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.