Affinity Foundation Donates $16,500 to Nonprofit Organizations

Affinity Foundation Donates $16,500 to Nonprofit Organizations

Basking Ridge, N.J. (March 5, 2021)  – The Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation is pleased to announce its grant recipients for the first quarter of 2021, having issued $16,500 to eleven organizations. The Foundation supports organizations aligned with its mission of providing our members and communities with financial wellness solutions, educational programs that enable self-sufficiency, and support that ensures access to essential health care services.

"Our grants committee is proud to welcome six new community partners as first-time grantees under our expanded focus pillars of Financial Wellbeing, Education and Healthcare. Through these partnerships we will work together to end the cycle of poverty for those we serve,” said Karla Wallack, Executive Director of the Foundation.

180 Turning Lives Around in Hazlet, NJ received $1,000 to support their programs, which place an emphasis on improving the whole spectrum of clients’ wellbeing, with financial and physical health as top priorities.

Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. in Washington, NJ received $1,000 for their programs that serve individuals with physical, mental, intellectual and developmental disabilities who need limited or intensive supports, and economically disadvantaged individuals.

America’s Grow-a-Row in Pittstown, NJ received $2,500 to support their fresh produce distribution to people struggling with food insecurity and health issues, and nutrition and culinary education programs to promote sustained healthy eating habits.

Catholic Charities Community Services of Rockland in Haverstraw, NY will apply their $1,000 grant toward their Eviction Prevention Program which helps over 200 low-income families each year remain safely in their homes through comprehensive case management and financial education.

Community Center of Northern Westchester in Katonah, NY received a $1,000 grant to support their Workforce Development Program to provide their clients with health services and opportunities to improve their job skills and attain or regain economic security.

Crossroads4Hope in Bedminster, NJ will apply their $1,000 grant to their Multicultural Outreach for Psychosocial Oncology Support Initiative to expand their presence in the vulnerable communities of New Jersey, resulting in monthly wellness/educational workshops for multicultural cancer patients and families.

Elijah’s Promise in New Brunswick, NJ received $5,000 to further their mission of ending hunger through their community soup kitchen and providing education and jobs in the food industry through their Promise Culinary School, a community garden, community advocacy and creating social enterprise food businesses that further social good.

Family ReEntry in Bridgeport, CT received $1,000 for their programs that provide behavioral health, medication management, intensive care coordination, psycho-educational groups, mentoring, residential support, recovery and life skills groups, and advocacy, leading to a reduction in risk and recidivism, increasing public safety, and reducing the overall financial and emotional costs associated with abuse, crime and incarceration.

HABcore, Inc. in Red Bank, NJ will utilize their $1,000 to support their efforts of connecting their clients with access to counseling, healthcare, drug/alcohol treatment, fitness, mentorship and Supported Employment, helping them overcome barriers to maintaining and improving work, reducing debt and increasing their savings.

Nourish.NJ in Morristown, NJ received $1,000 to further their mission of creating lasting solutions to the problems of hunger, homelessness and poverty through feeding, housing, work readiness, medical, social and educational programs delivered in a warm, safe and caring environment at no cost.

Roots and Wings in Denville, NJ will apply their $1,000 grant to serve young adults through their residential and outreach programs, with the goal of providing the opportunities and support they need to successfully transition from foster care to independent adulthood. Programs emphasize life skills training, financial literacy, financial independence and the importance of an education.

For media inquiries about Affinity Federal Credit Union, contact Gabby Apuzzo of Stern Strategy Group at gapuzzo@sternstrategy.com or (908) 325-3895.

About the Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation:
The AFCU Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Affinity Federal Credit Union and its Community Connected. The Foundation delivers financial education resources to empower vulnerable populations through financial independence. We also invest in local, grassroots organizations that support those in need, both through contributing grant dollars and also connecting charities with skilled volunteers to elevate their mission. Through our volunteer efforts, the Foundation works to strengthen communities by providing the helping hand many don’t have or even realize they need.

About Affinity Federal Credit Union
With more than 20 branches across the tri-state area, Affinity is the largest credit union headquartered in the state of New Jersey, proudly ranking in the top 2% of all credit unions in terms of asset size1. It is a member-owned, not-for-profit, full-service financial institution federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). For more information, visit affinityfcu.com.

1 Source: NCUA.gov. Using the “Credit Union & Corporate Call Report Data” found here: https://www.ncua.gov/analysis/credit-union-corporate-call-report-data