Community Involvement

Canstruction Competition Returns to Oakdale Mall

Canstruction Competition Returns to Oakdale Mall

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y.
The Oakdale Mall will once again be under "can-struction" to benefit hungry people in our area. The 3rd annual Southern Tier Canstruction competition, presented by Visions Federal Credit Union, returns this April. Teams will create large structures made entirely of donated canned food items with all proceeds benefiting the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and CHOW. Last year's contest brought in more than 22,000 pounds of food and over $15,000 to support hunger relief efforts. The structures will be on display in the Oakdale Mall from April 3rd to the 10th.

Source: http://www.binghamtonhomepage.com/news/local-news/canstruction-competition-returns-to-oakdale-mall

The Pompton Lakes High School Students Learn How To Budget Their Money

The Pompton Lakes High School Students Learn How To Budget Their Money

The Pompton Lakes High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club partnered with local credit unions to teach students about financial planning. The Pompton Lakes High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club recently taught students in the school's financial literacy class how to maintain a monthly budget.

The FBLA's Partnership with Business committee sponsored a financial reality fair in partnership with Visions Federal Credit Union at the school on Dec. 11. The goal of the fair was to teach the students how to manage their money and how to fit all their living expenses into a monthly budget.

To do this, each student selected a potential career and an estimated salary. They then were required to create their ideal monthly living expense budget by selecting what would be most appropriate for their lifestyle as determined by their career selection.

At the fair, students stopped by booths manned by business owners and faced decisions as to whether their budgets could provide for housing, transportation, insurance, food, clothing, phone, Internet, TV, and various other options.

After completing the fair, the students learned the reality of creating a monthly budget that works versus struggling from paycheck to paycheck as some people are forced to do, said FBLA member Caitlyn Bonnett.

Another positive result of this event was that as a result of creating budgets, students become more aware of how critical it is to their future lifestyle to obtain the education necessary that would lead them to higher-paying careers, Bonnett added.

"As a result of this fair, you can see the real-life cost of living and how your ideal lifestyle and career may or may not fit into your budget," said student Luke Calamita. "This fair provides perspective and a sense of reality."

Amy Waldenberg, branch manager of Visions Credit Union, said, "I wish we had this when I was young. I think the concept is fantastic. Great way to get multiple levels of thought and perspective both for them and for us."

The Reality Fair was created in partnership with Kim Bell, business development representing Visions Federal Credit Union; Marissa Anema, marketing and communications manager of the New Jersey Credit League and the FBLA Partnership with the business committee consisting of Yuti Gandhi, Noelle Butera, and Bonnett.

"The financial literacy students were very excited to be a part of this Reality Fair. Not only did they learn real-life skills that all the students will need to use in their future, but they also were afforded an opportunity to interact with the business owners from various credit unions," said Gandhi.

"It was very obvious during the activity that the higher-paying careers allowed students to incorporate more extras like better cars and homes, additional social activities, which would create a higher standard of living," said Butera.

The FBLA members who assisted the business owners also got a close-up look at what it is like to be a financial advisor as they interacted with the students attending the Reality Fair and learned about their experiences.

At the end of the day, when all classes were over, students were graded and a winner picked from each class based on who had the most money left while fulfilling all their expenses.

To continue this project, the Partnership with Business committee plans to create a financial booklet that will be integrated into the financial literacy curriculum for the benefit of future classes.

Email: scottl@northjersey.com
LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2015, 12:16 AM
BY LESLIE SCOTT
Source: http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/fbla-teaches-students-how-to-keep-it-real-financially-1.1479121

Seminars To Help Small Business

Seminars To Help Small Business

Visions FCU and the Greater Binghamton Chapter of SCORE have collaborated to offer a free non-profit series to help small businesses succeed in our community. The first seminar, "Tax Changes for 2015-16" was recently held at the Country Club Rd. location in Endwell.

