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My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign
My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Grandville-based First United Credit Union backing the Kent District Library’s campaign to replenish its budget.

Through the Genre Derby, KDL hopes to raise $10,000 for digital and physical books. That’s just a fraction of the $300,000 that’s been slashed from the library’s budget since 2013.

“Our overall budget has been cut by over $2 million in the past three years from changes in tax valuation and personal property tax,” explained KDL Development Manager Linda Krombeen. 

Despite the cuts, KDL is using technology and restructuring to avoid laying off staff.

The Genre Derby allows patrons to direct donations to the type of books they read most. First United Credit Union is pledging to match 50 percent of all donor gifts during the Genre Derby, up to $1,500.

 “As a local business serving the same community, we felt matching donor gifts would be a meaningful way to help the library secure funds – from our gift and encouraging the gifts of many,” said First United CEO Mark Richter. “It’s part of our people helping people philosophy.”

To contribute to the Genre Derby, visit https://fundly.com/kdlgenrederby2014.

First United is also partnering with KDL on other initiatives, including two financial literacy seminars in Spanish, to be held at the KDL Wyoming Branch, March 6 and 20, at 6:30 p.m.