BELLINGHAM (September 14, 2020) — WECU announced today it will award a total of $110,000 to Max Higbee Center, YMCA Early Learning, and Communities in Schools as part of the credit union’s annual Education First Grant Program. Grants will be allocated over a two-year period.

“These organizations are doing amazing work for our community.” said Jennifer Kutcher, WECU President and CEO. “We’re proud to be able to support them in this way.”

Key educational institutions, which WECU’s Education First Grants target, have unparalleled access to the most vulnerable in our community. Education First seeks to supplement promising programs that reach these populations with the aims of increasing academic achievement.

The 2020 awardees join the 2019 recipients in their second year, Whatcom Dream, Lummi Youth Academy, BAAY and Opportunity Council Project X-it.

The program’s focus on education is a nod to WECU’s history as a credit union founded by Bellingham teachers in 1936. To learn more visit

About WECU

WECU is a credit union based in Bellingham, Washington. Founded in 1936 as Bellingham Teachers credit union, WECU serves individuals and businesses located throughout the state of Washington. With more than $2.0 billion in assets, WECU serves approximately 130,000 members and employs more than 400 people, predominantly in Whatcom County.

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