Submitted by Comerica Bank
30 Days. 25 engagements. 1,500 volunteer hours.
That’s just a snapshot of Comerica Bank’s community engagement throughout the state of Michigan during the bank’s National Days of Service initiative. What that doesn’t include are the many lives positively impacted by the extensive and compassionate outreach.
Comerica’s commitment to public service extends to all the communities it serves, and that dedication was demonstrated throughout September as the company expanded its 12th annual National Day of Service to National"¯Days of Service to support the significant number of volunteer projects last month from Grand Rapids to Lansing to Detroit.
“Comerica Bank prides itself on being members of the community and the way our volunteers view giving back, because we know for our business to succeed, our communities must as well,” said Patricia McCann, Comerica Bank vice president and senior diversity consultant – social impact practices.
During the National Days of Service, Comerica colleagues donated their time and talents to many organizations the company supports. There was something to do almost every day in September.
“We aim to have our participation in National Days of Service encourage others to do their part and give back to their community as well,” said McCann.
One of the month’s community giving and involvement project resulted in the donation of approximately 9,000 diapers distributed between five community organizations.
Comerica partnered with the United Way of Southeastern Michigan’s Women United to collect, organize and distribute diapers to hundreds of children in the area through Early Learning Communities in Dearborn, Detroit, Fraser, Pontiac and Warren.
Several Comerica corporate offices and operations centers hosted the employee drive, and diapers were sorted at the Comerica Banking Center, the bank’s Michigan headquarters.
Volunteers then dropped off more than 2,000 diapers each to the Early Learning Communities to help families in need.
Comerica has a lengthy and impactful relationship with United Way. Last year, Comerica contributed $1.7 million to the United Way of Southeastern Michigan as part of the bank’s annual giving.
In all, 300 Comerica Bank Michigan employees volunteered approximately 1,500 hours at 25 community events across the state during the past month.
As another snapshot of Comerica’s community giving in Michigan over the past five years, colleagues have donated approximately 200,000 philanthropic hours, valued at nearly $4.7 million.
Comerica National Days of Service also included:
Cattle Barron’s Ball: Volunteered at the annual fundraiser that supports the America Cancer Center of Michigan."¯
Crossroads Soup Kitchen: 40 volunteers served over 500 meals at the Detroit soup kitchen.
Feeding America West Michigan: In Comstock Park, volunteers repackaged and sorted donated food to support the distribution of food to more than 900 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other hunger-relief agencies from the Indiana border to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula."¯
Forgotten Harvest: Assisted with packaging and sorting food as part of the distribution process at the local warehouse in Oak Park.
Fresh Food Initiative - Food Bank of South Central Michigan: Colleagues served at the Salvation Army in Jackson to support the distribution of food delivered via a hunger-relief network of more than 285 partner agencies operating in eight counties in south central Michigan.
Gleaners Food Bank in Detroit: Part of Comerica’s year-round support of the community operation that operates five distribution centers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties providing food to 528 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and other agencies throughout southeast Michigan.
Hand2Hand: Partnered with Grand Rapids organization, which works with schools and churches to provide food to hungry children over the weekends."¯ Donated 1,400 food items for students.
Million Shoe March: Assistant Banking Center Manager Celeste Wingard participates in the “Shoes for Soles in Need” drive at Milliken Park that gave thousands of shoes, socks and hygiene items to Detroiters in need. Comerica colleagues donated 400 shoes to the Million Shoe March.
The Parade Company: Volunteers helped paint floats for America’s Thanksgiving Parade.
Ronald McDonald House of Detroit: Prepared and served a weekend brunch to special guests at the Ronald McDonald House in Detroit, where families of hospitalized children are provided support and a home away from home."¯
Tri-County Office on Aging: Compiled 350 lunches for Meals on Wheels in Lansing that serves senior citizens.
United Way of Lakeshore’s Day of Caring: Helped to restore and revitalize Johnny O. Harris Park in Muskegon Heights. The park was named for a police officer who died in the line of duty in 1975.
These activities personify Comerica Bank’s commitment to serving the community. For the fifth consecutive year, the bank was recognized as one of the most community-minded companies in America as an honoree of The Civic 50 by Points of Light, the largest organization dedicated to volunteer service in the world.
For more information on Comerica’s continued commitment to the communities we serve, visit www.comerica.com.
Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by three business segments: The Commercial Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. In addition to Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico.
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