MSGCU donates $10,000 in support of face shields for first responders

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI (May 7, 2020) — Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union (MSGCU) is honored to support front line workers in need of personal protection equipment with a donation of $10,000 to support the mission of distributing 30,000 face shields to local first responders, hospital staff, and nursing and senior home personnel.

The shortage of personal protection equipment across the country presents a significant challenge to the safety of those working on the front lines. As such, MSGCU partnered with the Baldwin Public Library Idea Lab, joining forces with local manufacturers, to provide frontline workers in Michigan with reusable face shields. When treating patients who are coughing and sneezing, these shields are essential in reducing transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

“We are humbled to support this mission to ensure that emergency, medical, and healthcare workers have the equipment they need,” said MSGCU President/CEO, Pete Gates. “Their selfless dedication has inspired all of us at MSGCU and we are grateful for their service.”

Thousands of face shields have already been donated to local hospitals and emergency service departments including Detroit Medical Center, Detroit VA, Garden City Hospital, Ascension Genesys Hospital, McLaren Hospital Flint, McLaren Oakland Hospital, Birmingham Fire Department, and several nursing homes.

Additionally, MSGCU team members have personally distributed 2,000 shields to many more community partners, including:

City of Livonia

Commerce Township Fire Department

DMC Huron Valley Hospital

Farmington Hills Police Department

Farmington Public Safety (Police and Fire)

Hazel Park Police Department

Highland Fire Department

Madison Heights Fire Department

Madison Heights Police Department

Milford Police Department

Royal Oak Police Department

St. Clair Shores Fire Department – EMS

Sterling Heights Police Department

Superior Air Ground

Universal Macomb

Walled Lake Fire Department

West Bloomfield Police Department

The Michigan Credit Union Foundation (MCUF) is providing a $10,000 matching grant through their Community Crisis Support Grant program to supplement these efforts. This grant will continue the distribution of additional shields to community partners extending support to much-needed areas including funeral homes, nursing homes, and assisted living centers.

“We are honored to live by the credit union mission of people helping people by supporting our local first responders and healthcare workers during this essential time of need,” said MSGCU Chief Retail Officer, Deborah Fahrney.

In addition to this support, MSGCU is helping members experiencing financial hardship due to the Coronavirus with low-interest loans, flexible loan payment options and by offering financial counseling during this unprecedented time. You do not have to be a teacher or government employee to join the credit union.

For more information about Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union, visit or call 866.674.2848.

About Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union

Founded by a small group of educators, MSGCU has been providing quality financial services to the communities they serve for 70 years and welcomes everyone in Michigan to bank with them. MSGCU offers a full range of loan, deposit, checking, credit card, mortgage, and insurance products for those that live in Michigan. With 21 branch offices in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties, MSGCU has more than 145,000 members, $3.6 billion in assets, and has earned a 97% member satisfaction rating for more than 20 years. MSGCU has also earned five stars (the highest rating) from Bauer Financial for more than 30 years, and has been honored as a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for the past 11 consecutive years. MSGCU is insured by NCUA and an equal housing lender. Visit for more information.


Tricia Marion
Marketing Communications Specialist II
Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union
4555 Investment Drive
Troy, MI 48098
P: (586) 263-8800, ext. 519

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