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Thursday, February 12, 2015   (0 Comments)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             Contact: Jan Jenkins, Publicom

February 12, 2015                                                                517.487.3700; cell 517.898.2858




LANSING, Mich. — LAFCU’s employees wear jeans on Friday mindful that they’re playing an active role in helping their community, $2 at a time. Because more than 120 employees participated every week throughout 2014, the proceeds added up quickly. As a result, $10,980 was donated to local not-for-profit organizations and other social causes.

“We believe our significant employee involvement is more a result of wanting to support community charities than the opportunity to dress casually,” said Michele VanDien, LAFCU assistant vice president–human resources and chairperson of the Casual Dress Committee that determines the beneficiaries of the donations. “We base the distribution of our donations on suggestions from participating employees. This allows us to benefit organizations that our employees truly care about and with whom they may have personal connections.”

The mid-Michigan credit union established the casual dress day as a charity program in 1994 as part of its ongoing effort to play an active role in making the community a better place to live. A conservative estimate of the total amount contributed to the community through Casual Dress donations is $150,000.

Of the money raised in 2014, $7,000 was donated to not-for-profit organizations and $3,980 was donated to other social causes such as fundraisers and individuals and families in need. The money benefited a wide variety of services, specifically: 5 percent to animal welfare; 13 percent to youth development; 18 percent to food pantry/distribution; 29 percent to health, treatment and prevention services; and 35 percent to social services. The majority of the donations were made to local organizations and people.

“This program is a great example of how our employees reflect LAFCU’s philosophy of people helping people,” said Kelli Ellsworth Etchison, LAFCU vice president of community and business development.  


Chartered in 1936, LAFCU is proud to be mid-Michigan’s credit union, serving the counties of Barry, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Livingston, Montcalm and Shiawassee. A recipient of the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award, LAFCU takes pride in bringing value to the financial lives of its members, neighbors, families and community. Offering a comprehensive range of personal and business financial products, LAFCU provides services that include checking and savings accounts, auto and mortgage lending, business accounts and business lending. LAFCU serves 55,000 members, holds more than $580 million in assets, and maintains eight locations throughout Greater Lansing and Shiawassee County. Anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in its designated counties is eligible to join. Members enjoy benefits, such as lower interest rates on loans, higher yields on savings, insurance discounts, preferred seating for LAFCU-sponsored events, and access to 28,000 surcharge-free ATMs through the CO-OP ATM network. LAFCU supports and enriches mid-Michigan by donating funds and employee volunteer hours to many organizations and causes. To learn more about LAFCU, please call 517.622.6600 or find us online:


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