PLYMOUTH, Mich. (12/30/14)--To help bolster local education in southeast Michigan, Community Financial CU, Plymouth, Mich., announced this week it will donate funds to a number of school district foundations through the credit union's Community Shares program (Hometown Life Dec. 29).
Community Shares, founded by the $563 million-asset credit union in 1999 to serve communities in southeast and northern Michigan, facilitates donations to school projects, functions and foundations.
The credit union has made $25,000 in donations spread among eight school districts in 2014.
"Our local schools are the backbone of strong communities here in Michigan, and so we feel it is important to give back to the communities that have been so good to us," Sarah Cousineau, Community Financial marketing manager, told Hometown Life. "We know that funding for our school districts is a constant challenge, so we're happy to help support educational needs wherever we can."
Working with school districts to identify programs in need of financial support, Community Financial made donations to the Livonia Public Schools Education Foundation, the Northville Educational Foundation and the Novi Education Foundation.
Additionally, the credit union made a donation to the Plymouth-Canton Educational Excellence Foundation that will help pay for a community display of a historical research project conducted by Salem High School teacher Darrin Silvester and his students.
Silvester told Hometown Life that the money will allow him and his students to present their project in a way that benefits the whole community.
"When classroom work can be connected to the community, the better kids are prepared for their futures," he said.