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MCCU Marshall Area Community Services

People helping people - it’s the credit union philosophy and Marshall Community Credit Union is no exception. Through the months of November and December, MCCU staff members collected a large number of items for donation to Marshall Area Community Services (MACS).

For more than 60 years, MACS helps area families with emergency needs. While this time of year MACS is busy with their holiday adopt-a-family programs, collecting and distributing donated gifts and coordinating groceries for holiday meals, MACS provides assistance throughout the year. Their mission is to help people with items that many couldn’t imagine going without: food, clothing, keeping utilities turned on, school supplies and much more.

“Since MACS indicated that they get less donations for children ages 13-18, this year MCCU chose to help supplement the baskets for those families with teenagers. As always, it was both fun and rewarding to participate in this community activity.” noted Katie Schook, executive assistant at MCCU.

TBACU Staff Raises $750 for Silver Muzzle Cottage

On Dec. 21, TBA Credit Union made a donation on behalf of its staff to Silver Muzzle Cottage in Elk Rapids.

Each year, TBACU’s staff votes for a non-profit organization within the 5 county area who will receive a donation from the holiday party raffle. This year, Silver Muzzle Cottage was selected as the recipient of the $750 that was raised by TBACU staff.

The Silver Muzzle Cottage Program is a rescue and hospice program that is located on the site of Bowsers By The Bay in Elk Rapids. They take in homeless senior dogs and place them with foster families or, for dogs who have been given a limited amount of time to live due to poor health, we will place them in the hospice facility called Silver Muzzle Cottage.

“We are so excited to contribute to a cause that cares for orphaned older dogs,” said Lorri Wolf, marketing assistant.

YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing Honors Kelli Ellsworth-Etchison with C. Colton Carr Volunteer of the Year Award

The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing honored Kelli Ellsworth-Etchison with the 35th Annual C. Colton Carr Volunteer of the Year Award during the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing’s Holiday Board Dinner in December. This award is the highest volunteer award given by the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing and an opportunity to recognize the volunteer who has “raised the bar” for what is possible when serving the growing needs of the community through mission-based impact programs.

Ellsworth-Etchison is the senior vice president of marketing at LAFCU. Her YMCA service in the past eight years includes board chairperson, leading fundraising campaigns, serving on multiple committees and providing visionary leadership in her work with the Board of Directors. Ellsworth-Etchison’s compassion for others and dedication to community service combine to make her an invaluable asset to the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing. The award is based on her service and exemplifies the leadership of C. Colton Carr, who also was a past board chair and a 27-year volunteer leader for the organization.

“It is an honor and privilege to have Kelli as part of the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing family and to recognize her with the highest award that is presented to a volunteer. Kelli’s enthusiastic leadership, along with her selfless service to others, makes her a great role model and inspiration for our staff and volunteers. We feel fortunate to have Kelli Ellsworth-Etchison involved and engaged with the Y,” said Jeff Scheibel, president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing.

Saginaw Medical Federal Credit Union Collecting Pet and Cleaning Supplies for Amazing Grace Animal Rescue

Saginaw Medical Federal Credit Union is recognizing January as Pet Awareness Month by collecting “Wish List” items for Amazing Grace Animal Rescue at both offices until Tuesday, Jan. 24. Items requested include dog and cat food, treats, toys, blankets, towels, bleach, cleaning supplies, monetary donations and more.

“Amazing Grace Animal Rescue relies completely on donations to provide shelter, food and medical care to lost and abandoned animals,” said Laura Crase, president and CEO of SMFCU. “We are happy to donate items to help ensure the health and safety of our four-legged friends!”

Amazing Grace Animal Shelter is a non-profit animal rescue that has saved the lives of many abandoned, forgotten or abused animals and placed them in loving homes. Amazing Grace Animal Rescue is located at 3365 Freeland Road in Saginaw and may be reached by calling (989) 792-0346. For a complete list of requested items, please visit

Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union Matches Employee Donation to United Way of Northeast Michigan

Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union’s (AAACU) employees recently made donations of $371 to United Way of Northeast Michigan’s 2017 campaign, with AAACU then matching the employee’s contribution for a total of $742.

United Way of Northeast Michigan is a nonprofit, charitable organization that raises funds to support other nonprofit organizations throughout northeast Michigan. United Way of Northeast Michigan supports 13 agencies – Alpena Child Care & Development Center, Alpena D.A.R.E Program, Thunder Bay Junior High Homework Rescue Program, Alpena Senior Citizen’s Center, Alzheimer’s Association, American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Club, Child and Family Services of Northeast Michigan, Child and Family Services of Northwest Michigan, Hope Shores Alliance, Hospice of Michigan, Partners in Prevention and Salvation Army. These 13 agencies provide important services in our community to help meet the health and human care needs of thousands of people throughout northeast Michigan.

If you would like to donate to United Way of Northeast Michigan you may contact Germaine Stoppa, Executive Director at (989) 354-2221 or visit

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