[Saginaw, MI – December 18, 2014] United Financial Credit Union made the holidays a little brighter for the CAN Council and CASA of Saginaw County. The Credit Union raised $4,158.96 for their 3rd Annual CASA Christmas. The money and any items that were donated were able to help 76 kids that are currently in the CASA program. United Financial collected donations and “Wish List” items at all six of their locations; and at the Saginaw and Bay City offices of the CAN Council.

What is the CAN Council?
The CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region is building communities where children are free from abuse and neglect. They sponsor several programs in the community; Child Abuse Prevention Education (CAPE), Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), CASA of Saginaw County, Community Outreach and Public Awareness

What is CASA of Saginaw County?
CASA of Saginaw County (Court Appointed Special Advocates) are specially trained volunteers who provide a powerful voice in the Saginaw County court system for children who have been removed from their home because of abuse or neglect. Every child has the right to a safe, permanent and caring home. Yet, according to the Saginaw County Department of Human Services, each year in Saginaw County over 300 children live in foster care or with relatives because it is not safe to return home. Most of these children will end up in court. Their only “crime” is that they have been victims.

United Financial Credit Union was founded in 1964 to serve a small group of tool and die workers in the Bridgeport area. United Financial C.U. currently has six locations located in Bridgeport, Saginaw Township, Chesaning, Freeland and Auburn and serves over 19,000 members. Anyone who lives, works or worships in Saginaw, Bay or Midland Counties is eligible for membership.