Community Matters
Annual Community Report 2015

Supporting 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 several charitable giving programs, we are able to partner with our members and our neighbors to lend a hand to local groups that help build stronger communities.

Summer of Sharing

What GOOD could you do with $1,000? In the summer of 2015, we asked our communities to once again nominate a nonprofit organization, educational program or community group who they felt deserved an extra $1,000. Our 2015 campaign received 327 nominations allowing team members to choose a wide variety of nonprofit organizations to receive $1,000 a day for 60 days during the summer.

In total, we supported local nonprofits with a donation of $60,000 through our 2015 “Summer of Sharing” program. Since the program began in 2011, Community Financial has donated $303,600 to groups that help people of all ages and backgrounds improve their lives.

"We’re big into school pride here and trying to help our students gain confidence. We couldn’t afford to provide our students with new supplies without the help of organizations like Community Financial that are investing in the future of our cities."
- Emily Szachta, Starkweather Academy teacher (2015 Summer of Sharing Recipient)

Thumbs Up For Charity

Our “Thumbs Up For Charity” program invited the community to nominate their favorite non-profit to receive a $10,000 donation. Finalists were chosen and the community was invited back to vote for their favorite. In 2015, over 6,100 votes were recorded and $25,000 was awarded to five local organizations. Recipients were: TailWaggers1990 ($10,000), Friends of Northville Township Historical District ($5,000), Hillman Community Radio ($5,000), First Step ($2,500) and Foster Closet of Michigan ($2,500).

Warming Hearts & Homes

This past December marked our fourth annual “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 the community on social media to help direct Community Financial donations to organizations that assist Michigan families in staying warm and well-fed during the cold winter months.

For every Facebook like, tweet and Instagram like, 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 $30,000 to local nonprofits. Recipients were: The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW), food pantries in north and southeast Michigan and The Salvation Army’s “Coats for Kids” program. Each group received a $10,000 donation.

"We are grateful for Community Financial’s generosity; it enables THAW to keep Michigan families healthy, safe and warm. Their donation has made a significant difference in the lives of the families THAW supports."
- Saunteel Jenkins, CEO of THAW