The credit union’s grant will help the museum expand mobile programs, increase subsidized field trips, and offer free admission to any family receiving state basic food assistance through an electronic benefits transfer card (EBT). The credit union also will be the naming sponsor of the museum’s “Inspired Learning For All” initiative.
Currently, one-third of museum visitors receive free or reduced admission to the museum. The museum estimates visitor numbers at 305,000 annually.
“The launch of the new ‘Inspired Learning for All’ initiative is an exciting next step in the museum’s growth. The reality is, demand for free and reduced-fee access continues to grow,” said museum executive director Patty Belmonte in a news release. “WSECU’s partnership, along with continued, generous community support, will help us serve more children with special needs, foster parents, military families, clients of social service agencies, and other low-income, at-risk, and under-served communities. We are so grateful for their investment in the museum and the community at large.”
The Hands On Children’s Museum is the state’s largest children’s museum. WSECU is an Olympia-based and not-for-profit credit union that is open to all Washington residents. It has 251,000 members and 20 branches statewide. This year, 2017, is the credit union’s 60th anniversary.