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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.

 

 

Stories

The Michigan Folk School

Posted By: Jason Gold (July 1, 2017)
The classes that this school offers takes us back to a simpler time without a smartphone in hand. The classes challenge us to use our head, hands, and heart. The community building brings us together no matter what political party we identify with. The school also offers the opportunity for job training in a new and different field (they have placed three full-time blacksmiths in the past couple years). But most of all it is a place to relearn the world of our grandparents and begin to think about how to reshape our world, our children, our knowledge, and our community. They are in the process of building a campus on Plymouth Road and need all the support possible, including more fundraising opportunities

Pearls of Great Price Coalition

Posted By: Carrie Wood (June 30, 2017)
Pearls of Great Price Coalition is a grassroots alliance fighting human trafficking in Southeast Michigan. Our main focus is prevention, through awareness, education and action steps. State dollars are not readily available to train/educate local police officers in awareness and all the intricacies of fighting these crimes. "Pearls" has begun a program to fill the gap: "Adopt-A-Cop Human Trafficking Training". We are raising funds to provide an intense and comprehensive three days of education for community Police Officers. Greg Bristol, former Michigan State Police Officer and former FBI Agent trains officers across the nation. He will come to train our Police Officers. A grant from Community Financial would pay for this education and meals for 2 officers.

New School High

Posted By: Cynthia Burnstein (June 30, 2017)
The dramatic increase in depression, anxiety, self-harm, and obesity in adolescents is of grave concern to medical professionals, educators and parents. At New School High, we show our students that embracing regular physical activity and a healthy lifestyle not only lead to an increased sense of well-being, but are essential to learning. Our school is committed to wellness education and requires that all students have one hour of physical activity every day throughout 4 years of high school. Students who participate in our PE classes measurably increase their overall fitness. Our students would benefit from additional sports and exercise equipment. Thank you for offering this generous program and for being our school's partner in helping our students learn about personal finance through our CFCU school credit union, practice job interviews, presentations on money management, and supporting our economics team, which finished 9th in the Personal Finance state competition this year!

Canton Response to Hate Crimes Coalition

Posted By: Jennifer Provenzano (June 30, 2017)
Canton's Public Safety, Canton Public Library, Leisure Services, and the Canton Response to Hate Crimes Coalition are working together to offer a National Night Out featuring the Not in Our Town Initiative. A nation-wide effort celebrated on the first Tuesday of August, these events help to better connect local Police with their communities...Inviting neighbors to meet in Heritage park for an evening of family-friendly fun and fellowship. Promoting Neighborhood Watch and crime prevention initiatives and strengthening neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, this sends a strong message to would-be criminals that we love the community we live in and will work together to keep it safe. The Not In Our Town movement works to promote anti-bullying messages while encouraging inclusion and positive relationships between Canton's many different cultures. The community is invited to enjoy an interactive Public Safety Display, inflatables, food, music, crafts and more.

EEF Educational Excellence Foundation (Lightning Robotics)

Posted By: Pam Heestand (June 30, 2017)
When they say attending a high school of 6,200+/- students is overwhelming, they aren't kidding. From the students perspective, the best thing to do is "find your people" and follow your passion. Lightning Robotics became the guiding force behind my son and many other's futures. It's so much more than building a competition robot. The energy Mr. Obsniuk, with his team of parents and many mentors put into the club is returned 100 times over within the community by these kids. It is the single driving force behind my son's future success. These successful students grow up to be productive members of community. In turn, they are driven to give back to their roots and help shape those following in their footsteps. Funds donated to this team allow them to grow and thrive as it helps cover some of their many expenses. Thank you so much for your consideration.

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