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American 1 Credit Union contributes more than $280K to community initiatives and more than 100 hours of volunteer time in 2021

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American 1 Credit Union contributes more than $280K to community initiatives and more than 100 hours of volunteer time in 2021

1/20/2022

While 2021 was another year of challenges and uncertainty due to the prolongation of the coronavirus pandemic, American 1 Credit Union continued to make a positive impact on the communities it serves through sponsorships, donations, and volunteer efforts.

“At American 1, we are passionate and committed to being boldly generous and community-focused,” said Martha Fuerstenau, President/CEO of American 1. “Our Executive Team, Board of Directors, and American 1 staff are proud to make a difference in the communities we’re part of.”

Through the American 1 Volunteer Time Off program, American 1 team members volunteered 123 hours to local non-profit organizations. And throughout the year, American 1 gave to over 100 organizations in Jackson, Lenawee, Hillsdale, Washtenaw, Calhoun, and Wayne counties with donations totaling $280,897.99. Some of the most notable American 1 community initiatives throughout 2021 included:

  • $150,000 to the Jackson School of the Arts for the Capital Campaign project
  • $15,000 to the Jackson Area Pickleball Association
  • $13,000 to Hot Air Jubilee for the Presenting Sponsorship
  • $10,000 to the American Heart Association for a Heart Ball Sponsorship
  • $10,000 to the American 1 Scholarship Fund, which benefits recent high school graduates
  • $6,500 to the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Women’s Week and Expo

Additionally, American 1 and TRUE Community partnered on the Hit ‘Em Fore Hospice Golf Benefit for the third year, which supports the Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice Home. The two credit unions recorded a record-breaking fundraising event by donating more than $71,000 to the hospice home.

“I think we all can agree 2021 was another difficult year because of COVID-19, but the American 1 team was determined to find ways to continue to give back to our communities,” said Janelle Merritt, VP of Community Partnerships at American 1. “We once again look forward to making a difference in the communities we serve and remain committed to giving back, however and wherever we can!”

Established in 1950, American 1 Credit Union today serves over 60,000 members with branches in Jackson, Washtenaw, Hillsdale, Calhoun, Lenawee, and Wayne counties. American 1 is proud to serve the members of their communities by creating financial wellness through personal everyday banking.



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