Our People Helping People Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional work within the communities we serve. We honor members and nonprofits that drive positive changes through service to others.
Voting is now closed. Our 2022 People Helping People Award winners will be announced in December. Thank you for voting.
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) is dedicated to preserving affordable housing for their neighbors, enhancing their natural environment and providing arts and cultural opportunities for their community while intentionally providing space for youth leadership. The mission of DNDA is to integrate art, nature and neighborhood to build and sustain a dynamic Delridge.
Dress for Success Seattle
Dress for Success is part of a global movement for change, empowering women to obtain safer and better futures. Their purpose is to offer long-lasting solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty by physically equipping their clients with apparel and accessories, providing programs to furnish confidence and providing the knowledge for each client to actively define her life, the direction she takes and what success means to her.
Empowering Youth & Families Outreach
Empowering Youth & Families Outreach's (EYFO) mission is to raise up resilient leaders who are empowered to achieve their dreams and contribute to a more just and humane world. A staple in the Black community, they believe in fiercely defending and protecting the childhoods of Black kids. Their multi-faceted programs are designed to provide hands-on support, putting each individual they serve on a trajectory to success.
Geeking Out Kids of Color
Geeking Out Kids of Color teaches a project-based STEM approach as a tool for academic and life achievement. They support young people in building positive relationships with their communities and diverse identities. Their approach embraces racial and gender equity in all they do to improve the quality of life for youth furthest from educational justice.
Influence the Choice
Influence the Choice has a mission to promote youth mental, physical and social wellness to prevent adolescent substance use and improve student outcomes. They work to increase behavioral health for teens by building protective factors and supports around them that decrease the likelihood they will choose to experiment with alcohol and other drugs.
Joya works to reduce health and education inequities for infants and toddlers who are impacted by developmental disabilities and delays. Their purpose is to nurture the full potential of families and their children with disabilities by providing personalized, comprehensive program of assessment, therapy, education, and support.
The mission of NAMI Seattle is to address the unmet mental health needs within the community through support, referral, education, and outreach. NAMI Seattle envisions a world where all those impacted by mental illness know they are not alone and are empowered to live a fulfilling life.
Reachout Organization's mission is to give hope to the at-risk youth population and empower them through economic opportunity. The key service they offer is vocational guidance. They provide young people with appropriate resources for continuing education, getting a job, or learning a new skill to help them pursue a career.
Readiness to Learn
Readiness to Learn creates safe spaces for youth and families impacted by isolation, poverty, and inequity by connecting them with essential resources such as food, clothing, financial assistance, housing, and academic resources and supplies.
Sherwood Community Services
Sherwood Community Services provides innovative, inclusive services to children and adults with disabilities. Sherwood strives to create an inclusive society where people with disabilities have the ability to live meaningful lives.
Speak with Purpose
Speak with Purpose exists to cultivate inclusive and creative learning spaces that allow young scholars to deconstruct the dominant narratives by using public speaking to uplift their culture, self-authored identities, and communities. They seek to bridge the engagement and opportunity gap by reaching every child that is silent in the back of the classroom and inspire them to step forward to become the leaders in the front.
Spokane AIDS Network
Spokane AIDS Network (SAN) works to raise awareness about the impact of HIV and AIDS in Spokane. SAN also works in close partnership with community stakeholders to serve as a bridge to resources for people living with and impacted by HIV and AIDS, raising awareness and fighting stigma in Spokane.
Spokane Valley Performing Arts Center
The mission of Spokane Valley Performing Arts Center (SVPAC) is to enrich, entertain and serve the community in a safe, professional environment. The SVPAC provides artistic, educational, cultural and social programs for creative and personal expression for Inland Northwest youth., They create theatre education and productions of high artistic merit that are affordable and accessible to the local community.
Take the Next Step
Take the Next Step focuses on offering friendship, help, and hope to their neighbors in need of all ages, backgrounds and situations – at risk children, homeless and street involved youth and adults, teen parents, low income and homeless families, veterans, the elderly, and disabled. They envision all Sky Valley residents having equitable and fair access to the resources, support services, and guidance needed to meet their basic needs and personal goals so they can live life to their fullest potential.
