Credit Union Gives Back

Social responsibility and service to the community are key operating principles for all credit unions. On International Credit Union Day, October 20, Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union, who has branches located in Geneva, Phelps, and Ovid, celebrated the day by giving back to the community.

With their “People Helping People” philosophy, FLFCU delivered treats, merchandise, and other goodies to services and organizations who do good works in our community, including the Geneva Police Department and Fire Department, The South Seneca Ambulance Corp, The Seneca County Sheriff’s Dept. and the Phelps Fire Department. Pumpkins were delivered to Happiness House in Geneva, to local daycares, and given out for free at all FLFCU branches throughout the day. Local schools, humane societies and animal shelters were also recognized. Over twenty-two organizations and individuals received special recognition and donations from FLFCU employees throughout the day.

FLFCU also asked their members and the public to nominate individuals or organizations in the community who they believed deserved extra recognition on ICU Day. Over twenty-six individuals and organizations were nominated on the FLFCU Facebook page, as well as in-person at the branches. The Credit Union could only choose three, and is proud to give recognition and support to these amazing organizations:

Thrive to Survive- Jen Harris, Pam Venuti, Roseanne Moffe, and Mary Hanlon are the individuals behind Thrive to Survive, an organization that offers emotional and financial support to adults and families struggling with cancer. They received five individual nominations from members in our community. Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union took the time to surprise each individual woman in recognition for the work that they have done. The Credit Union also donated over $100 in supplies for the group’s care packages and support groups.

Bill McGuigan and the Ontario Humane Society- Education Officer, Chief Bill McGuigan of the Ontario Humane Society received special recognition for providing educational services to local children, alongside his therapy dog Sierra. Our member who nominated him shared with us the impact Bill McGuigan and Sierra have made in her son’s life. Sierra sadly passed away recently, and Bill continues to provide education services to our community. The Credit Union recognized Bill and donated treats and supplies to the Ontario Humane Society. They unfortunately lost a large supply of their dog treats, and are looking for more donations.

Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes-The Child Advocacy Center recently opened their satellite office in Geneva. They provide crisis support and ongoing support to children and their non-offending caregivers. Ashley Davoli was specially recognized for her work with Child Advocacy Center. FLFCU donated over $100 in snacks, art supplies, and puzzles to the Geneva office. They are looking for more donations of toys and games.

FLFCU would like to thank the members who made International Credit Union Day a success, and would like to once again thank the two-dozen individuals, organizations, and services we recognized for their commitment to serving others in the Finger Lakes.

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