Community Spotlight




FINANCIAL EDUCATION. MADE IN MICHIGAN.

Chemical Bank is committed to helping children, teens, adults and senior citizens establish and develop good money management habits that allow them to make informed financial decisions, empowering them to take control of their financial future.

Branch Manager, Chad Booher, and Christina Foster from Chemical Bank’s Evart branch visited a Mecosta Osceola Intermediate School District classroom at Eagle Village for six weeks, covering many topics relating to personal finance and credit. They have given lessons on personal banking, checkbooks and savings. In the most recent class, Booher brought in a guest speaker, Michelle Thren, who is a Fraud Specialist with Chemical Bank. Her real-life examples and relevant discussions about their own future credit responsibilities had the teens very interested.

“They are teaching us how to prevent identity theft and about banking, checking and saving accounts as well as writing checks,” stated one student.

Another student commented, “I did not know how many different ways there were to have your identity stolen. As far as credit goes, I did not know how important it was. I just thought as long as I paid it back, everything would be OK. I also did not know that credit companies target my age group.”

Booher shared his thoughts on their volunteer efforts, “Knowledge is very powerful and given that they will go out into the real world soon, they will put some of these lessons into place. I know that I am very interested in continuing this partnership with Eagle Village and helping these young people get a good start when they leave the program.”

Passages is a continuation of the residential program at Eagle Village and prepares teens for the next chapter in their lives. Participants work on daily life skills training, goal-setting, high school or GED finalization plans, healthy peer relationships, personal finances and managing their own health. Eagle Village is a non-profit family treatment center providing Intervention Services, Residential Treatment, Foster Care and Adoption Services for all counties in Michigan. If you know of a family in crisis that may benefit from these programs, contact Eagle Village at (231) 832-2234 or www.eaglevillage.org.

To learn more about upcoming financial education workshops near you, please visit the Financial Education center of our website at ChemicalBankMI.com/cb/FinancialEducation.htm and complete the workshop form provided.





Fall provided warm colors, picturesque skies as well as many community activities and events for the West Region! Chemical Bankers and community members did not hesitate to take advantage of the celebrations and volunteer opportunities in their local communities. Community spirit was in the air this autumn and Chemical Bank was excited to share it with every local resident, business and community partner. As wintertime approaches, we would like to highlight a few of the activities that Chemical Bank participated in over the fall.

ARTPRIZE

Chemical Bank was proud to successfully host its third annual ArtPrize Reception on Friday, September 20th at the BOB (Big Old Building) in downtown Grand Rapids. More than 200 customers and business partners attended for an evening of art, appetizers and refreshments. This year we featured local Fennville sculptor Dawn Soltysiak and multi-dimensional artist Erick Picardo from Grand Rapids — both were ArtPrize contributors. Guests were able to meet with each artist while they were working on their respective pieces and had the opportunity to view other works by Dawn and Erick as well. It was a great evening and a wonderful kick-off for us to ArtPrize!

FREMONT HARVEST FESTIVAL

The Fremont Harvest Festival was September 27th–29th. Chemical Bank’s Fremont office participated in the Hay Art Displays and also in the parade. Each exhibition had a designated area where community members could volunteer for their favorite display by donating canned good items. The display with the most donations was declared the winner and all of the canned goods were donated to local agencies and non-profit organizations.

CHEMICAL BANK CARES DAY

On Monday, October 14th (Columbus Day), Chemical Bank offices closed across the state so that Chemical Bank employees could volunteer in their communities on a variety of different projects. More than 1,700 Chemical Bankers partnered with local organizations and worked on more than 230 projects that encompassed a wide variety of activities. Chemical Bank Cares Day reinforced Chemical Bank’s commitment to Michigan and the important role that our financial institution plays in communities across the state. In Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas, Chemical Bankers served with local organizations and agencies such as Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Habitat for Humanity, and South-West Area Neighbors, among others to help with landscaping, reading to children, grounds-keeping and maintenance as well as a variety of other projects.

Thank you to our West Region team members and community partners for creating a wonderful community experience this fall that was enjoyable, valuable and memorable.

Make sure that you keep a look out for Chemical Bank at upcoming events this winter as we will be out volunteering, supporting and having fun in local communities across the Great State! Follow all of our events by checking out the “Events in our Communities” link under Our Community at ChemicalBankMI.com.



East Region team members were as “busy as squirrels” while helping out in communities as well as participating in many local festivities and events. We enjoyed sharing the autumn season with our customers, neighbors, families and friends while celebrating community spirit! With winter on its way, we would like to reflect back on a few moments that made our fall so colorful.

