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Bunyard, SEL earn NASS medallions


November 21, 2019

Bunyard Automotive in Colfax and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc. of Pullman were among five businesses which received special citations for outstanding work to improve lives in Washington communities. The awards were presented as part of the National Association of Secretaries of State "Corporations for Communities" award program. Secretary of State Kim Wyman awarded the NASS medallions.

Bunyard, an 18-month-old business, was cited for dedicating time each week to repairing vehicles at little to no cost in order to provide families in need of safe and reliable transportation.

SEL has donated funds to Habitat for Humanity, Whitman County Food Pantries and raised $470,000 to support STEM programs in schools. It provides employees $100 to self-direct to the charity of their choice. SEL also received the NASS Medallion in 2010.

The Field Group of Yakima, which has donated hundreds of hours helping local nonprofits, including hosting its first annual Create for a Cause event in 2018 to identify valued nonprofit organizations with fundraising needs and assist with their marketing efforts.

Kitsap Bank of Port Orchard, a family-owned business for 111 years, that has donated $445,000 to nearly 100 local nonprofits in 2019, another $30,000 to small businesses which demonstrate a commitment to community and provide free fraud prevention and financial literacy training to the public.

RE/MAX Elite in Everett and Lynnwood, whose more than 90 employees have given back to their communities by contributing more than $80,000 in commissions to military and first-responder charities, donated over $40,000 to the RE/MAX Miracle Home Program and $105,000 for Seattle Children’s Uncompensated Care Program, and participating in local food-and toy-drives.

Two additional recipients received Honor Roll Certificates for their community efforts:

Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberrson, a Seattle law firm participates in Family Law CASA to provide legal support for at-risk youth, and supports and volunteers for a number of local organizations, including Mary’s Place and Peace for the Streets.

Abbott’s Printing, a Yakima business that has participated in the GIST Walk For the Cure; hosted a ‘ride for your cause,’ during which owners and employees rode 10,000 miles and raised $8,700 for YWCA, Rod’s House, Boy Scouts of America, Children’s Village, and Camp Prime Time, and made cash and in-kind contributions to groups like the Yakima Humane Society, Northwest Lions Center, Yakima Symphony Orchestra, and others.

Washington’s Office of Secretary of State oversees a number of areas within state government, including managing state elections, registering corporations and charities, and governing the use of the state flag and state seal. The office also manages the State Archives and the State Library, documents extraordinary stories in Washington’s history through Legacy Washington, oversees the Combined Fund Drive for charitable giving by state employees and administers the state’s Address Confidentiality Program to help protect survivors of crime.


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