CAP COM Cares Foundation Partners with Jahnel Group to Provide Assistance to SEAT Center

From the desk of Kate Fruscione, Public Relations Strategist at CAP COM Federal Credit Union.

CAP COM Federal Credit Union’s charitable giving arm, the CAP COM Cares Foundation has teamed up with Jahnel Group to help deliver the magic of the holiday season to students from Social Enterprise and Training (SEAT) Center, in Schenectady. The SEAT Center provides education and training programs for underrepresented populations, businesses, and communities, with a strong focus on serving young adults ages 16-24 years old.

The relationship between the three organizations started when a team from CAP COM and a team from Jahnel met at a networking event and shared the philosophy of engaging their employees in giving back to the community. Both organizations shared insight on a recent business relationship they were both developing with SEAT, so they came together to help the organization in need.

CAP COM and Jahnel adopted 23 students through this collaborative initiative to provide gifts this season to SEAT. The organizations hosted a special holiday celebration on December 20, at SEAT, which included gift deliveries, and an ugly sweater party. (Photos attached). CAP COM Cares Foundation, the Jahnel Group, and SEAT are hoping to turn this into an annual holiday tradition.

“Giving back to our community is at the heart of CAP COM’s mission”, stated Amanda Goyer, Director of Community Engagement at CAP COM. “When we find partners like the Jahnel Group that share in this, we magnify our outreach in the community.”

“Jahnel Group is thrilled to partner with CAP COM and helps Schenectady’s SEAT Center this holiday season,” said James Murphy, Project Manager, from Jahnel Group. “We are extremely thankful for the CAP COM Cares Foundation, for taking the time to provide us valuable information about all of their programs to help us create our own vision for making an impact on the local community.”

“For many of our students, having happy memories of the holiday season may be a challenge. After a while they learn to not have expectations so there’s no disappointment,” said Jennifer Lawrence, Executive Director of Social Enterprise and Training (SEAT). “CAP COM and Jahnel Group’s partnership ensures that our students will have an enjoyable, brighter holiday, with new and lasting memories”.

CAP COM Cares Foundation was established by CAP COM Federal Credit Union in 2003 to nurture the community by supporting health and wellness programs; financial literacy and education initiatives; and causes that assist underprivileged families. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated over $4 million and over 35,000 volunteer hours to hundreds of organizations in the Capital Region. The CAP COM Cares Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

CAP COM Federal Credit Union is a member-owned financial institution based in New York’s Capital Region with more than $1.9 billion in assets and 11 branch locations. The credit union is member-driven and focused on superior service, convenient products and competitive rates that help members save money and make life just a little easier. CAP COM offers all the products and services you’d find at a typical financial institution. Visit to find out more. Federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration.

A Message from The Epilepsy Foundation of NENY

From the Desk of Jeannine Garab, Executive Director, Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, Inc.

Dear Members of the Women’s Business Council,

On behalf of our Board of Directors and Staff, I extend my deepest appreciation to the Women’s Business Council of the Capital Region Chamber for selecting the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York as your 2019 Adopted Non-Profit.  I also extend my deepest gratitude to CapCom Federal Credit Union for your sponsorship of the Women’s Business Council and the Adopted Non-Profit program.  We have had such an amazing year working with all of you!   

We had several goals as we entered this partnership.  First, we wanted to educate members of the Women’s Business Council about epilepsy to bring awareness to this disorder which will affect 1 in 26 people in our lifetime.  Rarely, is a friend, family or business not affected by this often misunderstood disorder. 

Second, we wanted to put a face to epilepsy by introducing you to local women, professionals in our community, who are living with epilepsy themselves, or caring for a family member with epilepsy.  Many of you approached me as well to share your own personal connection to epilepsy. 

Our third goal was to teach everyone how to recognize a seizure and be able to provide very basic first aid for someone having a seizure.  We have seizure first aid posters available if you would like to post one at your place of employment.  While our year as the Adopted Non Profit is over, we can still come to your place of business and provide training on seizure recognition and first aid for your employees at no cost.  Just mention that you are a member of the Women’s Business Council.  

While we accomplished these three preliminary goals, we actually accomplished SO MUCH MORE.  We made so many new friendships and connections.  We are sad to see our year as the Adopted Non-Profit come to an end.  And yet, we are so thankful to all of you for all the money that has been raised, and all of the awareness that has been generated.  Thank you for purchasing raffle tickets at the events, and for your generous donations at Women of Excellence, Bold in Business, and the recent Holiday Party.  We are pleased to report that we raised a total of $11,957 throughout the year!

This money is being used to support our Care and Cure Initiative.  This initiative provides programs and services for people who are living with epilepsy today, and it also provides hope for tomorrow by enabling more research for both better treatments and eventually a cure.  Your donations have sent children with epilepsy to summer camp, supported our college scholarship program, and helped support many of our free programs and services in the community. 

If you like what you have learned about epilepsy and our organization over the past year, and would like to get more involved, please reach out to me at  There are many ways that you can become involved in our organization, including joining our Board of Directors or volunteering on one of our special event committees.    

Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for our 32nd Annual Confections in Chocolate gala which will be held on March 21st at Glen Sanders Mansion. Please reach out to me if you would like to attend or volunteer at this event. 

The Epilepsy Foundation could never have the impact that we do without the incredible support of the business community.  Thank you again for choosing us as your Adopted Non-Profit, and for making 2019 a special year for the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York. 


Jeannine S. Garab

Executive Director

Women in Business Wednesdays: A world run by women…

From the desk of Hannah Stenzel of Godfrey Financial Associates, Inc.

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Reading this recent article was like receiving an early holiday present. 

Two days ago, former President Barak Obama said that women are better leaders than men. “I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on Earth was run by women, you would see significant improvement across the board on just about everything … living standards and outcomes,” he said.

Every nation on Earth run by women? Now that’s a goal to work towards in 2020. What would that look like for you?

Now Accepting Nominations for 2020 Women of Excellence Awards

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The Women’s Business Council of the Capital Region Chamber invites you to nominate individuals for the 2020 Women of Excellence Awards. Nominations will be accepted through Thursday, January 23rd at 5:00pm.

Now in its 29th year, the Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon honors a select group of women for their success in business and their contributions to the community. If you know a colleague, community leader or friend who stands out for her professional and personal excellence, then nominate her today!

Download the nomination form HERE.

Women In Business Wednesdays: Work-Life Balance

From the desk of Hannah Stenzel of Godfrey Financial Associates, Inc.


It never fails- At every event with a businesswoman in the spotlight, the question is always asked, “How do you maintain a work-life balance?” I find this question so interesting because it acknowledges that careers are the opposite of our personal lives. It acknowledges that women are still frustrated, trying to find an illusory balance between two competing commitments- their lives, and their jobs.

Moving forward, I think employers and businesswomen should rethink the way we frame this problem. Instead of striving for unattainable balance, we can explore what it would look like to have work-life integration.

Brianne Garret, of ForbesWomen, touched on this subject in her article, here. “Professionals in what’s been called the “always-on” work culture—especially women—often find it difficult to achieve work-life equilibrium…Now the idea of “work-life integration” is gaining currency, as more and more people concede the idea of “balance” may just be an unattainable goal,” Garret explains.

As many studies have shown, more women in leadership roles make a company more profitable and sustainable. Companies need to value their women and demonstrate that value to them by creating more inclusive and responsive cultures.

This isn’t something that anyone woman (or person) can do on their own. We do it as a community. We do it by having more women in leadership positions. We do it by listening to each other and lifting each other up. Be a part of this change, join the Women’s Business Council today.