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Metro First Financial in MA to Receive Juntos Avanzamos Designa

September 11, 2018

Metro Credit Union has become the first credit union in Massachusetts to receive the Juntos Avanzamos (Together We Advance) designation by the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions.

In the U.S., minorities remain largely unbanked and vulnerable to predatory financial service providers. Originated in 2005, Juntos Avanzamos recognizes commitments from credit unions seeking to empower the Hispanic consumer and serve the Hispanic market more effectively.

In order to earn the prestigious Juntos Avanzamos designation, credit unions must demonstrate that they offer affordable credit, savings and transaction services, and that they make their products, services, and financial education accessible to Spanish-speakers. Credit unions must complete an extensive application, requiring information about what products and services the credit union offers to specifically address the needs of the Hispanic Market, as well as what strategies they are utilizing to serve this important demographic group.

“We’re honored to receive this designation and are proud to serve the Hispanic and immigrant populations in Massachusetts. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity for a better financial future, and we’re committed to identifying and serving the needs of our diverse, multi-ethnic community.” stated Robert M. Cashman, President & CEO of Metro Credit Union.

In recognition of this honor, representatives from Metro Credit Union and community leaders will come together to celebrate a Juntos Avanzamos Flag Raising Ceremony on the following dates:

  • Thursday, September 13th, 10AM at Metro Credit Union - 200 Revere Beach Parkway, Chelsea
  • Thursday, September 13th, 4PM at Metro Credit Union - 215 South Broadway, Lawrence
  • Wednesday, September 19th, 9AM at Metro Credit Union – 100 City Hall Plaza, Boston

Please join us as we celebrate our commitment to the Hispanic Community. For more information, contact Saritin Rizzuto, Vice President Emerging Markets & Community Relations, at 617.889.7695 or SRizzuto@MetroCU.org.

About Metro Credit Union
Metro Credit Union is the largest state-chartered credit union in Massachusetts, approaching $1.8 billion in assets. Metro provides a full range of financial products to more than 200,000 members in Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Plymouth, Barnstable, Bristol and Worcester counties, as well as to over 1,200 companies throughout the Commonwealth.

Founded in 1926, Metro currently operates 15 branch offices in Boston, Burlington, Chelsea, Framingham, Lawrence, Lynn, Melrose, Newton, Peabody, Salem, and Tewksbury.
Learn more at MetroCU.org.

About Juntos Avanzamos
Juntos Avanzamos (“Together We Advance”) is a designation for credit unions committed to serving and empowering Hispanic and immigrant consumers – helping them navigate the U.S. financial system and providing safe, affordable and relevant financial services. Juntos Avanzamos credit unions employ bilingual, culturally-competent staff and leadership, accept alternative forms of ID and treat all of their members with respect, regardless of immigration status. The Juntos Avanzamos network is growing quickly; it currently includes 80 credit unions in 21 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Learn more about Juntos Avanzamos at www.cdcu.coop/juntosavanzamos.

Sobre Juntos Avanzamos
Juntos Avanzamos es una iniciativa de uniones de crédito para servir y empoderar al consumidor hispano. Están comprometidos a ayudar a los consumidores hispanos e inmigrantes a entender el sistema financiero estadounidense, así como a proporcionar servicios financieros económicos, relevantes y dignos. Las uniones de crédito de Juntos Avanzamos cuentan con personal que habla español, aceptan formas de identificación alternativas (Matrícula Consular, ITIN, ID Municipal) y tratan a todos sus socios con respeto independientemente de su estado migratorio. El grupo está creciendo rápidamente; actualmente incluye 80 uniones de crédito en 21 estados, Puerto Rico y el Distrito de Columbia. Para obtener más inform