Ideas from Our Michigan Bank
Staying connected to your community is essential to the health and well-being of everyone. But participating in community activities became more challenging when COVID-19 forced businesses and schools to shut down. While many aspects of life have returned to more familiar experiences, like getting a haircut or visiting your Michigan bank, interactions with others remain constrained. Our team collaborated to develop the following list of suggestions to help you support Michigan communities.
Volunteer Your Time and Skills
Charitable organizations always need another pair of hands and a few more hours to deliver on their promise to help those in need.
- VolunteerMatch can help connect you to volunteer opportunities in your community based on certain criteria you select. Enter your city, the type of causes you are interested in, the skills you possess, and other search criteria to help find the best match.
Check-in with Your Neighbors
A smiling ‘hello’ and ‘how are you’ can brighten anyone’s day, but for neighbors unable to or at high-risk to handle basic tasks, your outreach may be vital.
- Phone a neighbor or two before running errands to see if they need prescriptions picked up or a few essential items.
- Check out AllForGood.org for ways to help your neighbors.
- Treat your neighbor to a cup of coffee and a socially distant conversation on the front porch.
Round-Up by $5
When you're cashing out at your local restaurant or accepting a food delivery at your door, consider adding 5 dollars to your bill. The additional money will support the service teams working diligently to deliver an exceptional experience (and delicious food)!
- Food banks are essential to people facing economic and food insecurity. Like Kroger’s First Responder event, many food drives are going virtual and accepting only cash donations. Giving an extra 5 dollars with your grocery stock-up trips will add up!
Save Your Favs
Many small businesses, independent restaurants, and local attractions are struggling to stay afloat under COVID-19 restrictions.
If you enjoy getting outdoors to celebrate fall, Michigan’s local communities have much to offer.
- From farmer’s markets to wine tours, virtual 5K run/walks, and concerts in the park, Pure Michigan programs have events for everyone to enjoy.
- And your participation will support your Michigan neighbors!
Level One Bank’s Commitment to Our Communities
Our banking teams in Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Grand Rapids provide financial support and volunteers for more than 40 local organizations, including:
- Habitat for Humanity
- Lighthouse of Oakland County
- Read to a Child
- Avalon Housing
- Home Repair Services
- And many more!
We focus our support on programs dedicated to financial education, affordable housing, and community development. Community is the cornerstone of Level One Bank. We’re proud to contribute to efforts that make Michigan a great place to live and work.
If you have questions about getting support for your community organization or want to brainstorm additional ideas for supporting your neighbors, contact our team.
The resources and ideas shared in this article are for informational purposes only. Level One Bank does not endorse any of the organizations or services mentioned.