Supporting Our Schools

loading...The education of our youth determines the success of our future. At Community Financial, we’re proud to support every level of education across northern and southeast Michigan in the communities we serve. From scholarships to financial education, we strive to engage local schools and educate our youth in ways that will impact financial responsibility in our communities now, and in the future.

Community Shares

Started in 1999 as a small donation to celebrate our account growth, Community Shares has turned into an annual donation that helps school districts fill gaps in their educational programs. In 2013, our annual Community Shares donation provided $25,000 to expand classroom libraries, provide mathematics tools and equipment and help fulfill teacher grant requests for special educational projects. We are pleased to be able to contribute in a meaningful way to our community school districts.

Student-Run Credit Unions

It was an exciting year for this program, as we added many new schools to our list of Student-Run Credit Unions. We now host programs in 36 area elementary, middle and high schools. This program allows students from our area schools to actively participate in our credit union, in the convenience of their own school. These credit unions are run within the school by students, for their peers. The program gives our community youth comprehension in managing their finances, exposure to interviewing and experience in holding a “job” with Community Financial.

Classroom Presentations

As an additional outlet to educate our youth, Community Financial’s Education Partnership Coordinators continued to provide presentations to area classrooms about the importance of financial management in 2013. Our team members have presented to over 18,000 students on topics ranging from the importance of saving, to managing your first checking account and also establishing a credit report.

Scholarship Program

Over the years of providing scholarships to students who embody the “People Helping People” philosophy we live by at Community Financial, we’ve found ourselves receiving more applications of significantly qualified candidates. We awarded 15 students with $1,000 scholarships named in honor of past volunteer and Board Member Margaret Dunning and former General Manager George Lawton. Each year we collaborate with the Community Foundation of Plymouth (CFP) and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) to award these scholarships.

"I am so grateful to Community Financial as a scholarship recipient. My scholarship was spent on books I needed for my entire freshman year of college."
Ashley Cade, 2013 scholarship recipient

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

88.1 The Park
Army of Sum: Johannesburg-Lewiston high School Robotics Team
Atlanta Area Little League
Atlanta Community Schools
Blum’s Landing
Boys and Girls Club Lanny Kingsbury Center
Bridgepointe Non Profit
Brush Creek Mill
Canton Rotary Foundation
Civic Concern
Detroit Area Diaper Bank
DTE Energy Farm (Garden for Gleaners Food Bank)
Foster Closet of Michigan Western Wayne
Friends for Life of Otsego County
Friends of the Northville District Library
Friends of the Penn
Friendship Housing Center
Fun Country Riders
Gaylord Community Schools
Giving Songs
Gleaners Community Food Bank
Guardian Gals Inc.
Hillman Area Historical Society
Hillman Broadcasting Program
Hillman Community Schools
Hillside Middle School PTSA
Hospice of Michigan – Gaylord Office
Humble Design
Infant-Preschool Special Education Program, Tanger Center
Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools
Kelly’s Kidz
Kids on The Go Camp
Leslie Science and Nature Center
Lighthouse Family Charity
Livonia Franklin Band
Livonia Jaycees / Webster Elementary School
Livonia Public School Education Foundation
Lost Voices
Michigan Military Moms
Michigan Philharmonic
Miracle League of Plymouth
Moraine Elementary School
New Hope Center for Grief Support
Northville Educational Foundation
Northville High School PTSA
Northville Historical Society
Novi Education Foundation
Open Door Food Ministry
Otsego Conservation District
Otsego County Child Welfare Alliance
Otsego County Food Pantry
Otsego County Library Teen Advisory Board
Partnership for the Arts and Humanities
Pioneer Middle School
Plymouth Christian Academy
Plymouth Community Arts Council
Plymouth Salvation Army
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools Education Excellence Foundation
Providing for Paws
Rouge Education Project
Seedlings Braille Books
Shelter, Inc
Susan’s Wish
Tail Wagger's 1990
The Caring Place Adult Day Center
The Salvation Army’s Coats for Kids program
Tipping Point Theatre
Tonda Baseball Organization
Veterans’ Summit - Canton Community Foundation
Village Theater at Cherry Hill
Warm Hearts Organization
Wish Upon a Teen