Salishan welcomes a bit of Seattle with the opening of a new financial institution

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Seattle Credit Union celebrated the opening of its first branch in Tacoma on Tuesday.

The new location is in the Salishan Ward Family Investment Center, 1724 E. 44th St., which is part of the community center serving this area. The building is owned by the Salishan Association and the Tacoma Housing Authority.

The credit union, in a press release announcing the opening, said the new branch is effectively a “hub,” with regular hours and a 24-hour ATM. Staff are there to help clients to open accounts, answer questions and offer financial advice.

“The mission of the credit union is to provide financial support and opportunity to underserved communities and victims of systemic discrimination. Recognizing a need for financial services beyond King and Snohomish counties, Seattle Credit Union has expanded south to serve the Tacoma Salish community,” the credit union said in its release.

Salishan Association Board Chairman Frankie Johnson said in a statement, “We are thrilled to welcome Seattle Credit Union to the Salishan neighborhood. We believe they will be a great partner for the Tacoma Housing Authority and the Salishan Association in providing services that meet the needs of our community.

The credit union plans to support local organizations, events and more.

Jenefeness Tucker, vice president of community relations and public affairs, cuts the ribbon marking the opening of the Seattle Credit Union branch in Tacoma, Washington on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

“We look forward to cultivating this partnership and ensuring that we are the financial institution of choice to help Salishan residents grow and prosper for generations to come,” said Jenefeness Franke, Vice President of Community Relations. and Public Affairs at Seattle Credit Union, in a statement. “It’s a big step in the right direction and it makes me very proud.”

Seattle Credit Union was established in 1933 and has nine branches listed on its website, all located in King/Snohomish counties, plus the new one in Pierce County. It has ATMs at Costco and CVS stores in western Washington. It also participates in the Shared Branching network which has more than 5,000 members. Customers can access any of 30,000 ATMs at no charge through the Co-op or Accel networks, according to the credit union.

Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Closed Wednesday and Sunday.

The credit union is offering $25 to the first 200 new members who join in person or online. For more information, visit seattlecu.com/salishan.

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