Community Involvement

We Are Committed to Supporting and Serving the Local Community.

Our Social Action Committee organizes events to help others in our community. You, your family, and friends are invited to join in the different events held throughout the year. Scroll through this page to learn about this year's fundraising efforts, scholarship winners, and more!

Kid-Friendly Food Drive

Brandon Favro and Jeannie Straub from Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union’s Social Action Committee pictured with some of the donations collected during their recent Kid-Friendly Food Drive.

We joined together with other credit unions in southern New Jersey to collect donations of Kid-Friendly Food. When the school year ends, some children no longer have access to nutritious food. To combat this problem that is most prevalent in southern New Jersey, a Kid-Friendly Food Drive was held throughout May and June.

Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union donated 400 pounds of Kid-Friendly Food to the Community Food Bank of NJ Southern Branch. President/CEO James Burns stated, "In our community 1 in 5 children go hungry because their family lacks the resources to purchase nutritious food. We’re grateful to our members, staff, and volunteers that donated to help eliminate summer hunger in our community.”

Financial Reality Fairs at EHT Middle Schools

Pictured: Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union Employee Brandon Favro helped students from Alder Avenue Middle School compute their budgets.

Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union sponsored Financial Reality Fairs at Alder Avenue Middle School on May 19 and Fernwood Avenue Middle School on June 1. A Financial Reality Fair is a fun, interactive one-day event that allows students to get a feel for real-life budgeting and understand the importance of saving and spending wisely.

After choosing a career and finding their starting salary in that field, students were provided a personalized monthly budget worksheet. They then pretended to go through "life”, stopping by booths to purchase cars, rent homes, finance furniture, etc. Students then spun the Wheel of Reality, a wheel that could either help or hurt their finances with real-life situations such as having to pay for car repairs or receiving a bonus at work. Financial Counselors took time with each student at the end of the Fair, going over the students’ monthly expenses and one-time purchases, offering advice and guidance.Their goal for the Fair was to stay within budget and have money left in their pockets after paying all their bills for the month.

Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union brought the hands-on learning experience of Financial Reality Fairs to the schools at no cost, allowing nearly 600 students to participate.

55th Annual Meeting and Luncheon Highlights

JSFCU Board of Directors^

Our 55th Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, March 24. Instead of our traditional evening dinner and meeting, it was changed to a luncheon held at our Galloway office. Our Board Chairman Jack Hickey thanked everyone for their attendance and encouraged each person to celebrate our 55 years of growth. Close to 50 members in attendance enjoyed a complimentary lunch and many won gift cards ranging from $25 to $100. Our two Board Incumbents, John Collette Jr. and Virginia Williams, were re-elected to the Board Of Directors. Credit Union CEO James Burns congratulated Shirley Haines for her 10 years of service to the credit union and Barbara Preslock for her 25 years of service. Our members, staff, and volunteers were also thanked for their loyalty to the credit union. Below are some pictures from the event.

Retired CEO and Current Board Member Virginia Williams Inducted into Credit Union House Hall of Leaders

New Jersey Credit Union League President/CEO David Frankil presents Virginia Williams with her Hall of Leaders award.

Recently Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union’s retired CEO and current Board Member Virginia Williams was inducted into The Credit Union House Hall of Leaders. The Credit Union House Hall of Leaders provides recognition at the Capitol Hill facility for a distinguished group of individuals whose leadership serves as a model for credit union leaders throughout the country.

Virginia has been an intricate part of the credit union industry for 44 years starting her career as a part time teller in 1971 at Bridgeton Onized Federal Credit Union, where she advanced to CEO and served as Treasurer/Secretary of the Board of Directors. She served two terms on the Credit Union Advisory Council at the Philadelphia Federal Reserve, 1986-1988 and 2002 to 2004; Academy of Finance Advisory Board at Ocean City High School in Ocean City, NJ from 2007 to 2012; one year on the Supervisory Committee in 2005-2006and six years on the Board of Directors at Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union Corporate from 2006 to 2012. During her tenure she also served on various committees at the New Jersey Credit Union League in Hightstown, NJ. Virginia facilitated the credit union growth from $18 million in assets to almost $125 million in assets during the 28 years she served as CEO at Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union. In addition, she increased the credit union’s footprint in Atlantic and Cape May Counties with five offices and added many new products and services.

Following her retirement, in 2015 Ms. Williams was elected as a Board Member for the Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union Board of Directors. In 2018, she was re-elected to serve another three-year term. She is also the Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union Supervisory Committee Chairman.

Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union CEO James Burns expressed, "We’re proud to have one of our own honored with this prestigious national recognition and thank Virginia for her lifelong dedication to the credit union industry.”

Donation to the Egg Harbor Township VFW

Pictured Left to Right: VFW Junior Vice Commander Willard Beall, VFW Vice Commander John Keys, Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union Board of Director Chairman Jack Hickey, VFW Commander John Rush, and VFW Quartermaster Robert Williams.

