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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

“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 or call (877) 937-2328.


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.” | (248) 437-2011, ext. 255, Twitter:@lhuhman