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.
Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society
Posted By: Jane Stuart (July 12, 2017)
Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society (GPAAS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 1996. They are a state licensed Animal Protection Facility and foster based community organization that serves the Grosse Pointes, Harper Woods and nearby neighborhoods in the Detroit area. They have contracts with 3 municipalities and help residents of various communities whenever possible. GPAAS takes in approximately 600 pets each year. For those that are unclaimed they provide full veterinary care including sterilization and heartworm treatment prior to adoption.
Adoption showings are held locally twice monthly and they utilize a private website, Facebook page and newspaper for advertising their indoor companion pets. They are solely funded by public donations and do not receive any state or federal funding.
Posted By: Gina Robertson (July 12, 2017)
At Hillman Elementary, we have an outdoor courtyard that is in need of revitalization. We would like to turn it into an Outdoor Classroom. We would like to add items where students can learn through explorations and curiosity.
What does an Outdoor Classroom do for students? An Outdoor Classroom exposes students through direct experience to nature through exploration. An Outdoor Classroom would foster active, hands-on, inquiry-based learning in a real world setting. By engaging the student’s senses of touch, smell, hearing, taste and seeing, students retain a physical memory of activities that are long lasting. Research has shown that when a teacher asks who wants to go outside every hand is raised. Absenteeism goes down on Outdoor Classroom days. By preserving a child’s innate sense of curiosity and wonder we will foster active and engaged lifelong learners.
Educational Excellence Foundation - P-CEP Robotics
Posted By: Deborah Schultz (July 12, 2017)
As a mentor I've watched this year fly by in the marketing subgroup. The kids learn what it takes to successfully market their team to get the word out about Lightning Robotics.
Over this past year the team has participated in many demonstrations for countless organizations and events, created events for outreach such as exposing girls to science partnering with the Girls Scouts of Michigan and volunteered to assist other organizations as well creating Robots In The Park which helps to show the community what P-CEP Robotics is all about. Not to mention all the behind the scenes elements such as creating team awards and giveaways both to give out at competitions, an interactive Prezi presentation and much more.
I've watched these kids over the past year and they have such a passion toward robotics that it's amazing to watch their commitment to the team, win or lose.
Orchard Hills Elementary School PTO
Posted By: Jamie Kliebert (July 12, 2017)
Orchard Hills Elementary is a K-4 school in the Novi Community School District with 400 students from very diverse backgrounds. All of our assemblies, clubs, and extracurricular programs are funded by the PTO, which is solely driven by parent donations. As a Title 1 school, we unfortunately don’t have a wealth of parent funding to support all the programs we’d like to offer the students. This $1,000 would be used for 3 primary purposes. 1) Establish a Chess Club – we have volunteers ready, but need to purchase chess boards and books 2) Create more diverse Art Smart portfolios – since our Art Smart program began, our student population has become more diverse and we would like to develop Eastern Art portfolios to complement our current resources and provide a more comprehensive portrait of art throughout the world. 3) Math Club – Provide new material, games and training.
Trinity House Theatre
Posted By: Bob Young (July 12, 2017)
Trinity House Theatre exists to enrich and enliven Southeastern Michigan through brave, truthful and necessary works of art. The theatre was founded in 1981 as a venue for theatrical productions. The theatre's focus switched to music in 1999, and since then Trinity House has become one of the state's best listening rooms.
In the past year we hosted a tribute concert to blues singer Blind Willie Johnson that benefited Neighborhood Service Organization and their work with people in need in Detroit. We also provided a meeting space for the songwriting collective Songwriters Anonymous, as well as a local improv group. The theatre launched Fireside Storytelling Venture, a quarterly opportunity for people to develop their skills as storytellers.
Trinity House Theatre is based in Livonia, but the reach extends well beyond Southeast Michigan as we look for opportunities to support artists and provide an arts venue for residents.