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About Right at Home

“Right at Home Answers” is brought to you by the Michigan Credit Union League with funding from a National Credit Union Foundation Innovation Grant in partnership with Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Association of United Way, and CU

National Credit Union Foundation
As the philanthropic and social responsibility leader of America's credit union movement, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) raises funds, makes grants, manages programs, and provides education empowering consumers to achieve financial independence through credit unions. Donations to the Foundation enable credit unions to help their members reach life-changing goals. Through NCUF grants and programs, credit unions create greater access to affordable financial services, provide widespread financial education, and empower more consumers to save, build assets, and own homes. The NCUF funded this project through its Innovation Grant.

Michigan Credit Union League
Organized in 1934, the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) has a proud tradition of innovation and leadership among the nation’s credit union trade associations. The MCUL strives to promote the role of credit unions in the community and to help credit unions provide financial education as a way of enriching the lives of their members and community members. The MCUL contributed talent, time, and other resources to this project in order to ensure its success.

Michigan Association of United Ways
The Michigan Association of United Ways (MAUW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that was founded in 1947 by a group of community and labor leaders to simplify the gathering and distribution of funds that were received through charitable giving. MAUW serves approximately 60 local United Ways who represent the largest network of non-governmental service providers and service funders in Michigan, collectively raising and distributing over $160 million dollars to support local health and human service organizations.

Partnering with the MCUL on this project fits perfectly with United Way’s Financial Stability Framework which is an initiative with a focus on financial literacy and education to promote the gaining and sustaining of assets such as home ownership.

The United Way provides a 24 hour telephone support and referral service—the 2-1-1 system. United Way will mobilize its 2-1-1 system for 24-hour phone support to refer callers in need of foreclosure prevention information to the video and resources.

Michigan State University Extension
Since its beginning, Michigan Extension has focused on bringing knowledge-based educational programs to the people of the state to improve their lives and communities. Today, county-based staff members, in concert with on-campus faculty members, serve every county with programming focused on agriculture and natural resources; children, youth and families; and community and economic development.

The financial literacy program at MSUE is dedicated to helping people improve their lives through an educational process that applies knowledge to critical needs, issues, and opportunities. It is part of the MSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) programs.

MSUE provided trustworthy guidance and information for homeowners along with tips about how to prepare an emergency budget.

CU Village is a leading provider of Web sites, consulting, custom solutions and e-business services. CU Village is dedicated to helping credit union system organizations leverage technology to better serve their members and customers.

To that end, CU Village worked with the MCUL and other non-profit partners to produce the educational Right at Home DVD and its corresponding Web site, Right at Home Answers. In addition to designing and building the site using our Content Management System, we co-wrote the script, filmed and edited the DVD, and designed the DVD and its cover. All work was completed at a significantly reduced fee.

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