Lake Michigan Credit Union Launches One Pencil Project Into Third Year

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (August 7, 2013) — Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU) is pleased to announce the 2013 kick-off of its One Pencil Project. Designed to assist cash-strapped community schools, this initiative enters its third year and extends through the end of August. All LMCU branches serve as collection sites for donated school supplies.

LMCU Community Relations Director, Matt Cook is excited to get the 2013 One Pencil project underway. “This annual outreach campaign is a visible, tangible expression of LMCU’s commitment to community enhancement. In 2012, we were able to deliver supplies to over 350 teachers from nearly 50 area school districts.  We hope to collect enough supplies to meet or exceed this number again this year. There will be donation bins at each branch to collect the supplies donated by our members. Members can also make monetary donations and we’ll handle the shopping for them. This program is a great testament to the generosity of our members, staff, and community who are always supporting of our various community campaign efforts.  Every donation makes an impact.”

Teachers are encouraged to make their needs known to LMCU, and can make specific requests to the One Pencil Project online through the LMCU website,

Cash donations gratefully accepted, as well as any of the following supplies:

• Crayons, regular and large size

• Color marker pens

• Highlighters

• Glue sticks and glue bottles

• Packaged lined notebook paper

• Packaged color construction paper

• Packaged pens

• Packaged pencils

Donated school supplies can be dropped off at any LMCU branch location.

Lake Michigan Credit Union is the largest financial institution headquartered in West Michigan, and the second largest credit union in the state. Assets exceed $2.9 billion, with over 253,000 members, 32 convenient branch locations and 92 ATMs in West Michigan, including Kalamazoo and St. Joseph, plus mortgage offices in Traverse City and Saginaw. LMCU provides a full-range of financial services, from high interest-bearing checking accounts to mortgages, commercial loans, insurance and investment services. Membership is open to anyone. To find out more, please visit

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