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Helping hands: GMAR donates $25K to Community Housing Network; Huron Valley State Bank employees organize soup drive

By: Kathy Blake, March 24, 2022

Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors (GMAR) recently presented a donation of $25,000 to Community Housing Network, a nonprofit housing resource serving people in need in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties, according to a press release.

GMAR donated the funds through its annual Give Back charity fundraiser which allows members to bid and raise funds for local nonprofits through the Greater Realtors Foundation. Community Housing Network was chosen as GMAR’s 2021 charity partner.

“Annually, GMAR’s Member Engagement Committee calls on their members to submit non-profit organizations that could benefit from assistance, whether financially or volunteer resources. Last year, the Committee interviewed the Community Housing Network and made this selection. This was then approved unanimously by the GMAR Board of Directors because of Community Housing Network’s support within the tri-county area to help provide affordable housing and education to consumers,” Teri Spiro, GMAR 2022 president, said in the press release.

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Huron Valley State Bank employees organize soup drive and raise funds for nonprofits

Huron Valley State Bank employees organized a canned soup drive in February, collecting more than 250 cans of soup to benefit Open Door Outreach Center of Waterford Township, The center is a nonprofit that provides emergency services to families in need.

The “Soup-er Bowl” program kicked off in February, leading up to the Super Bowl. Employees and the community cast their votes for the team of their choice by placing a can of soup in the collection basket, according to a press release from the bank.

Donations were collected throughout the month at the Milford or Highland branches and the Financial Center in Milford.

Huron Valley also holds a Casual for a Cause (Jean’s Day), once a month throughout the year, which allows employees to wear jeans in exchange for providing a donation for the designated organization or individual in need. The program provides monetary contributions, and collections such as cereal, pet food and toy drives. In 2021, the program raised over $2,100.

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