This program began in response to the need to assist low and moderate income families. “We especially want to provide the funding to meet the physical and educational needs of those children,” explains The State Bank Vice President, Stacey Webb. “We want to meet the basic physical needs ranging from toothpaste and deodorant to clothing and shoes. We also want to provide the educational supplies needed to be a successful student, such as pencils, paper, markers, binders, backpacks and other necessities. These materials provide the foundation so that students can concentrate on their educational goals.”
Funds are collected through a variety of fundraising events organized by Bank staff. These events include a number of internal fundraisers, bake sales and raffles. Customers of the organization are also very generous and supportive of this local cause. The Bank also makes a large donation to this program. To date the Change For Kids program has raised over $143,000 for our local schools.
Our 2018 campaign ended in October, and raised a total of $33,000, with $18,000 of that coming from in-branch fundraising, and a $15,000 donation on behalf of The State Bank. This effort results in a $2,750 donation for each of the school districts listed below:
- Linden Community Schools
- Fenton Area Public Schools
- Brighton Area Schools
- Holly Area Schools
- Lake Fenton Community Schools
- Birch Run Area Schools
- Chesaning Union Schools
- Grand Blanc Community Schools
- Montrose Community Schools
- New Lothrop Area Public Schools
- St. Charles Community Schools
- Swan Valley Schools
“The Change for Kids program has provided us with a much needed resource for our students and families. We have been able to help families with items many of us take for granted. We have purchased shoes, coats, clothing items, toiletries and food for various students and families. Each year we provide food baskets and gifts to our families in need during the holidays, but many families have needs well beyond the holiday season. Change for Kids allows us to help families throughout the school year. Thank you to everyone who has donated to this cause and Thank You State Bank for sponsoring the program.” Julie Williams, Lake Fenton Community Schools Superintendent.
You can make a donation to Change For Kids at your local The State Bank branch as well as donating during the various fundraisers we hold throughout the summer and fall months.