Credit Union Employees Filled the Community with Holiday Joy
As another holiday season comes to a close, the Credit Union is proud to reflect on the many initiatives its employees took to spread joy and happiness in our community throughout the 2017 winter holidays. Through volunteering, food and gift drives, and monetary donations, Credit Union employees fulfilled our core value of giving back to the community.
Beginning in November, employees participated in the Credit Union’s Pay It Forward tradition in honor of its 80th anniversary. Employees went out into the community to partake in random acts of kindness such as buying coffee, movie tickets, and more for customers at businesses like Biggby Coffee, Bloom Coffee, AMC Star Great Lakes 25 Movie Theater, and much more! In honor of the milestone anniversary of 80 years, the Credit Union also created a goal for employees to volunteer 80 hours throughout the Pay It Forward week. Among 93 employees, the Credit Union surpassed its goal with a total of 210 volunteer hours between November 12 – 18, 2017.
From November 20, through December 6, 2017, the Credit Union hosted the Giving Tree gift drive, in which employees and members purchased holiday gifts and other necessities for the winter. More than 550 gifts were donated through the Giving Tree initiative, making holiday wishes come true for nearly 200 local children.
Many individual departments adopted families through the Grand Ledge Emergency Assistance Program (GLEAP), which provides short-term emergency relief for families and individuals. Local families received meals and beautifully wrapped gifts donated by employees in various departments. Employees in the Marketing and Communications department also worked together to bring holiday cheer to about 100 residents at The Willows at East Lansing by sending handwritten holiday letters.
Two Ortonville branch employees, Dawn and Kelly, along with their families, helped participate in a Thanksgiving food drive for the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund (OCEF) Food Pantry by sorting donated food for Thanksgiving baskets. “There was an awesome feeling of community since everyone there donated their time for a great cause—making sure every family in Ortonville would have food for Thanksgiving,” said Kelly. “During my regular working hours in the Ortonville office, I have processed deposits for individuals who organize the OCEF food drive program. They told me they were able to help about 140 families from that event. We look forward to doing it again next year!”
The Credit Union takes pride in giving back to the community and always looks to build more relationships with community partners through volunteering and donations. If your organization would like to receive Credit Union support, please visit the Donation Requests page for more information.