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Bank donates funds to migrant agency
A bank in the area is helping an agency that serves migrant farmworkers buy new shoes for children.
Sparta-based ChoiceOne Bank donated $2,000 to the Sparta Area Migrant Resource Council for children’s sneakers for the upcoming school year, according to the bank this month.
“ChoiceOne Bank is located in the heart of one of the most diverse and abundant agricultural regions in our country,” said Kelly Potes, president and CEO, ChoiceOne Bank.
“Because we have become the local choice for agricultural lending, we partner with many agricultural businesses in West Michigan, from local farms to international distributors. This gives us the opportunity to also partner with agencies like the Sparta Area Migrant Resource Council to help the families of local farm employees.”
Every July, the Sparta Area Migrant Resource Council has an event for migrant farmworkers in the area. The event supplies school-age children with items to fulfill their basic needs to begin the school year. Everything is free to the children, and everyone who works at the event is a volunteer. About 800-1,500 individuals attend each year.
Each child is provided a new backpack filled with school supplies, a new pair of sneakers and a culturally friendly bag of groceries.
With ChoiceOne’s donation, the Sparta Area Migrant Resource Council will be able to provide every school-age child who attends a new pair of sneakers to start the 2019 school year.