We invest in our local communities.
At UMCU, our philosophy is people helping people. In addition to providing financial services, we donate to worthy causes and provide educational programs and other types of outreach in order to make the communities we service even stronger. Here are some examples of our most recent initiatives:
UMCU ARTS ADVENTURES
The University of Michigan Credit Union endowed the UMCU Arts Adventures Program with a $1.5 million gift to the University Musical Society (UMS) and the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) to provide thousands of Southeast Michigan community members and U-M students and faculty with extraordinary access to art. In 2018, this program provided 2,200 free tickets and more than $5,800 in bus grants to K-12 students from 35 underserved schools in Ann Arbor, East Detroit, Southfield, Southgate and Ypsilanti. These students would not have been able to visit U-M’s campus for a UMS school day performance otherwise. Learn more about UMCU Arts Adventures here.
In 2017, UMCU partnered with the University of Michigan to help implement a new financial education curriculum for U-M Wolverine Pathways, a free, year-round program that partners with the families, schools and communities of Detroit, Southfield and Ypsilanti. Wolverine Pathways provides learning experiences that can help students succeed in school, college and future careers. Learn more about Wolverine Pathways here.
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN EMERGENCY HARDSHIP PROGRAM
In 2009, a start-up grant from UMCU and matching funds from university faculty and staff established the Emergency Hardship Program (EHP). This program is part of the University of Michigan's MHealthy which invests in employee health and wellness as a key to individual and organizational success.
The EHP was created to privde resource recommendations and, at times, emergency financial assistance grants for U-M staff and faculty experiencing immediate, severe and temporary financial crisis due to and emergency. In addition to regular donations, UMCU continues to support the program with its Financial Wellness Program which provides financial education workshops to MHealthy participants.
To date, EHP has provided 314 grants to U-M employees, totaling in $220,648 - all of which are from donated funds.
Click here to learn more and see EHP's 2018 impact.