Kindness

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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.

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Recent Impact

Kindness Café

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.

Community Development Manager, Aisha Jasper, poses with one of the 300 meals donated to frontline staff at UHS Senior Living at Ideal.

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.

The Reading, PA Impact and Engagement team poses with a table filled with Girl Scout Cookies purchased to donate to frontline healthcare workers.

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!

Our Syracuse, NY stand in front of Sarah’s Guest House with homemade meals for residents to celebrate the Super Bowl!

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.

A Visions FCU employee stands with a box of 100 Visions branded tote bags presented to a representative of the North Syracuse Christian Church Food Pantry as a donation.

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!

Our NJ employees stand with Brian Schwartz, founder of I Want to Mow Your Lawn, as they donate a brand new red 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.

Visions FCU staff pose in front of a holiday tree with stuffed teddy bears. These bears were donated to the Reading Royals in PA as a way to give back to those in need in the community.

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.

Standing outside Owego Elementary School, Visions FCU employees hold up winter items donated by our Owego and Apalachin offices.

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.

Visions employees from our Elmira office standing in front of a large pile of gifts with employees from The Arctic League.

Giving Tree

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.

Pictured is our fully decorated Giving Tree at our Binghamton East, NY office.

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.

Our Wysox, PA office Branch Manager, Barbara, holds up hats and gloves with a CHOP representative to show some of the winter gear donations our Wysox office employees collected.

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.

Kirby Kangaroo poses with a table filled with children’s books to be donated to Golden Opportunity, and distributed around the Tompkins County area.

Ramsey Drive-In

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.

Ramsey Theatre associate, Jake Sinnaeve, operates the table of snacks and goodie bags offered to those with a complimentary ticket courtesy of Visions prior to the movie showing.

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.

75 custom aprons are pictured on display that will be indly donated to Leonia High School’s Culinary Arts Program students. They all have a design with the Visions logo, and the witty statement, “Can’t Beat This Team!”

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 employees packing food donations at the Spencer Van Etten Food Cupboard to be distributed to families in need.

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.

A collage of several educators from the Morris County school district with their gifts, courtesy of the Visions Loves Educators campaign.

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.

Visions employees Aisha, Emily, and Ashley give a thumbs up as they sit outside Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital to kindly present a nurse with lollipops and stuffed animals for numerous patients as a donation.

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.

4 on the 4th Road Race

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!

Visions Family Day

LakeView Amphitheatre

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!

LakeView Amphitheatre

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!

Free Ice Cream Truck
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