Monday, December 1, 2014

Community Financial warms hearts and homes around Michigan


PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Community Financial Credit Union is kicking off another season of the Warming Hearts & Homes charitable campaign, donating up to $40,000 to local charities in December.

Each year for Warming Hearts & Homes, Community Financial challenges their communities to get social with the credit union. For every Facebook like, tweet or Instagram picture Community Financial receives, the credit union will donate $25 to select nonprofits in north and southeast Michigan. These nonprofits provide heat, food, housing and clothing to low-income families of Michigan.

This year, The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW), local food pantries, Habitat for Humanity and The Salvation Army Coats for Kids Program will each receive a portion of $40,000 during the Warming Hearts & Homes campaign.

Surveys from Michigan residents illustrate the number of people forced to choose between paying for food and clothing or paying for utilities has increased over recent years. With the snow already falling for the 2014-2015 winter season, Community Financial’s Warming Hearts & Homes campaign will help make things easier for many families across Michigan.

“Sources all over Michigan are predicting our winter to be just as rough as last year’s,” Marketing Manager Sarah Cousineau said. “The harsh winters that are chilling all of us down to our bones prove that nonprofits whose mission is to keep many families safe and warm need our help.”

The entire Community Financial team is proud to support organizations that help fight hunger and provide warmth to Michigan’s families during the winter season.

“I’m proud to be a member and employee of a credit union that proactively seeks out ways to better our communities,” Cousineau said.

For more information on how Warming Hearts & Homes aids families in Michigan, or how to participate in the campaign, visit www.cfcu.org/warms.

About Community Financial Credit Union
Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, membership in Community Financial Credit Union is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in 23 Michigan counties. With more than 50,000 members, Community Financial provides financial services to members at ten branch locations and through a variety of automated and online services. For more complete membership information, visit www.cfcu.org or call (877) 937-2328
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Home improvement grants announced


ATLANTA, Mich. – Community Financial Credit Union is partnering with the Federal Home Loan Bank to offer grants to qualified seniors and those with disabilities to make needed home improvements.

The grants are a part of the Accessibility Modifications Program (AMP) and Neighborhood Impact Program (NIP) grant programs. These programs exist to help improve the lives of seniors and those with disabilities, providing up to $10,000 grants to people needing to make modifications to their home. To qualify, applicants must be a current CFCU member.

Community Financial will administer grants for both the NIP and AMP programs. Interested residents of Montmorency County and surrounding areas may contact Community Financial for information on how to apply for a grant from either of these programs. Application forms can be found at http://www.fhlbi.com/housing/Hopnipforms.asp.

“Partnering with organizations that are actively working towards a brighter future for our communities is what fulfills us as a credit union,” Atlanta Branch Manager Crystal LaPorte said. “Community Financial is proud to join in the efforts of organizations like the Federal Home Loan Bank that support the quality of life in our communities.”

The Michigan-based credit union is continuously giving donations to area organizations that dedicate their efforts to better the community.

About Community Financial Credit Union
Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, membership in Community Financial Credit Union is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in 23 Michigan counties. With more than 50,000 members, Community Financial provides financial services to members at ten branch locations and through a variety of automated and online services. For more complete membership information, visit www.cfcu.org or call (877) 937-2328.


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Community Financial helps the Novi Youth Baseball League become year-round

The Novi Youth Baseball League (NYBL) works hard to give the area’s youth a fun and safe environment. Now it’s getting some help from Community Financial and its Summer of Sharing campaign in making it an organization that can do this during all seasons.

“The NYBL is continuously looking for business partners in the community who can help the NYBL in its mission to provide a safe, family oriented and supportive environment for the youth in our community,” said NYBL Fundraising Chair Andrew Giddings.

The NYBL, under the direction of Giddings, submitted a successful written request or “story” to Community Financial explaining how the youth of NYBL could benefit from a donation of $1,000 from Community Financial as part of its “Summer of Sharing” program.

This year marked the fourth annual Summer of Sharing campaign by Community Financial Credit Union.

Giddings said each summer, Community Financial invites 501(c)(3) organizations serving the communities within Community Financial’ s field of membership to submit nominations to receive $1,000. The program lasts 60 days and a winner is announced each day.

The NYBL was named the winner this past July 29, according to Giddings.

The fourth annual Summer of Sharing campaign received 508 stories about great work done by charities, community and education groups in cities around Novi.

