On November 6, Solarity Credit Union and Yakima Federal Savings & Loan Association had the privilege of hosting members from the Washington state Legislature House Consumer Protection & Business Committee at their respective headquarters in Yakima. Committee members met with each organization to explore and discuss the role community-based financial institutions play in positively impacting our communities and providing banking services to the underserved.

During the visit, leaders at Solarity and Yakima Federal led dynamic discussions with the legislators that highlighted the essential contributions of local community banks and credit unions in providing accessible financial services and fostering community development. The dialogue explored how these institutions are uniquely qualified to empower and strengthen individuals and communities through responsible financial practices.

Solarity President and CEO Mina Worthington emphasized the significance of the occasion, stating, “We appreciated the opportunity to speak with the committee members and share our commitment to making a positive impact in the communities we serve. The services we provide make it possible for people to achieve their financial goals and beyond.”

Leanne Antonio, President and CEO of Yakima Federal, agreed and added “Today’s meeting provided a platform to showcase our dedication to improving the lives of our customers. I believe the committee members left here with a better understanding of how important local financial institutions are to the fabric of our community.”

The visit and discussion with the Washington state legislators highlight the significance of community-based financial institutions in promoting financial equity and empowering individuals from all walks of life. Solarity Credit Union and Yakima Federal are proud to be part of the conversation about building stronger, more resilient communities through responsible financial practices.

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