Michigan State University Federal Credit Union employees raise nearly $80,000 for Small Talk Children’s Assessment Center
EAST LANSING, MI (August 10, 2016) — MSUFCU is proud to announce that after a six-month fundraising campaign, Credit Union employees donated $79,372 to Small Talk Children’s Assessment Center (Small Talk), benefiting local children who are victims of physical and sexual abuse.
In addition to raising funds from January to June, employees raised their hands against child abuse by supporting Small Talk’s renovation efforts at its new facility. Credit Union employees created artwork, helped design the organization’s group therapy room, and attended the facility’s grand opening in April.
Small Talk is a place where children who are victims of physical and sexual abuse are interviewed and offered therapy at no cost. The mission of Small Talk is to provide a comfortable, child-friendly atmosphere where children receive coordinated services during the child abuse investigative process. Small Talk, accredited with the National Children’s Alliance, is leading the community in addressing child abuse and empowering children to have the courage to heal.
“When I think of this cause and the contributions Credit Union employees have made, I think of a renewed sense of hope and resiliency in all of us and the children we serve,” said Annie Harrison, Board President of Small Talk. “I think of the children who have benefited from our services and who feel safe and comfortable in our new group therapy room. When we began Small Talk, we hoped to help one child. Together with the help from MSUFCU, we can now help an entire community.”
“The Small Talk program resonates with not only myself, but with many of our team members here at the Credit Union because the work that they do for our community connects to our Credit Union’s goals and mission,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “When children have support and access to the types of services needed to heal and feel empowered to move forward, it strengthens our entire community.”
About Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU)
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; has 23 branches; nearly 350,000 members; over $7.45 billion in assets; and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.