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Affinity Foundation Donates Over $43,000 to Nonprofit Organizations in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut

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By: Affinity Foundation

BASKING RIDGE, N.J.-July 21, 2022- The Affinity Foundation is pleased to award fourteen tristate-area organizations with grants ranging from $1,000 - $5,000 in support of programs that align with the Foundation’s mission and three focus areas– education, financial wellbeing and healthcare.

“We are proud to partner with organizations that provide such great programs to help people secure better employment opportunities, healthy living conditions and education essential to achieving financial independence,” said Karla Wallack, executive director of the Foundation. “The services they provide are critical to helping people leave poverty behind for good.”

The Foundation awarded grants to the following organizations:

Center for Safety & Change in New City, NY received $2,000 to aid their programs that help domestic violence victims recover from financial abuse by further educating them in order to lessen the impact of the abuse and increase victim safety.

Central Jersey Housing Resource Center in Bridgewater, NJ, a HUD-certified counseling agency, was awarded $3,500 to support its financial literacy program that helps their clients achieve financial wellbeing and reach their housing goals.

Community Center of Northern Westchester in Katonah, NY was given $2,000 for its Workforce Development Program which provides their clients skills to maintain stable employment and achieve self-sufficiency.

Community Hope in Parsippany, NJ received $4,000 for their Residential Recovery Programs that provide disabled individuals and veterans with stable housing, mental health services, assistance obtaining employment and primary medical care. 

Homeless Solutions, Inc. in Cedar Knolls, NJ was awarded $5,000 to benefit its Emergency Shelter which includes healthcare screenings, mental health counseling, professional and life skills workshops, housing services, and employment for their clients. 

Literacy Volunteers of Morris County, Inc. in Morristown, NJ was given $2,000 for their English as a Second Language Program that provides free instruction to help adults achieve their educational and employment goals.

Lunch Break in Red Bank, NJ received $3,500 to support the Life Skills Program which connects their participants with GED preparation, financial and budget counseling, and training to help secure employment and guide their clients toward self-sufficiency. 

Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport, Inc. in Bridgeport, CT received $3,000 for their program that provides literacy and life skills training to low-income women to help them achieve their educational and employment goals.

Midland Foundation in Branchburg, NJ was awarded $5,000 to support participants of their Meals on Wheels program where individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities deliver meals to senior citizens in low-income housing while developing their social skills and increasing their self-esteem.

Norwescap in Flemington, NJ was granted $5,000 for their Engagement Partners initiative which focuses on long-term strategies to help clients gain skills, build financial resources, improve employment prospects, work toward better health, gain better housing and advocate for themselves.

Roots Wings in Denville, NJ was given $2,000 in support of the Residential, Independence, Self-Sufficiency, and Education (R.I.S.E.) Program that provides holistic support to help transition-age foster youth overcome trauma, build personal and social capital, and connect with educational and job opportunities.

Safe + Sound Somerset in Hillsborough, NJ received $3,000 for the Financial Empowerment Center which equips survivors of domestic violence with the knowledge, skills and tools to take back control of their finances and future, thereby promoting financial wellbeing for survivors and their families.

Second Street Youth Center Inc. in Plainfield, NJ was given $2,000 for their after-school youth program in partnership with the New Jersey Audubon Society for children of low-income families which will bring a higher level of STEM and literacy while enhancing their understanding of their physical environment.

Sierra House in East Orange, NJ received $1,000 in support of their Transitional Program which transitions homeless young women and their children to self-sufficient living by providing them with housing, financial literacy, case management and skills to live independently.

About the Affinity Foundation:
The Affinity Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2005 to carry out the philanthropic work of Affinity Federal Credit Union. We invest in local organizations that deliver programs aimed at alleviating financial stress and helping people reach financial independence, empowering them in the pursuit of educational, employment and individual goals, and providing peace of mind for financially disadvantaged individuals and their families. Through our volunteer efforts, we connect charities with skilled professionals to elevate their mission, provide financial education resources and strengthen communities. The Affinity Foundation is a registered nonprofit organization, you can further our mission by donating today (EIN #20-2706810).

About Affinity Federal Credit Union:
Affinity is a full-service financial institution, member owned and community focused, with a mission to nurture your financial wellbeing. 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. The Affinity difference is about people helping people on a deeper level. Our personalized approach ensures that your unique dreams and goals are being met, in a way that is best for YOU, and with your financial wellbeing as the number one priority. For more information, please visit

1. Source: Using the “Credit Union and Corporate Call Report Data” found here:`