West Michigan Region

Michigan is the nation's "comeback kid" and Huntington is proud to be a part of its recovery. We have worked diligently to fuel economic recovery through innovative business lending programs that earned Huntington the distinction of being the #1 SBA lender in the state.1 We're paving the way to a better, stronger future in the state by reaching out to lower income families and to the next generation of business owners. We're proud to be a partner in Michigan's comeback.

Make Kids Money Smart

Huntington continues its ongoing commitment to teaching kids financial literacy. Through our partnership with Junior Achievement we have worked with more than 5,000 students.

About Your Neighborhood

West Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan is the regional headquarters of Huntington Bank’s West Michigan region.  Huntington Bank has a long and distinguished history of supporting programs throughout Midwest communities that are designed to enrich the community and create an environment where our children can grow and thrive. The breadth and depth of these efforts range from multi-million dollar programs aimed at the revitalization of major parts of the city to the individual volunteer efforts of Huntington associates at all levels of the corporation. These programs are innovative and creative, and thanks to the partnership between Huntington and local governments and nonprofits, goals have been set and solutions found to area problems. Huntington provides support in a variety of areas including economic development, health care, housing, education and the arts.

Huntington Bank is proud to be a catalyst for positive change in West Michigan. The leadership and the colleagues at the bank take this role seriously. These programs underscore the innovation that is a hallmark of Huntington’s efforts to support West Michigan programs and nonprofits for the long-term.

We believe in doing the right thing.

West Michigan Shows Up Big at Pelotonia

Huntington’s West Michigan Region is a dedicated annual sponsor of the Pelotonia Bicycle Road Race. Established in 2008, the event raises funds for The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Thanks to the efforts of 21 riders who traveled to Columbus, and 11 virtual riders, our team raised more than $36,000 for cancer research.

Gerald R. Ford Academic Center Backpack Giveaway

In our ongoing partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Schools and the Gerald R. Ford Academic Center, we have welcomed students and parents back to school with backpacks and supplies for their Student and Parent Orientations, held on August 25 and 26.

Extending Junior Achievement Lessons Across the State

Huntington is the financial literacy sponsor for West Michigan Junior Achievement. Every year many of our colleagues spend the day at schools in Holland, Grand Rapids and far-flung Kalkasa teaching at-risk middle school children valuable lessons about money, credit and planning for the future. More than 50 colleagues reach approximately 700 students, imparting roughly 500 hours of instruction.      Junior Achievement BizTown® is a registered trademark of Junior Achievement USA and JA Worldwide.

Helping the visually impaired become financially literate

Huntington was pleased to support the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI) in Grand Rapids in 2014. Several of our colleagues worked with eight visually impaired teens in financial literacy classes to help them develop valuable life skills of saving, budgeting and investing. The classes were adapted for the students, and team members worked alongside ABVI teachers to facilitate the lessons. ABVI helps those who are blind or visually impaired lead independent and productive lives through rehabilitation.

“High Five” to 2014 Junior Achievement West Michigan Business Hall of Fame Honorees

The Junior Achievement West Michigan Business Hall of Fame, held in May in Grand Rapids, honored business leaders who made extraordinary contributions to West Michigan. Renee Williams, Huntington’s vice president of community development, received the Volunteer of the Year Award for her work in developing Junior Achievement programs in schools across Michigan.        Junior Achievement BizTown® is a registered trademark of Junior Achievement USA and JA Worldwide.

Making money matter to GED and ESL students

The West Michigan region has a longstanding relationship with Grand Rapids Community College, and its Adult Education program. Many of our colleagues have taught FDIC’s Money Matters financial education curriculum to English as a second language (ESL) students and those pursuing their GED certificate. Since the program’s inception in 2003, more than 50 team members have reached roughly 900 students.

Huntington Bank Colleagues Lay Foundations at the 2014 Building Michigan Communities Conference

Six of our colleagues participated in the 2014 Building Michigan Communities Conference in Lansing. The conference gathers together stakeholders who support affordable housing for individuals with low incomes.

Sponsored by Huntington, the conference has grown to be one of the nation’s largest conferences for this industry, drawing as many as 1,700 participants including service providers, nonprofit and for-profit developers and financiers.

Additional Investment and Affordable Housing Partners:

•Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids

•Fair Housing Center of West Michigan

•Home Repair Services of Kent County

•Inner City Christian Federation

•LINC Community Revitalization, Inc.

•Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services

•True North Community Services

Meeting Critical Needs with Partners:

•Allegan County Medical Care Facility

•ALS Foundation

•American Cancer Society

•American Heart Association

•American Red Cross

•Arthritis Foundation

•Bethany Christian Services

•Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kalamazoo

•Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holland

•Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center

•Child & Family Services Northwestern Michigan

Clark Foundation

•D.A. Blodgett - St. John's Home Father Fred Foundation

•Gilda's Club

•Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan

•Heart of West Michigan United Way

•Helen Devos Children's Hospital

•Holland Home Foundation

•Hope Network

•Make a Wish Foundation

 •March of Dimes

•Mecosta County Medical Center

•Metro Health Hospital Foundation

•Michigan Women's Foundation

•MSU School of Medicine

•Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation

•Pilgrim Manor

•Porter Hills Foundation

•Saint Mary's Doran Foundation

•Special Olympics

•Specialized Language Development Center

•Spectrum Health Foundation

•Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital

•United Way of Lakeshore

•Wedgwood Christian Services

•Women's Resource Center

•YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids

•YWCA of West Central Michigan

•Zeeland Community Hospital Foundation


Education and arts organizations do much to enrich the quality of life in our communities. Among those organizations we support:

•Aquinas College


•Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland Area

•Davenport University

•Ferris State University

•Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

•Grand Rapids Ballet Company

•Grand Rapids Christian Schools

•Grand Rapids Community College

•Grand Rapids Opera

•Grand Rapids Symphony

 •Grand Valley State University

•Interlochen Center for the Arts

•Kuyper College Michigan State University

•Muskegon Museum of Art

•Northwestern Michigan College

•Portage Athletic Foundation

•Saugatuck Center for the Arts

•Turning Pointe School of Dance

•West Michigan Film Video Alliance

•West Shore Symphony Orchestra

•Western Michigan University

Branch locations for West Michigan

1 SBA loans subject to SBA eligibility. Huntington is the #1 SBA 7(a) lender in the number of loans in the region made up of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Source: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2016.

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