In brief

Dort Federal Credit Union converts to statewide charter, changes name

GRAND BLANC — Effective Jan. 1, Dort Federal Credit Union changed its name to Dort Financial Credit Union. The name change is a result of the credit union being granted a conversion from a federally chartered credit union to a state charted credit union.

Membership for Dort Financial Credit Union is now open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in the State of Michigan.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to grow the credit union and expand our financial products and service offerings to the entire state,” Vicki Hawkins, President/ CEO said.

Members will notice few changes other than the name and signage at Dort Financial locations. Dort Financial member’s account numbers, checks, and credit cards will not change.

Dort Financial Credit Union serves more than 95,000 members and has 10 branch locations. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school or worships, in the State of Michigan.

Details: Visit dortonline.org or call 800-521-3796. — G.G.

SOS collects 5 tons of food, more than $1,600 for Harvest Gathering

LANSING — Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced recently this year’s Harvest Gathering campaign at Secretary of State offices collected more than 10,200 pounds of food and more than $1,600.

The Sparta branch office ranked first in food collection, bringing in more than 7,000 pounds of food. The Hastings office collected 541 pounds of food and the Petoskey office collected 127 pounds. Department of State staff in three Secretary of State buildings in Lansing raised more than $1,000. Collected items were distributed to local food banks.

Harvest Gathering collection boxes were placed in Secretary of State offices and state office buildings during the fall food drive. Customers also mailed financial donations directly to the Food Bank Council of Michigan.

The Secretary of State’s Office has participated in the Harvest Gathering campaign since 1999. The campaign is coordinated by the Food Bank Council of Michigan, which supplies the state’s regional food banks through donations of food and money. The regional food banks serve food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in every Michigan county.

Details: Visit fbcmich.org. — G.G.