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.”
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.
Staff and members of Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union donated backpacks and school supplies to the Lower Township School District for the 2018 – 2019 school year as part of our Tools For Schools Drive. We were able to collect an incredible amount of necessary school items as well as over 100 backpacks. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Secretary to the Office of Curriculum and Instruction of Lower Township School District Leigh Ann Downie, stated, "The supplies are greatly appreciated and we are thankful to Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union for their generous donation.” Superintendent of Lower Township School District Jeff Samaniego added, "The gracious amount of backpacks that were donated by the credit union’s members will allow the children to choose their desired styles and designs.”
Credit Union CEO, Jim Burns expressed, "During today’s economic times in the communities the credit union serves, contributions such as school supplies make an incredible difference in the lives of students and their families. It is vitally important to give children the tools they need to be successful and we thank our members for their generosity in assisting less fortunate children.”
Pictured: JSFCU Staff Member Garrett Garcia
We are excited to announce the recipients of the various Scholarship Programs. These students have demonstrated academic excellence, community service, and participation in sports or clubs, where many held leadership positions.
Mary Theresa Growney from Haddon Heights attended Paul VI High School and was awarded a $1,000 New Jersey Credit Union League Youth Involvement Board Scholarship. She will be attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in the fall majoring in Advertising and Marketing Communications. Mary said her family has been banking with Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union since her Granddad opened an account over 60 years ago and appreciates this opportunity.
Emilie Karovic from Galloway attended Absegami High School and was awarded a $500 Benson/Hunt Scholarship. She will be attending the University of Connecticut in the fall majoring in Biological Sciences in the STEM Scholar Honor Program. Emilie likes banking with Jersey Shore and said, "The staff members are always very welcoming and helpful.”
Justin Smith from Wildwood attended Wildwood High School and was also awarded a $500 Benson/Hunt Scholarship. He will be attending Drexel University majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Justin was honored to win the scholarship and said he likes the flexibility and ease Jersey Shore offers compared to other institutions. It will be easy for him to do his banking, even when he’s out of the area.
Brooke Mullin of Linwood was awarded a $500 Surf Club Scholarship for members 18-25 that are already enrolled in an institution of higher education.She is attending Seton Hall University majoring in Secondary Education and Mathematics. Brooke was happy to win the Scholarship and explained why she likes banking with Jersey Shore. She said, "My credit union is a place I can trust with my money. In addition, everyone who works there is incredibly kind and vibrant, as well.”
Jesse Repko of Mays Landing was also awarded a $500 Surf Club Scholarship. He is attending Rowan University majoring in Accounting.Jesse expressed, "Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union is convenient, friendly, and helpful.They support their members through different programs, such as this unique scholarship.”
Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union President/CEO James Burns expressed, "We understand the importance of education and recognize the rising costs of tuition. We are happy to award Scholarships to these deserving students in our community and wish them continued academic success.”
Pictured: Credit Union CEO/President James Burns, Mary Theresa Growney, Emilie Karovic, Justin Smith, Brooke Mullin, and Jesse Repko
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.
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.
Pictured: Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union Employee Brandon Favro helped students from Alder Avenue Middle School compute their budgets.
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 camaraderie 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.
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.
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 websiteOpens in New Window or Facebook pageOpens in New Window.
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
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. 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.
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.”
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
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.