On Thursday, October 12, 2023, Raiz Federal Credit Union (Raiz FCU) hosted a vibrant fiesta celebration to commemorate its Juntos Avanzamos designation.
Inclusiv, a CDFI certified organization dedicated to closing the gaps and removing barriers to financial opportunity, provided Raiz with recognition for its efforts in providing financial empowerment to Hispanic and immigrant members. The event took place at the Raiz FCU Operations Building located at 1241 Pullman Dr.
This designation symbolizes Raiz’s dedication to foraging new paths for its community by incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion in everything they do. The event included a presentation of a Certificate of Recognition from Senator Blanco’s Office and a heartfelt testimonial from Patricia Reyes, a Raiz member who gained recognition on the PBS reality TV series Opportunity Knock$. Patti expressed her gratitude and shared her sentiment for Raiz’s support which played a pivotal role in her financial journey to success and empowerment, “Raiz helped me build a positive mindset and provided me with hope for a better financial future. As a single parent and recent U.S. citizen, the opportunities and resources that Raiz has provided for me have been incredible.” – Read more about Patti’s story here.
The evening of festivities commenced as Raiz FCU proudly raised its Juntos Avanzamos designation flag in front of its operations building, followed by the unveiling of a captivating mural created by local artist Christin Apodaca, known for her work celebrating Latino culture and heritage. The mural features two interlaced hands, surrounded by roots with the words “Juntos Avanzamos; Together We Advance” written within them. The intertwining of these hands symbolizes the partnerships Raiz has formed and its belief in working hand in hand to advance, create positive change, and make a real impact in the lives of those served. The roots pay homage to the identity and core values of Raiz (Spanish for “root”), and the growth that is achieved when working together.
Max Villaronga, Raiz FCU President and CEO, closed the ceremony by emphasizing Raiz’s commitment, “As we move forward, we are more determined than ever to expand our outreach, develop innovative programs, and foster relationships with the communities we serve. We believe that this designation is not an end, but a new beginning filled with possibilities, potential, and positive change.” The memorable occasion brought together a diverse group of community leaders, organizations, and representatives from credit unions across the nation, Inclusiv, CU Strategic Planning, Raiz Board of Directors, and Senior Management.
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