FinancialEdge Community Credit Union Gears Up for Unique Branch Debut
Do-All Inc., a Michigan nonprofit that offer training and employment opportunities for adults with disabilities, will soon have a new branch thanks to FinancialEdge Community Credit Union.
The $78 million credit union’s newest location, called Do-$ave, is set to open for business on Thursday inside one of Do-All’s resale stores that will be staffed, in part, by Do-All trainees, according to FinancialEdge in Bay City, Mich.
Formed in 1952, Do-All in Bay City employs more than 80 coaches and averages 150 adults with disabilities working in training programs.
This is the second phase of FinancialEdge’s partnership with Do-All, the credit union said. Last fall, it opened a Do-$ave branch that is only open to Do-All trainees and staff at the nonprofit company’s main facility in Bay City. To date, nearly a dozen different individuals have had the opportunity to train and work for the credit union program.
FinancialEdge said it is taking the next step with a branch that is inside Do-All’s largest store on Center Road in Essexville, Mich. This branch will be open to all members and the general public one day per week to start.
“We’ll grow hours and services as we need them” said Pam Swope, FinancialEdge marketing manager. “We want to provide an opportunity for individuals to receive one-on-one training for cash handling and customer services skills and then employ them through the branch partnership. The branch inside the resale store allows us to reach a segment of the community that can benefit from the financial services and customer-centric approach that credit unions provide.”
FinancialEdge said it has worked with coaches and trainees from Do-All, which has been one of its select employer groups for years, but the partnership idea for the branches came from Do-All President/CEO Chris Girard, who was looking for new opportunities for the trainees who are employed by the company.
The credit union said it received a $5,000 grant from the Michigan Credit Union Foundation and also a $10,000 grant from the National Credit Union Foundation to help with the community focused project.