The Hudson River Community Credit Union (HRCCU) recently presented a check in the amount of $640 to Matt Congdon, director of the Glens Falls Area Youth Center.
HRCCU also reported that thanks to the generosity of members from three area credit unions, the 2012 Credit Union Care for Kids Campaign raised over $4,000 to benefit pediatric programs at four area hospitals: Glens Falls Hospital, Saratoga Care, Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady and and Seton Health/St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy.
The donation to Glens Falls Area Youth Center was raised through member participation in HRCCU’s Fun Day at the Great Escape.
Sue Commanda, HRCCU CEO, said the funds will help the youth center “provide a positive place of learning for the youth in our area.”
The Glens Falls Area Youth Center promotes an educational atmosphere requiring participants to be enrolled in school, working toward a GED or involved in Vo-Tech training. It is the only teen drop-in facility of its kind in the area. The main goals of the youth center are to promote, develop and oversee relationship building with children ages 12 to 18 and enable them to become productive members of society by encouraging social, intellectual, and emotional growth.
Credit unions from the Southern Chapter of the Adirondack District of the CUANY, Inc. who participated in the Credit Union Care for Kids Campaign include HRCCU, Saratoga’s Community Federal Credit Union and TCT Federal Credit Union.
Fundraising was conducted throughout the year and included selling stuffed animals, candy bars, mugs, hats, raffle drawings, lobby coin drops and business donations.
Credit Union Care for Kids is a community involvement program whose goal is to raise money for children’s hospitals and pediatric units throughout New York state. The campaign is in keeping with the credit union movement’s philosophy of “people helping people.”
The donations will help support the following pediatric services:
• Funds will be used to purchase items for a newly renovated Kids Cove Play Room, inside the Glens Falls Hospital’s pediatric unit.
• Fund the purchase of equipment, education and other needs of patients using Saratoga Care’s Pediatric Emergency Services.
• Provide iPad computers for the pediatric department at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital.
• Well child visits, physicals, immunizations and diagnosis/treatment of illnesses at Seton Health/St. Mary’s Hospital.
Since the program began in 1998, credit unions from the Southern Chapter have donated a total of $126,000 to benefit area pediatric programs.
Hudson River Community Credit Union has five branches located at 312 Palmer Ave., Corinth; 160 Broad St., Glens Falls; 3762 Burgoyne Ave., Hudson Falls, 40 Leversee Road, Troy; and 35 Niver St., Cohoes. The credit union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned and governed by its members.