Summer of Sharing Donation Provides Skills to Teens with Special Needs

Authored By: Community Financial Credit Union on 7/24/2018
Students and counselors at the Living & Learning Center in
Northville are excited to put their donations to good use!
Community Financial’s 8th annual Summer of Sharing campaign is under way and thousands of dollars have already been donated to local charitable organizations throughout Michigan!

Running through August 31st, Community Financial will donate $60,000 to organizations that make your community better. Recipients are chosen based on nominations submitted at, where we ask you to consider, “What GOOD could you do with $1,000?”

One of the 2018 recipients, the Living & Learning Enrichment Center in Northville, MI, is changing the lives of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other similar special needs. This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization has a mission to assist teens and adults in achieving their full potential, while overcoming the obstacles that come with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The Living & Learning Enrichment Center provides a safe space for developing new skills, whether social or career-based. The center pairs exciting social activities with job skills training, to create a well-rounded learning environment that gives teens new, game-changing capabilities.

Northville Branch Manager, Andrea Hacker, and
Manager/Community Relations, Natalie McLaughlin,
present a $1,000 check to staff and students.
“Having a child that has a special need can be extremely expensive,” said Founder and President of the Living & Learning Enrichment Center, Rachelle Vartanian.

“Programs that offer social skills are essential, yet they are not covered by health insurance. The generous donation that was made by Community Financial will be used to help more families access our programs. We want to be able to help families by offering scholarships to people who need financial assistance. The money Community Financial has donated to Living & Learning will allow us to provide this.”

To learn more about the Living & Learning Enrichment Center, the good that they are doing in the community, and the services they offer please visit

You are invited to visit to learn more about how you can share your story and nominate a charity, community group, or school program that deserves a $1,000 donation. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make a difference in your community!

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