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More Info About Express Credit Union

We’ve noticed that many people are Googling Express Credit Union and ending up on our welcome post. So I asked ECU for some more information, and here is what they sent:

ECU exists to: “Provide affordable financial services to low & moderate income people in King County. In doing so, help them build assets and achieve financial stability.” In King County approximately 56,000 households live at or below poverty income levels. This population is often un-/under-banked and frequently become entangled in the difficult, costly, ongoing payday lending cycle. ECU empowers people with their own financial resources by providing accessible and affordable alternatives to break out of this cycle.

ECU partners with local community social service agencies to provided financial services and advice to their clients. Our goal is to help low income individuals and families out of the cycle of predatory lending, while also providing them with financial literacy and education.

ECU’s role is to serve as facilitators and conduits between ECU and the clients served by our partners, providing information, credit union services, and loan alternatives.

For more information, see the articles about ECU in The Seattle Times, Real Change, or The Puget Sound Business Journal.

ECU currently has Community Member Service Representatives available at the following times and locations:

Community Member Service Representative Agency Schedule

CMSR #1 Samuel Gebremedhin 206  554-1534

Day

Agency

Address

City

Time

Monday

YWCA Greenbridge

8th Ave. SW and SW 96th St

White Center

10AM to 4PM

Tuesday

Neighborhood House High Point:

6558 35th Ave. S.W

Seattle

10AM to 4PM

Wednesday

ReWa Main Office 

4008 MLK JR. Way, S

Seattle

10AM to 4PM

Thursday

Neighborhood House Rainier Vista

4410 29th Ave. S

Seattle

10AM to 4PM

Friday

ReWA South King County Office

15245 International Boulevard, Suite 207

Sea Tac

10AM to 4PM

CMSR #2 Hannah Haag (206) 529-7937

Day

Agency

Address

City

Time

Monday

Solid Ground Main Office

1501 N 45th Street

Seattle

10AM to 4PM

Tuesday

Solid Ground Sand Point Housing

7400 Sand Point Way NE

Seattle

10AM to 4PM

Wednesday

Hopelink Shoreline Center

15809 Westminster Way N.

Shoreline 

10AM to 4PM

Thursday

Hopelink Bellevue Main Office

14812 Main St.

Bellevue

10AM to 4PM

Friday

New Futures Vintage Park

13737 12th Ave SW.  Building 31

Burien

12PM to 6PM

CMSR #3 Maricel Valdez (206) 607-7510

Day

Agency

Address

City

Time

Monday

Catholic Community Services

1229 Smith Street

Kent

10AM to 4PM

Tuesday

Neigbhorhood House New Holly

7054 32nd Ave. S

Seattle

10AM to 4PM

Wednesday

Multi-Service Center Kent Office

515 W. Harrison Street

Kent

10AM to 4PM

Thursday

Neigborhood House Yesler Terrace

825 Yesler Way

Seattle

10AM to 4PM

Friday

Multi-Service Center Main Office

1200 S. 336th St.

Federal Way

10AM to 4PM

CMSR # 4 Nathan Hawkins 206 992-1720

Tuesday

YWCA Opportunity Place

2024 Third Avenue

Seattle

9AM to 4PM

 

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Photo of the Day

Microsoft collected these cans and more as part of a Feeding America Food Drive. The food will be donated to local food banks. Thank you, Microsoft!

Canhattan

Canhattan

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Sunday Afternoon in Wallingford

Several months ago, we posted Seattle Weekly’s Phinney Ridge slideshow, as it’s one of the neighborhoods we serve. But this week, we’re delighted to see our very own front yard on the Wallingford Neighborhood slideshow: Boys & Girls Club (Home to FamilyWorks’ tutoring program), Molly Moon’s (staff favorite lunch spot), more Molly Moon’s (also staff favorite dinner spot), dogs in front of MM (get the picture? They’re also a sponsor of our upcoming annual dinner!) Wallingford QFC (host of innumerable diaper and food drives, including one on the 20th!), the sunshine sign across the street, Chile Pepper’s- the local Mexican restaurant, etc. Did you ever wonder who waters the plants on 45th? Even the infamously-always-off-schedule Metro Route 16 gets a mention. Check it out and see our community. We’re sure we’d have been in it too had it not been a Sunday afternoon when they were shooting for the slideshow.