This will go toward helping the NYBL in its goal to become a year-round organization. Giddings said he was aware of Community Financial’ s Summer of Sharing program, and submitted an entry on NYBL’s behalf to be considered as a recipient of the program. He submitted an article to Community Financial explaining NYBL’s mission and goal to serve the youth of Novi.

“The NYBL supports close to 500 players each year,” Giddings said.

He said the organization serves one of the largest groups of families in Novi and includes House League, Inferno (Tournament) and Heat (Travel) teams. The ages of the players range from 7 to 18 years old.

“Further, to help the NYBL in its goal of becoming a year-round organization, in August the Board of NYBL approved moving forward with an indoor baseball and softball facility,” said Giddings. “The facility will be in Novi and it will be utilized by NYBL, Novi Heat and Madness Softball. The plan is to use the training facility for Novi Heat, Madness Softball, NYBL Clinics/Training, Novi Inferno, and more.”

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Community Financial recognizes Camp Casey in Summer of Sharing


PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Camp Casey is one of 60 admirable organizations to receive a 2014 Summer of Sharing donation from Community Financial Credit Union.

Founded in 2004 and based in Royal Oak, Michigan, Camp Casey is a nonprofit horseback riding program for children with cancer. Through donations and volunteers, Camp Casey spreads the healing power of horses to families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis.

Community Relations Director Jessica Leroux said the opportunity to receive a donation from Community Financial was very exciting.

“We were all so happy when we found out we had received a Summer of Sharing donation,” Leroux said.

Leroux revealed that the donation from Community Financial will fund an entire Horsey House Call for a child with cancer.

“We bring a horse directly to the doorstep of a child who needs to forget about their diagnosis and just have fun for a day,” Leroux said. “We also bring a pizza lunch, arts and crafts supplies, a horse treat cafĂ©, and encourage the child and family to invite everyone that has been touched along their journey.”

Camp Casey strongly believes in the healing power of horses. Leroux explained that when a child with cancer has the ability to sit on a giant animal and command it to walk and halt, the child can bring that “in charge” confidence back to the hospital.

“We hope that every child finds courage and strength to beat their diagnosis of cancer,” Leroux said. “The Horsey House Calls are here to help.”

Leroux and the rest of the team at Camp Casey make 15 to 17 Horsey House Calls during a summer season. Community Financial is proud to have funded one of those events.

During the Summer of Sharing, Community Financial gives away $1,000 a day for 60 days to organizations that are making a difference in the communities it serves.





About Community Financial Credit Union

Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, membership in Community Financial Credit Union is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in 23 Michigan counties. With more than 50,000 members, Community Financial provides financial services to members at 10 branch locations and through a variety of automated and online services. For more complete membership information, visit www.cfcu.org or call (877) 937-2328.


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Community Financial recognizes HeadWaters Land Conservancy in Summer of Sharing


GAYLORD, Mich. – The HeadWaters Land Conservancy is one of 60 admirable organizations that has received a Summer of Sharing donation from Community Financial Credit Union.

Based in Gaylord, HeadWaters is a nonprofit organization that protects 80 conservation easements throughout 11 counties in Northeast Michigan.

Laura Justin, executive director of HeadWaters, explained that having the opportunity to receive a donation from a fellow local organization was very exciting.

“Receiving the donation was wonderful,” Justin said. “Maybe some people don’t get excited about $1,000, but I sure do!”

Justin said that when she found out she was a recipient of a Summer of Sharing award, she let out a small excited scream like she does every time she receives a grant, and then immediately sent an email to the board to let them know the good news.

Justin, others on her staff and the board at HeadWaters use donations like the one from Community Financial to cover the costs of the monitoring visits they take to examine conservation properties.

“It takes time and money to observe and monitor the acres of land we have dedicated to conservation in Northeast Michigan,” Justin said. “Donations like this help cover those expenses.”

Justin and the rest of the team at HeadWaters are extremely passionate about the work they do in Northeast Michigan.

“It is having the privilege to meet with so many people that care so deeply for their land and will show you every single tiny, amazing thing that they love about their land that makes me so excited about my work,” Justin said.

Justin elaborated on how she could tell that Community Financial team members of the Gaylord branch had a nice appreciation for where they live and they really appreciate the HeadWaters mission.

“Community Financial and HeadWaters are both local organizations helping the public at large,” Justin said.

During the Summer of Sharing, Community Financial gives away $1,000 a day for 60 days to organizations that are making a difference in the communities it serves.

About Community Financial Credit Union
Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, membership in Community Financial Credit Union is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in 23 Michigan counties. With more than 50,000 members, Community Financial provides financial services to members at 10 branch locations and through a variety of automated and online services. For more complete membership information, visit www.cfcu.org or call (877) 937-2328.


