Landings CU’s 2018 Water Drive is another HUGE SUCCESS, bringing in 13,000 bottles!

Tempe, AZ June 2018 – On June 13th Landings Credit Union ended their 3rd annual water drive with a staggering 13,000 bottles of water. This month-long drive brought in donations from members, staff and business partners and was given to non-profits of the East Valley.

If you’ve spent any time in Arizona in the summer, you know that it is blistering hot. This time of year puts an extra strain on non-profits to keep families and homeless hydrated. This water drive has helped to stock the pantries at Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA) and AZCEND.

TCAA provides education, stability, and advocacy for low-income families, children, seniors, and the homeless.  They help to secure food and shelter to those in need and operate a food pantry and interfaith homeless emergency lodging program among other programs.  AZCEND is a Chandler-based organization formerly known as Chandler Christian Community Center established in 1966 by a consortium of Chandler churches with the common cause of alleviating poverty in their community.  AZCEND has programs that include Community Action, Family Resource Center, Chandler and Gilbert Senior Centers, and an Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program as well as a Food Bank.

On June 13th, which is also the National Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) Day of Service, Landings staff moved about 550 cases of water from their branch lobbies to the locations selected by the non-profits. Over the past three years Landings CU has donated over 38,000 bottles of water.

About Landings Credit Union

Landings Credit Union, based in Tempe, Ariz., serves a wide range of members including students, faculty, staff, and family for all schools in Maricopa County along with over 400 select employee Groups. The current asset size is $165 million with over 14,000 members. Landings Credit Union has been serving members for 65 years, helping them with all of their financial needs. For more information on Landings Credit Union, please visit

CUDE Day of Service

CUDE Day of Service is program for credit union professionals who have participated in the Development Educator’s program, designed to educate and empower participants to understand the challenges and impacts of development issues (health, housing, hunger, access to credit, savings mobilization, transportation, education, environment, appropriate technology, women in development etc.) and how they can impact them.  The program is a way for DEs to transform their training and its teachings into community service to empower our members and strengthen local communities.

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Mountain West Credit Union Association, Maine Credit Union League Announce Support of STATES Act

Bill provides states’ rights and public safety protections

DENVER, Co. & WESTBROOK, Me. (June 7, 2018) – The Mountain West Credit Union Association (MWCUA) and the Maine Credit Union League (MCUL) today sent a letter to Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) supporting their bill, the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act of 2018. This legislation provides important states’ rights and public safety protections for our credit unions and their members.

MWCUA President and CEO Scott Earl co-authored the letter with Todd Mason, President and CEO of the Maine Credit Union League. Both states have legalized recreational marijuana industries. Colorado has faced numerous challenges providing financial services to these businesses and Maine is just beginning to navigate the process of implementing businesses.

“As financial services providers serving over 4 million members in the states we represent, credit unions play a central role in our communities by fulfilling banking needs that may not be otherwise available,” said Earl.

Mason added, “Currently, we cannot serve an industry that generates several billion dollars in sales and tax revenues-the recreational cannabis industry- without substantial risk due to ongoing uncertainty over federal enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act. This has become not only a states’ rights issue, but an important public safety issue.”

Without access to standard banking services, some of these companies have had to come up with alternative solutions and many are unable to undertake the most basic functions of successful businesses, such as paying vendors, employees and taxes, but instead have large amounts of money unsecured, unaccountable and at risk for abuse.

“The STATES Act would provide the certainty we need as financial services providers to service this growing industry and protect our members and the taxpayers of our states. This is a matter independent of the question of legalization of cannabis and is about ensuring the rights of states to fully implement the will of their voters,” noted Earl.

Both states thanked the Senators for their leadership in drafting the legislation and urged Congress to take swift action to address this matter and pass the STATES Act without delay.

