Seattle is enduring a large-scale homelessness problem. And when homeless people do get paid via check, check cashing locations often take a disproportionate amount of the payment. Could BECU to provide free check cashing services to the homeless? Banks won't do it because they have shareholders; but BECU could, because you're owned by members of the community (like me!) who understand the scale of the homelessness issue in Seattle and who want to help. I know that not all locations handle cash, but perhaps the Broadway location could be a lighthouse test for offering free check cashing for everyone, including the homeless. It would make me so proud to be part of an organization that helped to address the homeless issue in Seattle.
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