Not all heroes wear capes, so BECU has tasked itself with making sure local superhumans are recognized. The Washington-based credit union has announced it is currently accepting nominations for the 2021 People Helping People Awards, a program dedicated to those who have worked to make their community a better place.
Nominees should be focused on one of seven giving areas: advancing education, arts and culture, creating economic opportunity, preserving health and promoting wellness, preserving or restoring the environment, providing for basic human needs, or strengthening local communities. Past recipients are eligible for the award as long as they’ve completed a three-year waiting period.
This year’s People Helping People Awards plans to distribute over $500,000 — with each winner receiving up to $50,000 in grant funds. In addition, BECU announced its new Black Community Development Project (BCDP), a “five-year, $5 million commitment to Black communities and racial equity” that will focus on supporting small, Black-led nonprofits.
Since its inception in 2013, BECU’s People Helping People Awards have donated over $2.5 million to local organizations. Past winners include Densho, an organization dedicated to “preserving and sharing the history of incarcerating Japanese Americans during WWII,” and Families of Color Seattle, a community-building non-profit that supports work within families of color.
BECU members holding a primary or joint membership (including employee members) are encouraged to nominate impactful nonprofits via its online application.
Nominations are open through Friday, July 2, with semifinalists notified mid-July, and award recipients announced in December.