Genisys celebrates 80 years

Credit union finds unique way to give back


Genisys Credit Union team members including (Left to right) Genisys President/ CEO Jackie Buchanan, Heidi Wood, Jill Coleman, Karen Johnston, Paula Hoppe, Jennifer Nepjuk and Roger Hurst stand with Catholic Charities coordinator Karon Elston (center). The group distributed hand sanitizer and volunteered on Tuesday, May 17 at the Hope Soup Kitchen in Flint.

Genisys Credit Union team members including (Left to right) Genisys President/ CEO Jackie Buchanan, Heidi Wood, Jill Coleman, Karen Johnston, Paula Hoppe, Jennifer Nepjuk and Roger Hurst stand with Catholic Charities coordinator Karon Elston (center). The group distributed hand sanitizer and volunteered on Tuesday, May 17 at the Hope Soup Kitchen in Flint.

FLINT — As residents in Flint continue to find alternative ways to cook and clean without the use of their water supply, one local company found a creative way to help.

Genisys Credit Union is in the process of donating 5,000 8 ounce bottles of hand sanitizer at various locations in Flint to Flint residents who need a quick and safe alternative to water when washing their hands.

“Genisys Credit Union was committed to helping the families of Flint during the water crisis,” said Linda Zabik, manager corporate responsibility at Genisys Credit Union. “Employees came together, along with our Board of Directors, to make a difference by donating $12,084 to purchase 5,000 8 ounce bottles of hand sanitizer.”

The group came up with the idea for the hand sanitizer donations after speaking with a number of those on the front lines of the Flint water crisis. Many agreed it would be a welcome addition to area households.

The hand sanitizer donations are one of the many ways Genisys Credit Union gives back to the communities they serve. April marked the credit union’s 80th anniversary and throughout its history, Genisys has been committed to giving back to the community. The credit union sponsored over 500 events in 2015, with staff and family members volunteering over 3,700 hours of service to the community. Genisys contributed over $32,000 to OLHSA’s Walk for Warmth, over $9,000 to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and nearly $3,000 to the Children Miracle Network.

“We are proud that after 80 years, Genisys is stronger than ever. We strive to accomplish the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people’ every day, in everything we do. Our core values of being trustworthy, member focused and providing quality service drive us and are reflected in everything we do,” said Jackie Buchanan, President/CEO. “We focus on providing members with value and convenience, from the latest in financial technology to making sure we know our members well and provide the best solutions for their unique needs.”

Genisys’ history began in 1936, when T&C Federal Credit Union was formed to serve the employees of the General Motors Truck and Coach plant. In 2002, T&C Federal expanded their service to all residents and businesses in Oakland County. In 2008, T&C Federal combined with USA Credit Union to complete one of the largest mergers in credit union history at the time.

USA was founded in 1954 as Burroughs Detroit Employees Credit Union. Through a series of combinations with other Burroughs affiliated credit unions, the credit union grew to serve a national membership. When Burroughs Corporation merged with Sperry Corporation to form Unisys, the credit union changed its name to Unisys Federal Credit Union, and subsequently became USA Credit Union.

The “Genisys” name combines the roots of each credit union: “Gen-” from General Motors and “-isys” from Unisys.

In 2015, Genisys completed a merger with Tri-Pointe Community Credit Union, adding 25,000 new members

Details: Visit www.genisyscu.org.

Please note

Genisys Credit Union will be distributing hand sanitizers during the follow times at the following locations:

Noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 at the North Central Church of Christ, 2001 N. Saginaw St., Flint; 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18 at the Flint Islamic Center, 4400 S. Saginaw St., Flint


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