ChoiceOne Bank partnered with the Community Foundation for Muskegon County to help launch the KickStart to Career program. KickStart to Career is a program designed to assist with post-secondary education expenses. The program is managed by the Community Foundation for Muskegon County. Each kindergarten student in Muskegon County has the opportunity to be the beneficiary of an account opened with a $50 deposit from the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.
“ChoiceOne is excited to work with the Community Foundation for Muskegon County as one of their partners to offer children’s savings accounts to every kindergartner in Muskegon County as part of their KickStart to Career program,” said ChoiceOne Bank President and CEO Kelly Potes. “ChoiceOne was selected because of our ability to offer financial literacy education and our commitment to work personally with the students.”
ChoiceOne Bank Vice President, Commercial Lender and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Officer Patricia Brown and Egelston Branch Manager Tina Orchard were on hand to help launch the KickStart to Career program in two classrooms of kindergartners at Reeths-Puffer Twin Lake Elementary School in Muskegon. During the official launch, students were asked to color a picture of what they want to be when they grow up and were each given a piggy bank to encourage future savings. In the first year, there will be over 2,000 Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs) opened in Muskegon that join over 457,000 CSAs nationwide in 34 states with 65 KickStart to Career programs.
“As the local community bank, we believe healthy communities start with healthy families,” said Potes. “Our children are the heart of our families and giving them educational opportunities to succeed today is vital to their future. We are pleased to partner with the Community Foundation for Muskegon County’s KickStart to Career program and believe this program will help strengthen our families and our communities in Muskegon County.”
About the Community Foundation for Muskegon County
The Community Foundation for Muskegon County has been a community convener, a bold leader, and a catalyst for change for over 58 years. The Foundation’s leadership goals – building an inclusive community, creating hope and opportunity for youth, and collaborative decision making for the common good – shape the Foundation’s priorities and grantmaking. Downtown Muskegon redevelopment, and game-changing education initiatives like the Muskegon Area Promise and KickStart to Career, are examples of the Foundation’s recent community investment. www.muskegonfoundation.org