81st Credit Union Anniversary Celebrated with the Pay it Forward Initiative
Every year the Credit Union celebrates its anniversary by surprising our community with random acts of kindness throughout its anniversary week, known as Pay it Forward. For our Pay it Forward initiative, we visited communities in Grand Rapids, Berkley, Greater Lansing, Auburn Hills, and Clarkston. Communities were surprised with free games of bowling, coffee, subs, bubble tea, movie theater passes, gym day passes, gas gift cards, and more!
From November 11 through November 17 Credit Union employees visited different communities to share acts of kindness and free giveaways in hopes of starting a movement of paying it forward to others. We visited businesses large and small at a variety of different locations across mid-Michigan. We celebrated Veteran’s Day by giving gift baskets to the officers of the Michigan State Universities ROTC. Credit Union employees were also able to nominate local charities and a local hero that the Credit Union included in our Pay it Forward Week.
Sparrow’s Nest and Forgotten Harvest were both awarded $500 toward their charities. Sparrow’s Nest assists homeless women and their children to become homeowners by providing structured training and mentoring in life skills, decision making, and budgeting. Women must attend weekly budgeting classes for six months and save up 10% of their earned income every week, and Sparrow’s Nest would help to buy and fix up a home that the families could call their own. So far, 17 families have graduated from their budgeting and sustainability program. Their most recent graduate was able to buy a new car, and donated their previous car to another family in the program, who then donated their car to another family in the program.
“It was wonderful to see, first hand, the spirit of Pay it Forward in this charity,” said Arianna, a Credit Union employee. Forgotten Harvest was also nominated by a Credit Union employee.
Forgotten Harvest delivers 138,000 pounds of surplus food from restaurants, wholesalers, bakeries, caterers, and more to local charities, providing families in need with fresh and nutritious food free of charge.
One of the Pay it Forward locations, included Madcap Coffee in Grand Rapids. Employees surprised Madcap customers by paying for their entire order. Some customers were so excited, they wanted to pay it forward right then to the customers behind them! In Lansing, the Credit Union handed out gift cards to visiting families at NCG movie theater. MSUFCU employees were also able to volunteer their time to make fleece blankets for children in the hospital. The Credit Union partnered with Fleece & Thank You MSU to make 21 tie-fleece blankets to provide comfort and hope to children battling illness.
Other acts of kindness included providing Thanksgiving dinner produce to the East Lansing Fire Department, tie-dye materials to the Capital Area District Library, OU Students with vouchers to the Oakland University Union Food Court, pizza to the Ortonville Police Department, and hygiene products for teens to the Brandon Township Public Library.
Thank you for your membership and support as the Credit Union celebrated its 81st anniversary!