The next session, "The Benefits of Social Media and Its Analytics for Your Business" will be held on February 3rd, 2016, at 6:30pm. For reservations, contact Visions at 1-800-242-2120, x10586.

Pictured above from left to right, Lynne Agnew (SCORE), Colleen Barton (Visions), Gerri A. Harrison, presenter (Ever Evolving Enterprises), Bill Ritter (SCORE).

Local Credit Unions Come Together For CHOW

Local Credit Unions Come Together For CHOW

(WBNG Binghamton) Credit unions throughout the Southern Tier are teaming up with the Broome County Council of Churches to help the hungry this holiday season. Each year, Empower, GHS, Horizons, Sidney, UHS Employees and Visions federal credit unions come together to help local organizations. This year, the credit unions are collecting food donations for the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, or CHOW, to help fight hunger at home.

"Credit unions were founded on the principal of people helping people," said Mario DiFulvio, president of Horizons FCU. "So we look for something to do every year. Collect food, coats, something."

Food donations can be dropped off at any credit union location. Donations will be collected all the way up to Dec. 24. The goal is to raise 5,000 pounds of food. "This is our busiest time of year here at CHOW. We have a lot of families that are going into the winter who struggle in our community," said Mike Leahey, director of CHOW. "This is really the push we need to get through this because you're dealing with a lot of different locations collecting food at one time to help us meet this need."

Updated Dec 4, 2015 at 6:36 PM EST
Source: http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Credit-Unions-coming-through-for-CHOW-360610021.html

International Students Learn Interview Skills At Centenary

International Students Learn Interview Skills At Centenary

The School of International Programs at Centenary College recently conducted a mock interview exercise where 66 students from Korea, China and Colombia who were enrolled in the Summer Culture and Language Program learned from local business executives how interviews are conducted in the United States.

To prepare for the exercise, students participated in a résumé writing workshop and interview informational session. For many of these students, it was their first experience learning about the interview process. Outside representatives who served as interviewers were: Sanford Josephson, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Matheny Medical and Educational Center; Andrea Kirchuk, Co-Owner of Computer Images Web; Liz McDonough, Business Development Representative of Visions Federal Credit Union; Yolanda Sheffield Williams'06; Director of Major Gifts, Easter Seals; Steve Van Houten, Director of Human Resources, Nisivoccia & Company: Arlene Swanston, Director of Human Resources, Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc.; Laurie Rapisardi, Executive Director of Rutherfurd Hall; Bob Eberle, Panther Valley Pharmacy; and David Schmeltze, Biz Budding, Inc.

"I enjoy being asked to participate in the Summer Culture and Language Program mock interviews every year," said Yolanda Sheffeld Williams class of 2006. "It is fascinating to learn about the students' career goals and discuss their backgrounds, views of the United States and the various field trips they attend during their stay here. What is most exciting about their time at Centenary is how much better their English skills become, how much their self-confidence increases and how they have the opportunity to meet new friends and create great memories."

For full article, please visit http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/2015/09/24/somerset-hunterdon-student-school-news/72017486/
10:02 a.m. EDT September 24, 2015

Community Members Give Back on September 11th

Community Members Give Back on September 11th

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Broome County’s Annual Day of Caring observes the terror attacks of Sept. 11 each year by giving back to the community. United Way started the local tradition in 2002 as a way to remember those who lost their lives during the tragedy. Local volunteers came together on Friday to give helping hands to non-profit agencies. In Binghamton, more than 20 volunteers from United Way’s Emerging Leaders Society painted a room for the Tri-Cities Opera on Clinton Street. The painting started around 9 a.m. and was set to finish at 4 p.m. One volunteer emphasized the important of giving back when you can.

"It's just making a difference in the community. I grew up here and I feel fortunate to be back here in a position where I can now give back and really make a difference in our community," said Tim Strong. Strong usually works as a business development manager for Visions Federal Credit Union, and said he was grateful his office supported the cause and gave him time off so he could give back. Friday’s event was the Emerging Leader Society’s first public volunteer event.