About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 127 member credit unions, 3.3 million credit union members and $41 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. Not-for-profit in nature, credit unions provide low-cost financial services to their members. Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports the interests of member credit unions through advocacy, community outreach, education and training, public affairs, regulatory and compliance services and strategic partnerships. The Mountain West Credit Union Association is affiliated with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and CUNA Mutual Group. Follow us on twitter at or on Facebook at To learn more about credit unions visit

About the Maine Credit Union League

The Maine Credit Union League is the nonprofit trade association for Maine’s 55 credit unions that serve nearly 700,000 members. Founded in 1938, the Maine Credit Union League is committed to helping credit unions succeed and improve the financial lives of their members by ensuring that credit unions are in the right place at the right time with the right solution.



Arizona’s largest credit union signs lease on a new Phoenix-area retail site and adds 71 ATMs to kick off its expansion of 10 new retail locations in Phoenix by 2022.

TUCSON, AZ (May 31, 2018) – Vantage West Credit Union is building on its strength as southern Arizona’s largest credit union by expanding its presence into the Phoenix area.

In early May, credit union officials signed a lease on a 4,000 sq. ft. property located at 1671 S Cooper Rd. (Ray Rd. & Cooper Rd.) in Gilbert, AZ. This new location is slated for a late 2018 or early 2019 opening. It will be the credit union’s third retail location in the Phoenix area. The new location is positioned in an area with a high concentration of existing members and also shows significant opportunity to expand services to consumer and business members. To further support the expansion, Vantage West is adding member access to 71 new ATMs in select Target and CVS stores primarily throughout the Valley of the Sun.

Vantage West president/CEO Robert D. Ramirez says the credit union’s 10 x ‘22 Expansion Strategy will aim to add two new locations every year for the next five years, for a total of 10 new Phoenix-area locations by 2022. He also noted that the strategy is designed to support efforts to establish a well-positioned network for enhancing member engagement and creating value for the entire membership.

The expansion delivers convenience and ease of access to the more than 40,000 existing members already in the Phoenix-area and offers the opportunity of a new Vantage West experience to others.

The move aligns with the credit union’s vision for strategic success through market growth and fulfills its mission to “Ignite collaborative relationships with members and the communities it serves, so all can thrive together.”

About Vantage West Credit Union

Vantage West is a $1.9 billion credit union, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona. It was established in 1955 to serve airmen at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.  Since then the credit union has expanded to serve members in Pima, Pinal, Maricopa and Cochise counties.

Vantage West offers consumer and business banking services, and is federally insured by NCUA.



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Public Service Credit Union will become Canvas Credit Union as part of journey to disrupt financial services

Lone Tree, CO—Public Service Credit Union (PSCU) announced today a new name and logo for its organization as part of a much larger brand transformation that will continue through late August. The name, Canvas Credit Union, and the larger rebranding effort marks the credit unions’ commitment to helping people throughout their lives and financial journeys. For the community, this is much more than a name or logo change; it’s about disrupting how people in Colorado experience consumer and business banking and financial services.

For the credit union industry, this change supports ongoing efforts to redefine banking experiences and overall drive awareness and understanding of the credit union movement. Credit unions struggle to share their story—with this announcement, Canvas is challenging the industry to be proud, upset the traditional way of doing things, and show people the meaningful benefits of credit unions. Only by working together and pushing against “how it’s always been done” can credit unions move beyond being a best kept secret.

Through the Canvas transformation, the organization is making something that’s usually a cold, scripted and unapproachable experience into something that makes people feel welcomed, informed, valued and delighted. Todd Marksberry, CEO and President says “We see each of our members’ futures as a blank canvas, a unique possibility waiting to be painted. The new brand and name bring to life the work we’ve been doing for over 80 years and today, we invite even more Coloradans to create their own unique and bright future with us.” The company has created an informational site for current and future members as well as the Colorado community,

