As a respected member of our Michigan community, Commercial Bank proudly gives back to the people. These are some of our key events.
Commercial Bank knows how quickly cancer can affect a community; that is why we proudly participate in the American Cancer Society's Annual Relay for Life every year. In 2018, we were able to raise the Commercial Bank team raised money through various fundraisers including popcorn and candy bar sales, hosting a bake sale, participating in our "Casual for a Cause" days and a "Pie in the Face" fundraiser. If you would like to make a donation for the 2019 Relay for Life, please stop by any one of our branch locations.
Community matters and Commercial Bank knows that being a community partner is an important aspect in order for a community to grow together. Commercial Bank has launched the "Casual for a Cause" program in an effort to be a reliable community partner. The program allows employees to wear jeans on the last Friday of each month for a $5 donation. The donations are then distributed to various non-profit agencies in our local communities.
In May, Commercial Bank employees directed their donations towards Everyone Together - Gratiot County.
Everyone Together is a parent group whose mission is to provide natural supports for families with children with disabilities and to provide resources for each other and awareness in the community.
This project hosts workshops, conferences, family "fun days" and various community events throughout the year. They also work with Gratiot Integrated Health Network in order to provide a summer camp for kids with developmental disabilities. They have an approach to education that creates a learning environment that is designed for diversity, "making natural educational settings accessible to all children, all together, all the time.
February’s "Casual for a Cause" program were donated to the Imagination Library of Barry County.
The Imagination Library provides free age-appropriate books for children from 0-5 years old, targeting the at-risk population. Studies show that getting children books early on like this will make them more successful in school!
January's employee donations went towards Gratiot County Child Advocacy.
When abused kids go to be interviewed by Child Advocacy, their pajamas are taken in as evidence. While Child Advocacy does provide replacement pjs, they run low as they service 120+ kids each year from 0-18 years old.
The recipient of November and December’s "Casual for a Cause" program was the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing!
The Boys and Girls Club of Lansing focuses on teaching morals, education, health, community involvement and professional development and serves youth from the ages of 7 through 17. Less than 50% of children attending the Lansing school district graduate from high school but those who attend school in Lansing and attend the club have a 90% graduation rate!
In May, Commercial Bank’s “Casual for a Cause” program designated its contributions to the St. Louis First United Methodist Church’s Water4Flint fund. As pictured, Commercial Bank President Kevin Collison presented the donation to Pastor Terri Bentley.
The city of Flint has toiled with a water crisis for months due to governmental mismanagement, causing a water shortage for the entire city. As the city of Flint works to recover from this environmental disaster, bottled water will help to alleviate some challenges that the people of Flint face.
In April, Commercial Bank’s “Casual for a Cause” program designated its contributions to the Alma Schools Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund. As pictured, right, Commercial Bank President Kevin Collison presented a check to members of the Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
The HOF Scholarship Fund has assisted 12 student-athletes in their pursuit of college and vocational education. Commercial Bank’s generous donation will allow the HOF to continue, and to expand upon, this effort. Individuals interested in learning more about the Alma Schools Athletic Hall of Fame are invited to visit the HOF website.
Junior Achievement of Central Michigan was chosen as February's recipient of the funds raised from jean day donations. Junior Achievement (JA) of Central Michigan has a mission “to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.”
JA is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about things such as workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy through experiential hands-on programs. JA provides these programs to the schools free of charge, and rely on the generosity of the local communities to support their efforts in bringing these programs to area schools.
United Way goes beyond temporary fixes to create lasting change that lifts up entire communities around the world. Commercial Bank is all about community and is a proud supporter of our local United Way Organizations. For many years now, Commercial Bank employees have taken an active role in donating their dollars to the United Way.
In April, United Way hosted their annual “Live United” awards ceremony in Gratiot County. Heather Schaeffer attended the event to represent Commercial Bank for the evening. One of our processors was one of 25 who received a Golden Ticket in the Bader Gator give away. Out of 700 people who contributed $100 or more, she was one of them. Unfortunately, she didn’t win the Gator but received a very nice cooler with Bader & Sons items in it.
Commercial Bank received the Community Campaign Award for increased contributions of 10% over last year. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the United Way of Gratiot County this year; this award is for you!
Commercial Bank employees are proud of the communities they call home. They prove this by volunteering their time for the betterment of others. Many of our employees are members of service clubs, serve as board members and volunteer their time to various organizations such as:
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