For the last four weeks, we’ve been on the hunt for our 2013 Feel Good Checking partners. More than 50 non-profit organizations were nominated by members of our community. SMCU reviewed each one of the nominees and created a list of 21 finalists, who went before a public vote to determine the winners. In each of the 7 categories, the organization that got the highest number of votes was named a new partner.
The winners are:
Seattle Children’s Theatre – provides 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.
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.
Lifelong AIDS Alliance – 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.
Youth in Focus – is an organization with a mission 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.
We’d like to welcome back our 2012 partners who have been re-elected:
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.
Seattle Tilth – educates and inspires people to garden organically and conserve natural resources through a host of programs that help the would-be urban farmer to optimize their space and get the most from their available resources.
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.
SMCU is excited to work with these wonderful organizations. They will receive donations from the Feel Good Checking program beginning January 1, 2013.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Checking for Change campaign by nominating organizations, voting or helping to spread the word.