BECU awards $515,000 to nonprofits and more community news

BECU awards $515,000 to nonprofits

After receiving more than 600 nominations from members, BECU announced the recipients of its 2018 People Helping People awards.

BECU recognized 18 local nonprofits — finalists received awards ranging from $15,000 to $50,000.

Since 2013, BECU has donated more than $1.5 million to local organizations through this program.

BECU’s 2018 People Helping People Award recipients include:

• Member Volunteer of the Year ($50,000): Rain City Rock Camp for Girls

• People’s Choice ($40,000): Reading Partners

• Employees’ Choice Winner ($30,000): Brigadoon Service Dogs

• Past Recipients’ Choice Winner ($30,000): White Center Food Bank

Community Benefit Winners ($15,000):

• Arlington Kids Kloset

• Beyond Pink Spokane

• Capitol Hill Housing

• Cares of Washington

• The Dance School

• The Good Foot Arts Collective

• Mini Mart City Park

• Northwest Harvest

• Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank

• Seattle Repertory Theatre

• Snoqualmie Valley Community Network

• Shared Breakfast

• Victim Support Services

• Viva Farms

Design idea winners chosen

Tukwila Mayor Allan Ekberg participated in judging the Displaced: Design for Inclusive Cities competition. The competition gathered ideas from architects and designers on how their profession can support immigrants and refugees.

The winners have been chosen and their pieces can be seen in a gallery exhibition at the Center for Architecture & Design — called Sanctuary: Design for Belonging.

The exhibit runs from now until Feb. 23, 2019 and is held at 1010 Western Ave. in Seattle.

Out of 40 submissions, five finalists were awarded. The winners were awarded $15,000 in prize dollars from the Design in Public and American Institute of Architects Seattle.

• First prize: Comparte/lo Simple by Juan Manuel Garcia Alvarez & Mariana Santibañez Pantoja

• Second prize: Seattle Resource Hubs | Connect + Access by Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects

• Third prize: Cuiseen by Benjamin Ku

• Honorable mention: Displaced Handbook by Clemente Miller, Wendy Greenberg, Daniel Lee, and Ricki Xie in partnership with World Relief

• Student winner: Rose Triangle Commons by Juliana Hom and Mo Li

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