SUNNYSIDE, Wash. (1/22/16)--The now nationwide Juntos Avanzamos program has reached Washington state.
For its commitment to serving and empowering its local Hispanic community, Lower Valley CU, Sunnyside, Wash., was granted this week the first Juntos Avanzamos designation not only in the state of Washington, but also in the Pacific Northwest (Daily Sun News Jan. 20).
Juntos Avanzamos, or “Together We Advance,” recognizes and identifies those credit unions that have dedicated their organizations to serving Hispanic populations.
The designation was created by the Cornerstone Credit Union League, and was expanded into a national program with the help of the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions.
Lower Valley’s designation, which received local media attention, was made official Jan. 19 during a public ceremony.
“Diverse, economically thriving communities like those of the Yakima Valley would not be what they are today without the work of forward thinking organizations involved in programs such as Juntos Avanzamos,” said Josh Beck, Lower Valley CU executive vice president/chief financial officer. “Together we will continue to advance upon the work we collectively have only just begun.”
The award especially hit home for the credit union’s president/CEO, Suzy Fonseca, who, as a daughter of migrant farm workers, recalled her childhood of living in worker camps.
“This designation serves as a beacon of hope,” Fonseca said (Daily Sun News). “When we look into the eyes of our membership, we see ourselves.”