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BECU Awards $170K to Local Non Profits through Annual People Helping People Awards

TUKWILA, Wash., July 26, 2016 — BECU has announced the winners of its People Helping People Awards, which recognize BECU members and the non-profits they support with their effort, time and/or money.

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:

$30,000 Member Volunteer of the Year (selected by BECU panel of judges)

REACH: Offers a day center, emergency overnight shelter and a meal program for Renton residents in need.

$20,000 People's Choice Award (voted by the community via social media)

Peak 7 Adventures: Helps underprivileged youth realize a greater potential through outdoor adventure experiences.

$20,000 Employees' Choice Award (voted by BECU employees)

Courthouse Dogs Foundation: Trains agencies in the use of dogs to comfort witnesses or victims as they give their testimony of a traumatic situation. 

$10,000 Community Benefit Award recipients (in alphabetical order):

The Agape House
Friends of VA Puget Sound Fisher House 
Hand in Hand 
Hearth Homes 
Knok Studio 
Legacy House 
Pierce County Aids Foundation 
Pike Market Child Care and Preschool   
Sumner Community Food Bank   
Bellevue-Issaquah Trout Unlimited

About BECU

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.