Original Source: http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Community-Memebers-Give-Back-for-911-326757291.html
By Nicole Sommavilla Sep 11, 2015 at 6:48 PM EDT

Everything is Illuminated

Everything is Illuminated

If you found yourself walking Downtown on Friday evening, you might have mistaken it for Times Square.

Students, professors, community members and families came together to celebrate Binghamton's budding arts scene. They mingled in a way we don't usually see outside of Restaurant Week, while the eateries, bars and shops Downtown bustled with activity. It was exciting to see so many packed local businesses and so many people milling around with friends having a great time. LUMA gave us not only an entertaining evening, but hope for the future - one where Binghamton has an arts and culture scene to rival any other major college town.

LUMA was a major collaboration within the Downtown community; local businesses and corporations came together to produce it, with over 200 Kickstarter donors and a $10,000 pledge to match support from Visions Federal Credit Union. So many people came together to help create a cultural experience that added vibrancy and a street festival atmosphere to Binghamton's First Friday tradition.

The event can be credited to BU alums, and the growth of a strong arts and culture scene will keep BU grads in the city. Binghamton University attracts some of the top students in the state to obtain their degrees. Almost always, we pack our bags after receiving our diploma, and never look back. But perhaps LUMA, and programs like it, will turn Binghamton into a place that will make us want to stick around - if only for a little while.

But we still want to see more. BU students should be integrated with events like LUMA; any positive engagement between us and the community can only strengthen the University's ties to the Southern Tier, and can only draw more people to the area. And, if we're being selfish, events like LUMA can provide more opportunities for students to get involved and gain experience in the surrounding community; there's a wealth of potential internships lurking in the development of a strong arts scene. Especially for students who live Downtown, these resume boosters are literally in your backyard. A stronger arts scene will mean you have something to take your parents to when they come to visit. It means you'll have something to do without having to travel an hour away to Ithaca.

We applaud the LUMA founders and creators for bringing such a unique experience to Binghamton. It's a step in the right direction, and we are excited to see what comes next.

September 8, 2015
Original source: http://www.bupipedream.com/opinion/57007/editorial-everything-is-illuminated/

Mercy House of the Southern Tier Breaks Ground at St. Casmir

Mercy House of the Southern Tier Breaks Ground at St. Casmir

Excitement filled the air in St. Casmir Church as Mercy House of the Southern Tier announced its hospice facility will have an approach that is different than most. "What we're gonna do differently is we're gonna surround the dying person with somebody 24/7, we have already over 300 volunteers who are willing to assist us and these volunteers will sit and hold their hand and just pray with them in their final days." - (Antony Paniccia, President of Mercy House)

The group's contributions from the community averaged $34,000 a month. It had a $250,000 gap loan from Visions Federal Credit Union and a 250,000 dollar Grant from the state assembly secured by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo. Mercy House is hoping to finish renovations by January, and take in patients by February. "I have my own personal experience with it when I lost my mother a couple of years ago, hospice was so important to our family and when I learned about this project I just knew that I wanted to try and help." - *Donna Lupardo With Hospice at Lourdes providing comfort and pain management services, residents will receive 24 hour care from 6-8 paid full time staff , home cooked meals and open visiting hours from family and friends. Sister Joanna Monticello looks forward to treating Mercy House's patients with grace, faith and dignity.

"It's a blessing to work with those who are ill, especially those who are on their last journey on earth, and it's not an end, but you're helping them move towards eternity, which is a new beginning for all of us."

Mercy House has not yet achieved its financial goals. *But* community support has helped it raise 60% of its needs, with 3 major fundraising events planned for the coming year. If you would like to help Mercy Hosue, visit its website mercyhousesouthertier.com. The total amount raised between government grants, the loan from Visions Federal Credit Union and Community Donations is 1.2 Million.

