Independent Bank employees donated 1,722 hours of their time in July and August to their communities. Many of those hours have included financial literacy presentations in their communities.

“I am proud of our associates,” said Brad Kessel, president and COO. “There is a great need for financial literacy education in the communities we serve and we are proactively seeking opportunities to educate people across the state about finances."

Independent Bank was recognized for its 2010 financial literacy efforts by the Michigan Bankers Association with the 2011 MBA Financial Literacy Award. IB received accolades for educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. This spring, we reached 12,603 students through 491 presentations given. Financial literacy presentation opportunities will continue throughout 2011.

Getting smart about credit
On October 20, Independent Bank will celebrate the American Bankers Association Education Foundation’s ninth annual Get Smart About Credit Day in high school classrooms, explaining wise credit use. In 2010, associates reached a total of 4,071 students and adults through the program. Get Smart About Credit Day brings bankers and students together for lessons on developing good credit habits, such as paying on time, protecting your identity, using credit wisely and not borrowing more than you can repay. To learn more, contact your local banking office.