Recipients received a monetary award from the credit union ranging from $10,000 to $30,000, depending on the category – Community Benefit, People's Choice and Member Volunteer of the Year.
This year, more than 250 BECU members nominated their favorite, local non-profits and causes serving the Puget Sound and beyond. A wide variety of organizations were highlighted, from services that help veterans or underprivileged youth and families, to groups that are revitalizing lakes to better support salmon, to a team that trains emotional support dogs to help children more confidently navigate the justice system.
“There are so many non-profits doing great work in our communities that it's difficult to know them all,” said Sara Moorehead, BECU Vice President of Co-op Affairs. “Through the People Helping People Award process, BECU members help us shine a light on organizations our members are passionate about."
The following non-profits were chosen as recipients of the 2016 BECU People Helping People Awards:
REACH: Offers a day center, emergency overnight shelter and a meal program for Renton residents in need.
Peak 7 Adventures: Helps underprivileged youth realize a greater potential through outdoor adventure experiences.
Courthouse Dogs Foundation: Trains agencies in the use of dogs to comfort witnesses or victims as they give their testimony of a traumatic situation.
The Agape House
Friends of VA Puget Sound Fisher House
Hand in Hand
Pierce County Aids Foundation
Pike Market Child Care and Preschool
Sumner Community Food Bank
Bellevue-Issaquah Trout Unlimited
BECU is a not-for-profit credit union owned by the members. Profits are returned to the members in the form of better rates and fewer fees. With almost 1 million and more than $15 billion in assets, BECU is the largest credit union in Washington and one of the top five credit unions in the country. BECU currently operates over 40 locations in the Puget Sound region. All Washington state residents are eligible to join.