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Caring Community Credit Unions fight hunger

GENESEE COUNTY — The 5th Annual Caring Community Credit Unions Campaign ran from June 16 – July 3 at several credit unions in the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan’s (FBEM) service area. Recognizing that “Hunger Does Not Take a Vacation,” credit unions across the state teamed up to help fight hunger in the community.

Thirteen credit unions with a total of 67 branches stepped forward to help their neighbors in need. Each participating credit union came up with creative ideas and fun competition among branches, staff and members to generate donations. For every $1 donated, 6 meals can be provided to help feed the hungry.

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan serves 22 counties with an active network of 417 partner agencies consisting of church pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and community centers. In 2013, the Food Bank distributed over 23.6 million pounds of food through the agencies and various programs. Kid’s Café, Summer Feeding and the Backpack program, offer food relief to children in need, while the Senior Box Program reaches out with a monthly food box for low-income seniors.

The following credit unions participated: Credit Unions Plus, Dow Chemical Employees Credit Union, FinancialEdge Credit Union, Financial Plus Federal Credit Union, FM Financial Credit Union, Frankenmuth Credit Union, Generations Family Federal Credit Union, Sagelink Credit Union, Security Credit Union, Team One Credit Union, Tri-Pointe Credit Union, United Financial Credit Union and Wanigas Credit Union. — G.G.

Nominations sought for 2014 Libby Award

FLINT – Do you admire a woman who is involved in activities that empower and provide a positive role model for women and girls in Genesee County? Has she devoted her time, talent and treasure to area nonprofit organizations that provide programs and services to educate and inspire women or girls of all ages?

Then consider honoring this individual by submitting her name in nomination for the 2014 Libby Award sponsored by the Flint Women and Girls Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

The Libby Award is presented every two years to an outstanding woman who:

• Demonstrates philanthropic activity on behalf of women and girls

• Inspires and influences diverse groups of women and girls

• Acts as a role model in activities specific to women and girls

• Empowers women and/or has provided assistance on their behalf

Applications are being accepted through Aug. 4. The award will be presented during Flint Women & Girls Day set for Oct. 7 at 7:30 a.m. at the Flint Golf Club. Nomination forms are available online at

Details: Call 810-767-3653. — G.G.

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