SEATTLE, Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- School Employees Credit Union of Washington announced this morning that it is now Inspirus Credit Union. The new name better reflects the credit union's recently updated mission, which focuses on giving back to the educational heroes who inspire excellence throughout the state's classrooms. It also recognizes that the credit union's membership has expanded beyond school employees and now includes parents, students, volunteers, and everyone who celebrates the transformative power of learning.
"We wanted our name to resonate with people who understand that our greatest strength lies in the values and ideas shared by our members – people bonded through a love of learning and natural desire to help. Their stories inspire us every day," said President Scott Adkins.
The new name helps underscore the credit union's renewed commitment to supporting the education community just as the new school year gets ready to kick off.
"A passion for education transcends everything we do," said Adkins. "We're striving to become a financial services organization valued most for our contributions to education."
Last spring, the credit union launched a campaign that raised thousands of dollars for Spokane-area schools by allowing members to rebate 1% of their auto loans (up to $350) to the school of their choice. The credit union is looking to expand similar programs across the state soon. It also supports schools with visiting onsite representatives and other outreach and scholarship activities.
Inspirus is the credit union's fifth name in its 79-year history. It remains independent, with members being served by the same staff, management, and Board of Directors. Members will continue to access services in the same way, and their accounts will work the same as they did before the name change.
Unveiling of the new name comes just two weeks before Inspirus will relocate its Seattle headquarters to 5200 Southcenter Boulevard on Aug. 17. Its current location at 325 Eastlake Ave. East will close on Aug. 14.
ABOUT INSPIRUS CREDIT UNION. The credit union was founded in 1936 by a Seattle math and journalism teacher and serves about 80,000 members statewide. It has offices in Seattle and Spokane and is part of the nationwide CO-OP Shared Branching network. It focuses on "bringing the branch" to its members 24 hours a day via online and mobile technology. To learn more, visit www.schoolemployeescu.org/inspirus.
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