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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Community Financial Credit Union named one of Metro Detroit's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
August 12, 2014

Media Contact:
Sarah Cousineau
Community Financial
(734) 582-8874 Office
(734) 233-1436 Cell
scousineau@cfcu.org


PLYMOUTH, MI - Community Financial Credit Union has been named one of Metro Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies To Work For™, the ninth year in a row for this honor. This award recognizes companies for excellence in human resources practices that create exceptional work environments.

Awards are based on detailed questionnaires completed by nominated companies and their employees. Companies provide information about work place communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, employee recognition, retention and other elements of the work environment. The 2014 award competition included 1,000 nominations and more than 500 applications. All of the companies that participate receive reports that compare their human resources practices with an aggregate of other companies’ data.

“This award depends in large part on data collected from Community Financial team members and we appreciate their recognition of Community Financial as a great place to work. We participate in this program as a way to help attract and retain the best team members to fulfill Community Financial’s purpose of enhancing the financial well-being of every member,” said Kathleen Hinchcliff, Manager/Education and Development, Community Financial Credit Union.
 
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About Community Financial
Community Financial Credit Union is headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan and is federally insured by the NCUA. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in 23 Michigan counties. With more than 50,000 members, Community Financial provides financial services to members at 10 branch locations and through a variety of automated and online services. For more complete membership information, visit www.cfcu.org or call (877) 937-2328.



  

Monday, June 9, 2014

$60,000 to be donated by Community Financial through Summer of Sharing program



PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Community Financial Credit Union is asking nonprofit organizations throughout southeastern and northern Michigan, “What GOOD could you do with $1,000?”

That question kicks off another season of Summer of Sharing, when Community Financial donates $1,000 a day for 60 days to nonprofit organizations throughout Michigan. 

This is the credit union’s fourth year donating $1,000 a day in their Summer of Sharing program. President and CEO Bill Lawton is excited to keep the tradition of sharing alive in 2014.

“We are inviting the community to tell us which organizations are doing great work and deserve additional financial support,” Lawton said. “It is part of our culture to give back to our communities, and we are proud to bring Summer of Sharing back once again.”

Community Financial started accepting nominations from the public on May 27. Members of the community can visit www.SummerOfSharing.org to submit an essay-style nomination explaining how the nonprofit benefits the community. Nomination essays will stay live on the site for others to learn about how local nonprofit organizations benefit their community.

Throughout the next three months, Community Financial will announce the winning recipients on www.SummerOfSharing.org. Community Financial has donated over $180,000 through Summer of Sharing since 2011.


About Community Financial Credit Union
Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, membership in Community Financial Credit Union is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in 23 Michigan counties. With more than 50,000 members, Community Financial provides financial services to members at ten branch locations and through a variety of automated and online services. For more complete membership information, visit www.cfcu.org or call (877) 937-2328.

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Community Financial appoints new board chair



PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Community Financial Credit Union announced Teresa Folino as the new Board Chair during the March 2014 executive board meeting.

"I am proud to welcome such an experienced industry professional as Teresa to chair the Community Financial Board," President and CEO Bill Lawton said.

Folino has served Community Financial as a board member for 12 years. She is employed as a claims manager in the Medicare/Medicaid administrative unit for AAA Auto Club Group in Dearborn, Michigan.

“I am very honored that the board of directors has elected me to lead our board,” Folino said. “I look forward to working with the board and management to continue to grow the credit union and provide outstanding service to our members.”

Folino has served on the board for other organizations in metro Detroit including the Northville Community Parks & Recreation Department. She has also been appointed to numerous state and local boards and committees, political campaigns from presidential to local races and the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce. Folino resides in Northville, Michigan.

“I can’t wait to take the next step in my service to a credit union that cares so much for its members and communities,” she said.

Folino took the position of Board Chairman on March 20. She replaces Board Chairman, Ronald Carlson.

“I would like to extend a warm welcome to Teresa as she is appointed with this exciting and fulfilling opportunity,” Carlson said. “I am certain she will lead Community Financial to a new realm of member satisfaction and financial responsibility.”

About Community Financial Credit Union
Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, membership in Community Financial Credit Union is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in 23 Michigan counties. With more than 50,000 members, Community Financial provides financial services to members at 10 branch locations and through a variety of automated and online services. For more complete membership information, visit www.cfcu.org or call (877) 937-2328.    
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