Archive for the 'giving' Category

Over $1000 donated in household items to the Jackson Salvation Army

JACKSON, Mich. –

On Tuesday, April 8th, American 1 Credit Union hosted Supermarket Sweep at Polly’s Country Market on Ferguson Road in Jackson. Six teams competed for the coveted 1st place title. Over $1,000 worth of groceries and household items were collected in the five minute dash around the store. All of the items collected were donated to the Salvation Army of Jackson. The American 1 team took second place overall, while took first place collecting all 63 items on the list.

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Jackson Project Connect helps the homeless

If you’re homeless, living in a car, or out on the street (or know someone who is), Jackson’s Project Connect is a one-day event that can help with resources.

Project Connect’s next event takes place Friday, July 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Parkside field house (2400 Fourth St.). The group is providing free lunches, haircuts, clothing, and more. Jackson Transportation Authority (JTA) is providing free rides to and from the event.

For more information about this event and project, call Kitrina or Megan at (517) 789-8735.

Auto Value helps filter out cancer

WIX Filters wants to help fight cancer – with filters, and with help from Auto Value auto parts stores.

Randy Kogan (above) from Jackson’s Auto Value store stopped in Friday to drop off all the coinage his filters collected. He used our Home Office coin machine to count up the loose change donated from March 1 to Thursday’s end date.

The fundraiser used pink-painted oil filters, with a slit in the top to collect change, to raise money. Kogan had filter banks in 18 Jackson-area businesses to collect funds, raising $356 for the American Cancer Society.

American 1 waived the change counter fee.

Jackson Supermarket Sweep 2010

Supermarket Sweep 2010 - CitPat wins 1st

Congrats to the team from the Jackson Citizen Patriot, who won first place in this year’s Jackson Supermarket Sweep.

This year’s event took place at the Furgeson Rd. Polly’s Country Market. Nine teams raced to grab 416 items valued at $1,158.24. All the food collected was given to the local Salvation Army’s food bank. American 1 and Polly’s team up to sponsor the event.

American 1’s own team grabbed fourth place by grabbing 54 of the 64 possible items.

Check out photos from the event at our Flickr photo gallery.

UPDATE: JTV posted pictures from the event too.

American Cancer Society counts coins at Home Office

American Cancer Society coins - keep counting

Mary Ball from the American Cancer Society stopped into our Home Office Thursday to count coins – $686.69 worth.

About $610 of that was loose change collected by students at Northwest Kidder Middle School during their penny war.

Students collect the coins to get their Relay for Life team started.

Mary used our lobby coin counter to calculate all that change, and we waived the fee for the organization, saving them about $42. While the coins were mostly pennies, Mary has her own favorite.

“I’m partial to dimes,” she said. “I like their size and shape. My husband thinks I’m weird.”

Mary estimates that, between cash, checks, and all the coins, Northwest students donated more than $1,000 to their Relay team.

Chelsea’s Supermarket Sweep

Supermarket Sweep

Our Supermarket Sweep, a celebration of our Chelsea Branch’s grand opening in 2008, hit the Country Market store last Tuesday. Ten teams raced to grab almost $1,200 in food items for Faith in Action’s food pantry.

Congratulations to Chelsea’s Manpower, who took first place honors. Check out photos from the event at our Flickr photo gallery.

And check out the video from 2009’s Chelsea Supermarket Sweep.

Teaming up wtih Fazoli’s for charity

American 1 and Fazoli’s are teaming up to help our monthly dress-down charity.

Here’s how it works: download our coupon for Fazoli’s Fabulous Family Feast and redeem it at the Jackson or Battle Creek Fazoli’s location. When you do, Fazoli’s will donation $5 to our dress-down charity of the month.

Each month we pick a different local charity. American 1 employees pay $2 every Friday to dress in logowear. At the end of the month, we collect all the money donated and give it to a charity chosen by our staff.

Last year we gave over $11,000 – anywhere from $500 to $2,000 each month – to a different Jackson, Hillsdale, Chelsea, or Battle Creek charity. We also get donations from members during popcorn Fridays at the Home Office and many of our events around the community.

