November 1st, 2012

CHECKING FOR CHANGE: Vote now for our 2013 Feel Good Checking partners! (Voting ends November 7th)

Over the past few weeks, you have nominated more than 50 amazing local non-profits. After reviewing all of these incredible organizations, we have chosen 21 finalists, including our current partners who are up for re-election, to be in the running to become one of SMCU’s seven 2013 Feel Good Checking® partners.

To choose the finalists, we carefully rated each nominee against a number of criteria, including:

  • Whether they had confirmed a willingness to partner with SMCU.
  • How well they engaged with their supporters. This included considerations like whether they had a newsletter, or blog or an active Facebook or Twitter community.
  • How well they exhibited the Seven Principles in their organization.

The finalists represent seven non-profit categories: Animals, Art & Culture, Education, Environmental and Sustainability, Family & Neighborhood, Health & Wellness, and Hunger & Housing. We will select one partner from each category, so you may vote for one non-profit in each category.
The 21 finalists are…

Animal Category

Motley Zoo Animal Rescue
Motley Zoo Animal Rescue focuses on housing animals, primarily dogs, in foster homes throughout King County. They make sure the animals are healthy and spayed or neutered to limit the number of animals who are “left behind” in the future.

PAWS is an organization dedicated to the welfare of all kinds of animals. They work to place companion animals into good homes and provide medical assistance and rehabilitation for injured wildlife, so they can be returned to their natural habitats.

The Seattle Humane Society
For more than 110 years, the Seattle Humane Society has been an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the welfare of all animals in King County. They offer animal adoption, veterinary services, training and a host of other programs to help ensure that animal companionship is accessible to everyone.

Arts and Culture Category

KEXP is listener-powered radio that has grown from a small station into an innovative cultural force in the Seattle music community. They depend on donations from supporters and companies to continue their work to champion music and musical discovery.

Nature Consortium
Nature Consortium inspires youth and adults in the Puget Sound area to become creative leaders through art and environmental action. Whether it’s discovering a new art form or planting a tree for the first time, they believe in learning and growing together.

Seattle Children’s Theatre
Since 1975, Seattle Children’s Theatre has provided children of all ages access to professional theatre, building a lifelong interest in the arts. Their programs focus on theatre education and empower young people to make new discoveries about themselves and the world around them.

Education Category

Washington Business Week
Washington Business Week prepares high school students to successfully enter the workforce by giving them the skills, confidence, and values to succeed in life. They serve more than 3,000 teens each year throughout Washington through summer camps and in-school community programs.

Youth in Focus
Youth in Focus’s mission is to empower urban youth, through photography, to make positive choices for their lives. They provide free photography classes designed to build a sense of self-worth, social skills, artistic sensibility, and self-expression.

First Place School
Dedicated to families in crisis, First Place School provides education, housing, and support services that allow low-income families and their children to achieve permanent stability and achieve self-sufficiency.

Environmental and Sustainability Category

Cascade Harvest Coalition
Cascade Harvest Coalition is dedicated to re-localizing the food system in Washington State by more directly connecting consumers and produces. They enhance community food security, promote preservation of agricultural lands and resources, and increase public awareness of local agriculture.

Seattle Tilth
Seattle Tilth is dedicated to inspiring and educating people to garden organically and conserve natural resources. They produce a host of programs to help the would-be urban farmer to optimize their space and get the most from their available resources.

Climate Solutions
Climate Solutions educates the community on climate and clean energy. They bring together business leaders from around the Northwest who are committed to strong action to reduce pollution and transition our region to renewable and efficient energy.

Families and Neighborhoods Category

EASE (Emergency Assistance for Seattle Employees) provides support and financial assistance to City of Seattle employees and their families who experience unexpected financial situations due to catastrophe or crisis in their lives.

Seattle Young People’s Project
Seattle Young People’s Project is a youth-led, adult supported social justice organization that empowers youth to express themselves and to take action on the issues that affect their lives. SYPP believes that although young people cannot vote, they can use their voices to bring social change.

Seattle Inner City Outings
Since 1992, Seattle Inner City Outings has provided opportunities for urban youth and adults to explore, enjoy, and protect the natural world. They provide food, transportation, and trained leaders who take participants on hikes, camping trips, and more.

Health and Wellness Category

Full Life Care
Full Life Care works with frail elders and those with chronic or terminal illnesses and disabilities to enhance their quality of life. They strive to provide those in their care with the means to maintain their independence and continue to find the joy in everyday life.

Bike Works
Bike Works strives to promote sustainable transportation options for people of all ages. They work with young people to encourage them to experience the freedom and joy of bicycle riding while building their self-esteem and sense of personal empowerment.

Lifelong Aids Alliance
Lifelong AIDS Alliance is an organization that empowers people living with or at risk of HIV or AIDS and other chronic conditions to lead healthier lives. They provide health insurance so people can get the care they need, cook and deliver healthy meals, and ensure people have a safe place to live.

Hunger and Housing Category

Food Lifeline
Food Lifeline is dedicated to ending hunger in Western Washington by providing a link between food sources and hungry people. They provide food to over 745,000 people through a network of nearly 300 food banks, meal programs, and shelters.

FareStart empowers homeless and disadvantaged men, women, and families to achieve self-sufficiency through life skills, job training, and employment in the food service industry to ultimately end their personal cycles of homelessness.

Hunger Intervention Program
Since 1998, Hunger Intervention Program has worked to provide nutritional meals and basic cooking skills to low-income and disadvantaged individuals. Their programs include a community kitchen for developmentally disabled adults and weekly bagged lunches for the homeless.

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