principle #6 (cooperation)

Cooperation among cooperatives is vital. As a not-for-profit financial cooperative, Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union serves its members best and contributes to the cooperative movement by working with other cooperatives through local, state, regional, national and international organizations.

Co-opalooza Sunday October 16

October 7th, 2011

Co-opalooza: A Celebration of Community and Co-ops

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… (keep reading)


July 11th, 2011

Help Provide 1 Million Meals For Hungry Children This Summer

Hunger can affect anyone. According to Food Lifeline’s 2010 Hunger in America Study, More than 45% of the individuals using a food bank, meal program or shelter in Western Washington have some form of post-secondary education. Only 9% are actually homeless. 37% of the people Food Lifeline serves are children. 12% of the people Food… (keep reading)


July 10th, 2011

Co-opalooza: Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Are you looking for a free, fun, family-friendly event this Fall? Check out Co-opalooza, presented by Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, at the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center.

Hosted by Northwest comedy legend Pat Cashman, Co-opalooza is a celebration of cooperatives and the wonderful things that they do for their communities. Co-ops from around the region and across the country will participate in this one-of-a-kind festival showcasing the different types of co-ops as well as the wide variety of industries they represent.

Popular co-ops you’ll see at Co-opalooza include…

  • PCC Natural Markets
  • Group Health
  • Central Co-op
  • Organic Valley
  • Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery
  • Equal Exchange
International Day Of Cooperatives 2011-"Youth. The Future of Cooperative Enterprise"

June 29th, 2011

Are we teaching our children about the co-op difference?

Saturday, July 2, 2011, is the International Day of Cooperatives, as designated by both the United Nations and the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA). This year’s theme “Youth, the future of cooperative enterprise,” is tied to the UN’s celebration of 2011 as the International Year of Youth. Focusing on the next generation brings up an interesting… (keep reading)


May 3rd, 2011

CUs Partner to Clean Up The Arboretum

To celebrate Earth Day 2011, staff and members from SMCU partnered with the same from Verity Credit Union to help clean up the Washington Park Arboretum. Directed by the Student Conservation Association, volunteers spent the day eradicating invasive species that can threaten the health of the Arboretum ecosystem, as well as a host of other… (keep reading)


April 7th, 2011

SMCU Celebrates Earth Day with Cooperation

Of all the Cooperative Principles, perhaps the most unusual and inspiring is Principle #6, Cooperation Among Cooperatives. When co-ops join forces, we accomplish some amazing things. What better time to celebrate cooperation for the greater good than on Earth Day!

On Saturday, April 23, Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, Verity Credit Union and Seattle REI will partner with the Student Conservation Association, UW Botanic Gardens and Seattle Parks and Recreation for a day of fun restoration projects at the Washington Park Arboretum.

Free one-of-a-kind event t-shirts for the first 50 SMCU members!!(keep reading)


December 9th, 2010

SMCU Cooperators Share Holiday Magic for Foster Children

This morning, long before they would normally be working, the SMCU Cooperators assembled at the downtown offices of SMCU. They boarded a shuttle in the pre-dawn rain and rode to the offices of News Talk 97.3 KIRO FM to answer phones for the 22nd Annual Foster Child Holiday Magic radiothon. In all, more than 20… (keep reading)