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Do-All, Inc. Partnership with FinancialEdge Community Credit Union

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By: O. J. Cunningham

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Bay City, MI. (5/10/13) - Do-Save, a joint program between Do-All, Inc. and FinancialEdge Community Credit Union, was recently honored to receive the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Club Brick Award.

According to the Chamber, the Brick Award was developed by the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Club "to recognize the contribution a business makes to the community when it constructs, expands, or renovates its facility." Interior or exterior improvements that show a commitment to the Bay Area qualify a business for a Brick Award, and the business must be located in Bay County.

The award was presented to Do-All, Inc. and FinancialEdge Community Credit Union to honor the culmination of work completed over the preceding year at the Do-Save Branch located inside the Cat's Meow at 1465 W. Center Rd in Essexville.

A total of $40,000 has been spent renovating the new branch space; including a $10,000 grant from the National Credit Union Foundation and a $5,000 grant from the Michigan Credit Union Foundation. Updates included new walls, flooring, updated electrical and a branch layout with both teller and member services.FinancialEdge Director of Marketing, Pam Swope, who is spearheading the project, said "The credit union hopes to reach a segment of the population that currently has limited access to financial services, but already frequents the thrift store where the branch will be located."

The branch will be staffed in-part by Do-All trained workers. In 2011, the credit union opened a Do-Save branch that is only open to Do-All trainees and staff at the nonprofits main facility.

Do-All trainees interested in working at the Do-Save branch go through 12 weeks of training; learning cash handling, receipt-writing and other jobs related to the financial institutions.

FinancialEdge has worked with coaches and trainees from Do-All, Inc. for years, but the partnership idea for the branches came from Do-All, Inc. President and CEO, Chris Girard, who was looking for new ways to provide meaningful employment options.

"The partnership opens new career opportunities for the individuals we serve," said Girard. The model is similar in concept to a student run credit union; however it takes it to the next stage by adapting it for persons served by Do-All and making it open as a community branch open to the public. Current hour of operation are Monday, Thursday and Friday from 10am - 5:30pm.

Do-All, Inc. (Mission Statement) "We believe that all individuals should be able to live, work and play in their community. With this belief in mind, Do-All will assist individuals to achieve self-sufficiency through leadership, empowerment, material supports and employment training."

FinancialEdge Community Credit Union has three locations in Bay County and serves over 9,000 members.

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O. J. Cunningham is the Publisher of Cunningham previously published Sports Page & Bay City Enterprise. He is the President/CEO of OJ Advertising, Inc.

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