CREDIT UNIONS GIVE BACK
From left to right, SEFCU Marketing Project Lead Cheryl Sanders, Albany Medical Center
Member Specialist Charles Costantino and SEFCU Solution Specialist Ebony Mayo pose for a
photo at Heroes Landing as part of a video about the initiative. In April and May, the $4 billion,
Albany, N. Y.-based SEFCU spearheaded an effort to provide health care workers from Albany
Medical Center and St. Peter’s Hospital with a place to rest and recharge. The Hilton Garden
Inn in Albany became Heroes Landing, a respite where doctors, nurses and other medical
professionals could receive much-needed rest, nutrition, comfort and strength between shifts.
In total, 526 health care workers received respite, including a care package, meal and access
to a room. Heroes Landing was staffed 24/7 by SEFCU volunteers who safely greeted the
heroes, took their temperatures and asked a few standard screening questions. More than 50
SEFCU employees committed nearly 2,500 volunteer hours at Heroes Landing.
The $3.4 billion Tower Federal Credit Union in Laurel, Md., and the TowerCares Foundation
gifts $30,900 to the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore. The organizations have
been long-term supporters of JHCC, donating a cumulative total of more than $750,000 to the
hospital over the years. This year’s donation was made in lieu of proceeds typically generated
through an annual golf tournament, which was cancelled this year due to the pandemic.
Pictured from left to right are Tower President/CEO Richard Stafford, JHCC Associate Director
of Development Lindsay Kahler and Tower SVP of Member Services Alvin Smith.
Diana Echavarria, a Hanscom Federal Credit Union partner relations project coordinator,
leaps on top of Mount Major in New Hampshire. The Hanscom Federal Credit Union
Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the $1.5 billion Hanscom in Hanscom
Air Force Base, Mass., donated $2,364 to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life,
matching the amount raised by Hanscom employees for a total of $4,728. This year’s event
was rescheduled to June 7, retooled to be entirely virtual and dubbed “Hope From Home.”
Leading up to the virtual event, Hanscom employees walked, ran and biked toward a goal
of reaching a combined 2,020 miles from June 1-7, with prizes awarded along the way.
Hanscom helped to support Hope From Home with a $1,000 sponsorship for the event itself.
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Ventura County Credit Union’s Melissa Miller (left) and Tina Estes (right) present a $2,500 check
to Andrea Gallagher of Senior Concerns, an adult day care center in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The
gift was part of the $945 million, Ventura, Calif.-based credit union’s recent $50,000 donation
supporting 11 local nonprofits that have been helping Ventura County residents through the
coronavirus pandemic. VCCU also donated $2,000 each to five local Boys & Girls Clubs, $10,000
to Food Share of Ventura County, $5,000 to the Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project,
$10,000 to the Health Care Foundation for Ventura County, $10,000 to the Ventura County
Community Foundation and $2,500 to the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging.
GTE Financial employees recently received $25 gift cards to make a charitable donation,
or support a local restaurant or small business, as part of the industry-wide #CreditUnions-
CareChallenge. Each credit union that participates in the challenge receives matching funds
from the Southeastern Credit Union Foundation. GTE ($2.3 billion, Tampa, Fla.) donated its
matching funds, $12,000 total, to St. Vincent de Paul CARES, which fights homelessness in
Tampa Bay. Pictured are (left side) Preeti Larson with GTE and Merrell Dickey with St. Vincent
de Paul CARES; and (top right) Joe Affronti with St. Vincent de Paul CARES, Kenricia Mercer
with GTE and Cheryl Stine with St. Vincent de Paul Society, Food Pantry & Financial Services.
The $1.2 billion Suffolk Federal Credit Union in Medford, N. Y., donates $3,000 to the Long
Island, N. Y., nonprofit Helping Makes U Happy to provide vital assistance to economically
disadvantaged residents of Suffolk County. The charity hosts ongoing projects including food
and clothing drives, school supply and backpack donations, and scholarship funding. Pictured
from left to right are Tara Alberti, senior marketing associate for Suffolk FCU; Keith Caputo,
founder of Helping Makes U Happy and Michele Dean, president/CEO for Suffolk FCU.