December 2014 Good News

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MSUFCU Selected as Best Credit Union to Work For MSUFCU is excited to announce that it has been named as the top credit union on the “Credit Union Journal’s 2014 Best Credit Unions to Work For” list in the “Over $1 Billion in Assets” category. Credit Union Journal has partnered with Best Companies Group to identify companies that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees. This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best credit unions. Winners were determined by evaluating each participating credit union’s workplace policies, practices and demographics. Employee surveys were also used to determine winners, assessing the experiences and attitudes of individual employees with respect to their workplace. A full list of winners can be found in the October 20 issue of Credit Union Journal and on CUJournal.com. For more information on the Best Credit Unions to Work for program, visit BestCreditUnionsToWorkFor.com. Great Lakes Capital Fund Expands Lansing Operations and Welcomes Four New Employees Great Lakes Capital Fund (GLCF) welcomes four new employees to their Lansing, Mich. headquarters, located in Lansing’s fastest growing neighborhood, REO Town. An additional 2,200 square feet of office space has been acquired and is being renovated for expansion. GLCF is located on the second and third level of 1118 S. Washington Ave., and will soon occupy the first floor storefront as well. Kristy Moore, Stephanie Stoll, Leigh Middleton and Elizabeth Blackwell recently joined the GLCF team, growing the Lansing office staff to 58 employees. GLCF employs 77 persons nationwide. GLCF is a full service community development finance institution that has been in operation for 21 years and manages over $2.9 billion in the community redevelopment space. For more information, visit capfund.net. BWL’s Susan Devon Named 2014 Outstanding Individual Philanthropist of the Year Susan Devon, Lansing Board of Water & Light chief administrative officer, was named the 2014 Outstanding Individual Philanthropist of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in association with the Capital Region Community Foundation. Devon has been responsible for raising funds in support of several local nonprofit organizations including Child and Family Charities, where she currently serves as board president. She was cited for her work in promoting and actively supporting several regional and national charitable causes. “Susan’s award reflects her tireless work on behalf of our charitable community and BWL’s culture of giving back to our community,” said General Manager J. Peter Lark. “We are delighted she has been recognized by this outstanding achievement.” Devon believes that generous philanthropic giving is vital to finding cures for diseases such as juvenile diabetes, ending child abuse and neglect and helping vulnerable populations. She has been promoting and actively supporting several regional and national charitable causes. Lansing Art Gallery presents 37th Annual Holiday Exhibition Lansing Art Gallery presents the 27th annual Holiday Exhibition, which will run through December 23 with extended hours throughout. Lansing Art Gallery’s Holiday Exhibition is a tradition exposing hundreds to affordable Michigan-made art. Showcasing over 100 established and emerging artists, the Holiday Exhibition offers holiday shopping and opportunities to support makers in the local economy. The exhibit will feature artwork ranging from fine art to small gifts including jewelry, sculpture, pottery and more. Extended Holiday Hours: CLOSED MONDAY Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday: Noon – 4 p.m. First Sunday of the Month: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Lansing Art Gallery is a non-profit arts organization serving the greater Lansing and statewide communities of Michigan artists. The Gallery is located in downtown Lansing and features Michigan artists in changing exhibitions, education, and a gallery shop with a lease/purchase program. YMCA of Lansing Receives State Grant to Teach Children Healthy Lifestyles The YMCA of Lansing has received a $50,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) to expand and enhance the Y’s work to teach children healthy habits and address childhood obesity through physical activity and before/after school and summer programming at six area locations. This funding will help launch the YMCA of Lansing’s pilot program, ‘Activate Lansing: Champions for Healthy Communities,’ which combines an evidence-based physical education and after school curriculum, and serves 246 children through the Y’s afterschool programs at Cavanaugh, Cumberland, Fairview, Kendon and Post Oak Elementary Schools in the Lansing School District, as well as participates in the Downtown Wellness Center’s Summer Refugee Program. The primary goal of Activate Lansing is to decrease the rate of childhood obesity in the community, by educating both children and families about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. The MDCH grant is a portion of a $400,000 grant that was awarded to the YMCA State Alliance of Michigan, and will be distributed to eight other Y associations throughout the state. To find out more about the YMCA of Lansing, please go to lansingymca.org.
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