Community Involvement Annual Day of Service

Our Annual Day of Service

BECU’s Annual Day of Service is an all-day event that deploys BECU employees to teach essential budgeting skills in local high schools. Setting aside a day to serve is at the heart of who we are.

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What's New This Year

Visit the 2020 Annual Day of Service page to see what's different in 2020.

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.

On October 8, 2018, BECU employees hosted financial reality fairs at 16 local high schools in Puget Sound and Spokane reaching more than 8,000 high school students.

The Next Big Talk

We can't reach every student or parent through our day of service, so we developed The Next Big Talk guide to serves as a resource for parents looking for information, tools and encouragement to speak with their teens about finances. We believe that talking with teens about money is as important as speaking to them about any of life's 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: spend, save, borrow and plan. 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.

What about Financial Reality Fairs for other schools? 

Outreach to schools is important to BECU! We are interested in offering financial education to teens throughout our service area. Our team of financial educators offers BECU's Reality Check, a classroom version of a financial reality fair, to as many students as possible. Each year, we visit high schools all over western Washington and Spokane. BECU's Reality Check is free for schools.

Interested in having a BECU Reality Check at your school? Request it in through our classroom request form!

I would love my teen to attend a similar event. Where do I sign up? 

We offer financial reality fairs for our members throughout the year; these free events happen periodically. Keep an eye out for our next event – we'll post it on our News page and on our social media channels.  We also offer budgeting tools, articles, seminars and webinars appropriate for a variety of ages on our website, including The Next Big Talk conversation guide. Take a look and do an activity together as a family.