Forest Area Federal Credit Union Pays It Forward in Kalkaska

Forest Area Federal Credit Union makes a difference to area residents in Kalkaska County.
Kalkaska, Manton, Fife Lake, Kingsley MI (February 18, 2015) — Forest Area Federal Credit Union surprised the staff of their Kalkaska Branch location with an early morning activity on February 16th, 2015.  This activity directed them to take $500 and Pay It Forward into their community. The staff of 10 employees led by Branch Manager Sue Farr, divided up into 2 groups and headed out into their community looking for opportunities to Pay It Forward.  The Pay It Forward opportunities they took advantage of included paying for an elderly couples groceries, giving funds to KalGas to be applied to the heating bills of those they knew were struggling to pay, purchasing breakfast for several residents at the Mc Donald’s restaurant and at Big Boy, paying for prescriptions at a local pharmacy, and stopping by local doctor’s offices, dental offices and veterinary clinics to leave funds to help those who might need a helping hand and more.
CEO Robert Raden says this about this activity: ‘My staff was excited and proud that we could do this. They expressed that is was such a rewarding experience to know that our credit union is as community committed as we possibly can be. A strong relationship in our communities has made our credit union a success and our board is always open to be a benefactor to all of our communities in tough times.’
Forest Area Federal Credit Union has a long standing history of embracing the credit union philosophy of People Helping People through their Community Grant program and a staff funded Humanity Fund which helps out community members who have experienced a catastrophic life event such as a cancer diagnosis, unexpected or uninsured death, home fire etc. with a little helping hand, and more.  They also fundraise regularly for Children’s Miracle Network, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, MCULAF, and local food pantries. This activity today was just one more way of giving back to the communities and who have supported the credit union growth and success through the years.
About Forest Area Federal Credit Union
As a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative, Forest Area Federal Credit Union is committed to their members. They uphold the fundamental responsibility to actively serve people within their field of membership and the communities in which they live. Forest Area FCU treats all members with dignity and respect and offer honest, fair deals to all members at all times. Forest Area Federal Credit Union delivers a range of low cost products and services to the diverse economic and social make-up of their members and potential members. Forest Area Federal Credit Union looks for better ways to reach out to the underserved in their field of membership. Finally, they will continually, in all facets of their operation, demonstrate the value of membership in Forest Area Federal Credit Union. To learn more about Forest Area Federal Credit Union visit or find them on Facebook at
Forest Area Federal Credit Union’s field of membership as a Community Chartered Credit Union is as follows:  Persons who live, regularly work, worship, or attend school in and businesses and other legal entities or immediate family members located in Kalkaska County, Michigan, Wexford County, Michigan, the townships of Union, Fife Lake, Paradise, Grant, and Mayfield of Grand Traverse County, Michigan, and Mancelona Township of Antrim County.               

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