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 everything we do. We know that Community Financial would not exist without our members and the communities in which they live.
2020 has been a year of unprecedented firsts. And while many things have changed and our summer activities may not be the same this year, Community Financial remains committed to helping the communities we serve.
10 Years of Sharing!
This year, we’re celebrating 10 Years of Sharing and we’re excited to support 60 great organizations this summer—with your help! Community Financial will donate $60,000 to nonprofit, educational and community organizations* throughout Michigan! That's $1,000 a day every Monday – Friday from June 8, 2020 – August 28, 2020.
Huskies Robotics 7244
Posted By: Melissa Cumper (August 6, 2020)
Huskies Robotics will be starting their fourth season this Fall/Winter. In the last two full seasons, they’ve been quite successful by being District Champions and earning their way to the State Championship. Team 7244 works wisely within their budget. Sometimes they get creative to make do with what they have or can afford. This means they put in long days and countless hours designing, building, and troubleshooting. Seeing our community rally around the team these last three years has been inspiring. Our state grant funding has been cut this year, so community support is more important than ever. Now that the team is better known, we’re looking forward to seeing more hands-on help from tradespeople in our community, as well as financial support from those who are able to give.
Posted By: Sharon vanSpronsen (August 5, 2020)
I would like to suggest Winning Futures, a non-profit, to be the recipient of the Summer of Sharing $1000 award. Winning Futures is a nationally recognized and award-winning program that empowers high school students to succeed. Through a structured Workforce Prep program, students throughout Metro Detroit are immersed in a four-year experiential curriculum that includes mentoring, life skills development, goal setting, job readiness training, and career exploration. WFs goal is to be a strong mentoring organization that has a long-term, positive impact on youth and the community. I believe the impact of this program’s success is measured in relationship building, which is essential in creating strong, connected members of the community. I am privileged to be a WF mentor to so many driven students! Their motto is ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING! Check them out at winningfutures.org. You will probably want to sign up to be a mentor too!
Pearls of Great Price Coalition
Posted By: Vicki Harkey (August 5, 2020)
COVID-19 has changed the landscape of our lives. Many are at more risk of human trafficking(HT) as a result. Pearls of Great Price Coalition (Pearls) remains steadfast in our efforts to educate the public about HT and in supporting those who have escaped their traffickers.
Pearls gifted the survivors at Sanctum house with outdoor games, wading pools, and gently used bicycles. These gestures of love provide some sense of freedom and normalcy in this time of isolation. We’ve also provided support through food donations and payment toward utilities.
Emergency funds and survivor support has also been sent to Sparrow Freedom Project to help those who have recently escaped the slave trade and are living in desperate situations.
Our education has shifted to an online focus, where we have presented our first webinar and continue to post informative articles and survivor testimonies on social media.
COVID won’t stop our work to fight HT!
Novi Community Coalition
Posted By: Debbie Wertz (August 5, 2020)
The NCC is a Novi non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in Novi by promoting a healthy community through education, prevention, and support. We strive to reduce risk factors and promote protective factors. All programs are offered free.
Seminars on Understanding Adverse Childhood Adversities
Working with schools on trauma-informed strategies
Needs Assessment of the community
At-home drug testing kits
Virtual journaling classes focusing on wellbeing
Working with the Student Mental Health Committee at Novi High School making cards/care baskets for first responders, hospital employees, residents in assisted living, and homeless shelters
Making buttons for school staff showing their face/smile so students can see them without masks
Purchasing trauma information books for all staff
Celebration pizza dinner at a mobile home park supplying youth with goodies and parents with resources
Working with the 52nd District Court on an educational program for youth who have received a MIP/vaping citation
Norwayne Boxing Gym Youth Development Program
Posted By: Jan Mnich (August 5, 2020)
NBG was founded in 2015 to help at-risk children in Westland's Norwayne neighborhood. Many children within this development, ages 8-18, come from homes where children are raising children, single parent homes, homes with parents afflicted with addiction, where school success isn't a priority, nor a positive environment for life success and street living isn't uncommon.
NBG has grown into an all-inclusive program helping children throughout Detroit and surrounding communities. The focus has become Four Corners of Achievement: Academics, Athletics, Community, Leadership. Tutors encourage academic success from middle school to launching students into a career beyond the ring. Athletic training and team bonding encourage kids to Fight for Their Dreams, knowing people believe in you and believing in yourself. Community encourages giving back and paying forward. Leadership develops through confidence, personal success and respecting yourself.
That's NBG, please help the program continue providing for kids!