MSGCU offering help to first responders

Two first responders in protective gear standing in front of an ambulance

MSGCU offering help to first responders and small businesses during COVID crisis

The Sterling Heights and St. Clair Shores fire departments, along with Universal Ambulance Service, are among the recipients of a $10,000 donation from Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union (MSGCU).

May 8th, 2020

The donation will go toward the goal of providing personal protection equipment (PPE) including 30,000 face shields to local first responders, hospital staff, and nursing and senior home personnel.

The shortage of PPE remains a significant challenge to the safety of those working on the frontlines. As such, MSGCU partnered with the Baldwin Public Library Idea Lab, joining forces with local manufacturers, to provide frontline workers in Michigan with reusable face shields. When treating patients who are coughing and sneezing, these shields are essential in reducing transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

“We are humbled to support this mission to ensure that emergency, medical, and healthcare workers have the equipment they need,” said Pete Gates, MSGCU president and CEO. “Their selfless dedication has inspired all of us at MSGCU and we are grateful for their service.”

Thousands of face shields have already been donated to local hospitals and emergency service departments including Detroit Medical Center, Detroit VA, Garden City Hospital, Ascension Genesys Hospital, McLaren Hospital Flint, McLaren Oakland Hospital, Birmingham Fire Department, and several nursing homes.

Other recipients of the PPE donation include several police and fire departments in Oakland County.

The Michigan Credit Union Foundation (MCUF) is providing a $10,000 matching grant through their Community Crisis Support Grant program to supplement these efforts. This grant will continue the distribution of additional shields to community partners extending support to much-needed areas including funeral homes, nursing homes, and assisted living centers.

Among the first responders to receive personal protection equipment made possible through a donation by Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union is Universal Macomb. UNIVERSAL MACOMB PHOTO

“We are honored to live by the credit union mission of people helping people by supporting our local first responders and healthcare workers during this essential time of need,” said Deborah Fahrney, MSGCU chief retail officer.

In addition to this support, MSGCU is helping members experiencing financial hardship due to the Coronavirus with low-interest loans, flexible loan payment options and by offering financial counseling during this unprecedented time. You do not have to be a teacher or government employee to join the credit union.

For more information about Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union, visit or call 866-674-2848.

— Gina Joseph, The Macomb Daily

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