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we're 'investing in Communities'
by giving away $80,000 in 2017

We're proud to continue our donation efforts in 2017 with our new campaign, 'Investing in Communities.' The biggest change this year is that we are giving away $80,000 to 16 local non-profit organizations.

The campaign will be broken up into four phases throughout the year, focusing on different ways we can make a difference in our communities—feeding, protecting, housing, and serving our community members. Non-profits that are within the Michigan counties we serve, or are within 10 miles of a Michigan Independent Bank branch or loan production office, are eligible for nomination (see Official Rules). The four organizations with the most votes will each win $5,000. Non-profits that won during our Investing With You contest in 2015 are not eligible.

Phase 1 - Feeding our Communities

InvestingInCommunities_FoodIconThe first phase of the contest focused on feeding our communities, with food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens being the benefiting organizations.

Timeline:

Nominations – Community members nominated non-profit organizations that met the criteria above on March 1, 2017 at 9 am (EST) through March 8, 2017 at 5 pm (EST) at IndependentBank.com/Investing. To nominate an organization, you must have had a valid Facebook account and be at least 18 years of age.

Voting  Voting began March 15, 2017 at 9 am (EST) and ended March 29, 2017 at 5 pm (EST) at IndependentBank.com/Investing. Voters must have had a valid Facebook account, be at least 18 years of age, and a legal resident of Michigan. Each qualified voter was able to vote up to once per day during the voting period. 

Phase 1 Winners

  • Livonia Kids and Families - Wayne County
  • Pinconning Area Emergency Food Pantry - Bay County
  • The Pantry at Rives - Jackson County
  • Shared Blessings Food Pantry - Huron County

 Livonia Kids and FamiliesPinconning Area Emergency Food Pantry

 The Pantry at RivesShared Blessings Food Pantry

View the 'Investing in Communities' Phase 1 - Feeding our Communities video below:


Phase 2 - Protecting our Communities

InvestingInCommunities_FoodIconThe second phase of the campaign focused on protecting our communities, and supported animal shelters, humane societies, and animal rescue centers.

Timeline:

Nominations – Community members began nominating non-profit organizations that met the criteria above on June 1, 2017 at 9 am (EST) through June 8, 2017 at 5 pm (EST) at IndependentBank.com/Investing. To nominate an organization, you must have had a valid Facebook account and be at least 18 years of age.

Voting  Voting began June 15, 2017 at 9 am (EST) and ended June 29, 2017 at 5 pm (EST) at IndependentBank.com/Investing. To vote, you must have had a valid Facebook account, be at least 18 years of age, and a legal resident of Michigan. Each qualified voter was able to vote up to once per day during the voting period. 

Phase 2 Winners

  • Amazing Grace Animal Rescue - Saginaw County
  • Humane Society of West Michigan - Kent County
  • Michigan Pit Bull Education Project - Oakland County
  • Saginaw County Animal Care and Control - Saginaw County

 AmazingGraceAnimalRescue 

 MichiganPitBullEducationProject SaginawCountyAnimalCareAndControl

View the 'Investing in Communities' Phase 2 - Protecting our Communities video below:


Phase 3 - Housing our Communities

InvestingInCommunities_HousingIconThe third phase of the contest focused on housing our communities, benefiting homeless shelters, housing projects, and home building groups.

Timeline:

Nominations – Community members nominated non-profit organizations that met the criteria above on September 1, 2017 at 9 am (EST) through September 8, 2017 at 5 pm (EST) at IndependentBank.com/Investing. To nominate an organization, you must have had a valid Facebook account and be at least 18 years of age.

Voting  Voting began September 15, 2017 at 9 am (EST) and ended September 29, 2017 at 5 pm (EST) at IndependentBank.com/Investing. To vote, you must have had a valid Facebook account, be at least 18 years of age, and a legal resident of Michigan. Each qualified voter was able to vote up to once per day during the voting period. 

Phase 3 Winners

  • City Rescue Mission of Saginaw - Saginaw County
  • Communities First, Inc. - Genesee County
  • Community Home Solutions - Bay County
  • Hope 101 Ministry, Inc. - Newaygo County

Phase 4 - Serving our Communities

InvestingInCommunities_FoodIconThe fourth and final phase of 'Investing in Communities' will focus on serving our communities, benefiting veterans programs, military outreach groups, and active duty support services.

Timeline:

Nominations – Community members may begin nominating non-profit organizations that meet the criteria above on November 1, 2017 at 9 am (EST) through November 8, 2017 at 5 pm (EST) at IndependentBank.com/Investing. To nominate an organization, you must have a valid Facebook account and be at least 18 years of age.

Voting  Voting will begin November 15, 2017 at 9 am (EST) and end November 29, 2017 at 5 pm (EST) at IndependentBank.com/Investing. To vote, you must have a valid Facebook account, be at least 18 years of age, and a legal resident of Michigan. Each qualified voter will be able to vote up to once per day during the voting period. 

Visit the Investing in Communities Contest