Our employees donate more than 3,000 hours of their time to various local causes and events each year. We couldn’t be prouder of their efforts, and we take every opportunity we can to recognize them and reward them for it.

Employees also support a Denim Days program that lets them donate $5 to wear jeans on Fridays. Proceeds benefit a different not-for-profit each month, which totals over $40,000 a year! Voluntary payroll deductions add another $120,000 a year that benefits the United Way. Employee-led fundraisers like walks, craft or baked goods sales, and food drives have an impact of nearly $35,000.

Recent Impact

Table to Table Anti-Hunger Games Competition

As part of our internal annual Anti-Hunger Games campaign, volunteers bagged lunches for our friends at Table to Table in New Jersey. Two teams of eight helped bag sandwiches, snacks, and water for our neighbors in need. In the spirit of fun competition, the two teams competed against each other and the second team won! A grand total of 89 lunches were packed.

Smiling Visions volunteers ready to make bagged lunches for members of the community in need. Referee Tatiana stands ready to monitor the competition and ensure a fun time is had by all!

Binghamton Sertoma Shred Event

Visions sponsored and sent a team of volunteers to assist with running the Binghamton Sertoma Club’s annual shred event. This was the second shred event put on by the club, and their goal was to raise funds for their student awards. The team of volunteers helped ensure that the event ran smoothly and that all documents provided by the community were shredded safely and securely.

Visions volunteers lifting a bag of documents for shredding out of a red vehicle.

Rosamond Gifford Zoo – Earth Day Clean Up

Visions sent a team of volunteers to join the annual Earth Day Clean Up at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, NY. The volunteers came from nearby Syracuse and from our headquarters in Endwell, NY to support this event. The Visions volunteers assisted with shoveling fresh dirt for the aviary, constructing birdhouses with the help of the NYS Parks Association, gardening, weeding, and more. The team is looking forward to the next volunteer opportunity with our friends at the zoo!

The Visions volunteer team proudly posing with a birdhouse that is under construction.

Tioga County Rural Ministries

Visions volunteers to assisted Tioga County Rural Ministries with their annual Spring Cleanup event. The goal is to help the local senior citizens aged 65+ around the Owego, NY area with outdoor yard work and to help prepare for the spring season. Despite the rainy weather, the volunteers were more than happy to assist this great cause!

Visions volunteers, Megan and Andrew, in one of the yards they assisted cleaning up!

Supporting Animal Care Services

For the March 2024 Denim Days initiative, Visions employees chose to donate to animal care services. One of the organizations chosen to receive a donation was the Animal Care Council located in Endicott, NY. The Animal Care Council helps shelter stray cats and runs an adoption center as well as a spay/neuter clinic.

Visions representatives, Emily and Megan, and a nurse from the Animal Care Council smile with a large check that contains a donation to the Animal Care Council.

Harpursville High School Bottle Drive

Our Harpursville High School branch interns ran a can and bottle drive to raise funds for two local scholarships – Dollars for Scholars and the Kenzee Jean Memorial Scholarship. We’re proud of our high school interns for taking the initiative to run a fundraiser for a good cause!

The Visions Harpursville High School branch interns and Iva Jean Tennant (Kenzee Jean Scholarship) pictured with collected cans.

Supporting Health Care and Hospice Services

For the December 2023 Denim Days donation, Visions employees chose organizations focused on health care and hospice services. The organizations we donated to include A.V.R.E. Inc (Binghamton, NY), the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (Hackensack, NJ), Mercy House (Endicott, NY), Mom’s House (Johnson City, NY), and the Southern Tier AIDS Program (Binghamton, NY).

Visions employees and group representatives pictured across a collage of six photos smiling and holding large checks.

Eva’s Village

Visions sent a team of volunteers to help serve food in the Community Kitchen at Eva’s Village in Paterson, NJ. The Community Kitchen serves close to 1,000 meals each day and helps connect attendees to social services and behavioral health programs. Eva’s Village helps thousands of families and children each year, and Visions was proud to help this vital organization feed the community.

Visions employees Julia, Carilyn, Jurgena, and Tatiana standing and smiling in front of an Eva’s Village banner in a cafeteria.

Syracuse Christmas Bureau

The United Way of Central New York and the Salvation Army teamed up in Syracuse, NY to hold their annual Christmas Bureau. This event provides toys, books, games, food, and gift cards, and over 2,200 low-income families from Onondaga County registered to attend, as well as 5,000 children. Visions sent a team to volunteer to serve as Santa’s helpers and create a festive atmosphere of holiday cheer!

