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People Helping People Awards

This member-driven annual awards program brings BECU’s principle of people helping people to life. Every year, it provides us the opportunity to recognize and honor both members and organizations that devote their time to helping others.

Supporting Local Nonprofits You Believe In

At BECU, supporting our communities is in our DNA. And supporting the nonprofits that you, our members, care about is a priority. Right now, the voice of our members is more important than ever in helping us determine where to direct our dollars and resources. We created the BECU People Helping People Awards as a way for members to help select some of the nonprofits BECU supports with our philanthropic dollars.

The People Helping People Awards is an annual program that recognizes local nonprofits our members care about and support. Members nominate local organizations to receive a grant of up to $50K. Finalists are selected among the applicants and the community votes to determine the People's Choice Award recipient.

It's Time to Vote for the People's Choice Award

The finalists have been selected, and there are 18 outstanding organizations waiting to be discovered by you. Watch the videos below, and vote for your favorite (one vote per email address). The organization with the most votes by 11:59 p.m. on November 29, 2020 will win the People's Choice Award totaling at least $40,000.

Ada Developers Academy

Ada Developers Academy is a tuition-free coding school for women and gender-diverse adults. They focus on serving low income people, underrepresented minorities and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Ada advocates for and supports students, alums, and partners to build healthy, equitable environments and a more inclusive tech industry.


Arivva's mission is to transform Pierce County by connecting high school students and adults-in-transition to the opportunities and environment they need to build a better future for themselves, their families, and our community. They envision a community that sees everyone as an asset, where problems become opportunities to create hope, respect, and belonging, and where every person has a pathway to success.

Because People Matter

Because People Matter exists to develop and sustain relational environments that create movement within groups and individuals to demonstrate love and generosity lived out in the world. With the generous support of volunteers and donors, they work to create relational environments that provide and deliver mobilization, relief and development.

Breakfast Group

The Breakfast Group's mission is to provide effective leadership and mentoring for African-American and other male youth of color towards the achievement of academic excellence. Their vision is focused on youth and families in our community achieving the highest levels of education and economic opportunity.


Densho's mission is to preserve and share history of the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans to promote equity and justice today. They document the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II before their memories are extinguished. Densho offers these irreplaceable firsthand accounts, coupled with historical images and teacher resources, to explore principles of democracy and promote equal justice for all.

Everyone for Veterans

Everyone for Veterans' mission is to improve the quality of life of veterans by connecting them to their communities for services and goods. They serve veterans (and spouses) who have returned from combat areas and are struggling financially. They welcome a diverse and inclusive environment for all veterans and volunteers.

Families Of Color Seattle

Families of Color Seattle's mission is to build a strong community by supporting families of color through equitable parent programs, resource sharing, and fostering meaningful connections. Led by mothers and women of color, the organization values economic impact, anti-bias education, dismantling racism and an intercultural, interethnic community. All of which guides their vision for children of color to be born into a loving, racially and economically just community.

Inside Health Institute

Founded on the belief that everyone deserves excellent health, Inside Health Institute's goal is to offer holistic care to all people with all ranges of chronic illnesses in a comprehensive care setting. They integrate holistic approaches into all areas of healthcare with an emphasis on offering these approaches to under-served populations, and also partnering with people and organizations who support these populations.

Lake City Partners Ending Homelessness

The mission of Lake City Partners is to end homelessness by providing shelter, respite care, work opportunities and other services so that people have increased opportunities for stabilization, recovery, and permanent housing. Lake City Partners' vision is to broaden their outreach in recuperative care and employment outreach.

Southeast Seattle Senior Center

The mission of Southeast Seattle Senior Center is to promote the emotional, social and physical well-being of aging adults. They provide a variety of programs and activities designed to enhance the lives of seniors in the community at-large. Over 600 seniors living in Beacon Hill, Skyway, Rainier Valley, Renton and the Central Area are active participants at the Center.

St. Stephen Housing Association

St. Stephen Housing Association addresses the needs of homeless families with children by providing housing with support services to enable families to move toward economic stability and self-sufficiency. Their goal is to help families reduce their barriers to housing and increase their income enough to achieve housing stability.


StolenYouth's mission is to end child sex trafficking in Washington state. They value a society in which all children are safe, secure, loved, and educated and have the opportunity for a bright future. Together, they prevent child sex trafficking before it happens, connect victims to resources and services, and empower positive and protective lives.

Tacoma Refugee Choir

Tacoma Refugee Choir values the building of community and education - which are central to their program - as they emphasize the power each individual has to both welcome and support others, and use their voice to make a difference. Singing together offers the opportunity to literally find one's voice and empowers participants to be leaders and recognize the value of all members of our community.


Transitions works to end poverty and homelessness for women and children in Spokane. They believe in the dignity and inherent worth of individuals and respect their right to self-determination. They also believe that the fullness of each person is realized in relationship with others. Transitions believes that each individual is a work in progress on a journey toward integration of mind, body and spirit—with the hope of financial stability, emotional, physical and spiritual peace. They advocate for what is right, honest and moral.

University Beyond Bars

University Beyond Bars empowers prisoners to fulfill their potential through communities of higher learning that transcend prison walls. They seek to break cycles of incarceration, strengthen families and communities, confront racism and classism, and promote personal achievement and social reintegration by providing transformational education opportunities. Their mission is rooted in the belief that everyone has a right to education, regardless of identity, socioeconomic status, or circumstance.

Washington Wild

Washington Wild's mission is to protect and restore wild lands and waters in Washington State through advocacy, education, and civic engagement. They believe that public lands are a public issue. By educating, empowering and mobilizing our communities, Washington Wild builds powerful grassroots networks that help protect and restore wild lands throughout the state. Their philosophy is that Washington's remaining wild lands have intrinsic value and are essential to our quality of life.

Way Back Inn Foundation

Way Back Inn's mission is simply to enable. They do this by providing transitional housing to families in need of housing, while helping them rebuild their lives, dignity and self-confidence. Way Back Inn helps fight the homeless crisis in our communities by providing low income & homeless families with resources to get them on the path to permanent housing. They provide a safe home for their children so they can focus on getting back on their feet, striving to help families in need of a home by offering utility and rental assistance.

Young Women Empowered

Young Women Empowered cultivates the power of diverse young women—those who identify as women or girls, or who were assigned female at birth—to be creative leaders and courageous changemakers through transformative programs within a collaborative community of belonging.


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