Members Advantage Credit Union donates to Steady Stitchers

MACU President Frank Beachnau presents a $500 check to Steady Stitchers.

MICHIGAN CITY — Members Advantage Credit Union (MACU) donated $500 to the Steady Stitchers in an effort to aid people in need in the local community. 

The Steady Stitchers, a local non-profit organization, has been operating for more than nine years. Through generous donations of fabric and finances, volunteers are able to use their sewing skills to create various items for fellow residents who need help or are going through a difficult time.

Longtime member Janet Gourley said, “It’s a privilege for us to be able to use our talents to serve our community. We create a lot of different things, including afghans and hats for preemies, backpacks, hats, scarves, mittens, pet beds, walker and wheelchair totes, and so much more. We coordinate with other local non-profits to get them pretty much anything they need that we can make.” 

“As a credit union, part of our mission is to serve our community, and we can’t turn a blind eye to our friends who are in need or experiencing a difficult time,” said MACU President Frank Beachnau. "The Steady Stitchers do a lot of great work that impacts many people in our community. We are proud to have the resources to be able to help.”

Gourley added, “The donation from MACU makes a huge difference in what we are able to do. We can get materials we need, as well as repair and maintain our equipment. Without generous donations, like the one from the credit union, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do, so we are very grateful.” 

The Steady Stitchers holds four community “Lend A Hand” events per year at the La Porte County Fairgrounds. During Lend A Hand, they are at the fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and community members are welcome to come help with their projects. The next events will be  March 26, and June 4.

To find out more about the Steady Stitchers or to volunteer your sewing talents, contact Janet Gourley at 219-363-8122. 

Members Advantage Credit Union is a locally managed, nonprofit, full-service financial institution. Membership is available to anyone who lives or works in La Porte, Porter or Lake County. Members Advantage has locations in Michigan City and Portage. For more information, call 1-877-874-6943 or visit

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