Advia Credit Union Donates $50,000 to Area Schools and Organizations
Over the past few months, Advia Credit Union in Parchment has been helping to sustain the local economy by donating $50,000 to 67 organizations in Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois. Local branch managers and staff have been busy presenting checks totaling more than $19,000 to area schools and more than $30,000 to charitable organizations through its Community Advantage Program.
Check recipients are most appreciative of the visits and donations, including Dr. Michael Rice, Superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools. He says they are using their $938 donation to support their Summer Literacy Program, which mails books to students throughout the summer to promote reading. “Advia is helping to turn elementary students into high school and college graduates,” he stated.
Advia CU makes annual donations through its Community Advantage Program (CAP) on behalf of its members who are given the opportunity to designate one of many charitable organizations or schools to earn donation dollars. Donations made in 2016 are based on points earned by members in 2015 and are allotted according to the financial services they use each month.
“As a not-for-profit financial cooperative, we are committed to giving back to the communities that support us and to using our resources to improve the lives of our fellow neighbors and residents,” says Cheryl DeBoer, President and CEO of Advia CU. “Our foundation was built on the ‘People Helping People’ philosophy, which includes our cooperative structure, support of financial education and active engagement within our communities.”
The donations are a welcome shot in the arm for many organizations. For example, the Port Huron School District, who received a $1,024 donation, say they appreciate community partnerships that support their students and district programs. Dr. Robin Buchler, Superintendent of Mattawan Consolidated Schools, is earmarking their district’s $590 CAP donation towards their STEM program, which promotes and teaches science, technology, engineering and mathematics so that students are better prepared for an ever-changing local and global world.