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Community Involvement

Law Enforcement AppreciationNorthland Honors local Law Enforcement Officers

In honor of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, Northland stopped by several law enforcement agencies to say thank you. Lunch was purchased from local restaurants. Agencies have reported that this was a tough year with Covid and first responders such as themselves having to deal with the effects of the pandemic. Marketing Director, Matt Duthler said, “Anything we can do to bring attention to our law enforcement agencies, and what they and their families sacrifice every day for our communities - is worth it.”

Northland Helps to Jumpstart Veterans MemorialNorthland Donates $1800 to Veterans Memorial Park

Northland recently donated $1,800 to the Veterans Memorial Park to jump start the new columbarium project in Oscoda.  A columbarium is a structure with recesses called niches to house the ashes of the deceased.

The new columbarium will be erected inside the Pentagon Service Memorial at the Oscoda, Veterans Memorial Park to provide an honorable resting place for our U.S. military soldiers and their spouses.

The Oscoda Veterans Memorial Park welcomes donations.  Please contact them at (989) 820-9747 to arrange a gift.

Northland Supports Friends TogetherNorthland Supports Friends Together Alpena

We are privileged to help support a great group like Friends Together in Alpena.  Friends Together is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization whose sole purpose is to help people in northeast Michigan during and after a cancer diagnosis.
They provide free support programs and services in six counties, including Alcona, Alpena, Iosco, Montmorency, Oscoda, and Presque Isle.  Their aim is that no one is these counties has to face cancer alone. To learn more...

NAFCU Supports Local Restaurants and First RespondersNorthland Supports Local First Responders and Restaurants

Northland recently donated meals to many different first responder agencies to provide these organizations a little relief from all the vital work they are doing during this pandemic and to support our local restaurants.  “In at least one restaurant, six employees were able to be employed for the day to prepare and deliver the meals,” said Matt Duthler, Marketing Director. Alpena, Gaylord, Oscoda, and Tawas are just some of the areas Northland has purchased food from and donated to law enforcement, EMT, and medical staff. “Our first responders risk their lives during normal times, and now even more so - we certainly appreciate them and what they are doing for our communities,” said Pete Dzuris, CEO of Northland.

Northland Awards $11,000 in Scholarships

We are excited to announce that Northland has awarded $11,000 in 2020 Jerry Erickson Educational scholarships to 11 outstanding member students who are pursuing higher education.
The scholarship program is named for Jerry Erickson, a retired volunteer, and Veteran who served the credit union for 46 years.  Northland President and CEO, Pete Dzuris said, “It is especially meaningful to commemorate Jerry’s kindness, energy, and service to the community with a scholarship program in his name.  On behalf of Northland we congratulate the outstanding 2020 scholarship awardees and wish all of them educational, professional, and personal success!”

These scholarships support one of Northland's most important goals: expanding access to education for student members in our local communities.  Award recipients were chosen based on academic achievement, community service/involvement, and essay content.  Scholarship Coordinator, Alane Taylor said, “Northland prides itself on not only helping our members but also giving back to our communities, so we asked student applicants to write an essay on how their major, degree or trade will contribute to their community.  Their answers were impressive.”

The outstanding awardees are as follows:
Alexandra Frank, Siena Heights University
Brooke Nowiski, Ferris State University
Ethan Haire, University of MI – Ann Arbor
Haley Jo Skarin, Alma College
Jordyn Katterman, Saginaw Valley State University
Nathan Alchin, Central MI University
Olivia Rasch, Northwood University
Sarah Rakoczy, Saginaw Valley State
Tanner Trafelet, Oakland University
Timothy Hanson, Saginaw Valley State University
Trey Heliin, Grand Valley State University

The Scholarship Committee would like to thank all of this year’s applicants for taking the time to apply for this year’s scholarship award. We wish all of the applicants much success with their college efforts.


Announcing Applications for Educational ScholarshipsJerry Erickson Educational Scholarships Available Soon

Northland Area Federal Credit Union will begin accepting applications for 2020 Jerry Erickson Educational Scholarships on January 20, 2020.  Northland student members have the opportunity to earn awards to use for college expenses.
Deanna Reeves, Vice President of Member Service said, “Our commitment to financial education begins with our members. Northland is honored to recognize those who plan, study, and sacrifice to earn college degrees.”
The scholarship program is named for the late Jerry Erickson, who served as a volunteer at the credit union for 46 years.  Scholarship applications are decided with equal importance placed on academic achievement, community service/involvement, and essay content.  2020 Jerry Erickson Education Scholarship applications will be available online at beginning January 20th, 2020. Please mail applications to Northland Area Federal Credit Union, Jerry Erickson Scholarship Award, 4346 F-41 - P.O. Box 519, Oscoda, MI 48750. Applications must be received by mail no later than March 1st, 2020.

NAFCU Raises Funds for Northern Michigan Veterans CoalitionNAFCU Raises Funds for Norther MI Veterans Coalition

During the month of November, all Northland branches participated in fundraising for the Northern Michigan Veterans Coalition. With the generous gifts of members and employees, we were happy to present a check to NMVC for $1,600.00. The mission of NMVC is to create awareness about the needs and benefits available to veterans and their families by promoting communication, coordination and collaboration. The NMVC assists veterans and their families in our counties on many levels including housing and vehicle repairs, heating costs, wheelchairs, housing and travel assistance just to name a few.

Northland, MJ's and Driftwood Provide Meals to Homeless and Veterans in TransitisionNorthland Provides Meals for Homeless

In honor of Giving Tuesday, Northland partnered with Driftwood Inc. and MJ’s Eatery to provide meals for homeless and Veterans in transition.

CEO Pete Dzuris, Commercial Lender Michael Hall and Branch Manager Timothy Burgeson were on hand to assist that day. Northland is a large advocate for Veterans and their causes in part because of their roots of originally forming on the Wurtsmith Air Force Base in 1957 in Oscoda.

Tawas Employees Raise Over $4.6K for Claws & Paws RescueClaws & Paws Rescue

Employees in Tawas raised over $4,600.00 and collected pet supplies this month to benefit Claws & Paws Rescue.  Deanna Reeves, Vice President of Operations at Northland said, “We are astonished by our member’s kindness and generosity.  Their donations really demonstrate their passion and commitment to help homeless animals.”

Claws & Paws Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill, animal shelter located in West Branch Michigan, whose mission is to end the needless killing of dogs and cats in the sheltering and rescue environment. Claws & Paws provides foster homes, food and medical care for animals that have been abandoned, abused or neglected. To learn more about Claws & Paws Rescue please visit their website at