Affinity Foundation Donates $22,500 to Nonprofit Organizations

Affinity Foundation Donates $22,500 to Nonprofit Organizations

Basking Ridge, N.J. (July 21, 2021)  – The Affinity Foundation is pleased to announce its grant recipients for the second quarter of 2021, having issued $22,500 to 15 organizations, including a new partnership with the New Jersey Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster Relief (NJVOAD) through the Foundation’s Emergency Fund. The Foundation supports organizations aligned with its mission of providing Affinity Federal Credit Union members and communities with financial wellness solutions, educational programs that enable self-sufficiency, and support that ensures access to essential health care services.

"We are proud to partner with these 15 exceptional organizations that are providing critical services to the communities they serve," said Karla Wallack, executive director of the Foundation.

Community Hope in Parsippany, New Jersey, received $3,500 to support their mission of helping individuals, including veterans and their families, overcome mental illness, addiction, homelessness and poverty by providing housing and support services.

Family Promise of Hunterdon County in Flemington, New Jersey, received $1,000 to provide case management for families who have become homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.

FISH Hospitality Program in Piscataway, New Jersey, received $1,000 to support their programs that provide homeless women and families with shelter and other assistance to help them live independently, as well as obtain employment, medical services and more.

Jewish Family & Vocational Service of Middlesex County, Inc. in North Brunswick, New Jersey, received $2,000 to support their career programs that provide computer classes, support groups and career training for their clients, increasing their access to careers with wages that can sustain individuals and their families.

Literacy Volunteers of Morris County, Inc. in Morristown, New Jersey, received $1,000 to help immigrants improve their ability to read, write and speak English, so that they can find employment, provide a safe home for their family and manage their needs independently.

Meals on Wheels in Greater New Brunswick in New Brunswick, New Jersey, received $1,000 to support their commitment to providing their clients with nutritionally beneficial meals, mobile cleaning supply delivery, programming for disabled adults, workforce training and connections to local social service providers.

The Midland Foundation in North Branch, New Jersey, received $3,500 to support their programming for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, fostering independence in all aspects of their lives.

New Jersey Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster Relief (NJVOAD) in Lumberton, New Jersey, received a $1,000 grant through the Emergency Fund to support their ongoing efforts to build partnerships that improve outcomes for people and communities affected by disasters. These initiatives focus on facilitating cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration among nonprofit organizations, community-based groups, government agencies and for-profit companies.

Norwescap Career & Life Transitions Center in Flemington, New Jersey, was awarded $1,000 for their services to individuals, primarily women, who are entering or reentering the workforce after losing their primary means of financial support. The center provides them with job readiness and money management skills.

Project U.S.E. in Newark, New Jersey, received $1,500 for their Pedal Farmers program. This program entails teens pedaling to community garden sites and farmers markets, learning about urban agriculture, raising fresh fruits and vegetables, and then marketing and selling healthy, nutritious food to community members.

Second Street Youth Center in Plainfield, New Jersey, was awarded $1,000 for their individual social and advisory services for low-income children, families and community residents. The center works to develop children’s competency, self-esteem and self-reliance.

Somerset Health Care Foundation in Somerville, New Jersey, received $2,000 for their Medication Assistance Program, which helps about 100 low-income, underinsured individuals obtain free prescription medication, and provides case management so they can follow a doctor-prescribed course of care.

United Way of Western Connecticut in Danbury, Connecticut, received $1,000 to support Stamford and Ridgefield clients participating in the Healthy Savings program, which provides access to fresh produce and discounts on other healthy foods.

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