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People with disabilities to staff CU branch
ESSEXVILLE, Mich. (2/28/12)--FinancialEdge Community CU, Bay City, Mich., is building a new branch that will be staffed by people with disabilities.

FinancialEdge Community CU President/CEO Jeremy Coberley, left, and Do-All Inc. President/CEO Chris Girard prepare to begin building a branch staffed by people with disabilities. (Photo provided by Michigan Credit Union League)
The new branch represents the second phase of FinancialEdge's partnership with Do-All, a non-profit organization in Bay County, Mich. providing employment services and community opportunities for individuals with disabilities, said the Michigan Credit Union League (Michigan Monitor Feb. 27).

The credit union received a $5,000 grant from the Michigan Credit Union Foundation and $10,000 from the National Credit Union Foundation to help with the project.

Last fall, the credit union established a branch that is only open to Do-All trainees and staff at the nonprofit company's main facility in Bay City.

The newest branch--called Do-$ave--will be inside Do-All's largest store in the neighboring town of Essexville. The store will be open to the general public when it is completed in the fall.

The branch initially will be open one day per week, said Pam Swope, Financial Edge marketing manager. "We'll grow the hours as we need them," Swope said.

FinancialEdge has worked with trainees from Do-All for years, but the idea for the branches came from Do-All President/CEO Chris Girard, who was looking for new opportunities for the trainees employed by the company.

FinancialEdge President/CEO Jeremy Coberley said he hoped the partnership with Do All would serve as a model for similar projects at other credit unions.

The branch will offer most of Financial Edge's regular services, and will typically be staffed by two Do-All trainees along with one Do-All staff coach and a credit union representative, Swope said.


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