Community Choice Credit Union gives big to Southeast Michigan

For the past six years, more than 200 Community Choice Credit Union members and employees, as well as families and friends, have ventured into the community to volunteer with blood drives, food pantries and other charitable causes as part of an annual campaign to give their time and talents to community causes. Fittingly called Give Big Weekend, this year’s event wrapped up over the weekend, with more than 1,100 volunteer hours donated to help build up the community.
Implemented in 2009, Community Choice Credit Union’s Give Big Weekend encourages people to give what they can to causes that need assistance. Volunteer events kicked off on Thursday, August 21 and lasted through Sunday, August 24. Although Give Big Weekend happens one weekend a year, Community Choice Credit Union aims to inspire people and businesses to continue extending helping hands all year long.
“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,” said Abbey Bierlein, Foundation Coordinator at Community Choice Credit Union. “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.”
Some activities that occurred over Give Big Weekend include:
American Red Cross Blood Drives
In response to the critical need for blood donations throughout Southeast Michigan, Give Big Weekend volunteers teamed with the American Red Cross by holding blood drives at their member centers in Farmington Hills, Livonia and South Lyon. Up to 156 lives could be extended thanks to the 52 units of blood donated at the Community Choice blood drives.
Earthworks Urban Farm and Capuchin Soup Kitchen
Volunteers planted, weeded, and harvested in the garden of Earthworks Urban Farm, which is a program of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit. Additionally, participants worked the lunch shift at Capuchin Soup Kitchen, which strives to feed hungry Detroiters and address the lack of basic human needs.
Little Grace Village
At this transitional housing development for rehab graduates who are taking steps to lead better lives, volunteers assisted in building, painting and landscaping the Little Grace Village neighborhood in Pontiac.
YMCA Milford
Following a children’s summer camp, volunteers helped put away canoes, organize supplies, and clean up games.
Northville Food Truck Rally to support Gift of Life Michigan
At the Northville Chamber of Commerce’s food truck rally, Community Choice Credit Union volunteers set up a table, where they promoted organ donor registry with Gift of Life Michigan.
Forgotten Harvest
Volunteers helped prepare nonperishable food packages at the warehouse of Forgotten Harvest, an organization that works to relieve hunger throughout Metro Detroit. Community Choice volunteers repackaged 2,000 pounds of food that will help feed those in need around Southeast Michigan.
Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan
Community Choice team members and their families participated in a 5K walk to benefit the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan at the Detroit Zoo. Community Choice team members raised nearly $1,200 during the annual Walkin’ on the Wild Side for Hemophilia at the Detroit Zoo. The funds will support the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan.
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About Community Choice Credit Union: Established in 1935, Community Choice Credit Union offers a wide variety of financial products and services for both consumers and businesses. Any individual who lives, works, or worships in the following counties is eligible to become a member of Community Choice Credit Union: Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw or Wayne County, Michigan. Since 2008, Community Choice has invested more than $751,285 and 10,961 volunteer hours into its charitable Give Big efforts throughout Michigan. If you’re looking for an experience that’s different from your current banking relationship, let’s get together. For more information, visit