This process kicked off 18 months ago when PSCU partnered with Monigle, a Colorado-based brand experience agency ( to develop the strategic foundation, brand architecture, visual and verbal identity and experience strategy. PSCU knew it had to evolve to better tell its story, and through research, validated that the community, members and employees were open and excited to move away from the existing brand identity. Research showed that the name Canvas has multiple meanings to different people—it signifies a blank canvas and strong foundation to build on, and also points to the breadth of services the company offers across Colorado. And the logo was crafted to reflect how PSCU helps members create the lives they picture, and arrow-style shapes not only help guide people on their journey, but also, if you look closely, form the Canvas name. But name and logo are just part of the transformation. Canvas’ purpose is “helping you afford life”, and to deliver on this promise, PSCU is conducting innovation sessions and experience workshops with its frontline employees as well as cross functionally in the organization to identify how the new brand will impact the processes and experiences across everything from auto loans and mortgages to careers and employee experience.

Since 1938, PSCU has been deeply involved in the Colorado community. With 28 branches in Denver, Aurora, Littleton and across the Front Range, it is deeply rooted in the many communities and neighborhoods that it calls home. In June, PSCU amplified its presence in Fort Collins through a partnership with Colorado State University as its official credit union partner, an effort to ensure students, alumni and faculty and neighbors feel empowered, confident and supported when it comes to affording life. Through the partnership, CSU’s multipurpose stadium will now be called Canvas Stadium.

The transformation begins now and will continue through August and beyond as the credit union updates its signage and branches over the next eighteen months. Until the new Canvas website is launched later this summer, a transitional site with additional information can be accessed at, which will also direct back to the PSCU website for accessing online accounts and products and services information.

PSCU is passionate about people and credit unions, and as Canvas, it is bringing the two together. Credit unions should no longer be a best kept secret. Canvas will leverage its delightfully offbeat culture and love for its people and members to show what is meant by the credit union difference. As the third largest credit union in Colorado with over 238,000 members and more than 520 employees, Canvas looks forward to sharing this new journey with the industry, community and people of Colorado.


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About Public Service Credit Union (

Public Service Credit Union (PSCU) has been safe, secure, and insured for the past 80 years. Today, PSCU holds assets in excess of $2.3 billion and has more than 238,000 members. PSCU provides a full array of financial products and services, including savings, checking, loans, mortgages, and online and mobile banking options. Members can access their accounts and conduct transactions at PSCU’s 28 branches, and at over 200 shared branch locations throughout Colorado. In addition, through the credit union’s partnership with the CO-OP network, members have surcharge-free access to more than 30,000 ATMs across the country.

About Mongile (
Monigle, the nation’s largest independent brand experience consultancy, has been at the forefront of redefining how brands come to life in the real world since 1971. Offering a full spectrum of services including strategy, insights, identity, culture, activation, management and branded environments, Monigle works with organizations to build and sustain a hard-working brand that drives long-term growth and a powerful experience. For more information, visit


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Media Contact: Tansley Stearns, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer
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CUs earn historic victory as House passes S. 2155 reg. relief bill (Source: CUNA)

“CUNA, state credit union leagues, credit unions and credit union members all deserve a major round of applause for getting this historic bill through Congress and onto the president’s desk,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “From the moment a group of bipartisan Senators unveiled this bill, credit unions told them loud and clear that this is an essential piece of regulatory relief legislation that will improve access to mortgage lending, real estate loans and other products and services, while putting focus on senior abuse and cyberthreats.


CUNA was heavily engaged with legislators throughout the process, meeting with Senators early this year as negotiations began.

More than 5,000 credit union leaders discussed the importance of the bill when meeting with their legislators during the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference Hike the Hill meetings. Also during CUNA GAC, Nussle and the leaders of several credit unions met with Trump at the White House to discuss the bill.

As the bill went through the Senate, CUNA met with House members from both sides to talk about the importance of the bill, including meetings with conservative-leaning Democratic House members and writing to House leadership to push for consideration.

CUNA also engaged in an aggressive grassroots campaign that led to 45 million social media impressions, tens of thousands of messages sent to legislators and radio and digital ads in 39 states.

