October 15th, 2013

Now Accepting Nominations for our 2014 Feel Good Checking Partners!


SMCU was founded on Seven Principles, one of which is giving back to the communities we serve. One way we give back is through Feel Good Checking™. For every Feel Good Checking account opened, we donate $20 to one of our seven non-profit community partners, who are chosen each year by SMCU and members of our community. Now that 2013 is coming to a close, it’s time for you to help decide who our 2014 partners will be.

Between October 15 and October 30, you can nominate your favorite non-profit organization* to be in the running to be an SMCU Feel Good Checking partner.

How to nominate an organization:

  • Fill out a nomination ballot at any of SMCU’s branches
  • Leave a comment on this blog post
  • Comment on any of our Facebook posts
  • Tweet your nomination on Twitter and include “@seattlemetcu”

Voting for Our Partners

Once the nomination period has ended, SMCU will review the list of organizations and narrow it down to 21 finalists, including our current partners who will be up for re-election. The finalists will be announced on Friday, November 1. For one week, November 1 to November 7, you will be able to vote for your favorite finalist here on 7Principles. The results of the vote will weigh heavily in the selection process, so be sure to support your favorite non-profit through both nominating and voting.

The 2014 Feel Good Checking partners will be announced on Thursday, November 21.

We encourage all SMCU members as well as members of our community to participate. Your voice helps make SMCU a reflection of you, which is an important part of our being a co-op. Happy nominating!

*Eligible organizations must be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit headquartered in the state of Washington.

22 Responses

  1. Kjell Anderson says:

    GallantFew, Inc. is a nonprofit that helps soldiers transition from active duty to civilian life. They also do counseling for PTSD, and help injured vets in all categories of needs. Additionally, they feed all the soldiers that have to work on Thanksgiving Day on Joint Base Lewis McChord.

  2. New Beginnings is a local nonfprofit organization whose mission is to provide shelter, advocacy and support for battered women and their children; and to change attitudes and social institutions that foster and perpetuate violence.
    I have recently begun volunteering with this organization and believe them to be more than deserving of a partnership with SMCU.

  3. Ed Welsh says:

    Having worked my final years of my working life for DESC, I have seen firsthand the difference they make in the community. I feel they are the best qualified recipients of ANY and ALL help from the community. Their dedication and good service have provided much needed help to the most vulnerable in the community and saved the City and County Millions.

  4. Chau says:

    Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization offering a broad array of human services and behavioral health programs to Asian Pacific Americans in King County. ACRS is the largest multiservice organization serving all the different Asian Pacific American communities – immigrants, refugees and American born – in the Pacific Northwest.

  5. B. Ewing says:

    Seattle Inner City Outings connects kids with nature. We serve youth from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds who may not otherwise have an opportunity to explore and experience nature. We provide skilled leadership and equipment necessary for safe nature experiences. Our volunteers lead youth into the outdoors to participate in a variety of activities including hiking, backpacking, exploring saltwater beaches, tree planting, snow-shoeing, sledding, bicycling, kite flying, and kayaking. Outing destinations include the Cascades, the Olympic Peninsula, Washington state parks, the Puget Sound, and beyond.

  6. B. Ewing says:

    Seattle Inner City Outings website

  7. Judith R Shoshana says:

    ELAP, or Eastside Legal Assistance Program, is a wonderful organization that provides free legal services for low-income residents of East and NE King County, and Domestic Violence survivors from all over King County including Seattle. they are able to do this with the help of volunteer attorneys and the other volunteerswho support the program and make it all possible

  8. Darcy says:

    I think we should nominate the Hunger Intervention Program! They are a small but effective anti-hunger org in North Seattle. They are a dynamic organization in that they have programs to keep school children fed on the weekend and a meal seniors can eat in the company of their peers. Money for HIP means food for those who need it most!

  9. SAFE (Save A Forgotten Equine) mission: To make a difference in the lives of forgotten and at-risk equines through direct intervention, education, and community outreach; to stress the importance of owner responsibility; and to operate at the highest level of integrity, honesty, professionalism, and compassion.

    Since 2005, Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE) has been rescuing and rehabilitating horses that have been starved, neglected, abused or are unwanted. We have formal agreements in place with Animal Control agencies in King, Pierce and Skagit counties to support their fight to protect horses in this region. SAFE also provides assistance to horse owners struggling to care for their animals in the current economy.

    SAFE is deeply committed to its rescued horses. We have extensive experience in equine rehabilitation and have successfully brought many neglected horses back from the brink of starvation. Our rehabilitation efforts are supported by local veterinarian Dr Hannah Mueller DVM’s Northwest Equine Stewardship Center and several other local equine veterinary professionals. All of our horses are provided with routine vet care, dental care, vaccinations, and farrier care. Once a horse has been successfully rehabilitated, we carefully evaluate them to discover their strengths and suitabilities, and we provide many of these horses with professional training to help ensure them a safe and productive future. While at SAFE, horses receive a lot of personal attention and handling. Our rideable horses are worked on a regular basis by our on-staff trainer and by qualified volunteers under her supervision.

    Once a horse is ready for a permanent home, SAFE undertakes a rigorous screening process to find the ideal placement. We carefully review applications, check references, and conduct site visits, with the goal of finding a long-term home that will benefit both horse and adopter. After a horse is placed into its forever home, annual follow-up visits are conducted to ensure the animal’s continued well-being and SAFE will take a horse back if its adopter can’t continue to care for it.

    We have been volunteering for this organization for the past 2 years.

