Together We Are Stronger

Bill Lawton

Bill Lawton
Chief Executive Officer

Michigan is a great place to live. I love this time of year as my wife and I plant and tend our small garden, enjoying early morning and evening walks and spend as much time with the grill on our deck as we do in our kitchen. It is also fun to see our communities come alive with festivities, and people enjoy being outside. The school year has come to an end; for some, it means a new chapter in their life as they make the decision to enter the work force, join a branch of service, or start college. We wish all students who graduated high school or college the best as they move into their next adventures.

Each spring we provide high school seniors and current college students the opportunity to apply for our Community Financial Scholarships. This year twenty-one students were awarded $1,000 scholarships to help with college expenses. Seven of our recipients are from our northern communities while fourteen are from our southern communities. The scholarship winners were honored with a reception in May, and it was exciting to speak with each of these students and learn more about the colleges they plan to attend and the areas of study they will pursue. I am always so impressed by what they have already accomplished and their desire to make a difference in their community. Read more

Summer of Sharing is Back! What GOOD Could You Do with $1,000?

Temperatures are rising and so is our community support. As we launch our 7th annual Summer of Sharing Campaign, we want to know, “What GOOD could you do with $1,000?”

This summer, Community Financial will donate $60,000 to nonprofit, educational and community organizations throughout Michigan! That’s $1,000 a day every Monday – Friday from June 12, 2017 – September 1, 2017. Read more

The Pros And Cons Of Bridge Loans

Buying your second home is nothing like buying your first. This time around, you’re coming to the table with the experience of being a homeowner. You know what to expect throughout the buying process, you know what to look for in a home and you know what you can afford. After all, experience is truly the best teacher.

With today’s market, you may buy your next home before you list your current one. But what if you are counting on the proceeds from the sale of your existing home to help cover the down payment? That’s where bridge loans come in. Read more

Money Matter$ eLearning Center

Community Financial’s Money Matter$ eLearning Center is a free, online financial education program that helps you manage your money more effectively, make personalized decisions that strengthen your financial future and gain confidence in your financial knowledge.

We believe it’s always a great time to learn about finances, which are an essential part of life. Whether you just graduated high school or are looking toward retirement, there are choices that we make every day that affect our financial health. There is no better time than the present to increase your knowledge about the world of “finances.” Read more