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Community Financial Credit Union Summer of SharingWhySee

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.

Our Summer of Sharing Program has concluded for 2018.

This summer we chose from 266 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.




Bark Nation

Posted By: Jenna Hudy (June 1, 2018)
Bark Nation is on a mission to ollaborate with law enforcement, municipal animal control agencies and the not-for-profit sector to provide life after dogfighting and to end contract level dogfighting.

We need life-saving supplies and funds to conduct temporary sheltering operations, so that more enforcement agencies can raid properties and prosecute offenders without taking on the immense amount of work of finding kennel space for large numbers of dogs needing to be held as live evidence. Further, in the state of Michigan, there are no Bond and Forfeiture laws, meaning survivors can end up in the 'system' for extended periods of time during court proceedings, months if not years in some cases. Our facility will house up to 50 dogs at a time, and throughout the course of a year, we could rotate 250+ though our facility and into organizations where they can find their forever homes.

Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc.

Posted By: Louise Derry (June 1, 2018)
Sleep is vital to children’s physical, social, and cognitive development. It’s as important to growing minds and bodies as proper nutrition and exercise! Sadly, informational and economic barriers prevent many children from getting the healthy sleep they require. Without intervention, a good night’s sleep can remain a distant dream for some of our community’s most vulnerable children.

Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc. has innovative programs that empower low-income students with the sleep awareness, practical nighttime materials, and adult support necessary to follow a bedtime routine and get healthy sleep. Children who sleep well are more likely to succeed in school and in life!

$1,000 can provide 200 low-income preschoolers with a copy of Goodnight Moon, so they can relax without screens before bed. Or, it can provide 100 disadvantaged elementary school students with a sleeping bag, so they can experience warmth, comfort, and their own sleeping space.

Thanks for considering Sweet Dreamzzz!

Kent Lake PTO

Posted By: Sue Collins-Schroeder (June 1, 2018)
Imagine how it would feel to be uncomfortable in your own skin while being surrounded by your peers in a classroom. Kent Lake Elementary has 495 students with a wide range of abilities and needs. In order to close the achievement gap, it’s important that we provide students with the materials they need to be successful. Something as simple as noise cancelling headphones, a weighted vest, a stress ball, a special leveled reading library can be a game changer for students who process stimuli differently. We’re so fortunate to live in a time where a multitude of sensory, auditory, visual and tactile tools exist to assist with emotional/academic needs. However, a typical school budget isn’t able to fully cover the cost of these beneficial items. We’d be so grateful to receive your grant to help fulfill our mission of enhancing the educational environment and meet the needs of our students.

Trinity House Theatre

Posted By: Bill Keith (June 1, 2018)
“An absolute gem of a listening room and with a dedication to the arts community unlike any other. I can’t say enough good things – we are thrilled to be in the audience or on the stage.” ~ Annie Capps, singer-songwriter.

Trinity House Theatre exists to enrich and enliven Southeastern Michigan through brave, truthful and necessary works of art. The theatre was founded in 1981 for theatrical productions but the focus switched to music in 1999, and it has become one of the state's best listening rooms.

Last year we hosted a tribute to blues singer Blind Willie Johnson that benefited Detroit's Neighborhood Service Organization. We also partnered with Lost Voices to host an evening of songwriters to make a difference for incarcerated and at risk youth.

Trinity House Theatre is based in Livonia, but the reach extends well beyond Southeast Michigan as we provide an arts venue for our community.

Burger Autistic School Association, Inc

Posted By: Lisa Clark (June 1, 2018)
The Burger Autistic School Association, Inc. (BASA) is a community based, non-profit organization of teachers and family members of Burger students. Its mission is to enhance the educational opportunities of students at Burger School by procuring financial and other resources, and to assist in obtaining material, equipment, and adaptive devices appropriate to their wide variety of educational needs. It provides information for parents, peer support, and advocacy. BASA also works to raise community awareness about people with autism and their concerns, while striving to help each other and to help our students reach their full potential as independent and productive members
of our society.

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