Partnering with Our Schools

loading...The success of every community begins in its schools, and we are proud to support every level of education across the area.

From financial literacy education to essay contests, we have worked to engage with local schools and students in ways that will have an impact and encourage a lifetime of financial responsibility.


In 2012, we invited elementary and middle school students to answer the question, “Which U.S. President would you like to have lunch with and why?” We were deluged with responses spanning the Presidents - from Washington to Obama.

loading... Winners from the elementary and middle school groups were treated to a pizza party in their classroom with our President Bill Lawton, along with a $100 gift card. Other winners in each group won gift cards as well.


We have continued to partner with a growing number of schools in our Student-Run Credit Union program. Through this program, students are actual members of a credit union based in the school, which is run by students. This program gives students exposure to interviewing and holding a “job,” as well as managing their finances. During 2012, over 1,800 students participated in the program, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in their savings accounts.


loading...In addition to the Student-Run Credit Union program, our Education Partnership Coordinators provide financial education presentations to area classrooms. Covering topics from the importance of saving, to managing your first checking account or establishing a credit report; our team members helped over 17,000 students develop an understanding of making sound financial decisions.


In 2012, Community Financial awarded scholarships to 14 students through the Community Financial Scholarship Fund. Each year, in collaboration with the Community Foundation of Plymouth (CFP) and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF), Community Financial awards scholarships to students who epitomize its “People Helping People” philosophy.

The scholarships awarded in 2012 are named in honor of Margaret Dunning, a 23-year volunteer on the board of directors; George Lawton, the general manager for 29 years; in addition, a scholarship was awarded to honor Phil Curtiss, who spent 12 years on the board of directors.

"Education is vital to the success of any community, and we’re proud to help these young people continue theirs."
Bill Lawton, Community Financial President/CEO

Some of the groups we’ve supported on behalf of our members:

4-H Livestock Auction
Allen PTO - Exercise Stations
American Cancer Society Relay For Life
Angela Hospice
Area Food Pantries
Atlanta Chamber
Atlanta High School Football Program
Bentley Elementary
Besser Elementary School
Brush Creek Mill, Inc
Canton Community Foundation
Canton Goodfellows
Canton Libertyfest
Canton Lions
Canton Rotary Foundation
Canton Senior Center
Canton Township
CARE of Southeastern Michigan
Christmas in Action of Wayne County, Inc
Community Literacy Council Spelling Bee
Community Mediation Servicesv Cooke School PTA
Cornerstone City Church
Eagle Scout Project - Maybury Farm
Ecology Club
Educational Excellence Foundation
Elks Charitable Grant Fund (Gold Key)
Fire Up Festival, Novi
Friends for Life of Otsego County
Friends of I-275 Metro Trail
Friends of Northville Library
Friends of the Penn
Friends Together
Friendship Shelter
Gallimore PTO, Inc
Gaylord High School Drama Club
Gaylord Intermediate School
Gerad Meteyer Foundation
Girls on the Run
Giving Songs, Inc
Good Morning USA Parade
Great Lakes Regional Chili Cook Off
Guardian Gals, Inc.
Hillman High School Varsity Baseball
Hillman Sportsman Club
Integrated Living Solutions @ Canton Manor
Johannesburg-Lewiston High School Track
Judson Center
Kids Against Hunger
Lewiston Chamber
Lewiston PTA - Playground Fund
Light Up The Night, Novi
Lighthouse Family Charity
Michigan Northern Lights
Miller Elementary School
Millman N.R.G. Foundation
Montmorency County Council on Aging
Montmorency County Habitat for Humanity
Music in The Air, Plymouth
Myron H. Beals American Legion Post 32
New Hope Center for Grief Support
New Morning School
NHS Stage Parents
Northville Historical Society
Northville Victorian Festival
Novi Rotary
Old Village School, Northville
Open Door Ministry
Otsego County Fair
Otsego County Food Pantry
PCCS Elementary Program for Students with Autism
PCCS Web Leaders Program
Plymouth Canton Music Boosters
Plymouth Chamber
Plymouth Community Arts Council
Plymouth DDA
Plymouth District Library
Plymouth Fife & Drum Corps
Plymouth Historical Museum
Plymouth Ice Festival
Plymouth Preservation Network
Plymouth Rotary Chicken BBQ
Plymouth Township
Plymouth United Way
Plymouth YMCA
Safety Town
Salem Dugout Club
Salem Linebackers - Hardship Fund
Salvation Army
Salvation Army Coats for Kids Program
Starkweather Alternative High School
Tail Wagger’s 1990
The Baby Basket
The BLOCK Youth & Teen Center
The Detroit Area Diaper Bank
The Infant and Preschool Special Needs Program, Plymouth-Canton Schools
The Little Stars Foundation
The Village Theater at Cherry Hill
Thornton Creek Elementary School
Toys For Tots
United Home Health Services
United Way of NE Michigan
United Way of Otsego County
Wives Behind The Badge - Michigan Auxiliary
WSDP Radio, 88.1 The Park