Members of Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union will tell you that we are a different kind of financial institution. We are a financial co-op, and being a co-op means doing right by our members. Being a co-op means that we do business according to a set of time-tested principles, none of which is focusing on maximizing profits.
SMCU isn’t the only co-op in Seattle. There are hundreds more, both big and small, and they represent the endless breadth of passions of the amazing people of the Pacific Northwest. Co-ops do pretty amazing things and we think more people need to know about them.
The United Nations agrees. They have designated 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives citing the impact co-ops have had worldwide in their ability to serve the underserved and advance both economic and social change.
That’s why SMCU is presenting Co-opalooza: “A Celebration of Community and Co-ops” on Sunday, October 16, at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion. We’ve brought co-ops from around the region and across the country together to spread the word about how co-ops are different and have a valuable role to play in our economy.
From 11am to 5pm you can chat with co-op representatives about their organizations and co-ops in general. You may find a co-op or two that you didn’t know about but would be perfect for you.
Bring your children to Co-opalooza to enjoy special kids’ activities sponsored by the Children’s Museum, Seattle and local co-op preschools. Acclaimed local kids’ bands, Caspar Babypants and Recess Monkey, will also be performing free sets in the morning.
Come by in the afternoon to enjoy free performances from Ravenna Woods and The Moondoggies, local indie-rock superstars and Bumbershoot veterans. Co-opalooza will be emceed by Northwest comedy legend, Pat Cashman.
We hope that you will make plans to attend and tell your friends and families. We look forward to seeing you there.