Community Difference Project
We are dedicated to encouraging a better tomorrow. We created this project to impact peoples' lives in positive ways. Whether it's to volunteer, perform a good deed or provide support for people in need, we're here to create better lives for people in our communities.
Check out our Facebook page to see photos from all the fun we have in our communities!
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." - Gandhi
Throughout the year, our staff at Bluegrass has:
- Participated in United Way of Isabella County - Days of Service and United Way of Isabella County – Knock out Hunger
- Helped with the spring clean-up through the Commission on Aging,
- Sponsored the Mt. Pleasant Chamber CMU Tailgate, Mt. Pleasant Business Expo, and MainStage
- Volunteered at the Isabella County Soup Kitchen, the Sanford Senior Center, and for Junior Achievement in Mt. Pleasant and Shepherd
- Held bake sales or coin drives for local needs or organizations
- Random acts of kindness like paying for groceries, lunch, or gas
The Bluegrass Staff has been hard at work all through the year, and we look forward to the exciting and impactful things they will do in 2016!
“People helping people means being there to help anyone when needed. Being able to identify an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life is rewarding and beneficial to both parties. Being a part of an organization committed to this idea has helped me to become more and more passionate to the growth and wellbeing of our communities.” – Erin Malekadeli, Business Development Manager
Throughout the year, our staff at Wackerly has:
- Sponsored Riverdays, Color Run 5K, Northwood University’s Kick-Off, blood drives, and many others
- Participated in Midland County Habitat for Humanity’s Women’s Build Week
- Held fundraisers or collecting donations to Royal Family Kids and the Midland Shelterhouse
- Held bake sales, chili cook-offs, and other fundraisers for local needs
- Volunteered at the Humane Society, Midland Open Door, and Midland County Emergency Food Pantry’s Community Gardens
- Random acts of kindness like handing out gift cards, paying for meals, and paying for pool admissions to the Greater Midland Community Center
- Sponsored a Reading Oasis at Floyd Elementary
The staff at Wackerly continues to go above and beyond for their community. They live our mission each and every day, and we can't wait for the impactful things our staff will do in 2016!
"To make a difference in someone's life, you don't have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful, or perfect. You just have to care." - Anonymous
Throughout the year, our staff in Gladwin has:
- Volunteered at local high school athletic events
- Random acts of kindness like handing out gift cards for gas or groceries
- Sponsored the Gladwin Crimestoppers Appreciation Dinner and the New Dawn Shelter Celebration Dinner
- Held fundraising for children’s backpacks for the school year
- Helped with United Way on other fundraising opportunities
The Gladwin Staff has been hard at work all through the year, and we look forward to the exciting and impactful things they will do in 2016!
"At the end of the day, it's not about what you have or even what you've accomplished...it's about who you've lifted up, who you've made better. It's about what you've given back."
- Denzel Washington
Throughout the year, our staff in Clare has:
- Participated in Junior Achievement
- Helped with the Marion Snowfest
- Helped with the Irish Parade and Labor Day Parade
- Helped with the Bed Race
- Sponsored Clare Concerts in the Park
- Sponsored Coleman Trunk or Treat
- Raised money or collect donations during the year for organizations like ABATE, Wounded Warrior Project, DHS Get on the Bus, and Toys for Tots
- Random acts of kindness like paying for groceries, lunch, or gas
The staff in Clare have made an impact all over their communtiy. They are always looking for new and improved ways to help out and make a positive difference. We look forward to what 2016 has in store for them and their community!
