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2019 Veterans Pinning Ceremony in Houghton Lake

Community Involvement

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

Veterans Pinning CeremoniesJanelle and Theresa at Vets Pinning Ceremony in West Branch

This month we were privileged to partner with Mid-Michigan Hospice for the We Honor Veterans Celebration Services and Pinning Ceremony in West Branch and Houghton Lake.  The celebrations included music, a pinning ceremony, and refreshments and were assisted by the VFW and American Legion groups.  We are thankful for our local veterans from Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, National Guard, and Coast Guard.

Toy DrivesSome Northland Branches are collecting new toys to benefit children from low-income families.

Several Northland branches are collecting new, unwrapped toys, during the holiday season to help children in low-income families. 
Our West Branch locations, as well as Skidway, Gaylord, Tawas, Grayling, and Houghton Lake branches are collecting for Toys for Tots.
The AuGres branch is asking for toy donations to benefit the Arenac County Christmas for Kids and at the Harrisville location, we’re collecting for the Vietnam Veterans of America Toys for Kids program. If you can, please give.  Together we will make Christmas wishes come true for local children.

Food DrivesNorthland is collecting non-perishable food items through the month of November to benefit local food banks.

For the month of November, all Northland Branches are collecting non-perishable food items to benefit local food banks.  Member may support thier local food bank by making a donation at a branch in thier community.