5 Free Things To Do In Lansing In November
Welcome to the holiday season! Take a look at some of the free, fun, and festive events happening around Lansing this month to see how you can start celebrating the season of giving.
On Thursday, October 18, 2018, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) will, along with more than 56,000 credit unions around the world, celebrate International Credit Union Day (ICU Day) and recognize the philosophy and achievements of the credit union movement. This year’s theme, “Find Your Platinum Lining,” combines the traditional 70th anniversary gift of platinum with a play on the saying “every cloud has a silver lining.”
The World Council of Credit Unions, Inc. (WOCCU) was created to help establish and maintain viable credit union movements. Today, more than 235 million people are served by credit unions in 109 countries and six continents. This year’s ICU Day theme emphasizes the credit union movement’s loyalty to its members and its mission to provide them financial support and guidance.
Plan to stop by any MSUFCU branch this week for a free member gift in celebration of ICU Week. On Thursday, October 18, ICU Day, a special free member appreciation gift will be available in all MSUFCU branches. Help us celebrate MSUFCU’s mission of providing superior service while assisting members to achieve financial security, their goals, and ultimately, their dreams for more than 80 years.
There are almost 60,000 credit unions in 105 countries. That’s 217 million members worldwide taking advantage of the credit union difference at over 57,000 credit unions. Credit unions are recognized as a force for positive economic and social change and have provided significant value in both developed and emerging nations.
Saturday, May 12 | Community Shred Day (MSUFCU Event)
Do you have old documents you’re not sure what to do with? Bring them to the MSUFCU Marsh branch on May 12, to be safely shredded. Drive up, pop your trunk, and we’ll do the rest. You can bring up to two boxes per vehicle.
Saturday, May 12 | Say Yes! to Michigan
Spend some time with friends and family while celebrating all things Michigan! Enjoy live music, chat with suffragettes, challenge yourself with Michigan trivia, design your own lighthouse, and so much more. Strengthen your Michigander roots with this family friendly event.
Monday, May 14 – MSU’s Bug House Open House
Did you know that a cricket’s ears are on its knees and flies have taste buds on their feet? Learn more fun facts about insects while visiting the MSU Bug House where you can see, touch, and hold some real creepy crawlers- if you dare!
Tuesday, May 17 – 5.1.7 Day Celebration
Celebrate the 5-1-7 with the Greater Lansing Michigan Convention and Visitors Bureau! Spend your evening at the Lansing City Market with food and fun activities, you’ll experience the best of downtown Lansing and learn more about your community along the way. Take a bike ride, walk the river trail, or float down the river; there’s sure to be endless fun at the interactive family friendly event!
May 19-20 – 55th East Lansing Art Festival
Come out and support local and national artists by being a pART of the East Lansing Art Festival! The festival features fine art, music, art activities, live demos, poetry, and an international-style food court. See some amazing creations, interact with artists, and maybe find some inspiration for yourself!
Local Farmers Markets
Spring marks the opening for many outdoor farmers markets, and there’s bound to be one near your area for you to explore. Enjoy a variety of fresh, local, organic produce that’s sure to flavor up your summer dishes.
Allen Farmers Market
Eaton Rapids Medical Center Farmers Market
Grand Ledge Farmers market
MSU Student Organic Farm
Open Air Market of Stockbridge
South Lansing Farmers Market
Williamston Farmers Market
Giving back to our community is something we all take pride in here at the Credit Union. One of the many ways we gave back in 2017 is through our yearlong charity campaign, during which we raised funds and volunteered for five local charities: Many Hands, Capital Area Humane Society, The Firecracker Foundation, Stiggy’s Dogs, and Capital Area United Way. Throughout the past year, employees raised $170,267 for these charity partners, respectively donating $34,053 to each organization. So how did employees raise all of that money? Here are a few of the ways we fundraised and volunteered our time to support five charities.
On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, the Credit Union celebrated two grand openings to ceremoniously introduce our new branches located in Clarkston, Michigan, and Ortonville, Michigan. We were able to welcome these two additional locations as a result of a merger with former Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union (CBCCU).
Are you ready for the busiest shopping time of the year? Thanksgiving weekend kicks off holiday shopping season and we want to make sure you’re prepared to shop smart. Take a look at the upcoming weekend day-by-day to help make your shopping adventures stress-free.
Did you know MSUFCU was originally founded in November 1937 by a group of MSU professors seeking a safe alternative to banking in an effort to help campus employees after the Great Depression? In fact, during the first few years, the Credit Union was operated from a desk drawer in the Administrative Building on MSU’s campus!
As a Credit Union employee, I love that my employer makes giving back to the community a priority. From January 2016 through June 2016, Credit Union employees focused our fundraising efforts to support Small Talk Children’s Assessment Center (Small Talk). During this six-month campaign, our Charity Committee set a goal to raise $75,000 to help Small Talk positively impact children in our community.
As August quickly approaches, we try to prepare ourselves for the last days of summer. Before the summer fades, weekends become filled with football, and Halloween decorations begin lining store aisles, here are 20 things you can still do to make the most of the warm, sunny days, as well as the rainy ones.
The United Way campaign at the Credit Union kicked off last week on July 1. I am especially excited for this year’s campaign because not only will I be able to help give back to our community with my fellow co-workers, but this will be my first time being a part of the Credit Union’s United Way committee!
At the Credit Union, we answer all member calls at our headquarters. Over 40,000 calls every month go through the Call Center. This week, let's take a look behind the scenes to see what goes on when you call in! (Plus, I dove into the Credit Union archive to find some cool old photos.)
The Giving Tree displays are up in the branches! Anyone can now go to a branch and pick up a gift tag to help a child in need. This year, we have partnered with Spartan Village Apartments and Child and Family Charities. Through the generosity of our members and employees, almost 200 children in the greater Lansing area will receive holiday gifts. These children might not receive any holiday gifts if not for the Giving Trees.
The holidays have begun! November is a great month for spending time with your family and there are plenty of activities for every age in this month. From sports to music to exploring different cultures, there’s always something happening in Lansing.
Halloween is right around the corner! Have you been thinking about costumes and candy? The National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates that over 157 million Americans will take part in Halloween this year and will spend $6.9 billion dollars. That’s an average cost of $74.34 per person. At MSUFCU, we believe you can do Halloween a lot cheaper than $75 a person! Below are some ways we are saving this season.