October 19th, 2011

Checking for Change

One of the great things about being a credit union, created by the community we serve, is the opportunity to give back. There are a number of different ways we do that, but one of the most popular is through our Feel Good Checking™ product. For every Feel Good Checking account opened, SMCU donates $20 to one of six non-profit community partners. Since the account was launched in February 2008, Feel Good Checking has raised more than $75,000 for these amazing groups.

Now it’s time to spread the good to even more community-focused organizations. We’re looking to add four more groups to the list of potential recipients of Feel Good Checking donations.

Between October 17, and November 7, SMCU will be accepting nominations for organizations* to become new Feel Good Checking partners.

Four Easy Ways to Nominate an Organization

  1. Comment on this post, OR

  2. Fill out a printed form in one of SMCU’s branches, OR

  3. Send an email to share@smcu.com, OR

  4. Send us an @reply on Twitter (@SeattleMetCU), OR

  5. Comment on any of our Facebook posts.

Be sure to include a website and contact information for the organization you nominate. You only need to nominate them one time.

Once the nomination period is over, (midnight on Monday, November 7), SMCU will review the list of organizations and narrow it down to 12 finalists. The finalists will be announced on Wednesday, November 9th. When the finalists are announced you will be able to vote for your favorite on Facebook. The results of the vote will be a major factor in which organizations are ultimately selected to be our four new partners.

The four new partners will be announced on Wednesday, November 16.

We hope that you will participate in this selection process and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Your voice helps make SMCU a reflection of you, which is an important part of our being a co-op.

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

19 Responses

  1. Robert says:

    ArtsFund: http://www.artsfund.org/
    ArtsFund has been awarding grants to arts orgranizations in King and Pierce Counties since 1969!

    Neighborhood House: http://www.nhwa.org/
    Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. Since 1906.
    Community Health, Early Childhood Education, Family & Social Services, Employment & Adult Education, Transportation, and Youth Education.

    Denise Louie Education Center: http://www.deniselouie.org/
    Head Start, Early Head Start, & Play and Learn

    Sea Mar: http://seamar.org/index.php
    Community-based organization providing quality, comprehensive health and human services in WA

    CASA Latina: http://www.casa-latina.org/
    Empowering Latino imigrants through educational and economic opportunities.

    • henry says:

      seattle young people’s project is a powerful youth led organization that has empowered me to change the world and organize against oppression

  2. Dick E says:

    I nominate Old Dog Haven, Arlington WA


  3. Ben C says:

    I nominate Operation Nightwatch, a nonprofit agency in Seattle that helps homeless people.

  4. Carol D. says:

    I nominate KEXP! ! ! ! !

  5. Amy says:

    I nominate Nature Consortium, a grassroots community-based nonprofit whose mission is to connect people, arts, and nature. They do amazing work throughout Seattle!

  6. Sara M. says:

    DESC helps end homelessness one person at a time focusing attention where it’s needed most – with persons who are disabled and vulnerable. Plus, DESC saves public money by reducing the public costs associated with homelessness. Check out the article on the website about 1811 Eastlake for more information on this. It makes sense to end homelessness!

  7. Lynn says:

    Northwest Harvest distributes food all over the state Washington wherever the need is greatest.

  8. amanda says:

    I nominate Lifelong AIDS alliance, who is committed to serving people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as preventing new infections from occurring.

  9. Murph says:

    I nominate Seattle Young People’s Project, sypp.org. SYPP is an adult supported youth led org working for social justice with a focus on public schools.

  10. Kyla says:

    I nominate the Seattle Young People’s Project. SYPP is a youth-led, adult supported social justice organization that empowers youth (ages 13-18) to express themselves and to take action on the issues that affect their lives. SYPP youth identify issues that effect them and their communities, learn organizing skills and analysis and then take action to create change. Their work is so inspiring because it’s young people laying the course for action- identifying solutions to issues by which they are uniquely impacted.

    One example of this is their current education justice campaign where youth identified the disproportionate experiences of discipline for youth of color in public schools. Youth talked with their peers, did research, and found that youth of color are disciplined more often, with more severe punishments than their white peers. They’ve shown strong connections between discipline rates and graduation rates- when youth are disciplined more often and with severity like suspension, expulsion and referral to the criminal justice system, they are less likely to graduate. SYPP Youth Organizers then developed a campaign to transform discipline in our public schools- to better support all young people in feeling safe and valued at school.

    I think we as a community should invest in SYPP because they are doing such important and inspiring work in our communities. If we want our communities to better support young people, youth should be centered in the decision-making and implementation of change efforts- that’s why SYPP should be a new partner of SMCU!

  11. Megan says:

    I nominate Seattle Young People’s Project
    2820 E Cherry Street, Seattle, WA 98122
    Phone: 206.860.9606

    Office Hours: M-Th 10am – 7pm

    Email: info@sypp.org

  12. Lili says:

    I’d like to nominate Nature Consortium! Nature Consortium’s mission is to connect people, arts, & nature. They do a great job achieving their goals through their annual Arts in Nature Festival,the forest restoration in the West Duwamish Greenbelt and providing free arts programming to at risk youth at Yesler Terrace & Rainier Vista!

  13. Paula says:

    I also nominate the Seattle Young People’s Project. They are an exciting organization that continues to inspire me with every project.

  14. Sabranie C says:

    I nominate Orca K-8 PTSA. Orca K-8 is a South Seattle alternative public school.
    Orca’s child centered program helps each student discover and develop in a safe and nurturing environment. Our school features individually paced instruction in multi-graded classrooms. Our teachers
    work in cooperative teams. The curriculum emphasizes academic achievement and strong education in the arts, environmental studies, natural history, and computer literacy.

  15. The Associated Recreation Council works in close partnership with the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department. The organization provides funds to keep the community centers operating for all neighborhoods. ARC provides scholarships to help low income families and those in economic crisis access safe, affordable quality Childcare and programs to meet the learning and recreational needs for all families across the City.

  16. Isaac F. says:

    The mission of Somali Community Services Coalition is to enhance the well-being of Somali refugees throughout King County, empower families and individuals, and preserve the community’s rich cultural heritage.
    Founded in 1995 and incorporated as a 501(C)3 nonprofit agency in 1998, SCSC was the first Somali community-based organization to be contracted by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) for social services. Located on the border of SeaTac and Tukwila – ranked by the New York Times as the #1 most diverse school district in the US – SCSC is surrounded by Somali-owned businesses and strategically positioned to empower the community through a range of social services including naturalization assistance, employment assistance, referrals (legal, housing, medical, nutrition), after-school tutoring and a summer enrichment program for youth.

  17. christina r. says:

    I would like to nominate Penny Harvest, a program of Solid Ground. (http://www.solid-ground.org/programs/legal/penny/pages/default.aspx). Penny Harvest is a sensational program for youth that brings what they learn in the classroom and relates it to the real issues of the world bringing relevance to what they are studying. Unlike other programs where the students just gather the funds, Penny Harvesters have together id the issues they want to address and find and fund programs that fit that profile–and then follow up and even do in service programs. These young people are the next generation of informed citizens!
    Thank you for considering this worthy program
    Christina Rockrise

  18. Art P. says:

    I’d like to nominate an arts non-profit right in the neighbohood: Seward park Clay Studio. The studio offers adult and children’s classes with the best clay teachers in the city ; scholarships; a place for 20 resident artists to do clay and community workshops.

    We are presently raising funds for a kiln re-build. Stop by the park and see what we offer.