The smiling Visions volunteer team at the Syracuse Christmas Bureau, ready to help spread holiday cheer!

Season of Giving 2023

The annual Visions Season of Giving campaign is one way our employees can give back to the communities we serve during the holiday season. One of the initiatives during this campaign was the donation of 61 beautiful dresses to the Fancy Frock Thrift Boutique in Churchville, NY. This boutique works with Worth More Nation, an organization that empowers girls impacted by loss or trauma through free community pageants. Another initiative involved employees at our Headquarters in Endwell, NY fulfilling wishes from a Giving Tree by purchasing a wrapping gifts for children in the community. Employees also took the time to write holiday cards for senior citizens in the Broome County area, delivering a total of 302 cards.

A collage of photos, including Sarah (Community Development Liaison) posing with her prom dress in front of a Worth More Nation graphic, gifts of various shapes and sizes in front of our Giving Tree, and a Riverside Manor resident receiving a Christmas card from an employee.

2023 Bandera Christmas Dinner

The Bandera Family and Community Alliance’s annual Christmas dinner is no small operation. This free Christmas dinner started at the American Legion Post 80 in Binghamton, NY in 1989 and has grown exponentially ever since, including dinners in various locations around the Binghamton and Norwich areas. Last year, they provided over 1500 meals for delivery to community members. Visions sent a team of volunteers to help bake and pack cookies for the annual dinner.

Visions employees Raul and Clairissa happily rolling balls of cookie dough onto a baking sheet in a kitchen.

Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic County

Visions was proud to partner with the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic County during the holiday season to help wrap gifts for the members of the club. This was part of the Holiday Helper sponsorship, where the club distributes hundreds of gifts to local families in the Paterson/Passaic County area of New Jersey annually.

Visions employees pictured wrapping presents on small tables. All presents are being wrapped in various colors of wrapping paper.

American Heart Association

Visions held two basket raffles for our employees in October and November 2023 to raise money for the American Heart Association. Between the two raffles and other employee fundraising efforts, Visions raised $10,000 to donate to the organization!

Visions employees posing with American Heart Association representatives and a large check in an open lobby area.

Supporting Animal Services

In November 2023, we selected organizations that focus on providing animal services as recipients of our monthly Denim Days initiative. The organizations selected were the Bradford County Humane Society (Ulster, PA), Broome County Dog Shelter (Binghamton, NY), Stray Haven Humane Society (Waverly, NY), and Willow’s Wings Animal Sanctuary (Binghamton, NY).

Four separate photos of different check presentations to organizations the provide animal related services. All representatives are holding a large check and smiling, with two of the photos containing cats and dogs.

United Way of Passaic County

Visions sent a team of volunteers to the United Way of Passaic County to assist in packing care packages for servicepeople overseas. The purpose of this opportunity was to send a happy reminder of home, and how much we appreciate our active-duty service members. Over 150 boxes were packed and shipped across the world.

Jenna and Sasha (Visions FCU) pictured holding boxes with Carl (Disabled American Veterans representative) and Paula (United Way of Passaic County representative). A large amount of snack foods laid out on the table in front of the representatives.

Supporting Family Services

For the October 2023 Denim Days initiative, Visions employees chose organizations with on focus on family services as the recipients of their donations. Safe Berks in Reading, PA was one of the organizations selected. Safe Berks is a pillar in the Reading community, serving as a resource for women and children to escape from domestic violence situations and providing vital housing and childcare services.

Visions employees Derek, Millie, and Gustavo pictured with Safe Berks Director of Development, Mindy McIntosh. They are pictured in front of a brick wall with various awards and the Safe Berks logo, all while smiling and holding a large check.

Guthrie Lourdes Mammography Van

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Visions was proud to partner with Guthrie Lourdes for a visit from the Mobile Mammogram Van at our Norwich, NY branch. This vital service provided free 3D mammography screenings, along with education about mammograms and breast cancer.

Visions employees Jocelyn, Mariah, Hilary, Katherine, Crystalyn, Jessica, and Megan all pictured in front of the Mammogram Van in the Norwich parking lot.

Supporting Cancer Awareness

In September 2023, we focused on cancer awareness for our Denim Days monthly donation. One of the recipients selected by Visions employees was the St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Oncology Department. Located in Paterson, NJ, this hospital provides crucial healthcare services to children and people up to the age of 21.

Visions employees Lori and Tatiana, as well as representatives from St. Joseph’s Children Hospital, smile and pose with a large check in an open lobby area.

