SUMMER OF SHARING
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. To help build stronger communities, we are reaching out to our neighbors and asking for your help.
"What GOOD could you do with $1,000?"
Which charity, community organization, or school group could use some extra funds? In total, we will be donating $60,000 this summer! That's $1,000 a day every Monday – Friday from June 10, 2019 – August 30, 2019.
Washtenaw Area Council for Children
Posted By: Michelle Walters (June 13, 2019)
WACC is the non-profit child abuse prevention agency designated by Michigan Children's Trust Fund to provide child abuse prevention programs in Washtenaw County. It is estimated that between 10,427 and 72,539 children in Michigan experience sexual abuse each year. We all know that child sexual abuse is a horrific act. What if we could prevent it? What if we could empower children so they would know what to do or be aware it's happening to them? We Care Elementary: Healthy Relationships Project was a pilot program WACC implemented starting this January designed to do just that. We have seen astounding results and received positive feedback from schools and they want more! We want to provide it! This program uses a developmentally appropriate trauma-informed approaches to teach elementary students about sexual abuse prevention. We Care focuses on building children's healthy relationship skills through various methods, and has highly experiential lessons.
Interfaith Health and Hope Coalition
Posted By: Ruth Kaleniecki (June 13, 2019)
The mission of the Interfaith Health and Hope Coalition is to unite and empower communities of faith and health organizations in order to improve individual community health through partnership-building, education and advocacy, with a special emphasis on the uninsured and underserved. We do this by bringing together members of faith-based organizations and community organizations to share information and resources. Each year, we reach hundreds of individuals throughout Southeast Michigan to help them access the resources, information, and education that they need in order to improve their health, maintain their faith (whatever it might be) and hold on to hope.
New Hope Center For Grief Support
Posted By: Maryellen Lewandowski (June 13, 2019)
I would like to nominate New Hope Center for Grief Support for Summer of Sharing. My husband passed away suddenly a year ago. For months I had felt so lost and alone, not knowing where to turn. New Hope has let me feel that I am lovingly supported in my grief journey. The format has allowed me to connect with peers and facilitators who have experienced a similar loss and just “get it”. I joined a group of people my age, many with teenage children, who experience similar struggles on a daily basis. The peer to peer friendship and the ongoing programs give me hope that I will live again and find my purpose. I feel that New Hope truly has a mission, and a team in place that can impact so many lives and help people with different type losses find their new beginnings.
Boys & Girls Club of Alpena
Posted By: Kelli Kearly (June 13, 2019)
This year, with a $1,300 grant from the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, the Boys & Girls Club of Alpena was able to initiate a structured yoga program for Club members to help them better manage their emotional and behavioral responses to stress and anxiety while encouraging them to be more mindful of their actions. This is a very important program for the Club since we have many members dealing with behavioral issues and past trauma with no channels to help them manage their emotions. It has been an incredible success with a phenomenal participation rate and positive behavioral outcomes. The current grant gets us through the summer session that ends August 16th, but does not allow us to continue the program into the school year. This $1,000 would add another 20 sessions during the school year and continue the positive impact on the youth of our community.
Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry
Posted By: Mary Hollens (June 13, 2019)
Since 2008 Fish & Loaves a 501c3 non-profit "client choice" food pantry has provided nutritious food including fresh produce in an attractive store-like setting. Food is provided at no cost to those facing hunger and food insecurity. We provide emergency food to anyone in need and on-going food support in seven communities: Allen Park, Dearborn Heights, Romulus, Taylor, Brownstown Township, Southgate, and Woodhaven. With $1,000 we would purchase food specially directed to children. When school is out many families and caregivers, have no access to school breakfast, snack, and lunch programs. $1,000 can help fill this void, providing healthy choice cereals and snacks that children can access themselves, no cooking needed. A telling poverty statistic: 54% of all children within our communities are eligible for free or reduced lunches. At Fish & Loaves, 30% of the people we serve are children. Our mission: "Ensuring No One Gose Hungry"