Credit unions used CUNA’s Member Activation Program to activate tens of thousands of members to support S. 2155. In addition, leagues representing at least 16 states joined with their state banking organizations to call on their state’s members of Congress to support the bill.

 Once signed into law, S. 2155 will:
  • Establish a safe harbor from certain requirements for a loan to be considered a Qualified Mortgage;
  • Rescind the additional data points required under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act for insured credit unions that originate fewer than 500 closed-end and/or 500 open-end lines of credit;
  • Reclassify one-to-four unit, non-owner occupied residential loans as real estate loans, so the loan would not count against the member business lending cap;
  • Clarify that the same consumer protections in place with respect to mortgage lending are nonexistent for Property Assessed Clean Energy loans;
  • Remove the three-day wait period required for the combined TRID mortgage disclosure if a creditor extends to a consumer a second offer of credit with a lower annual percentage rate;
  • Require NCUA to make publicly available a draft of their proposed budget, hold a hearing with public notice during which this draft would be discussed and solicit and consider public comment about the draft budget;
  • Provide a safe harbor for properly trained financial employees who report alleged elder financial abuse; and
  • Require the U.S. Department of Treasury to conduct a study on the risks that cyber threats may pose to financial institutions.

CUNA wrote to House leadership after the vote Tuesday, thanking them for the vote and outlining the next steps in CUNA’s advocacy agenda.

New Compliance Communities Announced

MADISON, Wis., and WASHINGTON (May 23, 2018) – Support and information on state and federal regulations is now available in one central hub.

After successful beta testing, three leagues have joined CUNA for the inaugural launch of CUNA & League Compliance Communities. These new communities, an extension of the CUNA Compliance Community, will provide an online hub for compliance professionals to connect, work together, share resources and become better informed about state-level credit union regulations.

Leagues joining CUNA in releasing these new CUNA & League Compliance Communities are:

  • Mountain West Credit Union Association
  • Northwest Credit Union Association
  • Credit Union Association of The Dakotas

“The community is a great resource for our credit unions.  They are able to network with their compliance peers and get answers to state regulatory and operational questions,” said Julie Kappenman, director of association compliance services, Mountain West Credit Union Association. “It is also a great way to update our credit unions with what is happening in our league and within states. The community is easy to use and CUNA staff has been great to work with and very responsive.”

The communities provide many resources for compliance professionals, including:

  • Blog – statewide compliance experts can provide you with knowledge regarding common credit union issues and state level interpretations of regulations
  • Discussion board – for state level networking & collaboration
  • Document library – for members and leagues to share policies, best practices and more
  • Events – the leagues can post their events that members can download directly to their outlook calendars
  • Multistate access – multistate credit unions can take advantage of the communities related to all the states they serve

Access to additional states will grow as more league compliance communities are built over the next few months.

To learn more about these CUNA & League Compliance Communities, email Jackie Ekdahl at



About CUNA   

Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is the only national association that advocates on behalf of all of America’s credit unions, which are owned by 110 million consumer members. CUNA, along with its network of affiliated state credit union leagues, delivers unwavering advocacy, continuous professional growth and operational confidence to protect the best interests of all credit unions. For more information about CUNA, visit

About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 127 member credit unions, 3.3 million credit union members and $41 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. Not-for-profit in nature, credit unions provide low-cost financial services to their members. Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports the interests of member credit unions through advocacy, community outreach, education and training, public affairs, regulatory and compliance services and strategic partnerships. The Mountain West Credit Union Association is affiliated with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and CUNA Mutual Group. Follow us on twitter at or on Facebook at To learn more about credit unions visit



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Arizona Central Credit Union holds Financial Literacy Celebration

Representatives from Arizona Central Credit Union joined Arizona Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Yee at its Financial Literacy Celebration at Kachina Elementary School on May 14.

