Our Annual Day of Service is an all-day service event where BECU employees visit local high schools to teach teens essential budgeting skills. Setting aside a day for us to serve is at the heart of who we are.
Our Annual Day of Service is an event where all BECU employees provide financial education to high school students. Teaching healthy financial habits to students before they embark on their adult lives helps teens develop awareness, and make educated saving and spending decisions.
Giving back is part of our DNA. Our employees volunteer thousands of hours in their communities throughout the year, but we wanted to dedicate one day to ensure that our whole team could participate. We started with our 80th anniversary in 2015 and now it's an annual tradition. We chose to observe this on Indigenous People's Day, as it is a day our branches are normally closed.
Since we began our Annual Day Of Service, we have reached thousands of students. It is the biggest example of our commitment to the importance of people helping people, a philosophical part of our credit union's very fabric since opening our doors in 1935. As a member of a cooperative, we encourage you to make this holiday a day of service as well by volunteering with your favorite local nonprofit. We'd love to hear about your volunteer experience, share photos and stories with us on social media.
The Next Big Talk
We can't reach every student or parent through our day of service, so we developed The Next Big Talk. It serves as a resource for parents looking for information and encouragement to discuss finances with their teens. We believe that talking with teens about money is as important as speaking to them about any other life challenges. We also know that not all parents feel equipped to have this conversation, so we created a conversation guide focused on four areas of financial health: spending, saving, borrowing and planning. The guide is designed to spark conversation between parents and teens on the topic of managing money responsibly. It includes discussion questions, tips for healthy financial behaviors and activities to reinforce the four areas of financial health.