UNITED WAY COMMUNITY COLORS 5K RUN/WALK

Chemical Bank was proud to be one of the sponsors of the United Way Community Colors 5K Run/Walk held on September 14th. Participants ran, jogged, walked, wheeled and even pushed strollers through this 3.1-mile course while being doused with color as they passed color stations along the route. The “High-Five” station marked the halfway point of the race and Dollar the Squirrel as well as other mascots from area businesses, schools and organizations were all present to cheer everyone on to the finish line.

TUSCOLA COUNTY PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

The Tuscola County Pumpkin Festival is a highlight in the Thumb Area every fall as the kickoff to the Harvest Season. The Festival is a week-long event and hosts a multitude of activities. Chemical Bank volunteers were enthusiastically involved in the festival by selling pies and building a float for the festival’s Pumpkin Parade (the theme this year was “Pumpkins in Paradise”). Our Chemical Bank Team created an entry which offered dramatic flair, depicting a Pumpkin Paradise that was overrun by dinosaurs — a mighty big sight coming down Main Street!

CHEMICAL BANK CARES DAY

On Monday, October 14th (Columbus Day), Chemical Bank offices closed across the state so that Chemical Bank employees could volunteer in their communities on a variety of different projects. More than 1,700 Chemical Bankers partnered with local organizations and worked on more than 230 projects that encompassed a wide variety of activities. Chemical Bank Cares Day reinforced Chemical Bank’s commitment to Michigan and the important role that our financial institution plays in communities across the state. In Bay City, Caro, Clare, Owosso, Saginaw and the surrounding areas, Chemical Bankers served with local organizations and agencies such as Bay Medical Care Facility, Friends of the Thumb Octagon Barn, Mid-Michigan Community Action Agency and the Saginaw Children’s Zoo, among others to help with landscaping, reading to children, grounds-keeping and maintenance as well as a variety of other projects.

Thank you to our East Region team members, customers and community partners for creating a wonderful community experience this fall that was enjoyable, valuable and memorable.

Make sure that you keep a look out for Chemical Bank at upcoming events this winter as we will be out volunteering, supporting and having fun in local communities across the Great State! Follow all of our events by checking out the “Events in our Communities” link under Our Community at ChemicalBankMI.com.




The South Region enjoyed a colorful fall that invigorated Chemical Bankers to go outdoors, enjoy all of the community festivities and lend a helping hand in their communities. We partnered with many local agencies and organizations this past season to support the growth and potential of every community in our region. Read on to see some of the ways we “raked in” the fun this fall!

DIG ‘EM DASH 5K RUN/WALK

Chemical Bankers were busy supporting the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region’s Dig ‘Em Dash 5K Run/Walk on September 28th. Nearly twenty volunteers from Chemical Bank helped direct runners along the course and safely through intersections throughout the heart of downtown Battle Creek. The Run/Walk event aims to provide the community with a fun and healthy wellness activity while highlighting the city’s rich history.

CHEMICAL BANK CARES DAY

On Monday, October 14th (Columbus Day), Chemical Bank offices closed across the state so that Chemical Bank employees could volunteer in their communities on a variety of different projects. More than 1,700 Chemical Bankers partnered with local organizations and worked on more than 230 projects that encompassed a wide variety of activities. Chemical Bank Cares Day reinforced Chemical Bank’s commitment to Michigan and the important role that our financial institution plays in communities across the state. In the Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Marshall areas, Chemical Bankers served with local organizations and agencies such as Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, the Food Bank of South Central Michigan, The Haven of Rest Ministries and the Marshall Area Community Services, among others. In Benton Harbor, Niles and surrounding areas we volunteered at the Morton House Museum, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berrien and Cass County, the Niles Salvation Army and the Boys and Girls Club of Benton Harbor to name a few.

In the greater Holland area, volunteers helped out at Center for Women in Transition, Community Action House, Holland Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity, the Al Van Humane Society in South Haven and many other local agencies.

HALLOWEEN

Dollar the Silver Squirrel enjoyed the Halloween festivities in Coloma as he greeted approximately 1,000 ghosts, goblins, princesses and other costumed creatures! The staff at the Coloma branch and several other Chemical Bank employees dressed up for the “Halloween in the Park” fun and passed out candy to trick-or-treaters. The kids and their families also enjoyed games, prizes, food and hot chocolate during the two-hour event downtown, hosted by North Berrien Community Development and the Police Department.

Thank you to our South Region team members and community partners for creating a wonderful community experience this fall that was enjoyable, valuable and memorable. Make sure that you keep a look out for Chemical Bank at upcoming events this winter as we will be out volunteering, supporting and having fun in local communities across the Great State! Follow all of our events by checking out the “Events in our Communities” link under Our Community at ChemicalBankMI.com.