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It's late, I'm tired and cranky (been on a liquid diet for days since my kidney is to be removed Friday) but please if you are a BECU member fill out the application to help the Tukwila Pantry win $10K.
BECU is giving $10K to a charity organization, lets help them win that. My submittal is below, you'll need some of its information. Please do what you can to help.
Application Link: https://www.facebook.com/becu?v=app_616878195009675
Non-Profit Name* -- Tukwila Pantry
Non-Profit Website* - www.tukwilapantry.org
Non-Profit Contact Person* --- Joe Tice
Non-Profit Contact Email* -- Info@tukwilapantry.org
Non-Profit Contact Phone * 206-431-8293
9-digit EIN or Tax ID Number – 75-2974441
1. How have you worked with or supported this organization in the past 12 months (volunteer hours, board involvement, donations, etc)? (300 characters)*
I have participated in their annual Bowl-a-thon fundraiser over several years; as a City Councilmember, I have help fund their needs through our human services budget and independently participated in their annual silent auction and dinner fundraiser.
2. In what ways does this organization bring the credit union philosophy of people helping people to life? (1750 characters)*
The Tukwila Pantry was started by a grass-roots effort to feed the hungry in Tukwila by an individual who saw the need and acted. Joe Tice graduated from Tukwila's Foster High school in 1977 and later in life realized the need to feed those in need since Tukwila has many individuals who need a leg up in life to help them during trying times. The current high-school free and reduced lunch program consumes 65% or more of the student population and Tukwila is nationally recognized by the media as having the most diverse number of languages spoken. Joe Tice reported on September 23rd at a City Council meeting that 1 in 5 residents utilize the Tukwila Food pantry to help them sustain themselves and their families. The Tukwila Pantry helps people help themselves by providing a caring environment, unquestionable service, life sustaining sustenance to those in need. Currently the Tukwila Pantry, even with donations, charity drives, and limited funding sources, has been struggling to meet the basic needs of the people who seek their food services. It is difficult to successfully provide balanced meals without adequate funding, since food donations are generally bulk and not balanced across the food spectrum. The BECU People Helping People Award would provide the needed funding to really provide the opportunity to balance meals, support delivery needs, and move the Pantry ahead so much. The Tukwila Pantry’s People are truly helping people in life!
3. What impact could $10,000 have on this organization? (550 characters)*
$10,000 would cover the cost of a month's operational expenses (utilities, delivery/pickup truck, one full-time and part-time employee); it would free up considerable cash flow to provide needed balanced food to the community. The Tukwila Pantry has seen a 150% increase in people needing its services, as Joe Tice presented on Monday, September 23rd before the City Council; 1 in 5 residents in Tukwila utilize the Tukwila Pantry services yearly.
4. Share a story about your involvement that illustrates the impact of this organization. (1750 characters)*
My involvement has been as a leader in the community, as a Tukwila City Council member, early on I helped originated the human services budget allocations to organizations such as the Tukwila Pantry. As an individual contributor in my community, I have opened my wallet to support Tukwila Pantry fund raising events, auctions, and the yearly-bowl-a-thon. I have frequented the facility, reviewed access / egress needs, and supported the Tukwila Pantry's continued funding. Joe Tice and I graduated from Tukwila's Foster High School in the same year, he is contributing how he can; I - as how I can. This is a charitable organization with much need; food needs have risen 150% based on participants, families in need visit the Pantry on average 10 times a year. The BECU People Helping People Award would enable the Tukwila Panty to embrace so many more people who are in need.