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KCCU Hosts Toy Drives to Help Bring Joy to Children This Holiday Season11/13/2023

KCCU Toy Drive 2023

Donations accepted at all branches now through December 15th

KCCU Toy Drive 2023

Kellogg Community Credit Union (KCCU) is excited to begin their annual toy drive for children who may not otherwise receive a gift during the holidays. This will mark the twenty-first consecutive year that KCCU will collect toys and gifts for children in need. 

KCCU is partnering with the Salvation Army to have Angel Trees at all their Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, and Grand Rapids locations. The Three River’s branch will support the St. Joseph County United Way toy drive for local foster children, and the Marshall Branch is partnering with There’s Enough. These charitable organizations are looking for new toys, games, or gift cards for children ages infant to 17 years old. Donations can be dropped off at a KCCU branch now through December 15th and the gifts should be unwrapped. By making a toy or gift card donation to one of these programs, you can directly impact a child in West Michigan while sharing the joy of the holidays! 

“At KCCU we believe the real magic of the holiday season lies in helping others. We are thrilled to host our annual toy drive to provide gifts to the children and teens in our community again this year.” says Tracy Miller, CEO of KCCU. “We welcome both KCCU Members and the community to come together to make a difference in a child’s life this holiday season by donating a toy or gift card. Together we can make a child’s holiday brighter.”


KCCU Hosts Winter Coat Drive To Help Support Communities9/29/2023

KCCU Winter Coat Drive 2023

Donations accepted at all branches October 1st-31st

KCCU 2023 Coat Drive

Kellogg Community Credit Union (KCCU) is ready to kick-off its annual coat drive to help the members of the communities in which they serve stay warm this winter. The coat drive will run from October 1st – 31st, and items can be dropped off in the lobby at any KCCU branch location. Financial hardship can make it difficult for some families and individuals to ensure that they’ll be dressed properly this winter, making this annual coat drive arrive at the perfect time. KCCU knows their team, members, and the community will come together and show support for this worthy cause, as they have done for many years past.

KCCU is adamant about helping to provide cold weather gear to those who may need assistance, so they are collecting new and gently used coats, snow pants, hats, mittens, and scarves, that are clean and in good condition, in all sizes from adults to infants and everything in-between. Then the items that are collected will be distributed to local families in need by our community partners.

“KCCU is passionate about being able to support the communities that we serve in any way that we can. With the cold months quickly approaching we want to ensure that members of our community have the cold weather gear they need to stay warm,” stated KCCU’s CEO, Tracy Miller. “This is just one of the ways we can give back to the community and live out our people helping people philosophy. And working together, we know we can make a positive impact on the lives of the families and individuals who may need some assistance this year. It’s an honor to partner with our wonderful charitable organizations to support our local initiatives. A heartfelt thank you goes out to everyone who donates to our Coat Drive!”

KCCU’s vision statement includes “providing opportunity and lifelong value to our members and our community.” KCCU takes this statement seriously, and for the past nineteen years they’ve hosted a Coat Drive in partnership with community-based organizations, as part of their commitment to their vision.


KCCU Announces 2023 Teacher Grant Recipients9/1/2023

2023 teacher grant recipients

August 25, 2023

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Left: Gillian Wilk from KCCU presents check to Patti Kuenzel. Right: Gillian Wilk from KCCU presents check to Erin Andrews

Kellogg Community Credit Union (KCCU) is thrilled to announce that for the third year in a row, they offered their Teacher Grant Program and awarded teachers throughout West Michigan with grants for their classrooms.

KCCU understands that great educators are always seeking innovative ways to foster impactful learning experiences, and often use their own funds to purchase additional classroom supplies. They wanted to offer support to these deserving educators, and they did by providing funds to fifteen teachers, each of them receiving $400 to purchase classroom supplies. That is a total of $6,000 going back into local classrooms!

“At KCCU, we are committed to helping teachers who are educating our students and future leaders,” said Tracy Miller, KCCU’s CEO. “We know that teachers work hard and put in a lot of time, and often their own money, to help their students learn and thrive. Our hope is with these grants, educators can get the tools and resources needed for their students to succeed in the classroom.”

“I love teaching because I love to share in the joy with other people, especially my students,” said Patti Kuenzel, third grade teacher at St. Joseph Elementary and recipient of a KCCU Teacher Grant. “I am going to use my grant money to purchase things like chair cushions, bouncy bands for those kids who have to keep moving their feet all day, and water bottle holders for their desks; all kinds of things to bring joy to the classroom."

