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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. 

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