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Lake Trust Foundation Scholarships
Investing in Education

Through the Lake Trust Foundation, we continued our annual tradition of awarding scholarships to help individuals in Michigan in their educational pursuits. Since 2013, we’ve presented $263,523 in scholarships to students in Michigan.

To help meet the critical shortage of skilled trade workers in Michigan, our New Beginnings Scholarship was offered for the second year in a row. Four scholarships worth up to $2,500 each were presented to individuals attending college, trade school, or a vocational program. This year, we helped students pursue careers in cyber security, aircraft mechanics, computer systems technology, and diesel mechanics.

We also offered a Community Impact Scholarship for the second time to share our enthusiasm for social purpose-based businesses. This full-tuition scholarship to Cleary University was awarded to an aspiring entrepreneur.

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The Lake Trust Foundation has awarded scholarships to 39 individuals, helping them pursue their career goals since 2013.

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LaToya W. Read LaToya's Story
Amanda L. Read Amanda's Story
Keith A. Read Keith's Story
LaToya W.
Community Impact Scholarship Story
The Chance To Share Her Story

I really appreciate Lake Trust and how much support they’ve given me. I’m grateful for the opportunities they’ve given me to share my story, too.”

LaToya W., Community Impact Scholarship recipient

LaToya W. had no idea that sharing her story would change her life. At her aunt’s encouragement, LaToya applied for the Lake Trust Foundation Community Impact Scholarship in the hopes of getting the chance to continue her education. A few weeks after applying, she learned the she had been selected for a full-tuition scholarship to Cleary University.

“I just couldn’t believe it. You really don’t know what people will see in you until you share your story,” said LaToya.

She’s now working on her Master of Science in Culture, Change, and Leadership at Cleary University and plans to work toward a doctorate degree. She also has another goal of one day opening her own daycare center. Her vision is to create a space that’s focused on cultivating and nurturing children’s social, cognitive, and developmental skills where students are taught individually based on their learning styles. As a teacher, LaToya is always looking for new ways to serve the community and help kids learn and grow.

New Beginnings Scholarship Story
The Opportunity To Give Back

“I'm so grateful to the Lake Trust Foundation for supporting my pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity through the New Beginnings Scholarship. I'm happy to report that with less financial pressure, I'm excelling in school and plan to achieve my first industry certification next semester. I'm thrilled to share the good news that I've gained full-time employment in the cybersecurity industry. Even better, I have the privilege of working with nonprofits and government organizations to use my new skills to serve communities all over Michigan!”

Amanda L., New Beginnings Scholarship recipient

Amanda L.
Keith A.
New Beginnings Scholarship Story
The Path To Success

“I am completing my Computer Systems Technology Certificate at Washtenaw Community College this semester. Next semester I am enrolling in a transfer program to Eastern Michigan University for Network Technology Management/Cybersecurity & Information Assurance. I started a new job in January at Michigan Medicine. They offer a Service Desk Apprenticeship program that I applied for and got. It falls in line exactly with my career goals. Overall, I'm happy not to be working in a restaurant anymore and putting my education to good use. I'm very thankful for all the help.”

Keith A., New Beginnings Scholarship recipient

2019 vs. 2018 Moved By Good Day Impact

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Statistics on Moved By Good volunteering
2019 Moved By Good Day
How One Day Can Make A Difference

For the second year in a row, Team Lake Trust volunteered to give back to our communities during Moved By Good Day. More than 350 team members donated over 1,500 hours of service in 24 hours at 26 different volunteer sites. Each volunteer site was selected for the organizational focus on a basic human need of food, clothing, shelter, education, or health and wellness.

One popular volunteer activity involved working with our friends at Operation Warm to pass out brand-new winter coats to nearly 1,600 students at three elementary schools in Michigan. These jackets were purchased and donated through the Lake Trust Foundation. This is the second year in a row that we donated jackets after we learned how vital coats are to the health of children in the winter. This simple garment can improve attendance (so kids can safely walk to school) and make it possible for kids to go outside during recess in the winter to exercise.

One child told a volunteer, "Thank you so much! Now I don’t have to wear my mom’s coat anymore."

We visited Dove Academy in Detroit, Gardner Magnet International School in Lansing, and Holland Heights Elementary in Holland and helped students pick out coats in their size. Sharing our enthusiasm for the day, Congressman Bill Huizenga, State Rep. William Byrd, and State Senator Marshall Bullock joined us at the three schools where we volunteered and helped us pass out coats. Later, we received hundreds of letters of appreciation from the students.

In addition to our coat donation, we also collected, packaged up, and delivered nearly 100 boxes of school supplies to six additional schools, valued at over $12,600. Our donation included 6,534 pencils, 4,110 markers, 3,920 crayons, 3,420 erasers, and much more! The supplies were collected by Team Lake Trust in the weeks leading up to Moved By Good Day.