Arizona Central Credit Union has partnered with Kachina Elementary School & Andson, together teaching kids how to build a healthy savings foundation for their future.

Secondary Education Scholarship available in honor of Former CEO Sandy Neves

Aurora, CO – The Sandy Neves Scholarship was named in honor of former Chief Executive Officer Sandy Neves of Fitzsimons Credit Union (FCU). Sandy retired in 2017 after thirty-six years of service to the organization. This scholarship (ranging from $1,000 – $5,000) represents Sandy’s commitment to lifelong learning and her belief that education is essential toward self-fulfillment.

Sandy started as a teller at Fitzsimons in 1981 and was soon granted a scholarship from the Colorado Credit Union Association to attend three years of Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Management School where she earned high honors. By the time she completed her CUNA Management certification she was promoted to senior vice president of Fitzsimons Credit Union. In 1989, she took over the role of chief executive officer.

Because she had never completed her bachelor of science degree due to earlier travels as a military spouse and the time it took to earn various credit union credentials, Sandy enrolled in night school to earn her BS in Business Administration.

Ms. Neves is passionate about education, asserting that “The backbone of any accomplishment is education, no matter how one defines success”. She did not measure her success by becoming a CEO, but rather by the opportunities she was given by supporters, mentors and educators, and by the fact she was fortunate to work in a career she loved. She wants to support any person with the desire to work hard and learn.

Applications are available online at, by email (, or at either of our branch locations (see our website for locations).

Must be a U.S. citizen, at least 16 years of age; must be a member of Fitzsimons Credit Union; must be pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at a two or four-year accredited institution in the U.S.; must submit a complete application with required documents post-marked, emailed, or faxed by June 15, 2018.

Selection Criteria
Selection of the recipient is at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee of Fitzsimons Credit Union.

The winner will be notified in writing within 45 days of the application deadline and funds will be transmitted directly to the institution for credit to the student’s tuition, room, board, and fee account.

About Fitzsimons Credit Union: Fitzsimons Credit Union is a not-for-profit full-service financial institution serving the Colorado communities of Aurora, Watkins, Bennett, Strasburg, and eastern Centennial, as well as active and retired military and select employers. Fitzsimons Credit Union was first chartered in 1955 and is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). Fitzsimons reaches out to the un-served and under-served in our field of membership, and continually, in all areas of operation, demonstrates the value of membership in this credit union. Every effort is put forth to enable our members to become financially self-sufficient and successful. High importance is placed on consumer education and the teaching of financial thrift.

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Mountain West Credit Union Association Announces New Board, Annual Award Winners

Board named along with Professional, Director of the Year and HOPE Award Winners

DENVER, Co. (May 14, 2018) – The Mountain West Credit Union Association’s Board of Directors announced it elected a new slate of officers after the Association’s Annual Business Meeting held April 27, 2018.

Serving as Chairman of the Board is Jim Yates, President and CEO of First Education Federal Credit Union in Cheyenne, WY. Jay Curtis, President and CEO of First Credit Union in Chandler, AZ, will serve as Vice-Chairman. Colleen Curtis, President and CEO of Southwest Healthcare Credit Union in Phoenix, AZ will serve as Treasurer. Greg Mills, President and CEO of Aventa Credit Union in Colorado Springs, CO will serve as Secretary.

“I am looking forward to working with these amazing individuals who are tremendously dedicated to supporting the credit union movement,” said Scott Earl, President and CEO of the Mountain West Credit Union Association. “Their passion for our members is evident in their ongoing commitment to serve in this capacity in addition to their responsibilities at their respective credit unions. For that, we thank them and are grateful.”

Additionally, there were four board seats up for re-election. All four incumbents chose to run for an additional term and were elected by acclamation.  They are:

  • Robert Ramirez, Vantage West Credit Union was re-elected for a 3-year term in the at-large category.
  • Greg Mills, Aventa Credit Union was re-elected for a 3-year term in the Class 2 category.
  • John Uchida, Space Age Credit Union was re-elected for a 3-year term in the at-large category.
  • Jim Yates, First Education Federal Credit Union was re-elected for a 3-year term in the Class 3 category.