The Silent Task Force
By providing culturally specific education, trainings, and workshops to the community to meet them where they are, the Silent Task Force (TSTF) serves to heal the impact and effect of systemic, domestic violence that occurs historically and currently in black families and communities. TSTF works with youth and families with the intention of support, education, prevention and intervention.
Washington CASA Association
Washington CASA Association volunteers advocate for abused or neglected children. CASA's best-interest advocacy helps ensure children are safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive. The CASA Program exists to recruit, train and support quality volunteer advocates so they can seamlessly fulfill their advocacy role.
Westside Baby meets the basic needs of children to promote safety, security and healthy development. They provide essential items to keep children safe, warm and dry by collecting and distributing diapers, clothing, and equipment throughout Western King County.
Whidbey Environmental Action Network
Whidbey Environmental Action Network's mission is to restore and preserve the native biological diversity of Whidbey Island and the Pacific Northwest. WEAN accomplishes this through education: by curating relevant articles for the website, through activation: by providing tools for effective participation, through preservation and restoration: by preventing ecosystem damage when possible and restoring ecosystems as necessary, and through litigation: by challenging anti-environmental laws and proposals.
- BECU member nominations: June 1 – 30
- Semifinalists notified: July 15
- Nonprofit completion of application form: July 15 – July 29
- Finalists notified: September 30
- Voting for People's Choice Award: November
- Award recipients announced: December
- 2023 PHPA Program: Dates will be announced in the spring
The BECU People Helping People Awards are granted in the following amounts:
Member Volunteer of the Year Award: (1) $50,000
Selected by a panel of judges, the award is granted to a nonprofit organization on behalf of an outstanding member volunteer.
People's Choice Award: (1) $40,000
Selected by popular vote from the community, the award is granted to one nonprofit organization.
Employees' Choice Award: (1) $30,000
Selected by popular vote from BECU employees, the award is granted to one nonprofit organization.
Past PHPA Recipients' Choice: (1) $30,000
Selected by popular vote from past PHPA recipient nonprofits, the award is granted to one nonprofit organization.
Community Benefit Award: (14) $15,000 or more
Selected by a panel of judges, the awards are granted to fourteen nonprofit finalists that have been nominated by members.
BCDP Nonprofit Capacity Award:
As part of the Black Community Development Project, BECU is awarding up to $150,000 in grant funding to small, Black-led nonprofits that are trying to build capacity to deepen their work in the community.
In addition to the above listed award amounts, all PHPA recipients will receive a glide path grant of $2,500 for the two years following their initial award (glide path funding does not apply to BCDP grant recipients).
You may nominate any nonprofit organization you support with your time, talents or money. Nonprofits must also meet the following requirements:
- Active 501(c)(3) tax exempt status with the IRS.
- Must have a direct impact in one of the following areas:
- Washington state
- County of Charleston, South Carolina
- Oregon Counties: Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Deschutes, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington, Yamhill
- Idaho Counties: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, Shoshone
- Nonprofit work must be focused in any one of the following seven giving areas:
- Advancing education (Pre-K through college): Access to education, mentoring, educational materials and programming, classroom, school and PTSA funding for educational programs/materials/experiences.
- Arts and culture: Equitable access to art experiences, underrepresented art and cultural organizations, cultural programs.
- Creating economic opportunity: Living-wage jobs, small and startup businesses, job quality for low-wage workers.
- Preserving health and promoting wellness: Access to healthcare, illness prevention/cure, mental health, patient support, disabilities, veteran advocacy.
- Preserving or restoring the environment: Conservation, stewardship, sustainability.
- Providing for basic human needs: Affordable housing, homelessness, senior advocacy, infant and child advocacy, food/diaper/clothing banks.
- Strengthening local communities: Neighborhoods, public safety, search and rescue, outdoor spaces, rotary/chamber.
If you need help starting your application, take a look at some winning nominations from previous years (PDF). You may also find answers to frequently asked questions in our FAQ section.
Contact the BECU social impact team: firstname.lastname@example.org