool, cajole, or coax you to give them your secure information. Here are nine tips to help keep you safe.
SMCU is growing and improving! We're excited to announce that to better serve our members’ needs, we’ve moved our Southcenter branch to a new, updated environment just a few blocks south of the old location.
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?
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.
CU Journal, 2/22/2017
Seattle 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.
La Raza, 1/11/2017
Seattle 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.
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 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 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 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.
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.