Our team also volunteered in community gardens, at food banks, in nonprofit stores, and more. In total, the credit union and the Lake Trust Foundation donated $62,056 between the 10 nonprofits where we volunteered our time and the purchase of nearly 1,600 new winter coats through Operation Warm.

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Lake Trust Foundation Golf Invitational
Putting For A Cause

For the seventh consecutive year, we were thrilled to once again host the Lake Trust Foundation Invitational, our largest yearly fundraiser, on Monday, September 23. Over 140 people joined us at Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor for a day of golf and conversations about how we can make a difference in underserved communities in Michigan.

After golf, we were honored to hear from LaToya W., a Lake Trust Foundation Scholarship recipient. LaToya shared her plans to open an educational center one day and expressed thanks for being chosen as a recipient. With her full-tuition scholarship to Cleary University, she’s on a path to turning her dreams into a reality.

Thanks to our supporters, more than $90,000 was raised during this one-day event. These funds help us offer scholarships, grants to community organizations, make it possible for us to donate new winter coats to students in need, and allow us to donate to projects in Michigan that focus on meeting basic human needs.

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Together, Lake Trust and the Lake Trust Foundation contributed $401,031 to Michigan communities in the form of sponsorships, grants, contributions, and scholarships in 2019.

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Lake Trust’s Advocacy Team hosted Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin and her Community Advisory Group for their quarterly meeting.
Volunteering In Our Communities
Helping Our Neighbors

As part of our Core Value of Making a Difference, we look for new ways to jump in and give back to our communities. In addition to sponsoring community events and providing grants and donations to local nonprofits, we also actively take time out of our busy schedules to volunteer for causes that are close to our hearts.

In 2019, Team Lake Trust donated 6,240 volunteer hours back to our communities. These hours are valued at more than $155,000 in savings for the nonprofits where we donated our time.* We try to focus most of our efforts on giving back in a way that helps to meet one of the five basic human needs: Clothing, education, food, health, and shelter. Many of our impact zone volunteer hours were spent at LACASA, Gleaner’s Community Food Bank, Child and Family Charities of Lansing, and Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

One volunteer can pack enough food for 200 meals in a 2-hour shift at Greater Lansing Food Bank. If you translate our volunteer time into meals, we provided 5,500 meals to those in need.

Our sponsorship of Greater Lansing Food Bank’s Empty Plate dinner provided 340 cases of peanut butter, enough to make 32,640 sandwiches!

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Breakdown of Hours + Our Favorite Stories

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1576.59 Hours

Team Lake Trust collected enough paper, pencils, glue, markers, crayons, and other school supplies to fill 96 boxes. The supplies were donated to six schools in Michigan.

1581.3 Hours

In one hour, one volunteer can sort enough food to feed 355 people at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. Our volunteer time at this organization equated to enough food sorted to feed 69,225 people.

Heavy Coat
1144.55 Hours

During our Moved By Good Day volunteer activity with Operation Warm, we donated more than 1,600 new winter coats to students at elementary schools in Holland, Lansing, and Detroit.

Hospital Buildings
303.5 Hours

Over the holidays, Team Lake Trust made 289 blankets through a volunteer activity with Fleece & Thank You. The blankets were accompanied by encouraging videos from our team and distributed to sick children in hospitals across Michigan.

607.25 Hours

Habitat for Humanity and Humble Design are popular choices for our team to volunteer. After opening our new Detroit Woodward branch, the team helped furnish a home for a family in need through Humble Design.

1026.25 Hours

Additional time was spent volunteering for the State of Michigan Memorial Day Ceremony, community events, local career fairs, and more!

We worked with Michigan-based nonprofit Fleece & Thank You to make and donate blankets over the holidays.


Total Volunteer Hours

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Community Networking Event
Connections, Conversations, and Cocktails

We were so excited to be part of the positive changes happening in downtown Detroit. To continue to foster this feeling of connectedness, we hosted an event to help the community come together.

“This is the only lending institution that I’ve heard of that says that we want to be a cornerstone to the community and figure out how to create growth and prosperity. This organization is very unique. As we venture farther into the future, we have some really exciting things happening. And companies like yours are going help to make it happen. And that’s a rarity.

Adam Genei, founder and owner of Mobsteel

As part of the celebration of our expanded presence and investment in Detroit, we highlighted the grand opening of our Woodward relationship center and demonstrated our collaborative spirit by hosting a community networking event. On September 25, we brought together over 150 business leaders, influencers, nonprofits, and other local organizations at a one-night event at the College for Creative Studies.

In addition to collaborative conversations, we were able to celebrate and support Humble Design and other community partners. Adam Genei, Lake Trust business member and the owner of Detroit Steel Wheel Co., was a guest speaker at the event where he encouraged attendees to find ways to support growth in the city.

We realize that it’s important to form relationships with like-minded individuals who are passionate about giving back to their communities. Months later, the connections we formed during this event have proved invaluable on our mission to build a better future for everyone in Michigan. Together, we can create a positive impact.

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