Our Social Action Committee coordinated a candy sale that took place October, November, and December of 2017 to raise money for the Egg Harbor Township VFW. All five branches were involved in this great fundraiser and after it was all said and done a $750 check was donated to this amazing local organization. The VFW makes it their goal to promote comradery and provide support for veterans of overseas conflicts; In addition they also assist the active military and their local communities. We could not be happier to support an organization in our community whose main core value is to always put their members first, just like our credit union.

Donation To K9 Warriors

Pictured Left to Right: K9 Zeus and U.S. Marine Veteran Tony, K9 Doolan and U.S. Marine Veteran Bill, JSFCU employee and Social Action Committee member Amanda Shiko, K9 Alala and U.S. Army Veteran Gabriel, JSFCU employee and Social Action Committee member Brandon Favro

Credit union employees wear jeans on Fridays in support of local charities. During the 4th quarter of 2017 we were able to raise $500 that was donated to K9 Warriors Inc of Galloway NJ! K9 Warriors Inc. is a local organization that is ran entirely by Combat Veterans that help support and train service dogs for other local Combat Veterans. To find out more and to support a good cause, visit their website or Facebook page.

$700 Donation To Help Pancreatic Cancer Research

Pictured Left to Right: Jersey Shore FCU Staff Member Brandon Favro, Jersey Shore FCU Staff Member Jeannie Straub, President of Marianne DiNofrio Pancreatic Cancer Research Foundation John DiNofrio, Jersey Shore FCU Staff Member Amanda Shiko and Jersey Shore FCU CEO Jim Burns

On Thursday, October 26th, Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union’s Social Action Committee presented a check for $700 to Mr. John DiNofrio, President of the Marianne DiNofrio Pancreatic Cancer Research Foundation in memory of Credit Union Pioneer Marianne DiNofrio to help raise awareness and funding for pancreatic cancer research. All five of the credit union’s branches sold candy bars for $1.00 each.

Mr. DiNofrio stated, "I’m extremely proud of the credit union’s team efforts in selling candy bars for this worthy cause. Many of the Credit Union’s caring staff and compassionate members from Atlantic and Cape May County graciously purchased candy bars to help make a difference in the fight against pancreatic cancer.”

Pancreatic Cancer has risen to the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States today; and only 8% of Americans with pancreatic cancer survive 5 or more years. The Foundation and its members, whose hearts have been touched by this illness, are firm in the belief that awareness and understanding of pancreatic cancer through research and dedicated programs are crucial to saving precious lives. A sincere thank you is extended to the members and staff of Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Thank you to everyone that participated in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on October 15 or donated to the cause. Our team CREDIT UNIONS FOR A CURE surpassed our $2,500 goal and raised a total of $3,260! We're proud to raise funds and awareness in the fight against breast cancer.

Scholarship Winners

We are excited to announce the winners of our $500 Benson/Hunt Scholarships and $500 Surf Club Scholarships.

Stephanie C. DiIanni from Egg Harbor Township attended Holy Spirit High School and was awarded a $500 Benson/Hunt Scholarship. She will be attending Jacksonville University in the fall majoring in Communication Science Disorders. Stephanie was excited to learn she was awarded a Scholarship. She likes banking with Jersey Shore and said, "Each time I enter the credit union, staff always greets me with a smile. They are so friendly and helpful.”

Bo Repko from Mays Landing attended Buena Regional High School and was also awarded a $500 Benson/Hunt Scholarship. He will be attending Liberty University majoring in Exercise Science. Bo said, "I love how convenient and close the credit union is to my home and my job! This scholarship will help me to meet my goal to graduate without debt.”

Gabrielle Nicole Sirolli of Hammonton was awarded a $500 Surf Club Scholarship for members 18-25 that are already enrolled in an institution of higher education. She is attending La Salle University majoring in Speech Pathology. Gabrielle expressed, "Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union has a family friendly atmosphere and I love the fact that there is a branch open every day of the week for my banking needs. I am so grateful for the Scholarship.”

James Mullin of Linwood was also awarded a $500 Surf Club Scholarship. He is attending Rutgers University majoring in Genetics with a minor in Psychology. James was happy to win the Scholarship and explained why he likes banking with Jersey Shore. He said, "I like that I can get my banking done in a small community bank. I always feel welcome, rarely see any lines, and never have any problems. It’s everything I need with a small town feel.”

Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union President/CEO James Burns expressed, "We are happy to award Scholarships to these deserving students in our community and wish them continued academic success.”

Credit Union President/CEO James Burns presents the $500 Benson/Hunt Scholarship to Stephanie DiIanni.

Credit Union President/CEO James Burns presents the $500 Benson/Hunt Scholarship to Bo Repko.

Credit Union President/CEO James Burns presents the $500 Surf Club Scholarship to Gabrielle Nicole Sirolli.

Note:James Mullin is not pictured.

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