Twin Tiers Comic Con

Visions sent a team of volunteers to participate in the annual Twin Tiers Comic-Con in Elmira, NY. From helping with setup, to volunteering around the Comic-Con, Visions employees had a blast! The Twin Tiers Comic-Con is a 2-day celebration of comics, collectibles, toys, art, writing, games, cosplay, and more!

Visions employee, Peter, posing in a pink Barbie box with stiff, Barbie-style hands.

Roberson Museum and Science Center – Home for the Holidays

Visions volunteers helped to set up trees for Roberson Museum and Science Center’s annual Home for the Holidays in Binghamton, NY. During this event, the entire museum is decorated with various themed Christmas trees. Trees are sponsored by local businesses, organizations, and families.

Visions employees Christi, Megan, Alexa, and Laura pictured next to a Christmas tree.

Habitat for Humanity of Berks County

Visions employees helped with the construction of a home with Habitat for Humanity of Berks County in Pennsylvania. Volunteers spent the day painting walls, helping with flooring, and various other odd jobs. The organization is helping the new homeowner with the necessary assistance to make his dream home a reality!

Visions employees, representatives from Habitat for Humanity of Berks County, and the home recipient, standing in front of a home construction site.

Operation Jersey Cares

Visions sent a team of volunteers to assist the Washington Business Improvement District with packing care packages for those currently serving, veterans, and their families for Operation Jersey Cares. Packages include non-perishable food, toiletries, personal care products, and other useful items. Founded in 2007, Operation Jersey Cares has packed and shipped over 750,000 pounds of care packages to our service members.

Visions employees Mary, Nikisha, and Elizabeth posing with care boxes assembled for veterans and their families.

Passaic County Habitat for Humanity

Visions employees volunteered to assist Passaic County Habitat for Humanity in New Jersey by building wall frames for their future housing projects. This event, titled Hammering 4 Habitat & Volunteer Appreciation Event, brings a large group of volunteers together to support Habitat’s efforts, and show appreciation for volunteers with food, games, and crafts!

Visions employees Sasha and Tatiana, as well as two Visions high school interns, kneeling and smiling next to a wooden wall frame that they built.

International Credit Union Day Volunteering

Visons helped celebrate International Credit Union Day by giving back to our community! As members of the Southern Tier Credit Union Alliance, we joined forces with Empower Federal Credit Union, Sidney Federal Credit Union, and GHS Federal Credit Union to assist with various tasks at the Tri-Cities Opera, in Binghamton, NY. From organizing lighting gels and their costume shop, to painting and landscaping, it was a fulfilling volunteer experience with other credit unions.

Visions volunteers standing outside the Tri-Cities Opera.

Families for Families

Visions volunteers helped out at Families for Families in New Jersey to assemble baskets for new homeowners working with the Families for Families program. The baskets are called “Getting Started Baskets”, and they contain the essentials for bathrooms, bedrooms, and kitchens. The Families for Families program helps families who are transitioning out of homeless shelters to make their new spaces a home. Visions volunteers also helped purchase needed products for these baskets.

Visions employees Tatiana, Flora, and Desiline pictured in front of a small shelf with clear plastic containers filled to the brim with goods.

Alzheimer’s Association Central NY Chapter

Visions both sponsored and sent a team of volunteers to the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Hickories Park in Owego, NY. Over 310 participants took part in the walk and over $56,000 was raised to help aid in research in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Visions employees Christina, Kelly, and Margaret pictured in front of a purple backdrop with the text: Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Alzheimer’s Association.

United Way Day of Caring

Visions had the opportunity to work with various United Way organizations across New York for their annual Day of Caring. Some of the volunteer work done included organizing food pantries at the Salvation Army in Cortland, loading up food and supply donations for distribution across 25 different pantries across Tompkins County, and helping paint, clean, and organize a mini grocery store at the Discovery Center of the Southern Tier.

Multiple Visions employees pictured at various volunteer opportunities throughout the Central New York region.

Block Blitz

Organized by Home Headquarters, Block Blitz 2023 took place in the southside of Syracuse, NY. Over 300 volunteers worked to improve over 60 properties in the Elmwood-Creekside neighborhood at no cost to the residents. The team of volunteers from Visions spent the day sealing 7 different driveways.

Six Visions employees standing in front of a driveway with various tools and equipment.

Broome County Humane Society Duck Derby

Visions was one lucky duck and had the opportunity to sponsor the annual Broome County Humane Society Duck Derby! This event is a major fundraiser for the Humane Society, and over 15,000 ducks were run down the slip and slide racecourse. Two of our staff members came out and volunteered to be part of the pit crew to help get the ducks going.

