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Friday, October 7, 2016

Middle School Mentoring Program Receives $3,000 Donation from Community Financial Credit Union

Community Financial Credit Union donated $3,000 to support the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools middle school mentoring program, Where Everyone Belongs (WEB). In the WEB program, eighth grade students partner with sixth grade students to help them transition into middle school.
“Community Financial has been a part of this program since it’s inception six years ago. WEB is a valuable program to assist the sixth graders in their transition to middle school. In addition, the eighth grade students develop leadership skills and responsibility”, said Natalie McLaughlin, Community Financial Manager/Community Relations.
Eighth grade WEB leaders conduct lessons on team building, cooperation, and community effort. They also focus on strategies for academic success including: problem solving, goal setting, and other ways to smoothly transition to the middle school environment. WEB Leaders act as "go-to" people for sixth graders to count on throughout the school year.
Community Financial Credit Union is proud to support such a valuable program and looks forward to more years helping students build positive lifelong skills.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

#PicturePerfectMI is Back! Enter Your Photo for a Chance to Win $25

Community Financial Credit Union is bringing back its annual #PicturePerfectMI contest, where members and non-members alike are invited to post photos on the credit union’s Instagram page celebrating what they love most about fall in Michigan. 

From October 1-31, the public is invited to post original photos from all around the mitten state on Community Financial’s Instagram at Photos need to use the hashtag #PicturePerfectMI and tag the credit union @CommunityFinancial to be entered into the contest. Starting October 7, one photo will be randomly selected each week to win a $25 Amazon gift card!  

Community Financial invites the public to celebrate the beauty of Michigan by sharing their favorite fall photos of things like the great lakes, road trips up north, fall trees, football games, cider mill fun and more. Every season has its beauty, but nothing quite compares to the picturesque scenery of a Michigan fall!  

“Picture Perfect Michigan is a fun way to celebrate the season and showcase photos from around this beautiful state,” said Sarah Cousineau, AVP/Marketing at Community Financial. “Social media visitors enjoy seeing the photos and we appreciate everyone who participates. It’s great to see everyone enjoying our state.”  

For more information on the #PicturePerfectMI campaign visit 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Community Financial wraps up its Summer of Sharing campaign having donated $65,000 to area charities

Community Financial Credit Union wrapped up its sixth annual Summer of Sharing program where it donated $65,000 to 65 charities throughout northern and southeast Michigan.

Since starting the program in 2011, Community Financial has donated more than $365,000 to local groups nominated by members of the community. The $65,000 figure this year is in honor of Community Financial’s 65th anniversary. Community Financial donated $1,000 a day, for 65 days during the summer months.

One of many organizations that received financial support from Summer of Sharing is Giving Hope, an organization that raises awareness about the challenges of women and families in local communities. Serving parts of Wayne and Washtenaw counties, the organization encourages gardening in home, school, and community settings. It also manages the Ypsilanti Farmers Markets and runs a Mobile Farm Stand to bring healthy food into low-access areas.

“This funding has supported our mission of improving lives and communities through gardening and healthy food access,” said Tanya Edwards, who oversees development and marketing for Growing Hope. “It helps us to further advocate for policy change to promote healthy living in schools, families and communities.”

Community Financial President and CEO Bill Lawton shared that the Summer of Sharing program has created a tradition among team members and the community in general. “As a community focused organization, we recognize the importance of helping local groups build stronger communities” Lawton said. “Nominations increase each year and we continue to see stories from groups we’ve helped throughout the past 6 years, as well as learn about new organizations out there helping our neighbors.”

While the 2016 Summer of Sharing season is over, the giving doesn’t end there. Community Financial will support its local communities in the fall with its Community Shares program and in the winter with the Warming Hearts & Homes campaign. To read more about Community Financial’s involvement in the community visit To learn more about all the organizations helped this summer visit and look for updates in 2017 on how to nominate a charitable organization to receive $1,000 from Community Financial. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Community Financial is donating $65,000 to local charities

Community Financial Credit Union is celebrating its sixth annual Summer of Sharing program to benefit local communities. It’s Community Financial’s way of saying “thanks” to the neighbors who have helped the credit union and surrounding communities grow during the past 65 years. 

Since starting the program in 2011, Community Financial has donated more than $300,000 to local groups nominated by members of the community. This summer, in honor of the credit union’s 65th anniversary, Community Financial will be donating $65,000 during Summer of Sharing 2016.

Summer of Sharing kicked off last month and continues through September 2nd. Nominating is easy! Visit and tell Community Financial what charity, community group or school group could use some extra funds. Community Financial is donating $1,000 a day, Monday through Friday, for 65 days. 

