At Santa Cruz Community Credit Union (SCCCU), we are passionate about contributing to lasting social and economic justice. Increasing access to capital for under-served people has been at the heart of the SCCCU's mission and we are continually seeking avenues to develop products and services that benefit our members and our community at risk.
We have always supported microenterprise through our lending services locally. Microenterprise is generally defined as small businesses with five or fewer employees, requiring startup capital of less than $25,000. Lending to small businesses is widely viewed as a strategy of poverty alleviation and we are proud to develop innovative programs to increase lending to small businesses.
Because of our passion, we encourage our members to support real change by supporting one of our many partnerships listed below. Please click on the organizations’ links below to read more and support their important work personally and financially.
El Pájaro Community Development Corporation
El Pájaro Community Development Corporation (EPCDC) has more than 20 years’ experience serving the development of micro-businesses in our community by helping low-income minority entrepreneurs. El Pájaro helps create economic opportunities by providing instruction, bilingual/bicultural business training, business incubation, and professional consulting and coaching. EPCDC is best known for its successful operation of the Plaza Vigil Business Incubator Program in Watsonville. To learn more, please visit their website elpajarocdc.org.
Santa Cruz Community Ventures
SCCV equips people in our community with tools to achieve lasting financial security and independence. SCCV aims to create an inclusive economy in the region through financial capability, wealth accumulation, and advocacy with an approach that is family centered, youth focused and culturally appropriate. Visit SCCVonline.org to learn more.
How You Can Help
Help make a difference! Support the programs above and make a real impact in our community. Your tax-deductible donations can help protect vulnerable members of our community from debt cycles and predatory lenders. Click on the links above to make a difference in the lives of others.