Unitus Community Credit Union Hosted Third Annual Juntos Avanzamos Celebration
September 5, 2023
Unitus Community Credit Union, based in Portland, Oregon, hosted its third annual Juntos Avanzamos celebration at Unitus Plaza on Aug. 22.
The event, originally a celebration of Unitus earning the Juntos Avanzamos (“Together We Advance”) designation from Inclusiv, expanded to bring together Hispanic community partners and advocates to advance financial inclusion.
Juntos Avanzamos is a designation for credit unions committed to serving and empowering Hispanic and immigrant consumers. More than 130 credit unions in 28 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have earned this designation. In Oregon, Unitus Community Credit Union is one of four Juntos Avanzamos credit unions, along with Point West Credit Union, Embold Federal Credit Union, and Wauna Federal Credit Union. More than 10 million members benefit from what’s become the Hispanic financial inclusion standard.
At the Juntos Avanzamos celebration, guests were treated to live entertainment from Portland State University’s Mariachi Rosa Real band, delicious food from the local Hispanic community, fun giveaways, and the opportunity to connect with community members, advocates, lawmakers, and industry leaders.
In addition to the Juntos Avanzamos celebration, Unitus Community Credit Union, Point West Credit Union, and Inclusiv hosted the inaugural NW Juntos Avanzamos Roundtable. Industry leaders gathered Aug. 21-22 to explore strategies to empower and link our Hispanic and immigrant communities to the financial mainstream. Discussions included ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) lending, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion-related topics, building partnerships with community organizations, credit union experiences from the field, and technology platforms to connect with Hispanic and Immigrant populations and meet their needs.
“We are thrilled to partner with Point West and Inclusiv to host this inaugural roundtable event,” said Steven Stapp, president and CEO of Unitus Community Credit Union. “This gathering is a unique opportunity to celebrate our collective accomplishments and reflect on the impact we’re making as we engage with industry leaders, credit union professionals, community members, and organizations committed to advancing financial inclusion.”