“I meet with people all the time that would like guidance and help with their credit. To see them reach their goals and have the ability to purchase a car or house is unbelievable to me. I know that no matter who they speak with at MFCU, they will be treated with the utmost respect. It makes me so proud to work at an institution that allows me to make positive differences for people and help them with their financial future. I take great pride in knowing that in a small way, I may have helped someone recognize their dream.” – Lisa Foy, Dartmouth Branch Manager
Throughout the year, our staff at Dartmouth has:
- Participated in the 12th Annual Moose Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon
- Sponsored the Mills Twp. Fire Dept. Open House
- Collected donations for the Diaper Alliance Diaper Drive
- Random acts of kindness like handing out gift cards to Speedway, Kroger, and Domino’s
- Volunteered at the Midland Humane Society, the Shelterhouse Resale Store, and to plant over 15 trees in two city parks in Midland
- Collected donations for organizations like Aaron’s Gifts From Home, Adopt-A-Family, or just for community members in need
Our staff at Dartmouth continuously goes above and beyond for their community and will continue to do so in 2016!
"We must become the change we wish to see in the world." - Gandhi
Throughout the year, our staff at Broadway has:
- Participated in the Mt. Pleasant Beer Festival
- Helped with HOMEaid by Habitat for Humanity
- Volunteered and sponsored the Salute to Working Women
- Volunteered at the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen, the Humane Animal Treatment Society, and local senior centers
- Collected donations for HATS of Isabella County and the Foster Closet of Isabella County
- Helped with yard clean-up for elderly community members in Shepherd
- Provided training for the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department
- Random acts of kindness like paying for groceries, lunch, or gas
If 2016 is anything like 2015, the Broadway staff will have a great year making a difference in their community!
Members First Credit Union has 8 branches, and serves 8 counties in and around central Michigan. We are a growing financial cooperative and we enjoy reaching out to our communities and doing what we can to make a positive difference in peoples' lives.
Throughout the year, our staff in Harrison has:
- Participated in the Frostbite Festival
- Volunteered and sponsored Northern Tradition for Mid-Michigan Community College
- Helped with the Robert Friese 5K, the Habitat for Humanity Pig Roast, and the St. Patrick’s Day parade
- Given out random acts of kindness like picking up trash on the freeway, volunteering at little league concession stands, and handing out gift cards
- Collected items and donations for Hope Pregnancy Center, Veteran’s Memorial Park, Adopt-A-Family, the American Cancer Society, and local animal shelters
- Raised money to purchase a service dog for a member in need
The Harrison Staff has had an amazing, hardworking year, and we can't wait for the awesome things they will do in 2016!
Our staff is dedicated to Making a Positive Difference in not only the lives of our members, but also our community. We created this project to impact peoples' lives in positive ways. Whether it's to volunteer, perform a good deed, or provide support to people in need, we're here to create better lives for people in our community.
Throughout the year, our staff in Evart has:
- Helped with the Evart 4th of July 5K
- Donated items to the Osceola Animal Shelter
- Collected donations for the Hat & Mitten Drive for Evart Elementary School
- Offered random acts of kindness (like handing out gas or grocery cards) to surprise community members
- Collected donations for the Osceola Commission on Aging
- Collected donations for Hersey’s House of Hope and Women’s Information Service, Inc. (WISE)
The Evart Staff has been hard at work all through the year, and we look forward to the exciting and impactful things they will do in 2016!
Sharing the Love is something that we take seriously at MFCU. Each and every day, we are dedicated to making a positive difference, not only in the lives of our members, but in our communities as well. We have an opportunity to win a $10,000 grant for a local organization – but we need your help to do so!
We have chosen to support Mid-Michigan Big Brothers Big Sisters. Their mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
What are you voting on? Our video. Share the Love is a campaign that invites credit unions to create videos about how we give back to our communities.
We are excited to share our video with you – and voting is easy!
- Visit our voting page here!
- View our video.
- Vote so we can win $10,000 for BBBS!
Be sure to come back to vote daily! Voting is open October 1 – December 24, 2015. Plus - you could win $100 just for voting! We encourage you to share the link with all members, family and friends through email, social media, and more.
Thank you for helping us Share the Love!
MFCU accomplished many goals and did some amazing things in 2014. We trained and encouraged our employees to embrace an improved lending culture with many new ideas being brought to life! MFCU staff continued to help make a positive difference in not only the lives of our members, but in our community as well.
