Credit union BECU, which has more than 50 locations in Washington, recently honored during a virtual event 28 nonprofits and BECU members as part of its annual People Helping People Awards program, granting $525,000 in total.

BECU’s 2020 People Helping People Award recipients are awarded in five categories:

  • Member Volunteer of the Year ($50,000): Sangeeta Gupte was honored as Member Volunteer of the Year for her volunteerism with Young Women Empowered.
  • People’s Choice ($40,000): Densho was selected by popular vote from the community. This organization works to preserve and share the history of the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans to promote equity and justice today.
  • Employees’ Choice Winner ($30,000): Everyone for Veterans was recognized by popular vote amongst BECU employees. The nonprofit is working to improve the quality of life for veterans by connecting them to their communities for services and goods.
  • Past Recipients’ Choice Winner ($30,000): Families of Color Seattle was selected by popular vote amongst past People Helping People Award recipients. The organization works to build a strong community by supporting families of color through equitable parent programs, resource sharing, and fostering meaningful connections.

Community Benefit Winners ($15,000):

  • Ada Developers Academy
  • Arivva
  • Because People Matter
  • The Breakfast Group
  • Inside Health Institute
  • Lake City Partners Ending Homelessness
  • Southeast Seattle Senior Center
  • St. Stephen Housing Association
  • StolenYouth
  • Tacoma Refugee Choir Project
  • Transitions
  • University Beyond Bars
  • Washington Wild
  • Way Back Inn Foundation

BECU also awarded previous PHPA recipients Collaboration Grants ($15,000), which recognizes two or more organizations collaborating on a project. This year’s Collaboration Grant recipients include:

  • Community Roots Housing Foundation and Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority: Expanding meal delivery for high-need affordable housing residents through a project called Community Kitchens.
  • Friends of the Children Seattle and Childhaven: Offering specialized support services through Childhaven to address trauma, and continued care and mentorship through Friends of the Children.
  • Open Doors for Multicultural Families and Benefits Law Center: Providing access to legal representation in Social Security matters for people living with developmental/intellectual disabilities.
  • Reading Partners and Literacy Source: Supporting families with learning at home during COVID—19.
  • Urban Artworks and Mini Mart City Park: Partnering on an arts-based employment opportunity for youth experiencing barriers to arts, employment and education.