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.
Starkweather Academy, Champions program
Posted By: Kevin Lane (June 29, 2017)
Starkweather Academy serves 200 at risk high school students in Plymouth Canton Schools. The Champions program has students who select or are selected by a mentor and together they set a rigorous goal for academic improvement for the semester. If the goal is reached, the student gets a check for $200. Students can re-enroll the next semester with an even higher goal. A grant from Community Financial would allow 5 more students to participate in the program.
Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program
Posted By: Claire Babala (June 29, 2017)
The Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program (DBG) has been a staple in Detroit since Khali Sweeney started the program in 2007 as a safe haven for neighborhood children to learn discipline through boxing and receive tutoring, academic intervention and enrichment in a family-focused atmosphere. With a 100% high school graduation rate and the motto, “books before boxing,” families throughout Detroit want to be a part of the DBG community. There is currently a 700-child waiting list, so the need is great. The program has been rapidly expanding.
As part of this initiative, the DBG is activating a lot next door to the gym. They’re looking for support to transform it into a place where students and the community can come together to learn and play. Plans include a multi-purpose stage, outdoor learning space, a garden and soccer. The DBG needs help from the community to make this proposal a reality.
Crossroads Industries, Inc
Posted By: Fran Damoth (June 29, 2017)
Crossroads Industries, Inc. works diligently to aid people with disabilities in obtaining jobs in the community and improving social and life skills. They also provide employment for their clients within the facility in shredding, electronic recycling,retail/coffee shop and bulk mailing. Crossroads works with people from all walks of life, and is truly dedicated to their clients. Crossroads has been proudly serving individuals with disabilities in our community since 1972. There have been many changes and challenges, but Crossroads is committed to those they serve. Crossroads' mission statement is 'We create opportunities for employment and social independence!' Please consider giving to Crossroads to help them to continue on achieving their mission.
Karmanos Cancer Center Healing Arts Program
Posted By: Kathleen Hardy, LMSW (June 29, 2017)
I am the oncology social worker at the Karmanos Cancer Institute's outpatient center in Farmington Hills. We see over 100 cancer patients a day. Our healing arts program is available free of charge to any person with cancer in the community. Through this program we provide free social, emotional and counseling support, including: art therapy, music therapy, yoga, tai chi, meditation, massage, guided imagery and healing touch. Cancer effects an individual's physical body but also the mind and spirit. Even when treatment ends recovery may be just beginning. There is good research informing us that these therapies and skill building techniques can reduce anxiety, depression, pain and strengthen one's immune system. This program is totally dependent on donations so that we can make it available to all those touched by cancer. Any support you can give would be greatly appreciated.
Parents of African American Students in Novi - PAASN
Posted By: Paula Henry (June 28, 2017)
PAASN or Parents of African American Students in Novi is a community organization that provides tutoring in reading, math, ACT/SAT prep to assist students in the Novi community. We work collaboratively with the Novi Community School District to support not only African American students but ALL students academically and socially by providing special programming that uplift and unite our community. We have been committed to bringing people of diverse backgrounds together to have open dialogue about prevalent issues that are happening in our world today.
This summer we are planning The Big Block Party in Novi to give away backpacks and school supplies to help low socioeconomic students in Novi. The Novi community has welcomed this organization since 2006 and we continue to work collectively to bring all cultures together. It has been a privilege to serve the Novi community and we look forward to this ongoing partnership!