SUMMER OF SHARING
Community Financial Credit Union has been enhancing the lives of our members and our communities for 70 years. The word “community” is not only in our name, but it is the core of everything we do. As we continue our way toward finding a healthy, new normal, Community Financial remains committed to supporting the communities we serve—with your help!
Credit Union Strong for 70 Years!
Community Financial turns 70 this year, and we’re excited to celebrate our anniversary by donating $70,000 to nonprofit, educational and community organizations throughout Michigan!*
That’s $1,000 a day every Monday – Friday from June 7, 2021 – September 3, 2021, and 5 random Double Donation Days!
Plymouth Family YMCA
Posted By: Kelly Plocharczyk (June 2, 2021)
At YMCA Day Camp, we strive to give every child the opportunity to test their own limits and explore their potential. We never want to turn anyone away for inability to pay, so the YMCA continually raises funds to provide financial assistance. These funds allow families to enroll in quality, affordable care as they face the economic effects of the pandemic and the related financial crisis.
Below is a look into one family’s 2020 story -
“In a time where the world is in a strange place, our family was very pleased to find comfort, fun, and some normalcy in the Plymouth YMCA Summer Camp. Our kids thrived with outdoor activities and many laughs with friends - all while rotating through different and sometimes new sports and a variety of summer activities. We are looking forward to this year!”
With CFCU’s support, 10 children will experience Day Camp for 1 week.
Seedlings Braille Books for Children
Posted By: Karen Smith (June 2, 2021)
Only 10 percent of blind children in the U.S. can read braille. Yet literacy is just as important for blind children as it is for sighted children for success in school – and in life!
One problem is that braille books are expensive, often costing more than $100 for one book! The average blind child owns just five books.
Seedlings produces and distributes braille books to children, giving more than half away free. The rest are sold for an average of just $10 each.
Many experts believe what separates blind individuals who succeed from those who struggle is braille. According to the National Federation of the Blind, 70 percent of blind adults in the U.S. are unemployed or underemployed. But of the 30 percent who work full-time, 90 percent are fluent in braille.
With $1,000, Seedlings could distribute 100 more braille books to blind children, helping them lead successful, independent lives.
Walled Lake Western High School
Posted By: Elizabeth Chuba (June 2, 2021)
At Western High School, we recognize the continued and growing stress levels in our students. In response, we have instituted two great programs - Dakoda, our therapy dog, and the Zen Den. Dakoda has been with us for the last two years and has made a significant impact on student wellbeing. The Zen Den is a room in the counseling office where students can take five minutes to gather their thoughts and calm down and is stocked with de-stressing activities and exercises that help students learn how to manage stressful feelings.
Students value these programs! For example, one student reported that the Zen Den allows them to stay in school rather than going home for the day. Another student reports that just seeing Dakoda calms their stress levels.
Thank you for considering our program, this donation will allow us to maintain and grow these vital programs for our students.
The Arc of Northwest Wayne County
Posted By: Wendy Ernzen (June 1, 2021)
Have you heard of The Arc of Northwest Wayne County?
We provide lifelong support to hundreds of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families every year.
Support like teaching kids with delays to play with toys that help them crawl, walk, and talk. Like working alongside families to get the resources their students with disabilities need in school even during the pandemic. Like giving parents hope and help in planning for the future when they are no longer here.
A gift of $1,000 would allow us to continue this work helping people with disabilities and their families to get the support they need this year to live their best lives. Thank you for considering The Arc NW!
Open Heart Communities
Posted By: Courtney Cabell (June 1, 2021)
Open Heart Communities is dedicated to serving Michigan foster youth. They have a residential facility in which they house youth who've aged out of the foster care system. They teach them financial literacy and independent living skills. They also help them find employment and apply to college. Just in May, OHC held a Foster Care Panel in which they had individuals who've been in the system speak to their personal experiences to raise awareness about foster care and the need for more programs like theirs. They also partner with MDHHS and other nonprofits to provide much needed services items to foster children.