INVESTED IN OUR COMMUNITIES – AND COUNTING.
Whether you’re a Visions member or just a part of one of the communities we serve, we always take time out to show that Visions Cares so we can have a larger impact.
One way we do that is with acts of kindness, a movement we started as part of our 50th anniversary in 2016 and kept going due to overwhelmingly positive response. Whether it’s an umbrella on a rainy day, a cup of coffee or a free family night at the movies, we love putting a smile on someone’s face while reminding them to pay it forward.
Metro Center Punch Board
As an Act of Kindness for our Metro Center office in Binghamton, NY, an interactive punch board game was created for members. The board was filled with tissue-covered cups and each cup contained a gift card for dining, groceries, coffee, or transportation. Members punched the tissue paper in whichever column they preferred and kept the gift card that they won!
Stewart Park Carousel
As part of our Youth Month celebrations in August 2021, Visions covered admission fees at the Stewart Park Carousal in Ithaca, NY. Kids that rode the carousel on Saturdays that month rode for free.
Binghamton University Food Pantry
Our Binghamton University office donated 500 reusable grocery bags to the Binghamton University Food Pantry to assist with packaging and food pick-up. Food insecurity has increasingly become an issue on college and university campuses and can pose a significant barrier to student success. Supporting the food pantry means helping students succeed. “Way to go, team! You make Visions matter.”
United Way Day of Action
As contributions to the United Way Day of Action, Visions donated a wide range of supplies to help local after-school programs have the tools they need for students and staff to succeed in the classroom. The drive benefitted several local organizations including the Boys & Girls Club of Binghamton, the Broome County Urban League, the Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference, and many more!
Visions employees came together to take part in a garden cleanup for one of our community partners, Café Esperanza in Reading, PA. Organized by Lizette Epps, Director of Impact & Engagement, our employees spent the morning cleaning up the garden behind the café. We love to show our partners how much #VisionsCares and we were proud to leave the area beautified.
SUNY Broome Vaccination Site
As a gesture of kindness and appreciation, Visions donated a variety of drinks and snacks, including chips, cookies, granola bars, etc., to the volunteers and staff administering COVID-19 vaccines at the SUNY Broome Vaccination Site.
Teacher Appreciation Week
For two weeks during the month of May 2021, our New York high school offices showed educators that #VisionsCares for Teacher Appreciation Week. Offices had prize wheels that offered educators a chance to win either Visions SWAG items or one of five $25 VISA gift cards! Participants also received their choice of a full-size candy bar.
Rain, Rain, Go Away! For the month of April 2021, Visions employees at our McKinley Avenue, University Center, and GIANT in-store branch locations handed out free umbrellas to members on rainy days.
For the past few years, Visions FCU has shown our support of the hardworking and dedicated staff at United Health Services by delivering free meals for their frontline staff.
Girl Scout Scouts of America
In an effort to support local Girl Scouts in each region, our department of Impact and Engagement personally purchased a total of 225 boxes of Girl Scout cookies. To spread their kindness one step further, 75 of those boxes were donated to front line hospital workers at Reading Hospital, The Valley Hospital, UHS Wilson Medical Center, and UHS Binghamton General Hospital.
Sarah’s Guest House
Our Syracuse team took full advantage of these unusual times, especially for the 2021 Superbowl! They cooked some of their favorite gameday foods and delivered them to the residents of local not-for-profit, Sarah’s Guest House. Residents enjoyed the team’s homemade chili, ziti, salads, desserts, and more!
North Syracuse Christian Church Food Pantry
Visions had the opportunity to spread kindness by donating 100 tote bags to the North Syracuse Christian Church Food Pantry in order to assist with their services during the pandemic. The pantry is working tirelessly to properly assist those in need, and the tote bags will provide more packaging.
I Want to Mow Your Lawn
During the COVID-19 pandemic New Jersey native, Brian Schwartz, started assisting the elderly, veterans, and those with disabilities with free lawn care. His charitable service quickly evolved into a non-profit, I Want to Mow Your Lawn, which also offered free snow removal during the winter months. Visions was so inspired by Brian’s story that we donated a 30-inch Troy-Bilt Snowblower to support his cause!
