Member News: Northwest Credit Unions Give Back to the Community
BECU gives $500,000 to member-nominated non-profits through annual People Helping People Awards; Inspirus Credit Union recognized by Secretary Wyman for outstanding contributions to the community, and will host “Coats for Kids” drive through Dec. 31.
BECU Gives $500,000 to Member-Nominated Non-Profits through Annual People Helping People Awards
On Dec. 5, BECU announced the winners of its 2017 People Helping People Awards, recognizing BECU members and the non-profits they support with their time, talents, and donations. At the ceremony, 18 non-profit organizations received awards ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 across five categories.
Since 2013, BECU has donated $970,000 to local charities through the program.
“The remarkable work these organizations accomplish in our communities is as inspiring as it is impactful,” said Tom Berquist, SVP of Marketing and Cooperative Affairs for BECU. “These awards support and celebrate the causes our members are most passionate about. For BECU, People Helping People is more than just a phrase; it’s part of our mission, part of our culture and how we show up for our members.”
This year, more than 230 BECU members nominated their favorite, local non-profits serving the Puget Sound region, Spokane, and beyond. The recognized organizations are tackling a broad range of important issues including homelessness, healthcare, education, poverty, and hunger.
Funding for the People Helping People Awards tripled this year due to BECU’s “Make a Purchase. Make a Difference” campaign. This two-month initiative encouraged BECU members to embrace the people helping people philosophy by helping to raise funds by simply using their BECU Debit Mastercard. For every purchase made with the card, BECU donated one cent toward the People Helping People Awards.
BECU’s 2017 People Helping People Award recipients include:
- Member Volunteer of the Year Award ($50,000): Open Doors for Multicultural Families
- People’s Choice Award ($30,000): First Washington, selected by popular vote amongst members on BECU.org
- Employee’s Choice Award ($30,000): Friends of the Children – Seattle, selected by popular vote amongst BECU employees
- Past Recipient’s Choice Award ($30,000): Outdoors for All Foundation, selected by popular vote amongst past People Helping People award recipients
- Community Benefit Awards ($15,000):
- Bike Works (bikeworks.org)
- EvergreenHealth Foundation (evergreenhealthfoundation.com)
- Homestead Community Land Trust (homesteadclt.org)
- Kal Academy (kalacademy.org)
- Literacy Source (literacysource.org)
- Master Gardener Foundation of Spokane County (mgfsc.org)
- Raven Rock Ranch (ravenrockranch.org)
- Rotary First Harvest (firstharvest.org)
- Scarlet Road (scarletroad.org)
- Stephen Housing Association (www.ststephenhousing.org)
- The Goodtimes Project (thegoodtimesproject.org)
- Turning Point Seattle (turningpointseattle.org)
- Urban ArtWorks (urbanartworks.org)
- Yoga Behind Bars (yogabehindbars.org)
In addition to the funds given to the 2017 award winners, BECU is also granting $3,000 to all past People Helping People Award recipients for a total of $153,000 in further giving.
Inspirus Credit Union Recognized by Secretary Wyman for Outstanding Contributions to the Community
On Dec. 4, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman recognized Inspirus Credit Union during a ceremony honoring Washington businesses for the exceptional work they have done for their communities.
During the Corporations for Communities awards, Inspirus was honored with a special recognition for standout non-profit corporations. The credit union was recognized for its donatations of more than 1,000 school supply backpacks to Tukwila and Spokane, its contributions to Donorschoose.org to support classrooms, and its sponsorship of teachers to participate in the Fred Hutchinson Science Education Partnership. It also stood out for its employees’ dedication to philanthropy — Inspirus staff volunteer more than 1,000 hours per year in education programs.
“We’re honored at Inspirus to be selected by Secretary Wyman for our contributions to the education community in Washington,” said Morgan Cole, Public Relations Specialist at Inspirus.“At Inspirus Credit Union, we believe in the power of education. Together, with our members, we’re able to give back to Washington’s education community, and we’re honored and thankful to be recognized for our commitment to Washington schools.”
Inspirus Credit Union Hosting “Coats for Kids” Drive Through Dec. 31
Inspirus Credit Union is continuing its outstanding record of giving with its “Coats for Kids” Drive this month.
For thousands of kids across Western Washington, having a warm coat to ward off the December chill isn’t a given. Roughly 10 percent of students in the Tukwila School District are housing insecure and qualify for the McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act. For their families, paying for food, shelter, and medicine may mean there’s little left over for winter clothing.
Through Dec. 31, Inspirus is hosting a Coats for Kids Drive to collect new or clean, gently used coats. The credit union is inviting staff and members throughout the community to drop off coats (or other warm winter clothing) at its Seattle, Lynnnwood, and Spokane branches. To kick off the drive, Inspirus donated $1,000 worth of coats and supplies, plus $1,000 cash to support students in need in the Tukwila, Highline, Kent, Renton, and Tacoma School Districts, as well as North Thurston Public Schools.
“Over 2,100 individual students will be appropriately dressed this winter, which reduces illness in our schools,” said Tukwila School District Superintendent Dr. Judith Berry. “Thank you Inspirus Credit Union for supporting the health and wellness of our students.”
“There is an overwhelming amount of need in our community,” said Inspirus President and CEO Scott Adkins. “As a credit union passionate about education, we want students to succeed inside and outside the classroom. We realize that sometimes the best way to help is to simply remove barriers that block students from reaching their potential.”