Original Source: http://www.wicz.com/news2005/viewarticle.asp?a=40040
9/9/2015 (Updated 10:43:21 PM)

Visions FCU Gives Back to Windsor Students

Visions FCU Gives Back to Windsor Students

Windsor, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Visions Federal Credit Union is helping to keep a summer program going for Windsor students. Visions presented the Windsor Central School District Knight Lights Summer Program with a check for more than $8,000. A special presentation was held July 21 at A.F. Palmer Elementary School. The initiative provides students entering kindergarten through fifth grade with experiential learning opportunities through field trips and hands-on activities. Windsor High School students serve as mentors to program participants. Knight Lights is a free four-week summer program.

Source: http://www.wbng.com/news/around-the-tiers/Visions-gives-back-to-Windsor-students-319481181.html

FREE Movies were a Success in Montrose, PA

FREE Movies were a Success in Montrose, PA

Visions teamed up with the Montrose Movie Theatre, located at 38 Public Ave, to give the community a FREE movie! Three showings of Disney Pixar's "Inside Out" on June 27th filled up in a matter of minutes, giving over 500 people some free entertainment to enjoy on a rainy Saturday. Visions was pleased to offer family-friendly entertainment for free and to promote a gem of a theatre that is a huge part of the Montrose community.

Visions Gains Recognition as Top Corporate Sponsor of the March of Dimes Walk in New Jersey

Visions Gains Recognition as Top Corporate Sponsor of the March of Dimes Walk in New Jersey

The team of employees in the NJ area raised a total of $26,330! The group was led by Chris Gomez, AVP Regional Member Service Officer and March for Babies chair.

Visions Federal Credit Union Donates to Local Boys and Girls Club

Visions Federal Credit Union Donates to Local Boys and Girls Club

(READING, Pa.) Visions Federal Credit Union recently made a donation of $3,460 to the Olivet Boys and Girls Club of Reading and Berks. Visions' recent donation was raised through its staff’s participation in "Charity Jeans Day," in which Visions employees pay to wear jeans on Fridays.

"We are overjoyed and honored that the staff of Visions Federal Credit Union thought of Olivet as part of their charitable giving initiative," said Pablo Tejada, president/CEO of Olivet Boys and Girls Club of Reading and Berks. "It is businesses and staff like those of Visions that create a sense of community and display the importance of giving to others for our youth to mirror."

Visions Returns As Official Credit Union Of The Finger Lakes Wine Festival

Visions Federal Credit Union returns for a fourth year with Watkins Glen International as the Official Credit Union of the Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey's Fancy New York's Artisan Cheese. Visions Federal Credit Union will sponsor the reusable tote bags that guests receive upon arrival at one of the East Coast's largest wine festivals.

"Everyone at Watkins Glen International is excited about our continued partnership with Visions Federal Credit Union for the fourth consecutive season," stated Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. "Visions is locally minded and understands the benefit of supporting local businesses within their community. It is a pleasure to have them back as a sponsor during this year's Finger Lakes Wine Festival."

Source: Paddock Talk, May 29, 2015 - 06:32 AM, http://paddocktalk.com/news/html/story-280226.html

March for Babies

March for Babies

Our Visions team had a blast at Darlington Park, NJ on Sunday April 26th, 2015 for the annual March of Dimes March for Babies Walk. They raised a total of $26,330! Leading the group was Chris Gomez, AVP Regional Member Service Officer and March for Babies chair.

Visions Federal Credit Union Holds Shredding Event

Officials are talking about the importance of shredding those unwanted documents.

Visions Federal Credit Union held a free shredding event Saturday in three different locations; Endwell, Sayre and Owego.

Bank statements, bills and social security numbers were all destroyed by Confidata trucks.

The idea is to drop off all those needless documents so they can be disposed of properly in order to prevent fraud on your account.

Visions workers volunteered to work the event. Organizers say they just want to make sure your information is not being used by someone else.