  10. Robert says:

    I nominate ArtsFund, a local non-profit that awards grants to 60+ arts organizations in Seattle, King County and Pierce County. In 2013, ArtsFund awarded over $2.55M via corporate, individual and foundation giving. On October 1st, they launched Power2Give Puget Sound: a crowdfunding site for arts groups to solicit funding for special projects, equipment upgrades, etc. Only 3 weeks old, nearly 10 projects have already been fully funded! http://www.power2give.org/pugetsound/projects

  11. I would like to nominate Sister Schools. Sister Schools teaches compassion, service, and social responsibility by partnering students in local Seattle schools with children in need in Uganda. Sister Schools achieves this through two complimentary goals: First, providing students the life-changing and character building experience of personal giving; and second, providing supplies, hope and inspiration to children in need.

  12. Ben Leifer says:

    The 5th Avenue Theatre would be a great agency to include – it exists to develop, produce and present live musical theater for the cultural enrichment of the Northwest community, and to preserve, maintain, and operate the historic and irreplaceable 5th Avenue Theatre. To achieve this mission, the Theatre actively pursues the highest standards of artistic excellence and service, enhance and continuously improve all aspects of the facility operations, endeavor to make its programming accessible and relevant to all audiences, and maintain organizational stability.

    The Theatre’s Vision is to be nationally recognized as a pre-eminent musical theater company, involved in all aspects of the American musical (past, present and future) – reflected by the highest levels of artistic and production quality, staff expertise, and audience engagement.

    Please visit http://www.5thavenue.org/ to learn more about this wonderful non-profit performing arts organization and its current array of entertaining and enriching shows!

  13. Pat Erickson says:

    Pinky’s Passion for a Parkinson’s Cure is a small grassroots all volunteer charity. Its mission is to raise money, increase awareness & support research for a Parkinson’s cure. In the US, 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease will be diagnosed in this year alone. With an aging population, it is anticipated the number of people with PD will double in the next 25 years. Researchers feel they are very close to a breakthrough on PD (which should MS and Alzheimers as well). All Money raised by Pinky’s Passion goes to both local and national Parkinsion’s Foundations

  14. Sue Brown says:

    I would like to nominate Pinky’s Passion for a Parkinson’s Cure. It is an all volunteer charity. Its mission is to raise money, increase awareness & support research for a Parkinson’s cure. We support local PD groups, as well as Team Fox. Thank you for your consideration.

  15. Shannon says:

    What a wonderful collection of organizations to choose from here!

    I’d like to nominate Heroes for the Homeless, an all-volunteer local charity that does outreach to the most vulnerable homeless people in our community. Heroes for the Homeless focuses on serving people with real, immediate need, in tangible ways: hiking to our clients to deliver emergency supplies, food, clothing, and cold-weather gear (tents, sleeping bags, etc.) to those living in encampments, in their cars, and under freeways.

    There’s a short video that Christy X (a local documentary film maker) made about us, which can give you an idea of what Heroes for the Homeless is all about: http://vimeo.com/54061539 You can also check out the website at http://www.heroesforthehomeless.org

    Thank you!

  16. Elizabeth says:

    College Access Now (CAN) is a Seattle-based organization dedicated to making college admission and graduation possible for talented, motivated and economically disadvantaged students. Their programs help high school students break down the college admissions process into manageable steps – an experience that is daunting when no one in your household has gone through it. CAN also makes sure those students graduate college. Their goal is to help students all the way through the process – until they throw that cap in the air, degree in hand, CAN is there to make sure they succeed. Since they were founded in 2005, they have helped 952 students on their way to a college degree. They are highly worthy to be partners with SMCU!

  17. Robert says:

    Id like to nominate PSCC (Puget sound christian clinic). They are a non profit that provides quality medical, dental and counseling services to the community through volunteer professionals.

    I have had the opportunity to work alongside them and they are simply awesome. Over 100 doctors dentists and counselors all volunteer their time to give quality services in the neighborhood.


  18. Since 1989, the Windermere Foundation has donated a portion of the proceeds from every home purchased or sold towards supporting low-income and homeless families in our communities. This generosity is made possible by many of our friends, clients, offices, agents, and owners. In addition to financial contributions, we do much more to support our communities through volunteering, an annual community service day, special events, and additional donations.

    Over the last 25 years, we have given more than $25 million towards services and organizations that support low-income and homeless families. Some examples of this include providing grants for families to keep the lights on and a roof over their head, back-to-school backpacks, funding for food programs, and scholarship programs for local youth to attend afterschool programs and summer camp.

    To learn more about Windermere Foundation go to the website: http://www.windermere.com/foundation or follow us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/WindermereFoundation.

  19. Emma Johnson says:

    I would like to nominate Zero Waste Washington for the environmental Feel Good Checking Partner. Zero Waste Washington is a small non-profit with a huge impact! As an example, the E-cycle Washington program (a program which was a direct result of Zero Waste Washington’s efforts) launched in 2009 and is now collecting 2,500 computers and televisions PER DAY in Washington, keeping dangerous heavy metals and plastics out of the landfill. Furthermore, the program is sustainable because the manufacturers are responsible for setting up and paying for the program. Zero Waste Washington is working on advancing this approach for other products too, such as paint, medicines, batteries, and fluorescent lighting. A great organization overall, and one that is passionate about waste reduction too!

  20. Sara Z says:

    I would like to nominate The Aaron Brooks Foundation. The non-profit foundation supports Seattle-area youth in high-poverty and high-risk environments to complete their education. It promotes social enrichment, education, and physical fitness.