Summer of what good could you do with $1000?
Community Financial Credit Union Summer of SharingWhySee

Summer of Sharing Campaign

Community Financial Credit Union has been enhancing the lives of our members and our communities for over 65 years. The word “community” is not only in our name, but it is the core of what we do. We know that Community Financial would not exist without our members and the communities in which they live.

Strong business can only grow from a strong community that benefits everyone, which is why helping nonprofits, educational, and community groups is a part of our culture. We believe these groups have a tremendous impact on the communities we serve and it’s both our responsibility and pleasure to support them. We are committed to the communities where we do business and have devoted both time and money to help them succeed. Partnerships with local school districts, The Salvation Army, United Way and American Cancer Society are just a few of the ways we are making a difference.

To help build stronger communities, we are reaching out to our neighbors and asking for your help. Think about it. 

What GOOD could you do with $1,000?
 What charity, community group or school group could use some extra funds?

Our Summer of Sharing Program has concluded for 2017.

This year we celebrated summer by choosing from the 262 stories submitted on this site and awarded 60 - $1,000 grants to organizations in Michigan*. Click the See button to view the charities, community groups and school programs we were able to support this year.




Otsego Conservation District

Posted By: Ann Mills (July 26, 2017)
The new Education Center at the Otsego Conservation District (OCD) in Gaylord is nearly complete, but lacks crucial elements such as tables, chairs, a projector screen, and blackout curtains for classes. A primary goal of the OCD is to educate adults and youth in the community about the importance of sustainably managing and restoring northern Michiganís beautiful ecosystems. When complete, this center will allow the OCD to hold classes and workshops and provide a venue for other organizations to hold events. The center includes 2 public restrooms complying with ADA standards, enabling all visitors to enjoy the centerís programming and facilities. The centerís location adjacent to the 3-acre Otsego County Demonstration Garden and 19-acre Conservation Forest makes it a great asset to the surrounding community. A $1000 Summer of Sharing grant would make it possible to furnish the Education Center and make it an important learning resource for Gaylord.

Otsego County Friends of the Library

Posted By: Sandra L. Allison (July 25, 2017)
Otsego County Friends of the Library supports a program Books for Babies in collaboration with Zonta and Otsego Memorial Hospital. New moms receive a bag of information on support for young families in Otsego County and a brand new book to read to their baby. This is an expensive program and with the gift from Community Financial we will be able to continue to serve every new mom who delivers her baby in Otsego County. Reading to young children adds to their vocabulary and can help get them ready to learn to read in kindergarten.

Oswego County Friends of the Library

Posted By: Sandra Allison (July 24, 2017)
One of the programs the Friends support is Books for Babies. We collaborate with Zonta and Otsego Memorial Hospital to provide new books for new mothers. Each new mom gets a bag of 3 books suitable for babies and young children and information on support for young families in Otsego County. The $1,000.00 gift would go a long way to help support this program. Children who are read to as babies increase their vocabularies and do better when it is time to learn to read in kindergarten.

Friends of the Otsego County Library

Posted By: Cathy Campbell (July 24, 2017)
As a longtime childrenís librarian, I know that it is never too early to start reading to your child, as it builds the foundation for learning and development. The Friends of the Otsego County Library encourage new mothers to begin reading aloud from day one through the Books for Babies program. The Friends provide a brand new, age-appropriate board book for every baby born at our local hospital, along with information to help parents become their childís first teacher. $1000 would ensure that each newborn and their family members have a book and the resources to build literacy skills and foster a lifelong love of all things reading.

Support Our Unique Learners (SOUL)

Posted By: Sandy Gallagher (July 24, 2017)
The organization I nominate is SOUL, or Support Our Unique Learners and their goal is to inspire every child to achieve their academic and social goals, even those with learning challenges. They provide many learning resources for students at St. William School who need extra support.
They are a non profit group that gathers resources from the educational community as well as provides special therapies such as Occupational, Physical and Speech to give each child the individual tools to maximize their success. This organization is dedicated to helping families provide these things which come at such a high cost.
Their aim is educational inclusion as well as individual evaluations to provide any and all necessary assistance to any child who needs it. We are determined to give our special learners every tool possible to help them achieve their success!

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