MFCU Awarded Caring Company of the Year by United Way of Midland County
At United Way’s Spirit of the Community Event, MFCU was recognized as the Caring Company of the Year for our continuous dedication to community involvement and people helping people.
The staff at MFCU has participated in numerous Community Difference Projects in the 8 counties that we serve. These projects included bake sales, fundraisers, food drives, etc. for local family and children’s organizations. We also took advantage of many unique opportunities like the ALS ice bucket challenge, donating meat from the Clare County Fair to The Stone Soup Project in Farwell, and being a part of Midland County Habitat for Humanity’s Neighborhood Revitalization Project!
People “Like” us!
At the end of 2012, our Facebook only had 322 likes. Two years later, there are over 2,400 likes! That’s two thousand, four hundred people that “like” us! #wemakeadifference #facebookfriends
We saved our members, WHAT?!
In 2014, MFCU changed our culture and implemented new strategies and ideas to help launch our Save A Member Money campaign and sharing the fact that we had $84 million to lend. This campaign resulted in over $1.7 million dollars that we saved our members!
New Harrison Office
In October of 2014, members and staff gathered together for the grand opening at our new Harrison branch.
Upgraded Website and Online & Mobile Banking
You asked, and we listened! During 2014, we made improvements to our website, online banking, and mobile banking in order to provide easier navigation, user friendly services, better security and 24/7 access to your money.
Keeping it fresh and fun!
We made improvements to our branches by updating each of them with our new branding, keeping our brick and mortar up to date, fresh and fun!
Cathleen Louisignau and Pat Sexton Received the President’s Award
Cathleen and Pat received this award due to their hard work and dedication throughout 2014. Both recipients are prompt, dependable, enthusiastic, and willing to go to great lengths to provide excellent service to members and co-workers while also volunteering for credit union events.
Splish, splash, the kids club was having a blast!
The 14th Annual Kids Day at Soaring Eagle’s Waterpark with over 250 parents and children who attended for some fun in the waterpark.
First Annual Family Day at the Pumpkin Patch in Midland
This year was our first ever Family Day! It was held at Grandma’s Pumpkin Patch in Midland with over 300 people attending for some family fun. Members were able to visit the animals, enjoy cider and donuts, and walk through the pumpkin patch together.
Awarded 7 students with $1,000 scholarships
Each year our Swinging for Scholarships Golf Outing raises money for scholarships to local students. Another 7 students were awarded this year with money to help them continue their education.
Check out our annual report to read more about our successes in 2014!
Our employees live our mission of Making a Positive Difference through our service promises and giving back to our communities. Every year, we support our local United Ways in the 6 counties we serve.
This year, we dedicated the entire month of October to United Way. Our staff gave individual gifts, our members and communities supported fundraisers at each branch and staff members had fun competing in chili cook-offs, t-shirts sales and other creative fundraisers they came up with to support the cause.
We've always had a strong support for United Way, but this year we set the bar even higher - raising 32% more than we did last year, with a grand total of $18,441! We had tremendous support from our staff with 80% making a personal donation and 12 staff members joined Young Leaders United; showing their support financially while volunteering throughout the year as well.
To celebrate the success of saving our members $1 million, we came up with the idea of having a celebration day at all of our branches. Branches served hot dogs, doughnuts and coffee, gourmet popcorn, candy and cupcakes as they spent the day celebrating with each member who stopped by the branch that day.
As we developed our plan to celebrate, we realized we were missing a huge part of what makes our credit union run - our communities. As a part of the Community Difference Project, we came up with the idea to celebrate not only for one day, but for the entire week! Our staff enjoyed doing random acts of kindness all throughout their communities. We gave away gas cards, purchased people's groceries, paid for lunches and many other things that made a positive impact for our community members.
We look forward to saving our members even more money this year and celebrating again when we reach our second goal, two million dollars!