Community Matters
Annual Community Report 2014

Supporting Our Nonprofits

Community Financial cares about its members and the communities it serves. That’s why we are proud to support nonprofit organizations that assist our communities in a variety of ways. Through our annual Summer of Sharing program and Warming Hearts & Homes campaign, we are able to assist local groups that help build stronger communities.

Summer of Sharing

What GOOD could you do with $1,000? We asked our communities to once again nominate a nonprofit organization, educational program or community group who they felt deserved an extra $1,000. We’ve marked 2014 as the most successful year for Summer of Sharing, receiving 450 nominations. We chose a different nonprofit to donate to each day for 60 days during the summer.

In total, we supported local nonprofits with a donation of $60,000 through our Summer of Sharing program. Since the program began in 2011, Community Financial has donated $240,000 to groups that help people of all ages and backgrounds improve their lives.

"I can’t tell you how much $1,000 will mean to the Farm! It will go a long way in helping us feed and care for the animals which bring joy to so many children in Southeast Michigan."
- Maybury Farm, a Southeast Michigan non-profit

Warming Hearts & Homes

This past December marked our third Warming Hearts & Homes charitable campaign. The number of people forced to choose between paying for food or paying for utilities in Michigan has increased over the past few years. This unique program engages community members on social media to help direct Community Financial donations to organizations that assist Michigan families in staying warm and well-fed during these cold winter months.

For every Facebook like, tweet and Instagram picture Community Financial received, the credit union donated $25 to select nonprofits in north and southeast Michigan. When the campaign concluded in December, Community Financial donated $40,000 to local nonprofits. Recipients were: The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW), food pantries in north and southeast Michigan, The Salvation Army’s “Coats for Kids” program and Habitat for Humanity of Michigan. Each group received a $10,000 donation.

"Community Financial is a great partner in this drive. Their ‘Warming Hearts & Homes’ program is a wonderful example of outreach, and their generosity is helping us achieve our goals, as well."
- The Salvation Army, Coats for Kids Program