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!
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
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.
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."