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Making a Difference Day

Independent Bank (Honorable Mention) - Grand Rapids, Michigan

2020 Community Commitment Awards Submission

  • Entry Category: Volunteerism
  • Asset Size: Small

In 2016, Independent Bank created the “Making A Difference Day” initiative. We wanted an all-employee event that could benefit our local communities. For one day, Columbus Day, Independent Bank now closes our doors so that every employee has the opportunity to volunteer in their local communities. We have about 1,000 employees volunteer at over 60 locations across Michigan for the entire day. In 2017, we continued our volunteer efforts, with all employees giving their time to local organizations. Employees volunteered in teams at various non-profit organizations. We had groups help Habitat for Humanity build homes, some teams cleaned up local nature parks and trails, and others helped organize items at a local recycling center, just to name a few. Employees loved the experience of working together with their coworkers to make a real positive difference in the communities they serve every day. They appreciated the fact that the Bank was willing to close their doors to make this opportunity possible. We have continued this initiative every year since. Now as part of this special day, in addition to our volunteer efforts, we also donate a monetary contribution to these wonderful organizations. Employees donate funds throughout the year (.50/week), so that they can wear jeans on Fridays. These funds are then matched by Independent Bank, totaling ,000 for the year. On Making a Difference Day, the funds are donated to all of the organizations in which our employees volu