Two Visions employees lying on a large pile of rubber ducks at the top of the racecourse put together by the Broome County Humane Society.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) 
World Breastfeeding Week

Visions was present as a sponsor and with volunteers at the WIC World Breastfeeding Week event in Passaic, NJ. WIC set up the event to celebrate the success of breastfeeding as parents and encouraging pregnant mothers to breastfeed. The mayor of Passaic even stopped by to say hello and thank us for being so involved within the community!.

Visions employees pictured behind a table full of baskets and balloons to give out to pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers to celebrate their success.

New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

Visions sent a group of volunteers to help the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference assemble 10,000 maps to be distributed amongst the trails the volunteer organization builds, maintains, and protects. The organization wants to ensure that the trails and natural areas we share are sustainable and accessible to all for current and future generations to enjoy.

Six Visions employees pictured in a room with several map packets on the table for assembly.

Children’s Home of the Wyoming Conference

Visions sent volunteers to help serve delicious ice cream with the Children’s Home of the Wyoming Conference. This annual event brings the community together and raises funds and awareness for the Children’s Home and their mission.

Three Visions employees smiling in an outdoor tent getting ready to serve ice cream.

Food Bank of the Southern Tier

Visions took the second-year students of our Business Academy high school internship program to the headquarters of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier in Elmira, NY. The team of interns, along with three staff members, helped sort and pack donations from the Food Bank’s corporate partners. Items were then weighed and bundled to be distributed to their food pantries and other centers.

Visions employees and interns standing in front of a white banner with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier logo.

Safe Berks Walk For No More

Visions was present as both a sponsor and a team of participants for Safe Berks Walk for No More. The walk was to raise awareness of domestic violence within the community, and all proceeds helped continue Safe Berks’s mission of providing free services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Visions employees in front of a pickup truck on a beautiful June day. The employees are in an empty intersection holding signs in support of the Safe Berks Walk.

Supporting Hunger and Homelessness

Visions had the opportunity to present three donations to three different non-profit organizations battling hunger and homelessness within our communities. The organizations donated to were Joseph’s House in Syracuse, NY, The Community Food Cupboard of Rochester, and the House of Mercy in Rochester, NY. These donations were a part of the Denim Days initiative, where employees donate $5.00 out of each paycheck to both support causes they care about, and for the opportunity to wear jeans on the first Monday and every Friday of the month.

Visions employees pictured across three different locations with large donation checks in hand with organization representatives.

Anti-Hunger Games 2023

The 3rd Annual Anti-Hunger Games internal campaign kicked off in June 2023. Visions employees were challenged to donate food and volunteer with various organizations that help tackle food insecurity in our communities. Nearly 25% of American adults are experiencing food insecurity, and helping tackle this insecurity is one of the many reasons why Visions Cares.

Visions employees pictured from NY, NJ, and PA with bags of food donations.

Fairbanks Karate Tournament

Visions employee, Erin, volunteered at the Fairbanks Karate Tournament held at SUNY Broome in New York to raise funds for Traci's Hope! This was their 9th year, and Erin got involved because her sister-in-law and nephew were participants. She was assigned as a score keeper and had to keep track of the judges' scores, add them all up, and determine the top three winners for each group. The event raised over $3,000 for Traci's Hope, which included sponsorships from Visions and other organizations in the area.

Participants of the Fairbanks Karate Tournament standing in the gymnasium at SUNY Broome.

United Way Day of Caring - TechWorks! Video Game Testing

Visions staff volunteered around our NY region for United Way's 2023 Day of Caring doing various projects. The team pictured helped at TechWorks! in Binghamton, NY to help set up vintage videogame consoles for a Father's Day weekend event. Volunteers tested the games and consoles to make sure they were in working order and wrote instructions and tips on how to play the games and win. TechWorks's mission is to collect and educate the community about technology made in the Southern Tier region of New York, including computers, cameras, and flight simulation technology.

Visions employees Stefanie (left) and Margaret (right) are smiling and laughing while holding video game controllers, testing the games.

Supporting Veterans and the Military

Visions presented a check to Clear Path for Veterans for $1,103.50 from our Denim Days initiative, where employees donate $5.00 out of each paycheck to both support causes they care about, and for the opportunity to wear jeans on the first Monday and each Friday every month. Clear Path for Veterans helps service and connect with members, veterans, and community members through their various programs.

Two representatives from Clear Path for Veterans and three Visions Employees posing with two large checks on a sunny August morning.

