The employees of Members First Credit Union recently gathered for their annual Make A Difference Day.
MADD is a day full of a staff education of the strategic plan, celebrating successes, looking forward to the future, personal development and community impact, the credit union stated.
MFCU impacts the community through its Community Difference Project, which was created to impact people’s lives in positive ways, the credit union stated. MFCU will donate $5,000 to be split among the following organizations: Make-A-Wish of Michigan, American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region, Humane Society of West Michigan and Special Olympics of Michigan. During the day, employees were able to earn “MADD Bucks” and decide how much MFCU should donate to each organization.
Members First employees committed to more than $8,000 in donations for the Michigan Credit Union League Action Fund. Various fundraisers will continue to grow their total donation throughout the year.
“We were very excited to have support from our Executive Vice Presidents Carrie Iafrate and Anna Marie Zielinski,” said Joe McLosky, MFCU employee. “They even offered to receive a pie in the face once our goal had been reached.”
Last year, employees recorded a total of 1,129 volunteer hours with 84 different organizations, impacting 12 counties in Michigan. MFCU donated to 159 different organizations, totaling over $85,000. The donations focused on, but were not limited to, education, economic development and community involvement.
“Collectively, as employees we are reminded of the strength in our MFCU core values,” Zielinski said. “As individuals, we take the time to celebrate who we are. Together we embrace the pride we feel while continuing to serve our communities.”
Iafrate said she was proud of the staff.
“Our team members work with care and enthusiasm through every single member interaction day in and day out. Make A Difference Day allows us to all come together to focus on that amazing service, reward them for their accomplishments, educate and inspire them to continually improve, and make a large community impact as a team,” Iafrate said. “The day reminds us that though we may work with the same people on a daily basis, we are 210 strong across the state of Michigan with a genuine desire to help others find their happy.”
This article originally appeared in the March 15, 2018 edition of the Midland Daily News