 

 

Seattle Slideshows – Seattle People: Sunday Afternoon in Wallingford.

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Hunting and Gathering for Sustainability

Local farms, trying to stay afloat in this era of large agribusiness, are getting creative in their selling tactics. One local farm, in an effort to promote sustainability, invited several local top chefs to experience harvesting and butchering first-hand. These chefs butchered a goat, collected pine nuts from pine cones, and got milk for their cooking – all in one place. Sustainability, supporting the local economy, and getting in touch with one’s food – all admirable goals, if you have the stomach for it. Do you?

The Seattle Times: Local News: Tiny farm wants to change the world — one chef at a time.

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Welcome, Express Credit Union!

 

Welcome, Express Credit Union, a credit union designed specifically to help the poor and others who don’t trust banks avoid check-cashing fees and payday lenders. Express Credit Union opens today, May 30! And instead of having often-inconvenient branches, the credit union is coming to the people. One branch will even be located just above FamilyWorks, in Solid Ground! So congratulations to ECU, and we look forward to some rave reviews. For more information, click on the photo or link below.


 

Business & Technology | Credit union aims to help people break the payday-lender cycle | Seattle Times Newspaper.

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National Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Results

Well, we had a wonderful time last Saturday – we collected TWO semi-trucks of food! The total weight isn’t in yet, but last year we only had 1.5 semis of food….. so things are lookin’ good this year! Check out some photos below, and click on our Flickr feed to the right to see more. A huge THANK YOU to all our volunteers, the Postal Service, the Letter Carriers themselves, our food bank staff, and last but not least – YOU, the Wallingford community, for coming together and showing us all that food security is important to you!

From Left: One of the semis filled with food; Look at all the food waiting to be loaded, stuffed into USPS-provided bags; FamilyWorks staff and volunteers after unloading a truck

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Open Mic: Acoustic Volunteer Musicians Wanted

FamilyWorks is looking for local musicians who would like to volunteer their time and their sweet sounds to perform in our hallway during food bank hours. We think it would be a pleasant change of pace for us and for our clients. Do you know someone who might be interested? Contact Jake at 206-694-6727.

*Please acoustic only and no drummers; Solid Ground people are accustomed to much-less-noisy situations.

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Don’t Forget: National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive!

Tomorrow (SATURDAY) is the day you’ve been waiting for! Leave your non-perishable, pre-packaged (NOT BULK) food items in a bag by your mailbox, and your letter carrier will see to it that it makes its way to FamilyWorks Food Bank!

Also, head over to your neighborhood Wallingford Post Office branch for some great food and fun in the sun!

Thanks in advance for your support!

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Letter Carriers’ Food Drive!

lc-food-drive-2Don’t forget to get ready for the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive on May 9th! Leave your non-perishable, packaged (not bulk!) donation in a bag by your mailbox, and your letter carrier will get it to FamilyWorks Food Bank.

There will also be food and fun at your local Wallingford branch of the USPS – more info like times and details to be coming soon, so check back frequently!

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Need a Car Seat? Have a Car Seat? Need a Bike Helmet?

In addition to our wish list, check this out:

Families are invited to the Safe and Sound and Green Event on April 29, 2009, from 9am – 1pm at IKEA in Renton. Organizations throughout King County have partnered to help families be safe and environmentally responsible.  Certified passenger safety technicians will be on hand to:

– Provide FREE car seat inspections for correct installation and proper fit.

– Collect, inspect and prepare gently used car seats for redistribution to families in need.

– Collect unusable car seats and send them to a facility in OR where 90% of the material will be recycled.

– Sell low cost, custom fit bicycle helmets.

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