People Helping People Awards: BECU Grants $535,000 to Member-Nominated Nonprofits

SEATTLE (December 8, 2021) – After receiving nearly 650 nominations from its members, BECU announced the recipients of its 2021 People Helping People Awards program, granting $535,000 in total. Now in the program’s ninth year, last night’s virtual event recognized more than 30 nonprofit organizations and BECU members that dedicate their time to helping others in BECU’s service areas.

“Through this program, BECU’s philanthropic focus is inspired by the ‘people helping people’ philosophy and directed toward the important issues our members care about, from homelessness and hunger to education and environmental welfare,” said Jill Vicente, BECU’s vice president of Social Impact and Financial Health Programs. “These member-nominated organizations embody that same philosophy and are committed to creating more inclusive and equitable opportunities in our communities.”

BECU’s 2021 People Helping People Award recipients include:

Previous program recipients are encouraged to apply for People Helping People Collaboration Grants, which recognize a joint opportunity for two or more organizations to collaborate on a project. The following three partnerships each received $25,000 in Collaboration Grants this year:

  • City Fruit and Young Women Empowered: Leading six workshops focused on fruit tree care and Seattle’s local food system and educating young women on environmental stewardship and food justice.
  • Everyone for Veterans and The Beyond Project: Empowering the lives of combat veterans and their families by providing access to dental services, mental health support, haircuts, a professional headshot and resume workshops for job interviews.
  • Open Doors for Multicultural Families and Benefits Law Center: Lowering barriers in accessing services related to physical and mental healthcare, Social Security, civil legal matters, housing and more through case management and legal support that are both culturally and linguistically relevant.

In addition, all 2020 and 2021 award recipients will receive a glidepath grant of $2,500 for the two years following their initial award (note that glidepath funding does not apply to BCDP or Collaboration Grant recipients). Since the program launched in 2013, BECU has donated more than $3 million to over 120 local nonprofits.


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