Meals on Wheels Syracuse Meal Deliveries

Visions employees Jessie, Peter, and Sarah assisted Syracuse Meals on Wheels in May 2023. They delivered meals to homebound and elderly people on the north side of Syracuse, NY. Meals on Wheels Syracuse serves the immediate Syracuse area, providing nutritious meals, nutrition education, and resource assistance to people in need living in the community.

Visions employees Peter (left) and Jessie (right) pictured getting meals out of the back of a vehicle for delivery.

Planting Impact: A Tree Planting with Purpose

Visions volunteers assisted with a tree planting initiative along with student volunteers from Ramapo College. The tree planting took place in underprivileged, low-income areas of northern New Jersey. The goal of Planting Impact is to plant 40 trees across four towns to benefit climate change and life on land.

Visions employees pictured ready to plant trees in an open park on a beautiful spring day.

Clear Path for Veterans Lunch Canteen

Visions employees joined other volunteers to help with the Clear Path for Veterans Canteen. This event is a weekly luncheon open to all veterans, military members, their families, and their caregivers at no cost. They are modelled after the North Platte, Nebraska canteens that were held during World War II. Volunteers helped serve meals to attendees and even had some fun dancing!

Visions employees Jocelyn (left) and Peter (right) serving delicious food to veterans in a cafeteria.

Sarah's Guest House

Visions team members from Risk, Financial Wellness, Branch, and Community Development in Syracuse, NY volunteered on a Saturday afternoon in February 2023 to repaint two adjoining guest rooms at Sarah's Guest House. The light blue paint was carefully selected to both brighten up the space and provide a calming atmosphere for guests. Visions has supported the work of Sarah's Guest House for several years through sponsorship, volunteerism, and in-kind donations.

Pictured is a group of Visions employees ready to help revamp some guest rooms!

Supporting Health Care and Hospice Services

Each month, Visions employees have the option of donating $5 per paycheck to support various organizations and efforts throughout the year. This program is called Denim Days, and January 2023 supported health care and hospice organizations throughout our footprint. Some of the organizations affected were the Alzheimer's Association of Central NY, Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY, Planned Parenthood of Central & Western New York, and the American Heart Association to name a few.

A collage of check presentations to various health care and hospice organizations in New York

2022 Season of Giving

Our annual community initiative, Season of Giving, celebrates all the incredible giveback efforts our employees create or participate in during the holiday season! We are privileged to be able to give back to our communities and provide support during a time it is needed most. Some of the efforts included gift donations to a local family from our Visions Investment Services, Medicare, and Trust departments, a winter coat and hat collection for local students led by our Auditing team, a Giving Tree at our Headquarters location filled with tags to sponsor a child for the holidays, a donation drive led by Teresa (Branch Manager - Washington Township Office) for military families in NJ and for care packages for servicemen and women abroad, a household and personal hygiene item donation to the Abuse & Rape Crisis Center in the Towanda/Wysox, PA community, and much more!

A collage of four pictures showing Visions staff in our regions at various giveback or donation efforts.

Toys for Tots

Some of our Financial Wellness Officers and Interns from our Newark Valley and Union-Endicott High School branches recently came together for a volunteer effort in our community. They packed bags for Toys for Toys at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City, NY and assisted with organizing and distributing the toys to families in need. Great job, Financial Wellness team!

Denelle (Financial Wellness Officer - Newark Valley HS), Bridgette (Intern - Newark Valley HS) and Brittany (Financial Wellness Officer - Union Endicott HS) take a break from packing bags for Toys for Tots and smile for a photo.

Supporting United Way

In exchange for the option to wear jeans on Fridays, Visions employees donate $5 or more every paycheck. These donations go right back into the communities we serve. For the month of November, all donations were dedicated to United Way locations in NY, NJ, and PA. The United Way works to unite the resources of donors and volunteers to support programs in our communities that make an impact in the areas of health, financial stability, and family support.

Pictured are Cortland branch staff and Christella Yonta, Executive Director at the United Way of Cortland.

Clear Path for Veterans

With the Future Business Leaders of America and Student Government, Visions Binghamton High School interns volunteered for Clear Path for Veterans at American Legion Post 1645. Our interns worked the coffee and water station for the Thanksgiving Luncheon Canteen along with additional Visions employees, all while the veterans in attendance enjoyed a delicious lunch of turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, and an assortment of pies. The event leader was extremely grateful and mentioned that it was the most volunteers they've had so far!

Visions staff smile with pitchers of coffee, water, and tea at American Legion Post 1645 for Clear Path's Thanksgiving Canteen Luncheon.