Reading Royals Charities
Did someone say Teddy Bears? Due to COVID-19, the Reading Royals’ annual Teddy Bear Game was cancelled, and when the team reached out to the community, our Muhlenberg back office staff in PA stepped up to the plate! They collected gently-loved teddy bears for those in need in the community, which were then given to the Reading Royals and donated to the local Salvation Army.
Owego-Apalachin School District
During the harsh winter months, the Owego-Apalachin Central School District had a need for coats and winter gear for students grades K-12. Due to the restrictions set by Covid-19, donations to the school were limited. With the help of a Visions Cares grant and some acts of kindness, we were able to help the students and alleviate some of the economic hardships on families by providing donations of warm, appropriate winter apparel.
The Arctic League
Employees from our Elmira office volunteered with The Arctic League to pack over 80 Christmas gifts for families in the community. For over 100 years, The Arctic League has provided gifts on Christmas morning to families in need in Chemung County, NY.
We love spreading joy throughout the holiday season, and our Binghamton East, NY office couldn’t wait to make a difference. They set up a Giving Tree and purchased toys, gift cards, hats, gloves, and fuzzy socks with corresponding gift tags as decoration. Families in need could take a gift tag and “redeem” the matching gift.
Child Hunger Outreach Partners
In an effort to spread kindness and provide warmth during the cold winter months, Visions employees of our Wysox, PA office collected winter clothing donations for CHOP – Child Hunger Outreach Partners.
Golden Opportunity Book Donations
Visions partnered with Golden Opportunity to provide 108 children's books that center and reflect children of color in grades 3 through 8. Golden Opportunity (GO) is a small Tompkins County, NY-based nonprofit that provides free one-on-one tutoring and mentorship to students who are marginalized due to family income level and who need access to academic and emotional support. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they have mailed or dropped off learning materials and books to students’ homes. This allows tutors to teach and read along with their students over the phone more easily.
Finding ways of spreading kindness during a global pandemic has been nothing short of challenging. However, it has not stopped our New Jersey team from producing remarkably creative ways to support our communities. One way in particular involved employees handing out free tickets to local businesses and school staff members for the Ramsey Theatre Drive-In in New Jersey. Custom made goodie bags were passed out before the movie to show our appreciation for our members.
Leonia High School Culinary Class
In New Jersey, our team kindly donated 75 custom aprons to Leonia High School’s Academy of Hospitality and the Culinary Arts Program. The aprons were provided to students enrolled in the school’s on-site culinary class, where they are offered the opportunity to learn about the industry and develop their skills in preparation for use post-high school.
Spencer Van Etten Food Cupboard
Piles of boxes and food to sort? Bring it on. Our Spencer, NY office volunteered at the Spencer Van Etten Food Cupboard and helped pack and distribute food to families in need. We also gave away some gift cards to Spencer Shurfine, a local grocery store.
Visions Loves Educators Campaign
Our educators deserve respect, love, and recognition. We’re here to help show them that they matter. As part of a Visions Loves Educators initiative, Visions gifted educators at various schools in the Morris County, NJ school district items and grants to show our appreciation. These items and grants went to directly support educators and their classrooms.
Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital
Toys and lollipops and kindness, oh my! Visions employees ventured to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, NY to deliver gifts. Numerous patients joyfully received stuffed animals and lollipops during our visit.
4 on the 4th Road Race
We started the 4 on the 4th Road Race in 2018 as a way to give back to our community and create a fun event based on healthy activities. The 4 on the 4th Road Race brings participants on a 4-mile road course through our HQ’s home town of Endwell, NY. The course goes through neighborhoods, a beautiful park, and past some of our businesses, delivering participants to a rockin’ post-race party at our newly renovated headquarters. This race has drawn over 400 runners each year and has resulted in over $5,000 donated to our charity partner, The John Mack Foundation.
Visions Family Day
Visions Family Day has grown into a much-anticipated summer event. This fun and free event draws over a thousand attendees to our headquarters in Endwell, NY each year! Families look forward to games, crafts, live music, and more each year. A new addition in 2019 was a pet adoption pop-up with the Animal Care Sanctuary!
We’re proud to be the box office sponsor of the Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse, NY. Our volunteers give out fun swag, play games, and love interacting with the fans!
Free Ice Cream Truck
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! We love offering acts of kindness in all the communities we serve. Here we are in Norwich, NY, giving out free ice cream from a local food truck!