Most people would relish an extra day off of work to catch up on tasks around the house. At Lake Trust, however, our team is dedicated to the community and we live by the idea that our actions, no matter how small, can truly make a difference in the world. On Monday, October 8, all of our branches were closed for a federal holiday. Instead of taking the day off, we invited our team to participate in a state-wide day of service. With full hearts, over 300 staff members showed up for the inaugural Moved By Good Day.
We selected 22 different volunteer sites across Michigan where Team Lake Trust could sign up to volunteer. All of the non-profit organizations that we volunteered at were selected because they align with our organizational focus on social purpose. We base our volunteer work and give donations to meet the basic human needs of food, shelter, clothing, health and wellness, and education.
During our annual all staff day last year, we held a winter clothing drive and our staff brought in 902 winter accessories (hats, mittens, scarves) and 280 coats. This was such a positive experience for Team Lake Trust that we decided we wanted to do something similar this year and make an even bigger impact.
We worked with our friends at Operation Warm to identify two schools in Michigan whose student body experienced financial hardship. After selecting Lansing Charter Academy and Detroit Premier Academy, the Lake Trust Foundation purchased enough brand-new coats from Operation Warm to ensure that every single child at each school would receive a coat. If a student was absent or their size was unavailable, Operation Warm ordered a coat to be specially delivered to the child.