Broome County Festival of Lights

'Tis the season for holiday magic, and the Broome County Festival of Lights was back for the 3rd year in a row to spread some cheer throughout Otsiningo Park in Binghamton, NY! The Spiedie Fest (host of the BC Festival of Lights) recently acquired Tall Pines Players Club Forest of Lights, previously located in PA, which means the light show this year was bigger and better than ever before. Visions employees rose to the challenge and volunteered to assemble light displays, greet attendees, direct cars, and accept tickets or payment throughout the 2-month long event.

An employee and her niece is pictured handing a ball of Christmas lights.

Syracuse Turkey Giveaway

Some of our team in Syracuse, NY volunteered at a turkey giveaway hosted by Empire Orange Publishing, Ed23Hoops, and the Hart And Tay Foundation. The giveaway took place at Tipp Hill Community Center. Event organizers collected donations to provide Thanksgiving dinners to community members in need. Dinner boxes were assembled and distributed to hundreds of individuals and families. Each box contained a turkey and all the traditional fixings. Visions proudly supported the event with both volunteers and a sponsorship.

Pictured: Cortny (Risk Mitigation), McKenzie (Risk Mitigation), and John Christopher (Sr. Member Account Specialist - Visions Syracuse Office) with Thanksgiving dinner boxes.

Supporting Cancer Awareness

In exchange for the option to wear jeans on Fridays, Visions employees donate $5 or more every paycheck. These donations go right back into the communities we serve. The organization Trumansburg Takes on Pediatric Cancer was nominated to receive a Denim Days donation for the month of September. The organization raises funds to support NY families of pediatric cancer patients. The funds help with any unplanned expenditures a family may incur throughout their child's diagnosis, such as gas money for trips to a hospital, lodging, meals, and much more. Trumansburg Takes on Pediatric Cancer is 100% volunteer run and serves a large area of Upstate NY.

Ithaca staff present board members of T-Burg Takes On Pediatric Cancer with a giant Denim Days check.

Home HeadQuarters Block Blitz

In September, a few Visions employees from the Community Development team joined over 300 other volunteers for #BlockBlitz, an annual event organized by Home HeadQuarters. Over 60 homes in the Salt Springs/Lemoyne College neighborhood of Syracuse, NY were repaired, landscaped, and painted in a single day at no cost to the residents. The Visions team edged sidewalks, mulched, and painted the foundation of their assigned house. The homeowners also received a newly paved driveway! Home HeadQuarters is a non-profit housing and community development organization whose mission is to create housing opportunities in Central and Upstate New York for individuals and families and improve the communities in which they live.

On a sidewalk in Syracuse, NY the Community Development and Branding team smile for a picture at Block Blitz.

United Way - Day of Caring

Visions employees spent time around the Broome County, NY area volunteering as part of the United Way Day of Caring. Day of Caring was conceived as a remembrance of those who lost their lives during the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, and to honor the many heroes that evolved from the aftermath of that day. It has continued through the spirit of local volunteers and has grown into an annual tradition. Visions is proud to partner with the United Way of Broome County to sponsor the event and provide volunteers. One group of employees spent the day at the Endicott Visitor Center in Endicott, NY getting their hands dirty while scraping, painting, and pulling weeds. The building currently serves as a historical museum and a banquet facility run entirely by volunteers.

A group of Visions employees are pictured painting and weeding a section of the Endicott Visitors Center in Endicott, NY.

Endwell Methodist Church

Our high school student interns came together to volunteer at the Endwell Methodist Church in Endwell, NY. They spent their time assembling furniture, assisting with lawn work, and cleaning up garden beds in preparation for winter. Awesome teamwork, Visions interns!

Visions high school interns are pictured pulling weeds to clean up a garden bed in preparation for winter outside the Endwell Methodist Church.

Packing Backpacks for Kids

United Way of Passaic County hosted Backpacks 4 Kids in partnership with dozens of Passaic County organizations, including Benny's Bodega. The program is a combined effort between NJ area businesses and employees to provide free backpacks and school supplies to children in need for the upcoming school year. Each backpack contains a composition notebook, crayons, pencils, erasers, pens, and a single-subject notebook. Visions team members from our Augusta and Saddle Brook branches joined the initiative and helped pack backpacks for school age children supported by the program.

New Jersey staff proudly show off the backpacks they filled for the United Way of Passaic County's Backpacks 4 Kids Campaign.

