Community Celebrates Kindness at ePIFanyNow Party
“Doing something kind for someone else doesn’t have to cost a cent,” said Bob Hoffman, founder of ePIFanyNow™. On Sunday, May 6, MSUFCU helped make this sentiment a reality by welcoming community members to its headquarters to celebrate kindness and those who dedicate their time and resources to improving the lives of others.
ePIFanyNow™ is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating positive change throughout our community and beyond, according to Hoffman. “The idea is to come together and create energy, excitement, and enthusiasm around being kind to others. Our goal is to create continuous momentum so people will continue doing random acts of kindness even after they leave.”
Over 150 people attended the ePIFanyNow™ party, including 30 MSUFCU employees who participated by passing it forward in the community earlier that day. Teams of CU Involved volunteers performed acts of kindness including passing out snacks and positive messages in downtown Lansing, giving out gift cards to patrons at a local grocery store, handing out flowers at Frandor Shopping Center, and delivering thank-you notes and a care package for nurses and volunteers at Sparrow Hospital. One team was even joined by two deputies from the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office in their efforts to pass it forward.
Local youths were celebrated at the event as well through nominations for the Y-PIF Award, which recognizes fifth through twelfth-graders for their positive contributions to the community. This year’s Y-PIF winner, Karena Short, was selected for her efforts in collecting over 13,000 pop can tabs to benefit Ronald McDonald House. As part of the award, ePIFanyNow™ donated $500 to the cause. Other nominees included:
Alma Cooper – Teen Ambassador for Fashion Hope
Madilyn Hagan and KhiaLa Keys – The Kindness Sisters
Alec Johnson – Field of Dreams Peer Buddy Baseball
Hunter Medes – Karate Dojo Mentor
Students from Northwest High School – Jackson Teens Fighting Hunger
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The inaugural ePIFanyNow™ HERO Award was also presented at this year’s event. Chris Rosati of Durham, North Carolina was posthumously selected for this award because of his personal mission to impact the world in a positive way and inspire thousands of children to perform random acts of kindness. Chris’ wife, Anna, and daughters, Dalany and Logan, were on-hand to accept the award and share Chris’ mission.
The Credit Union is proud to support this event each year and live out our core value of giving back to the community. We look forward to our continued partnership with ePIFanyNow™ as we help in their efforts to spread kindness in Greater Lansing and beyond.