Annual Awards Presented

The Mountain West Credit Union Association also presented its annual credit union Professional and Director of the Year, as well as the Hope Award, at a special dinner also held April 27 at The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, CO.

Each year, the Association solicits nominations to determine the Professional and Director of the Year. The Association also gave out the HOPE Award. HOPE stands for “Helping People Every Day.” HOPE nominees were recognized throughout the year either at their credit union, a Chapter event or within their state.

Jim Yates – Professional of the Year

Professional of the Year

Jim Yates, President and CEO of First Education Federal Credit Union in Cheyenne, WY and newly named chairman of the Mountain West Credit Union Association Board of Directors, was awarded the Credit Union Professional of the Year. “Jim has been an active member of his community, as well as the Association, for many years,” said Earl. “His dedication to the credit union movement, and the technologies that will keep us relevant, is a tremendous benefit to both the Association, and our member credit unions.”

He began his career in 1984 as a teller and from there, moved into accounting and IT. In 1993, he joined First Education Federal Credit Union, where he is now the President and CEO. He is an active Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE), and was instrumental in the formation of what is now the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation. He is active in the Cheyenne community where he currently serves as President of the Cheyenne Schools Foundation. In addition, he has served on numerous national Credit Union National Association (CUNA) committees. He has a degree in Economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and studied business management at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.

Yates is an innovator and supports ideas that are geared to advance technology. He was at the forefront of CULedger initiative, a growing initiative for a sovereign digital identity platform. His tireless dedication to serving and is reflected in the numerous committees and other activities that he has participated in over the years.


Walker Fleming – Director of the Year

Director of the Year

Walker Fleming, chairman of the board, Bellco Credit Union (Denver, CO) was named the Director of the Year. He has been active in the credit union movement since 2010 when he joined the credit union’s supervisory committee, and has been Chairman of the Board since 2013. He is a great supporter of the movement and regularly participates in Hike the Hill visits in Washington, D.C. In 2015 he hosted the opening reception for the World Council of Credit Unions and CUNA in Denver as well as attending the conference. In addition to his credit union service, he is a member of the Boy Scouts Trustee Board and the Denver Police Foundation Board.


Jane Vela – Hope Award Winner

HOPE Award

Jane Vela, from Landings Credit Union in Tempe, AZ was named the recipient of the HOPE Award. Vela embodies the “People Helping People” quality every day. In the decade she has worked for the credit union, she has developed deep relationships with members. Her compassion led her to assist one particular member obtain disability benefits after a life altering accident. She also assisted him with a budget and helped him purchase his first home. She has assisted him through additional life changes and helped him navigate through the HARP Program, apply for social services, and other services. She now engages with other staff in collecting donations to help the member and his grandson enjoy time together such as movies or special events.


About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 127 member credit unions, 3.3 million credit union members and $41 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. Not-for-profit in nature, credit unions provide low-cost financial services to their members. Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports the interests of member credit unions through advocacy, community outreach, education and training, public affairs, regulatory and compliance services and strategic partnerships. The Mountain West Credit Union Association is affiliated with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and CUNA Mutual Group. Follow us on twitter at or on Facebook at To learn more about credit unions visit


Take Action on S. 2155

A key legislative priority for credit unions is expected to begin to move in the U.S. House this month. S.2155: The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, passed the Senate with bipartisan support earlier this year. The bill contains several financial regulatory reform provisions important to credit unions. Specifically, the following links highlight the benefits of S. 2155 for each state:  Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming. Since we anticipate the House to move on the bill soon, we want to make sure our voices are heard.  In doing so, we are asking that credit unions take a few minutes to participate in our Action Alert. The alert will match you up with your Congressional district, and guide you in writing an email to your U.S. Representative in support of the bill.