Supporting Social Justice

Denim Days donations come directly from Visions employees that donate $5 or more every paycheck to wear jeans on Fridays. These donations are put back into the communities we serve to support various causes. For the month of August, Visions selected organizations supporting social justice initiatives to receive Denim Days donations. We provided funds to the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, the LGBT Center of Reading, the Village at Ithaca, and the Community Action of Lehigh Valley.

Pictured are staff from the LGBT Center of Reading and Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative accepting jumbo Denim Days checks.

CHOW: High School Interns

All the Visions high school interns for the 2022-2023 school year volunteered for CHOW at their warehouse in Elmira, NY to pack and sort donations that will be sent out to CHOW's community partners. They packed over 100 boxes of food, totaling over 3,180 lbs!

Visions high school interns line up for a picture at the CHOW warehouse while volunteering.

Supporting Animal Care

For the month of July, Visions selected organizations specifically focused on supporting animal care to receive Denim Days donations. Denim Days donations come directly from Visions employees that donate $5 or more every paycheck to wear jeans on Fridays. These donations are put back into the communities we serve to support various causes. We provided funds to the Broome County Dog Shelter, Every Cat's Dream, Broome County Humane Society, The American Cat Project, Syracuse SPCA, and Two Hearts Animal Rescue in Warren County, NJ.

Visions employees and staff from various animal rescue organizations smile with tiny furry friends and giant Denim Days checks.

Fighting Hunger: Denim Days

For the month of June 2022 Visions provided monetary donations to several organizations that specifically provide hunger support within our communities. These donations come from employees that allocate $5 of their paycheck to participate in our Denim Days program. Participating in the program affords employees the option to wear jeans on Fridays.

A collage of photos showing three different organizations receiving giant check donations that will allow them to continue to fight hunger in the areas we serve.

Supporting Mental Health Services

Visions employees have the option to wear jeans on Friday with a $5 donation each paycheck. For the month of May 2022 Visions split the total collection and provided donations to several organizations that support mental health services, including the CNY Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Children's Home of Wyoming Conference.

Pictured are Visions Community Development Liaisons Sarah and Jocelyn presenting jumbo Denim Days checks with organizations that support mental health services.

2022 Anti-Hunger Games

During the months of April, May, and June, all Visions employees throughout our three-state footprint were challenged to take action against food insecurity and participated in a organization-wide food drive. To go a step further, Visions provided Denim Days donations to charities that provide relief for those suffering from hunger.

Church staff from Assembly of God in Groton, NY are pictured with Cortland Branch Manager Mark Hahn during a food donation delivery to the Groton Food Pantry.

United Way Day of Action

Each year in early June, the United Way encourages local volunteers to take action and promote change in communities around the world - known as the Day of Action. Some of our Visions team participated this year by helping to weed, mulch, and beautify the courtyard at Binghamton's Roberson Museum and Science Center.

Visions employees take a break from volunteering at the Roberson Museum and pose with their gardening tools.

Saddle Brook Food Drive

Deiredra, Branch Manager of our Saddle Brook, NJ branch, recently organized a food drive to provide much-needed items for the Center for Food Action. More than 200 items were collected and dropped off at this valuable organization. Thank you for supporting our community, Saddle Brook team!

Deiredra (Branch Manager - Visions Saddle Brook Office) and Harry (Member Service Representative - Visions Saddle Brook Office) in NJ show off a table full of food items to be donated to Center for Food Action.

Tompkins Learning Partners

Another Denim Days check presentation in the books! Nominated by Visions employee Craig, Tompkins Learning Partners was selected as our April 2022 Denim Days recipient!

Visions provides a giant check to Tompkins Learning Partners for April Denim Days.

Supporting Youth Services

Several organizations were selected as our March 2022 Denim Days recipients. These organizations all provide support and services to youth in the various areas that we serve. Among the recipients were the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (Ithaca, NY), Give a Kid a Dream (Long Branch, NJ), Worth More Nation (Rochester, NY), and The Empowerment Zone (West Orange, NY).

Visions presents jumbo Denim Days checks to several organizations that provide youth services and support around our various regions.

Clear Path for Veterans

Visions Cares volunteers were able to serve free lunches to over 75 veterans and their families at the Binghamton American Legion Post 1645. Lunches were provided by Clear Path for Veterans, a service organization that offers programming and resources to active service members, veterans, and their families.

Wearing Visions Cares volunteer shirts, employees Emileigh, Jocelyn, and Karin stand smiling with representatives from Clear Path for Veterans at the Binghamton American Legion Post 1645.

Greater Ithaca Activities Center

Our March 2022 Denim Days contributions went to The Greater Ithaca Activities Center. GIAC is a center for all ages, particularly youth and teens, serving the immediate neighborhood and the greater Ithaca area by providing multicultural, educational, and recreational programs focused on social and individual development.