Now you can help by purchasing a discounted Family Feast at the Jackson or Battle Creek Fazoli’s location.

American 1 helps replace ash trees in Jackson

American 1 Federal Credit Union is helping to replace city trees with a hefty donation, covering the remainder of the balance left by a Consumers Energy donation.

American 1 is donating $1,947, the balance remaining from the city’s $4,445 cost of replacing ash trees struck down by the emerald ash borer. Consumers Energy gave the city a $2,498 grant to help replace 50 trees, the Jackson Citizen Patriot announced last week.

Hundreds of ash trees had to be removed from the city in recent years because of the invasive ash borer. Tom Steiger, superintendent of cemeteries, parks and forestry for the city of Jackson, is replacing the ash trees with a variety of other native trees.

Without the donations from Consumers Energy and American 1, the funds to plant the replacement trees would have come out of budgeted tax dollars.

“We have had budget cuts,” Steiger said, “so every little extra bit helps.”

Steiger will probably redirect the budgeted funds to cut down a few more ash trees and plant replacements.

“It frees up a few thousand dollars so I can do more things for the city,” he says.

American 1 gives $19,000 in scholarships

American 1 scholarship winners

We were proud to hand out 19 $1,000 scholarships to deserving, altruistic high school graduates yesterday.

These students embody what it means to give back to the community in a selfless way, and we salute all the winners from the counties that American 1 serves.

The 2009 Community Involvement Award winners are:

  • Samantha Allen (Leslie High School)
  • Samuel Eder (Lumen Christi High School)
  • Veronica Clayton (Homer High School)
  • Lindsay Youngren (Columbia Central High School)
  • Dylan Combs (Hanover-Horton High School)
  • Cyle Rigotzke (Hanover-Horton High School)
  • Ashley Clemons-Sanford (Napoleon High School)
  • Robert Cooley (Hillsdale High School)
  • Julie Lenardson (Western High School)
  • Amanda Weaver (Marshall High School)
  • Janelle Fraley (Bellevue High School)
  • Elizabeth Hayes (Lumen Christi High School)
  • Andrea Farmer (Springport High School)
  • Brian Edwards II (Homer High School)
  • Kylie Boehlke (Concord High School)
  • Rico Bailey (Battle Creek Central High School)
  • Robin Kocher (Lumen Christi High School)
  • Crystal Kotowicz (Michigan Center High School)
  • Amanda Bittle (Jonesville High School)

Congratulations, and thanks to Sam, Dylan, Brian, Julie, Andrea, Samantha, Crystal, Amanda, Robin, and Kylie (above) for attending our scholarship banquet yesterday morning.

Stay tuned next January for another opportunity to apply for our community involvement scholarship. In the meantime, give back to your community in ways that mean something to you.

Chelsea Supermarket Sweep collects $1,000 in food items for Faith in Action

Chelsea Supermarket Sweep - packing up

Eight teams participated in our Chelsea Supermarket Sweep at Country Market this past Wednesday. The race collected 369 food items for Faith in Action’s food pantry worth more than $1,000.

Much like our other Supermarket Sweeps, the rules of the Chelsea race are simple: teams race around the store with a grocery cart, grabbing one of each of the 60 available items. Whoever collects the most items wins, and all the collected items go directly to charity.

Several teams showed up early Wednesday to scope out Chelsea’s Country Market.

“I shop here all the time,” Babette from the Chelsea Senior Center said. “I should know where everything’s at.”

The Senior Center’s team had a strategy involving color-coding their list of items and keeping an eye out for the tell-tale yellow signs that marked qualifying items. Perhaps it’s ironic that, for all the planning by the Senior Center, the team earned the “Wobbly Wheel” award – meaning they collected the fewest items.

“We still feel good about it,” Babette said. “It’s all for the cause.”

The Chelsea Milling Company earned first-place honors by collection 58 items worth $150. Reinhart Realtors took second, and Jackson’s own K105.3 FM team placed third.

Head to our Flickr page to see photos from the event.

Thanks to all the team who participated!

American 1 Federal Credit Union