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BCoop’s 2nd Town Hall – May 2019

Posted by Samira Rajan @May 29 2019

Brooklyn Coop’s second Town Hall went on last week at the Myrtle branch. Just as happened in February at the Dekalb branch, a dozen engaged and motivated credit union members spent an evening together, sharing their thoughts about the role of credit unions in their lives and their communities. We asked the same four questions in Spanish as we had in English during February’s Town Hall:

– Why did you choose to bank at a credit union?

– What BCoop services do you use/value?

– How does a credit union (or any cooperative) benefit your community?

– How will you participate in this cooperative?


Members have a lot of ideas on outreach, on participating in the cooperatives by growing it. A couple of people did express interest in a longer term engagement, perhaps an Outreach Committee that would be able to send out individuals to block parties or to speak about Brooklyn Coop at community events.  I love the idea of committees!  Especially if we can create a couple of them on different topics:  Advisory Committees for Entrepreneurs, for Seniors, for New Immigrants???  This would be a fantastic way for Brooklyn Coop staff and its members to remain in steady dialogue and for us to remain relevant.

All of us (except Cathie)!
All of us (except Cathie)!

Rolando (our Board Chairperson) enjoyed Boris’ report on what his group discussed.

All of us (except Cathie)!

A HUGE thank you!  to Boris Santos (above right) for helping to guide our discussions.

Samira Rajan is the longest-serving employee of Brooklyn Coop and currently the Director of both the credit union and Grow Brooklyn. She started here as an Americorp*VISTA for a single year of service back when we were Bushwick Coop in 2001, got hooked by the challenge of building a community financial institution, and hasn’t left.