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.
SOS (Shelly Olree's Shelter)
Posted By: Patricia Garrett (June 5, 2017)
The SOS (Shelly Olree's Shelter) is a non-profit 501c3 rescue that offers shelter and hope for homeless cats and kittens. Mission - Making a difference, one animal at a time! Realizing they cannot save them all but to the ones they do save, They ARE making that difference.
SOS was conceived in 2008 when it housed 19 cats and kittens that needed homes, had them spayed and neutered and then proceeded to successfully re-home them all. In 2015, they built a brand new building, meant to be a shelter! Through blood, sweat and tears, designed, built, pounded nails, painted, painted, and painted some more, a state of the art shelter for the all the homeless cats and kittens that need us. Their supplies of food, litter and cleaning goods for the SOS shelter would benefit greatly from the extra funds donated from Community Financial.
The Elk Country Animal Shelter
Posted By: Patricia Garrett (June 5, 2017)
The Elk Country Animal Shelter (ECAS) operating costs have risen the same as the cost of living for each of us. While their shelter operations, fundraising events, contributions, and generous local support cover the bulk of normal operating expenses, they need additional funding to provide enhanced services like Community Spay/Neuter Program, to improve or add kennels and fencing, and to purchase equipment and materials vital to maintaining an up-do-date, efficient shelter. They depend on local, state, and national charitable organizations. Every penny a schoolchild donates, every five dollar check a senior citizen writes, every dollar ECAS collects goes to help care for the animals housed at the shelter. The community provides Pedigree Dog Food for dogs housed at the shelter. Tax deductible donations to help the shelter from individuals and organizations like this one, from Community Financial would be very valuable to the continuing success of ECAS.
Otsego County Food Pantry
Posted By: Lisa Hickok (June 4, 2017)
The food pantry helps local families every day. They have also been coordinators of the backpack program which sends bags of food home with kids over the weekends and even during the summer. The Pantry is a huge provider to the community and is comprised of an amazing group of volunteers.
Feed the Need
Posted By: Darby Hoppenstedt (June 4, 2017)
Feed the Need is a community effort to provide lunches and activities to students pre-K to 12th grade during the summer months. The goal of the program is to reach students in the Novi community who are economically disadvantaged. Students may receive free lunch during the school year and do not have access to healthy meals when school is not in session. The program aims to bridge the gap in the summer related to food and also provide students with fun enrichment activities. The main program is located at Orchard Hills elementary and serves lunches 5 days per week and one day of activities. There are 4 satellite locations in the community that provide bag lunches to kids. This program is completely funded by local businesses, churches and individuals in the community and it would not be possible without support from partners! This program is a true community effort!
Seedlings Braille Books for Children
Posted By: Patricia Anne Dierks (June 3, 2017)
Seedlings Braille Books for Children is a 501(c(3 non-profit tax-exempt organization dedicated to increasing the opportunity for literacy by providing high quality, low cost braille books for children. In 1984, braille materials were scarce and expensive. Founder, Debra Bonde's goals were to increase the availability and lower the cost of braille books for children in order to promote their literacy skills and the love of reading. Seedlings' braille materials have opened up new worlds for thousands of children. Thanks to the dedicated volunteers, the price of Seedlings' books remains FAR BELOW ACTUAL PRODUCT COST, averaging only $10 per book. Seedlings has provided braille materials to children around the world. In 2016, a small staff and a group of loyal volunteers, Seedlings produced over 32,000 braille books (half of which were given away for free).