In 1 weekend, CU donates 1,100 volunteer hours in metro Detroit

September 3, 2014

DETROIT (9/4/14)--More than 200 members, employees, families and friends of Community Choice CU, Farmington Hills, Mich., with $531 million in assets, took part in the sixth annual "Give Big Weekend" last month, donating more than 1,100 volunteer hours to various efforts within the Detroit area-based community the credit union serves. 

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Volunteers worked at local food pantries, participated in blood drives and helped out with a number of other charitable causes as part of the annual campaign to give time and talents to community causes (The Oakland Press Sept. 2).

"Our Give Big Weekend is always an exciting time for members and team members to roll up our sleeves and hit the streets to help our neighbors," Abbey Bierlein, Community Choice foundation coordinator, told The Oakland Press. "The weekend of events really captures the essence of who we are as an organization. We're living our mission to give back to the community."

Community Choice members and employees volunteered in many ways over the course of the weekend, including at:

  • American Red Cross blood drives, in response to a critical need for blood donations in southeast Michigan. Up to 156 lives could be extended because of the 52 units of blood donated during the drives; 
  • Earthworks Urban Farm, where volunteers planted, weeded and harvested in the urban farm's garden;
  • Capuchin Soup Kitchen, where volunteers worked the lunch shift;
  • Little Grace Village, a transitional housing development, where volunteers assisted in building, painting and landscaping the neighborhood; and
  • YMCA Milford, where volunteers helped organize supplies, put away canoes and clean up games.