Ele’s Place, a non-profit organization that creates awareness and support of grieving children and their families — with locations in Ann Arbor, Lansing, Flint and Grand Rapids — had the most online votes from Lake Trust Credit Union members, social media followers, and the community at large, and is receiving $8,929 in Lake Trust Credit Union’s Giving Tuesday tradition.
Receiving $1,500 each are four organizations nominated by Lake Trust employees: LACASA Center in Howell; City Rescue Mission of Lansing; Isabella County Restoration House in Mt. Pleasant; and Love in Action in Grand Haven.
Lake Trust earmarked one penny from every debit and credit card transaction including online and in-store purchases occurring between Black Friday (November 23) and Cyber Monday (November 26) to award to a charitable organization nominated by Lake Trust team members.
“Our vision is that no child should grieve alone, and the holiday season is particularly challenging for families who have experienced the death of someone close to them, said Kristine Kuhnert, Ele’s Place Lansing Director. “With an increase in death by suicide and overdose, this time of year can be especially difficult. We provide services at no cost since these families also undergo tremendous financial pressure.
“In our four locations, we’ve established programs for children and teens to help each other. This year we are also providing eight-week sessions in up to 40 schools in the Lansing area for 2018-2019. It is the generosity of Lake Trust and its members that help ease the most difficult time in a child’s life, and we’re so thankful.”
“Throughout the years, Lake Trust has participated in and contributed to many events and causes for those in need across Michigan. Giving Tuesday is special since we can help elevate the profiles of wonderful local organizations,” said Brandalynn Winchester-Middlebrook, Lake Trust Credit Union Senior Vice President of Culture and Community Engagement. “Ele’s Place and all our nominees make a difference, and we share the passion to be Moved By Good for the communities we serve.”