Tukwila-based BECU has announced the recipients of its 2019 People Helping People Awards program, recognizing nonprofits nominated by its members.

Eighteen local organizations — including Raising Girls, Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest, Harbor WildWatch, and Freedom Education Project Puget Sound — received awards ranging from $19,400 to $54,400 across five categories: Member Volunteer of the Year, People’s Choice, Employee’s Choice, Past People Helping People Recipient’s Choice, and Community Benefit.

This year, more than 800 BECU members nominated their favorite nonprofits serving the Puget Sound region and Spokane, as well as Charleston, South Carolina. The honored organizations tackle a broad range of issues such as health and wellness, education, arts and culture, and environmental welfare.

Funding for the People Helping People Awards is made possible by BECU’s annual “Make A Purchase. Make A Difference.” campaign. During the two-month initiative, BECU donated one cent toward the People Helping People Awards program for every qualified purchase transaction made using a BECU Debit Mastercard or BECU Visa credit card. Upon completion, the credit union surpassed its original goal of $515,000 by raising $594,000, resulting in increased funding of $4,400 for each 2019 recipient.