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 http://www.capcomfcu.org to find out more. Federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration.