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BECU employees assemble 27,000 care kits for nonprofit partners

Nearly 2,700 employees give back to their communities during BECU Cares Day

SEATTLE, WA (October 11, 2022) — As part of its commitment to support the communities where its members live, work and play, BECU, the largest community credit union in the United States, is hosting its eighth annual BECU Cares Day. The credit union is closed in honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day and nearly 2,700 employees are packing more than 27,000 care kits for 10 nonprofit partners that will be distributed amongst the communities they serve.

“As a purpose-driven credit union, BECU Cares Day embodies our employees’ enthusiasm for giving back to those making a significant difference in our communities,” said Benson Porter, BECU’s president and chief executive officer. “COVID-19 may have changed the way we show up, but our commitment to the credit union industry’s philosophy of ‘people helping people’ is as strong as ever. This year we are lending a hand to organizations who support community members across different intersections, from Native youth and educators in the Pacific Northwest to students in Charleston and families in Spokane.”

This year, care packages will benefit 10 of BECU’s philanthropic partners located in Washington and South Carolina, including:

  • Alimentando al PuebloHouse cleaning supply kits will be provided to Latinx community members in King County.
  • Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS): Personal care kits will be distributed to Asian American and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry: New match activity kits will be provided to support one-to-one mentoring relationships for Bigs & Littles in Charleston, S.C.
  • Chief Seattle ClubPersonal care kits will go to support American Indian and Alaska Native people in King County, many of whom are facing homelessness.
  • College Success Foundation: School supplies kits will be deployed to underserved high school students in nine Washington public school districts.
  • Housing Hope: House cleaning supply kits will be provided to individuals and families in Snohomish County working to break the cycle of homelessness.
  • Junior Achievement of Washington: Teacher gratitude and secondary school supplies kits will be distributed to students and teachers across Washington state.
  • Raising Girls: Personal care kits will be shared with girls in Pierce County and Seattle’s South Sound who do not have access to daily care and hygiene products.
  • Rise Above: School supplies kits will be provided to Native youth in Washington state, spanning across all grade levels.
  • Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP): Personal care kits will go to families in Spokane, Wash. who are living in poverty.

BECU employees will assemble kits remotely from home, staying connected with their work teams digitally through video chat. The kits vary by each partner organization and include items to support personal care, education, cleaning and more.


About BECU

With more than 1.4 million members and $28.8 billion in assets, BECU is the largest not-for-profit credit union in Washington and one of the top four financial cooperatives in the country. As a member-owned credit union, BECU is focused on helping increase the financial well-being of its members and communities through great rates, few fees, community partnerships and financial education. The credit union currently operates 60 financial centers, including two in South Carolina. For more information, visit www.becu.org.

Contacts

Bethany Hawley
BECU
503-701-0463
bethany.hawley@becu.org

Natalie Hobbs
BECU
509-991-3693
Natalie.hobbs@becu.org

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