Community Financial President and CEO Bill Lawton believes Summer of Sharing has become the most notable program of its kind in the area. “It’s a very participatory effort because we ask for feedback and ideas from our members and our neighbors, so the quality of organizations we hear about is extremely high,” Lawton said. “It’s a fun way of giving back to many deserving causes. We’re proud of our efforts and the impact made by our community.”

Among the hundreds of groups that have benefited from Summer of Sharing, is Giving Songs, an all-volunteer organization that records local musicians and distributes music to assist families with blind, multi-disabled children. Giving Songs uses funds to support purchases of MV-1 wheelchair lift vehicles for families, the Penrickton Center for Blind Children and more.

“My grandmother helped me open up my first savings account with Community Financial in the 1980's as a child,” said Johnson, who founded Giving Songs four years ago. “We've received support from Community Financial four years in a row, and it has been an integral resource for our young and growing organization.”

What GOOD could you do with $1,000? Visit to nominate your favorite charity, community group or school group to receive $1,000 from Community Financial. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Press Release - 2016 Community Financial Scholarships

2016 Community Financial Credit Union Scholarship winners announced

PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Students from several high schools in northern and southeastern Michigan were honored as the 2016 Community Financial Scholarship award winners recently, continuing the credit union’s commitment to supporting youth and education in local communities.

The scholarships were awarded to 20 students, in collaboration with the Community Foundation of Plymouth (CFP) and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF). Community Financial’s scholarships are awarded to students who exemplify the credit union’s “People Helping People” philosophy. Students received a $1,000 Ron Carlson Scholarship, a $1,000 George Lawton or Margaret Dunning Memorial scholarship, or a $500 Employees’ Children Scholarship and were honored at a reception May 9, 2016.

George Lawton Memorial Scholarship winners include: Kaleigh Carlone, Anne Patterson, Shannon Kievit, Kayla Ross, Samuel Tufts, Nathan Ewell, Amanda Liddicoat, Stephen Rowley, Allison Rutkowski, Zain Khera, Peter Bruchnak, and Waldo Everett.

Margaret Dunning Scholarship winners include: Samantha Morehouse, Sarah Osen, Cassidy Gordon, Haley Bickhardt, Alaina Ableidinger, and Joshua DeGraw.

Ron Carlson Scholarship winners include: Alan Sun and Nicholas Peck-Dimit.

Employees’ Children Scholarship winners include: Madeleine Burt, Angela Dickinson, Cassandra Kolka, Kevin Kollar, Alexander LaForest, and Trevor Lassaline.

“All of these students are outstanding students and citizens and deserve our applause for their accomplishments,” said Bill Lawton, Community Financial president and CEO. “We are proud to support their education going forward and look forward to seeing what they accomplish next.”

Community Financial scholarships are part of an annual essay and recommendation-based program. To learn more about the scholarships Community Financial Credit Union offers visit

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 55,000 members, Community Financial provides financial services to members at 11 branch locations and through a variety of automated and online services. For more complete membership information, visit or call (877) 937-2328.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Press Release - 2015 Annual Community Report

Community Financial Sets Sights on an Even Better Year

PLYMOUTH, Mich.  Community Financial Credit Union published its Annual Community Report last month and the results aren't surprising. With the word "community" in its name, Community Financial knows its success comes from members and their impact in areas surrounding their branches.

A review of the 2015 involvement in the community is proof of their commitment to helping others, and reveals a trend toward even greater growth in 2016. Community Financial's support of nonprofit organizations, partnerships with surrounding schools and overall "People Helping People" philosophy is what sets them apart from other financial institutions.

"Our volunteer board of directors understands the importance of having healthy communities for our members to live and work in," said Community Financial's CEO Bill Lawton. "They want local consumers and businesses to enjoy sound financial health and for our communities to be enriched through our existence."

Community Financial also places heavy emphasis on the financial education of children across the state of Michigan, from offering scholarships to providing educational opportunities through their student-run credit union program. "It makes me excited as I look forward to student teaching and having my own classroom someday," said Shannon Kievit, a 2015 Community Financial scholarship recipient. It's that type of impact that Community Financial aims to make each and every year.

According to team members at Community Financial, their continued growth is a result of community involvement and strong member loyalty. "The trust that members place in us as their financial institution is what allows us to help them reach their financial goals," said one team member. "Each year we continue to grow alongside our members and that's what makes me proud to be a part of this team!"

To view the report and more information on the impact Community Financial has made on its communities, visit

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 55,000 members, Community Financial provides financial services to members at 11 branch locations and through a variety of automated and online services. For more complete membership information, visit or call (877) 937-2328.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March Press Mentions

Chamber honors Plymouth Business Leaders

Community Financial Asks Residents to Award $25,000 with “Thumbs Up for Charity!”