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!
Jersey Shore Children's Museum
Your credit union has a display in the Jersey Shore Children's Museum located in the Hamilton Mall. It's a must see for your little ones! They can play Teller or a member making a withdrawal to get the money they need to shop for food at the Country Store or purchase stamps at the Post Office.
You will be amazed at all the exhibits. Your little ones will have fun exploring all the exhibits and playing until they are worn out! It's a great rainy day activity.
Visit http://www.jerseyshorechildrensmuseum.org to learn more. Your credit union is so proud to be involved in such a great community project!
KId-Friendly Food DrivePictured Left to Right: Members of our Social Action Committee Amanda Shiko, Brandon Favro, and Jeannie Straub with Kid-Friendly Food collected.
When the school year ends, some children no longer has access to nutritious food. We joined together with other area credit unions to combat this problem in our communities with a kid-friendly food drive held May through July. Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union collected over 400 pounds of food for the Community Food Bank of NJ Southern Branch. Thank you to all our members for their generous donations.
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.”
$450 Donation To Faces 4 Autism
Pictured in the back row left to right: Isabelle, Kyle, Credit Union Social Action Committee Member Amanda Shiko, JD, and in the front row is Jeremiah.
Our Social Action Committee organized a sale of candy bars during the months of April, May, and June to raise money for Faces 4 Autism. A total of $450 was collected. Faces 4 Autism provides autism education and resources to families and educators in the South Jersey area. They are dedicated to improving the lives of individuals on the spectrum through social opportunities and programs that will foster self-advocacy, independence, and dignity. We are proud to support such a worthy organization in our community.
Caring For Kids $400 Donation
Social Action Committee Member Brandon Favro (pictured right) presents the $400 Check to Caring For Kids.
During the months of April, May, and June staff donated money to wear jeans on Friday to benefit Caring For Kids located in Cape May Court House. A total of $400 was collected. Caring for Kids is committed to making a difference in the lives of our county's children and families. Through community education and partnership, parenting classes and personalized in-home visitation and additional concrete support, Caring for Kids seeks to engage the community and empower parents to build healthy, loving, and productive families. Learn more at http://www.caringforkidsnj.com/#!
Financial Reality Fairs at Egg Harbor Township SchoolsReality Fair volunteer Pat Burns with students from Fernwood Avenue Middle School at the Wheel of Reality.
Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union sponsored Financial Reality Fairs at Fernwood Avenue Middle School on June 2 and Alder Avenue Middle School on June 9. 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. Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union brought the hands-on learning experience of Financial Reality Fairs to the schools at no cost.
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. 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.
Close to 40 volunteers each day, most from credit unions throughout New Jersey including Bay Atlantic Federal Credit Union, Members 1st of NJ FCU, and Thunderbolt FCU, spent the school day manning booths and interacting with over 300 students at each school, providing them the hands-on experience of completing a monthly budget.
From 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM students came to the gym, which was transformed into a Reality Fair. Each class visited the booths, financing cars and furniture, figuring out living situations, and sometimes making some extravagant purchases along the way. 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.
Credit Union President/CEO James Burns expressed, "Our credit union was excited to bring the Financial Reality Fairs to the Egg Harbor Township School District. All of the students enjoyed the hands-on, interactive experience and were awakened to the reality of financing and budgeting on a monthly basis.”
Donation To Alcove Center for Grieving
Brandon Favro (pictured left) and Amanda Shiko (pictured right) from Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union presents $580 to the Director of Clinical Services at Alcove Center for Grieving Karly King (pictured center).
Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union staff participates in quarterly charitable fundraising events to assist children and their families in Atlantic and Cape May counties. Staff personnel from all five credit union branches located in Northfield, Galloway, Hamilton Mall, Rio Grande and the William J. Hughes Technical Center graciously participate in quarterly fundraising opportunities by wearing jeans to work on "Jean Fridays.” Each staff member gives a small donation to support children and their families who are struggling in the communities the credit union serves.
Credit Union CEO, Jim Burns expressed, "In today’s economic times, contributions such as proceeds from 'Jean Fridays' make an incredible difference in providing a safe and supportive atmosphere for families to discuss their pain and grief at no cost for children and their families who attend the bereavement programs.”
Director of Clinical Services at the Alcove Center for Grieving Children & Families, Karly King stated, "It is vitally important to provide support programs so that every parent who is struggling with how to help their child through a loss, always has a place to turn. We are grateful for the staff at Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union for generously raising $580 by wearing jeans to work on Friday from January through March. This outpouring of love enables the Alcove Center to continue its mission in bereavement support services for children and their families."