Suncoast CU to partner with National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions for roundtable on financial inclusion for underserved immigrant customers

TAMPA, FL (March 24, 2015) — Suncoast Credit Union (Suncoast) announces a local roundtable discussion, “Financial Inclusion for Immigrant Consumers” held in partnership with the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, as part of a national campaign to expose un-banked and under-banked immigrants in the U.S. to credit union products and services. The roundtable is free to attend and open to the public, however seating is limited. The roundtable will be held on April 1, 2015 at 1 P.M. at Suncoast Credit Union’s headquarters at 6801 E. Hillsborough Avenue and registration is available online at

Of the ten million un-banked households in the U.S., nearly 20 percent are foreign-born, non-citizen households. Credit unions have the ability to enhance the opportunities of these immigrant workers by offering beneficial financial services.

During the roundtable, speakers from credit unions and community organizations who are successfully serving immigrant populations will speak on strategy and the need for cooperation with government entities. This is the fourth roundtable in the series, previous discussions have been held in New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas.

Guest speakers from these community organizations will include:

– Mark Dufva, executive director of Catholic Charities Diocese of St. Petersburg

– Lindsay Daniels, manager of the Wealth-Building Initiative and National Council of La Raza

– Molly Auld, board chair of Project Prosper

– Ignacio Esteban, CEO of the Florida Community Loan Fund

“We are proud to sponsor an event that encourages economic development of underserved members of our community,” says Julie Renderos, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Suncoast Credit Union, “When credit unions provide individuals and families access to financial products and services, they are given the tools that enable them to find greater success in life.”

The roundtable is aligned with Suncoast’s mission to improve the lives of members and non-members through financial literacy.

About Suncoast Credit Union

Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the ninth largest in the United States based on membership and the fourteenth largest in the United States based on its $6.1 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 58 full-service branches and serves more than 641,000 members in the following Florida counties: Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota and Sumter. For more information visit: or @SuncoastCU.

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