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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

Winning Futures

Posted By: Sharon vanSpronsen (August 24, 2017)
The award winning non-profit organization, Winning Futures would be a grateful recipient of the Summer of Sharing $1,000 gift. The WF program pairs Detroit area students with community business professionals in a mentor-based program that guide young people throughout the school year. Together students and mentors create a strategic plan to meet their 8-week, 1-year, 3-year, 5-year and lifetime career goals. Exercises that help students discover their strengths and weaknesses, develop character, and provide tools to work through obstacles are at the heart of the program. Without this program many Detroit area youth will not realize their potential. The number of success stories from Winning Futures program participants is staggering! All participants know that ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING!

Ballet Renaissance

Posted By: Lisa Levy (August 24, 2017)
Ballet Renaissance is dedicated to educating and inspiring youth and the community through the art of classical ballet. For the last 20 years, Ballet Renaissance has been providing safe spaces for children in Detroit to learn, play, create, and grow. In addition to traditional classes at central site locations, BR instructors travel to schools in the city to provide on-site after school ballet classes and performance opportunities to students. Donor-sponsored outrteach is able to provide quality instruction at no cost to these students, many of whom would be unable to attend traditional studio classes. Through dance, children learn focus and discipline and so much else along with exercising their bodies. $1000 would "do good" in continuing to enable BR to inspire our community's children.

MASTER GARDENERS OF WESTERN WAYNE COUNTY

Posted By: JULIE WELLMAN (August 22, 2017)
This year we are running a hoop house (17 raised beds)and 5 beds in our community garden in Canton. All produce is donated to First Step, a shelter for women and children in Wayne and TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program) in Canton. Besides the food donations, we are teaching interested community members how to plant, use companion planting techniques, use natural methods for deterring pests, how and when to fertilize, how much to water and when, how to set up a compost bin, and more. We also teach mini workshops. $1,000 would allow us to add more beds next year. It would buy bedding soil, compost, fertilizer, tools, bamboo for trellises, and other materials. Also it could be used to replace some fencing around the community garden where the rabbits are getting in and out. We would love to give you a tour to show you our project! Thanks!

Mission City

Posted By: Jay Lockett (August 21, 2017)
MISSION City is a 501c3 dedicated to strengthening the Brightmoor community through offering a hub of resources to build a community of independence. We work with people regardless of age, race, or income to provide an avenue of hope through needed resources focused on youth development, job readiness/computer literacy, health and well-being, arts and social responsibility. We are focusing on teaching technical theater to the residents of Brightmoor. Detroit is the second largest theater market in America and we are trying to expose our residents to an art form they didn't know existed and one that is accessible to them. We do this out of love of the arts and introducing young people to this craft brings joy to our hearts.

ARTlanta

Posted By: Lori June Houle-Pascador (August 20, 2017)
ARTlanta, the artist guild, now one year old, would benefit greatly from the Community Financial Summer of Sharing program. Our guild of many varied artists, including, painters, sculptors, potters, beaders, wood carvers, welders, photographers, sketch artists and oil, water colour and acrylic could continue to share their talents with the community with our ART classes. ART at the Fair, ART in the Park and ART on the streets, including pottery around Atlanta and Montmorency County to include seniors, children and veterans as ART therapy. ARTLanta, Promoting ART with like minded folk; Creativity feeds well being. Art Therapy is a beneficial tool for many types of disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and many others. With $1000
from CFCU our ART will continue to heal as we bring our world together with ART! Thank you Community Financial Credit Union Summer of Sharing from ARTlanta!

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