"Throughout the year, take a box, throw all of your important paperwork into that box and when you see that we advertise that we're doing this, just bring it down and we will shred it for you," said Visions Federal Credit Union manager Kay Murray.

Visions holds the shredding event twice a year. The next one will be in October.

Original article: WICZ Fox 40, 4/11/2015 (Updated 10:16:41 PM)
http://www.wicz.com/news2005/viewarticle.asp?a=37795

Shred Your Confidential Documents Free at Visions FCU Event

ENDWELL, N.Y. - Visions Federal Credit Union strives to be a good neighbor in every community it serves.

Confidential Document Shredding Community Event - Saturday, April 11th.

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Visions Federal Credit Union headquarters at 3301 Country Club Road.
  • 1 to 3 p.m. - 26 Day Hollow Road (at Visions' Route 17C office)
  • 10 a.m. to noon - Visions Federal Credit Union office at 2121 Elmira St.

Take advantage of this great opportunity to safely dispose of confidential documents for free. All Endwell residents are welcome. Shredding finance-related documents like ATM receipts, credit card and utility bills, bank statements, voided checks and expired tax returns lowers your risk of identity theft. Recycle these and other sensitive documents quickly, conveniently and free of charge at this community event, courtesy of Visions.

Note: Each vehicle is limited to 10 cartons. There may be wait times. The event may end early if truck is full.

Visions Federal Credit Union Surprises Moviegoers, Fills Theater

Visions Federal Credit Union Surprises Moviegoers, Fills Theater

WATKINS GLEN, March 20 -- Visions Federal Credit Union paid the price of admission for more than 820 moviegoers attending four showings of Disney’s new live-action "Cinderella" film on March 14 at The Glen Theater. "I was able to take my 5-year-old daughter to the afternoon showing and it was wonderful to see the theater full of families enjoying an afternoon together," longtime Visions member Lori Asperschlager said. Light promotion in Visions offices and around town drew many to the special community event. But several unsuspecting theater patrons were pleasantly surprised to learn the credit union was taking care of tickets for the highly anticipated release. "Visions has been at our Watkins Glen location for over 10 years. During that time, we've watched the area blossom and shared its strong sense of community and local pride," said Mandy DeHate, Visions marketing manager, in explaining the event. "When we made the decision to give back to the communities that support us in 2015, Watkins Glen was first on our list."

Original Article: http://www.odessafile.com/business.html?source=topnav March 20, 2015.

Spiedie Fest Adding Wine and Beer

Binghamton (WIVT) - The Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally is announcing some exciting changes to our region's largest outdoor festival. One significant difference this Summer will be the return of alcoholic beverages to the Fest. Organizers say they had approached the state about supporting the event and officials offered to send the popular traveling Taste of New York. But the catch was that Taste of New York includes wine and beer samplings and sales. Once organizers decided the attraction was worth ending the decades-long ban on alcohol at the festival, they decided to add a second adult beverage tent right next door. "It will be a secured tent with security in there that they can't wander outside. We really want to keep the family aspect still of Spiedie Fest but if somebody did want to get an adult beverage, or somebody wants to go through and do some great sampling of New York State products, wineries, micro-breweries, things like that, they can do that," said Event Coordinator Dave Pessagno. Also, the $20 3-day button will return after a one year hiatus. And, thanks to the sponsorship of Visions Federal Credit Union, Friday evening admission to the festival will be free. However, Friday's concert still requires a Spiedie Fest button.

Original Article: Binghamton HomePage, March 13, 2015, 4:34pm.
http://www.binghamtonhomepage.com/story/d/story/spiedie-fest-adding-wine-and-beer/85287/DZU_a-q11U6og-wmQQST6w

2014 United Way Day of Caring

2014 United Way Day of Caring

Our team of Visions employees volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton on Friday, September 12th for the 2014 United Way Day of Caring.

2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Visions FCU was challenged by Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We accepted, and challenged GHS Federal Credit Union, Horizons Federal Credit Union, and Corning Credit Union.