“One of the things I love most about being an educator is being able to offer a safe and inclusive space for all students to be able to grow and learn,” said Erin Andrews, teacher at North Penn Elementary and recipient of a KCCU Teacher Grant. “I am going to use the grant money to purchase STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) supplies to help my students with problem solving and critical thinking skills.”

Here is a complete list of the 2023 teacher grant recipients

  • Amber - Parchment Highschool
  • Erin - Lincoln International Studies
  • Haylee - Gull Lake Community Schools
  • Heather - Delton Kellogg Elementary
  • Jessica - Comstock STEM Academy
  • Makayla - Norton Elementary
  • Laura - Union City Elementary 
  • Chelsea - Ann J. Kellogg
  • Erin - North Penn Elementary
  • Karen- Harper Creek Middle School
  • Meghan - Marshall Academy
  • Shannon - Westlake Elementary
  • Shayna - Southeastern Elementary
  • Susan - Mar Lee School
  • Patti - St Joseph Elementary

The KCCU Teacher Grant Program is open to all educators, Pre-K through grade 12, who teach within the 15 counties that KCCU serves.

 


KCCU Receives Best Workplace Award10/14/2022

 

SW MI First presents Best Workplace award to KCCU team members

Photo caption: Pictured from L-R: SWMI First Chamber Director, Clarence Lloyd; KCCU CEO, Tracy Miller; KCCU CCO, Amber Mallernee; KCCU VP of HR, Jessica Bissenden; SWMI First Chamber Membership & Events Coordinator, Kevin Crittenden; Chamber Ambassador, Rex Simpson, Owner of Hobby-Sports

 

KCCU receives Best Workplace award

October 14, 2022

Kellogg Community Credit Union is thrilled and honored to announce that we have received the Best Workplace award for 2022 by the Southwest Michigan First Chamber!

The 2022 Chamber’s Choice awards exist to partner with our community to recognize and celebrate the businesses and leaders that are making a huge impact in Kalamazoo County. There are currently (8) Chamber’s Choice awards and (10) Best of Kalamazoo County awards. One of the Best of Kalamazoo County award categories is Best Workplace which recognizes an organization that is a leader in workplace employee happiness, engagement, culture, retention, and attraction. Based on this description and after the votes were tabulated, Kellogg Community Credit Union received the highest total number of votes in this category!

“The Southwest Michigan First Chamber is honored to celebrate the team at Kellogg Community Credit Union as the winner for the Best of Kalamazoo County – Best Workplace award for 2022,” stated Clarence Lloyd, Director, Southwest Michigan First Chamber. “There has never been a more critical time for companies to focus on building world-class employee culture and serving their business mission by first serving their teams. Congratulations to the team at KCCU for being awarded this community recognition.”

“We feel truly honored to receive Southwest Michigan First’s 2022 Best of Kalamazoo County Award for Best Workplace!” said Amber Mallernee, KCCU’s CCO. “KCCU was nominated and selected by public vote, based on our workplace culture and engagement. We are incredibly grateful for our team, our members, and the community!”

 


KCCU to Open Convenient New Branch in Downtown Marshall3/4/2022

Future Marshall branch

February 23, 2022

We are excited to announce that our Marshall branch will move to a new location in 2022! KCCU recently purchased the historic building located at 107 N. Park Avenue – across the street from the Brooks Memorial fountain and just down the road from their current branch.

The new branch location will allow KCCU to offer members more convenient ways to do their banking with access to drive-up banking and a 24-hour ATM.  We will continue to offer a full array of financial services for a one stop shop experience, including: assistance with daily transactions; savings and high dividend checking accounts; auto and other loans; mortgages; investment services; commercial accounts including lending ­- all with the world-class and local service KCCU members deserve. 
 
“We have been a part of the Marshall community for 13 years, and during that time, we have enjoyed establishing relationships with the people and local businesses in the community,” stated Tracy Miller, KCCU’s CEO. “The new location will allow us to enhance the member experience by having the convenience of doing banking through a drive-up or by coming in the branch. We look forward to serving our existing members as well as new members and businesses, in our new larger building.  We encourage the community to stop in and see us when we open, we look forward to meeting you!”
 
Over the next several months KCCU will be working to renovate the space of their new permanent home by the fountain in Marshall. KCCU will continue to serve members at their existing location at 15877 W. Michigan Ave. next to Family Fare, until their new branch is open. Watch for updates over the next few months on KCCU’s social media pages.

KCCU Featured in CreditUnions.com Article3/1/2022

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Kellogg Community Credit Union was featured in a recent creditunions.com article. The article showcases KCCU's balance between loan growth and member impact, and how KCCU strives to provide greater value in the products and services offered to members. Want to learn more? Read the article here.