Genisys Credit Union receives the Communitas Award for their reading program with Herrington Elementary

AUBURN HILLS, MI (January 30, 2020) — In 2019, Genisys Credit Union began a partnership with Herrington Elementary School’s kindergarten and first-grade classes for a four year Reading Buddy Program. The credit union has been awarded the Communitas Award for its efforts with the program.

“We truly enjoy creating programs that impact student’s lives, both present, and future,” said Jackie Buchanan, President / CEO of Genisys Credit Union. “Being able to support the communities we serve is an important part of what makes Genisys, Genisys.”

The Communitas Award is an international effort to recognize exceptional businesses, organizations, and individuals who are unselfishly giving of themselves and their resources, and those who are changing how they do business to benefit their communities.

The Reading Buddy Program connects Genisys employees with the kindergarten and first-grade students as they work together to improve their individual reading skills. The program encourages the importance of reading by providing the students with their own books tailored to each students’ reading level. Genisys employees will be paired with these students until they reach the end of their third-grade year. At that time the goal is to have the students successfully reading at the third-grade level in time to take the state-wide reading assessment at the end of the year.  To track progress, the students are tested in October and again in March throughout the four years.

“Pontiac School District has an excellent partner in Genisys Credit Union,” said Kelley Williams, Superintendent of Pontiac School District. “The classroom supports they provide are helping us to better prepare our students to reach Michigan’s PA306 reading benchmarks.”

Genisys Credit Union thanks Communitas Awards for the recognition.

Genisys Credit Union employees present the Communitas Award to Herrington Elementary students and teachers.

About Genisys Credit Union

Genisys Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution that has been committed to helping its members financially since 1936. Based out of Auburn Hills, MI, the credit union is the fourth largest in Michigan with over 271,000 members and 32 branch locations. With a highly competitive suite of products such as High Yield Genius Checking and Youth Savings Account as well as loans for small to mid-sized businesses, Genisys specializes in providing consumer and business financial solutions through its branches, a multi-channel contact center, and a variety of mobile and online banking services. Genisys has consistently received the highest 5-star Bauer Financial Rating for safety and soundness along with receiving recognition from S&P Global Market Intelligence as a nationwide Top 10 Performing Credit Union. They are also proud to be committed to their communities by annually volunteering over 5,000 hours and partnering on over 1,000 community events. Connect with Genisys on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok by following @genisyscu. For more information visit


Theresa Doan
Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility
Phone: 248.835.8674

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