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Michigan Credit Union League

Metro East Chapter's Strength in Unity

As the 2017 winner of the Michigan Credit Union League Chapter Effectiveness Award, the Metro East Chapter of Credit Unions is a prime example of community impact through collaboration. The chapter encompasses 28 credit unions throughout southeast Michigan, with assets ranging from $100 million to more than $1 billion, and aims to create a message of unity for community benefit.

In May 2017, 75 credit union workers of the Metro East Chapter volunteered with Macomb County Habitat for Humanity. This gave the chapter’s credit unions a chance to come together to volunteer for a united cause, helping community members achieve strength, stability and independence to build better lives. Beyond generating donations inside branches, volunteers from 10 credit unions worked full days at six sites, helping with two home projects in Macomb County and at the Habitat ReStore, which sells used goods to fund future home projects.

The charity committee secured a Michigan Credit Union Foundation grant, which helped purchase much-needed power tools for Habitat for Humanity, Money Works books to pass out to fellow volunteers and matching T-shirts to further promote the chapter’s unity.

“Credit unions were founded on the philosophy of people helping people and have always been deeply connected to the communities we serve,” said Drema Isaac, president and CEO of FreeStar Financial Credit Union and chair of the Metro East Chapter. “Credit unions have shown this commitment through our support of local charities and donating time and resources to help support their missions. Seventy-five representatives from 10 credit unions united to help underprivileged families secure a home through Habitat for Humanity. Through the collaborative effort of these individuals, we made a positive impact in our community.”

The chapter also hosts an annual employee appreciation night each March. This year’s event hosted attendees from 18 different credit unions for a fun night of bingo and fundraising. Lastly, the chapter hosts a golf outing each fall to raise funds for the following year’s charities. The 2017 outing featured 15 credit unions and 108 golfers, and raised $17,000. Additionally, with the need for hurricane relief on everyone’s mind last fall, the Metro East Chapter donated $3,000 to CUAid.coop, a fund created by the National Credit Union Foundation to provide disaster relief.

The Metro East Chapter Charity Committee has donated more than $307,000 to support charities in metro Detroit since forming in 2008. The chapter further leverages its effectiveness by prioritizing five local charities: Mission of Mercy (Michigan Dental Association), Habitat for Humanity, Pets for Vets, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and Friends of Foster Kids.

The chapter will be formally awarded at the Honor Awards Breakfast during the MCUL/CUSG 2018 Annual Convention & Exposition in Traverse City, June 6–9.

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