MSGCU marks 60 years of service with a year of ‘giving back’

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI (January 27, 2015) — To commemorate the 60th anniversary of its founding, Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union (MSGCU) will support the development of 12 programs to serve the people of Southeast Michigan.

Called “A Year of Giving Back,” the new MSCGU initiative begins in January 2015. Each month one of the MSGCU branches will partner with an organization in their neighborhood to support a program serving their community. The partnerships are designed to help the local programs and organizations better complete their own missions of service.

“Our 60 years of success is directly tied to the relationships we have in our communities,” said Peter Gates, MSGCU President and CEO. “We provide help where it’s needed, whether that’s funding college scholarships or helping start a career as a first responder. For this initiative, the team at each of our MSGCU branches identified where the specific need was in their community. Throughout the year, we’ll partner with these organizations and people. In the process, we’ll also enjoy a year-long celebration of our communities and what we can accomplish working together.”

The first initiative is a collaboration between the Clinton- Macomb Township Library and the MSGCU Main Office Branch in Clinton Township. MSCGU is providing funding to create “Story Time To Go Kits” for young families. Once completed, the new kits funded by MSGCU will be presented at a library Story Time in March. As well, members of the credit union will participate in Story Time activities.

“Story Time To Go Kits” are unique to the Clinton- Macomb Township Library, conceived and launched a year ago by Lisa Mulvenna, Head of Youth and Young Adult Services of the Clinton- Macomb Township Library. The kits have become so popular that families will often find a waiting list at the library. The kits are designed to teach and reinforce the five basic early literary skills: Reading, Playing, Talking, Writing, and Singing. The kits contain a book and items designed to help parents facilitate the learning of literacy skills through activities families can do together at home.

“The kits are a way for families to engage with a fun story and end up developing more skills, and having more fun than just reading the book,” said Lisa Mulvenna. “I had no idea how popular they would become, but it reaffirms that families are looking for educational resources and they come to the public library.”

MSGCU’s Main Office Branch is located at 40400 Garfield Road, Clinton Township, MI  48038.

To contact MSGCU, visit or phone 586-263-8800. To contact the library, visit or phone 586-226-5020.

Upcoming ‘A Year of Giving Back’ collaborations will feature initiatives with the Michigan Humane Society and Vision Hope, in partnership with the MSGCU branches in Shelby Township and St. Clair Shores, respectively. Information on the program and the community organizations will be available at

About Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union
Named one of the Top Workplaces in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press in 2014 and 2013, Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union has been providing quality financial services to its members for 60 years. With 11 offices located throughout Macomb and Oakland counties, MSGCU has more than 98,000 members, $1.5 billion in assets and 270 employees. For more than 20 years, the Credit Union has earned five stars, the highest possible rating, as reported by BauerFinancial. In addition, MSGCU has earned high member satisfaction ratings, scoring 97% or higher for more than 10 years. MSGCU was named Michigan Credit Union of the Year for 2015 by the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL).

Founded by a small group of teachers, principals, and other school employees in 1954, MSGCU offers a full range of loan, savings and checking products and financial services for consumers and businesses. For more information, visit or call 586.263.8800 or 1.866.MSGCU4U.

Photo: From left to right MSCGU staff members Fran Haskins, Jason Johns, Jacki Bretz, Linda Roberts, and Branch Manager Darius Mikalonis joined by Clinton- Macomb library board members Pete Ruggirello, Fred Gibson, Jr., Sharon Zielinski, Camille Silda, Elizabeth Pugh, Barb Brown and Library Director Larry Neal.


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