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Financial Plus donates check to local Food Bank

FLINT — Financial Plus Credit Union took part in the 5th Annual Caring Community Credit Unions Campaign to help raise money for the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. The campaign brings 13 community credit unions together to collaborate and raise funds for the local food bank. Spreading the word that “hunger does not take a vacation,” each credit union accepted cash and food donations.

“Financial Plus did something a little different this year to help encourage participation” said Olga Long, senior vice president of Financial Plus. “We were excited to announce that for every auto loan funded during the two and a half week period, Financial Plus would donate $5 to the fundraiser on behalf of that member.” A grand total of $1,825 which equals 10,950 meals was presented to the food bank on Aug. 5, on behalf of Financial Plus members.

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan serves as a common solicitor, storehouse, and distributor of food on behalf of its partner agencies which are non-profit, charitable organizations serving those in need. In 2012, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan distributed more than 20.3 million pounds of food through a network of more than 400 partner agencies in 22 counties.

To donate to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan visit their location at 2312 Lapeer Rd. Flint, or visit their website at — G.G.

Code Michigan returns for second year, grows

LANSING — Software developers are invited to participate in the state’s Code Michigan event this October for an opportunity to build mobile and web applications and win cash prizes.

“Code Michigan is an exciting opportunity for civic-minded developers and designers to help reinvent Michigan’s government by creating mobile and web apps for the public good,” said David Behen, director of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) and state chief information officer.

Code Michigan, a free “civic coding event, is scheduled to begin on Friday, Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. and run through Oct. 5, at 5 p.m. at three locations across the state — at the Grand Circus in Detroit and The Stream Center in Newaygo in the Lower Peninsula, and on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette in the Upper Peninsula.

Individuals interested in participating may register for the free, three-day event by visiting the Code Michigan website at: Only 65 slots for each location are available. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded at all three locations. First prize is $5,000, second prize is $1,500 and third prize is $500.

The first place winners from Detroit, Marquette and Newaygo will go on to compete for the “grand prize” of $10,000 and 30 minutes to pitch their winning idea to the Renaissance Venture Capital Fund. — G.G.

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