Rob Garrison said it best.
“2020 was quite the year. Between a global pandemic, rioting in our cities and a contentious Presidential election, we know that everyone was tired and frustrated and perhaps ready for 2020 to be over. The uncertainty that the pandemic has placed on so many families is disheartening. We are saddened by the medical, financial and personal suffering that so many have endured in 2020. In that vein, we at Michigan Mortgage have doubled our efforts to make the most impact in areas that we can control: our clients, our employees and the community.”
As we work our way through 2021, we wanted to take a moment to pause and look back on all of the good that happened last year.
Here are a few of our favorite highlights. If you’d like to learn more about 2020 community involvement, click here and flip through our Impact Report.
#MMGivesBack – Honoring Our Local Educators
Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we launched #MMGivesBack – Honoring Our Local Educators to give back to those that give so much to our local community. Three times in 2020, we recognized a West Michigan educator that went above and beyond in the classroom and donated $1,000 to their school.
We surprised the following teachers, delivered a gift basket and thanked them for their dedication to their students.
Rosanne Willard, Oakridge Elementary in Muskegon
Tammie Thompson, Griffin Elementary in Grand Haven
Julie Anderson, Beach Elementary in Fruitport
Each woman (and their school) was deserving of our Outstanding Teacher Award and $1,000 donation!
As part of #MMGivesBack, educators that financed their mortgage – purchase or refinance – with a Michigan Mortgage Loan Officer received $100 worth of school supplies and we donated $50 worth of school supplies to another teacher on their behalf. In total, we donated supplies to 75 classrooms in more than 20 West Michigan school districts.
Michigan Mortgage Service Scholarship
In conjunction with our #MMGivesBack and Service Rewards programs, we launched the Michigan Mortgage Service Scholarship in hopes of recognizing High School Seniors with dreams of pursuing a career in service.
- Teachers & Educators
- Government & Politics
- First Responders
- Doctors & Nurses
We will award two $1,000 scholarships to West Michigan Seniors in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
Dancing with the Local Stars
Our very own Dave Lehner competed in the 2020 Dancing with the Local Stars event in Muskegon. This event was pre-pandemic and one of the last times our community was able to gather for a great cause.
Dave and his team spent hours practicing their routine and gave a flawless performance. We were so happy to be in the audience cheering him on!
Standup for the Cure
This is one of our favorite local events and we were disappointed to miss a fun-filled day at the beach, but our employees stood up and participated at their own homes. Some hiked and explored outdoors while others kayaked, swam and played basketball in their backyards.
Shawn Norden, one of our fabulous Loan Officers, worked hard to raise awareness and get people involved in the 2020 fundraiser. We are always excited to support her and the local food bank and food programs in our area.
“While 2020 was challenging in many ways, it has taught us many lessons that will affect our business for years to come,” Rob said.
Thank you for taking this wild ride with us!