That's the question Community Financial Credit Union asked its members this past summer - and it received a whole lot of inspiring answers.
The third annual Summer of Sharing program made dreams come true for 60 nonprofit organizations in Michigan, providing help and hope for local residents and improving the quality of life in communities served by Community Financial in southeastern and northern Michigan.
Summer of Sharing provides one grant of $1,000 each day for 60 days to nonprofit organizations in its service areas. Since the program began in 2011, Community Financial has donated more than $180,000 to groups that help people of all ages improve their lives.
Credit union members are asked to nominate local organizations for the $1,000 grants.
“Our members are actively involved in the community and we want to support the charities that are important to them” said Bill Lawton, Community Financial president and CEO in a news release.
The Miracle League in Plymouth, which provides volunteers and special facilities to help young people play baseball, regardless of their physical or mental challenges, was one recipient this past summer.
Other grant recipients included organizations devoted to soldiers and veterans; nature and environmental education; arts, culture and historic preservation; youth services and recreation; animal safety and shelters; education; families in need; and individuals coping with disabilities and illness.
Examples of these nonprofit grant recipients include: 88.1 The Park, Canton Rotary Foundation, Detroit Area Diaper Bank, Friends of the Penn, Michigan Philharmonic, Plymouth Community Arts Council and the Village Theater at Cherry Hill.