Employees Announce Charities Chosen for 2017 Charity Campaign
As 2017 began, employee excitement has grown over this year’s Charity Campaign. For the past several years, Credit Union employees chose one charity to raise funds for throughout the first half of the year, and raised funds for the Capital Area United Way (CAUW) for the second half of the year. Over the years, our donations have grown exponentially, from donating $28,667 to Sparrow Hospice of Lansing in 2011, to donating $79,372 for Small Talk Children’s Assessment Center in 2016, $41,344 to United Way in 2011, and $100,000 to CAUW in 2015.
To help even more charitable organizations in 2017, our campaign will focus on five employee-nominated and chosen charities that we will raise funds for throughout the year. The charities chosen each represent one of four areas—education and outreach, environment and animals, health and human services, Oakland/Clarkston area—and our fifth charity will be CAUW. Learn more about our selected charities below.
- Education and Outreach – Many Hands fights hunger among children in elementary schools in Ingham County. They prepare “Weekend Survival Kits” to help provide nutritious meals during non-school hours, specifically during the weekends.
- Environment and Animals – The Capital Area Humane Society shelters homeless animals, fights animal cruelty and neglect, and offers many programs to help families provide for their animals, such as discounted vet services and an animal food bank. Annually, they have about 4,500 animals come into the shelter, and about 95% of them are adopted.
- Health and Human Services – The Firecracker Foundation provides child survivors of sexual trauma and their families with holistic healing services, such as individual mental health therapy, trauma-sensitive yoga therapy, and caretaker support groups. Therapeutic services are provided at no cost to families who cannot afford care elsewhere.
- Oakland/Clarkston Area – Stiggy’s Dogs rescues and trains shelter dogs to be psychiatric service dogs for military veterans living with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injuries (TBI). These service dogs are trained at no cost to the veteran. Each dog is individually trained to meet the needs of the veteran.
- Capital Area United Way supports tri-county programs and services that address complex health and human service problems. They believe that everyone in the tri-county area deserves opportunities to have a good life, which includes a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.
Credit Union employees are excited to begin planning this year’s campaign, where they will raise money through fundraisers, volunteer with each organization, and be able to make a difference in their communities.
“I was initially drawn to the Credit Union because of their commitment to community involvement. You gain a sense of pride when you see your company consistently driving change in your area. I look forward to this opportunity to have a voice in how we impact local causes, both large and small,” said Colleen, a Credit Union employee and member of the Charity Committee.
Giving back to the community is a core value at the Credit Union, and we are extremely excited to see all the ways in which we can help these local organizations in 2017. Stay tuned for further updates and stories about our progress!