At our Ithaca office, Visions Member Account Specialist, Courtney Hazen, and Branch Manager, Eric Gergel, present a jumbo Denim Days check to the directors of Greater Ithaca Activities Center.

Visions Human Resources Team at VINES

To give back to the community and take advantage of our Volunteer Time Off employee perk, members of our Human Resources team volunteered at VINES in Downtown Binghamton. We mainly worked in one of the VINES greenhouses pulling weeds and preparing soil for planting. We also planted new crops in starter containers that will be transferred to a greenhouse when ready. Great work team, and thanks for helping a local organization!

The Visions Human Resources team volunteering at VINES garden in Downtown Binghamton, NY.

American Heart Association

As part of our employee-driven Denim Days donation for the month of February 2022, we presented a check to the American Heart Association of Binghamton, NY.

Visions employees Ciano, Kali, and Dan smile while presenting a jumbo Denim Days check to American Heart Association representatives in the Visions Headquarters Lobby in Endicott, NY.

Emergency Services

Have you ever wondered why Visions employees wear jeans on Fridays? We have the option to donate $5 or more every paycheck in exchange for this opportunity. Our donations go right back to non-profits in the communities we serve. In January 2022, the Denim Days donation went to various emergency service organizations within our three-state footprint.

Visions staff is presenting jumbo Denim Days checks to various emergency service organizations.


Our Community Development department came together in Broome County to help our neighbors at the CHOW Warehouse sort, weigh, and pack food donations from CHOW's Food-a-Bago donation collection in November 2021.

After volunteering, employees from the Visions Cares team stand with CHOW donation barrels outside Broome County Council of Churches.

Willow Domestic Violence Center

Willow Domestic Violence Center in Rochester, NY was our Denim Days recipient for October 2021, which also happens to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Willow Domestic Violence Center has been providing free and confidential services to victims of domestic violence, without judgement, to individuals in Monroe County for over 40 years.

Staff from the Willow Domestic Violence Center pose with a jumbo Denim Days check from Visions for $1,231.75.

Broome County Festival of Lights

To spread a little holiday cheer, some of our employees and their families volunteered to string up lights for the Broome County Festival of Lights in Otsiningo Park. The drive-through event features beautiful light displays, fireworks, and hot air balloon glows available to the public on winter evenings.

Visions employees, Andrea and Kelly are with Andrea's niece and nephew, hanging holiday lights around a tree for the Broome County Festival of Lights in Otsiningo Park.

American Cancer Society

Each year, Visions is a major sponsor of the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” campaign across all three of our regions. Team Visions laced up their sneakers in Broome, Bergen, and Lehigh counties to walk along with hundreds of other participants supporting the fight against breast cancer. Thank you to all our employees that helped contribute to our annual campaign!

Visions employees pose at MetLife Stadium for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Bergen County.

Chenango United Way

Visions employees are given the opportunity to enjoy wearing jeans on Fridays by donating $5 or more every paycheck. These donations go right back into the communities we serve and support hand-picked nonprofits each month. Through Denim Days, Visions supported the Chenango United Way in Norwich, NY for the month of June 2021. Chenango United Way builds partnerships and maximizes resources to enhance the quality of life for local residents and improve their income, education, and health.

Community Development Liaison, Jocelyn Bailey, presents the Chenango United Way with a jumbo ‘Denim Days' check for $1,177.75.

United Way Day of Action

Every year in June, thousands of people across the globe take action to improve their communities by volunteering with the United Way. These opportunities seek civic-minded volunteers, volunteer groups, and families looking to share their time and talents to help local organizations for the annual Day of Action. Visions employees took part on June 18th by volunteering at the Discovery Center in Binghamton, NY and assisted with painting a new attraction for their popular Story Garden.

Visions employees stand in front of a freshly painted shed with a volunteer coordinator at the Discovery Center in Binghamton, NY.

Visions FCU Anti-Hunger Games

During the months of April, May, and June 2021, Visions held an Anti-Hunger Games campaign, which encouraged all employees to participate in activities and acts of service that would help alleviate food insecurity in the communities we serve.

A collage of pictures showing various employees participating in food insecurity related volunteer opportunities.

Career Development Council

Selected for a Denim Days donation, Visions supported the Career Development Council in Elmira, NY for the month of April 2021. This not-for-profit is affiliated with the Greater Southern Tier BOCES that partners with business, industry, and area school districts to provide high quality K-12 career education services to over 28,000 students and educators each year.

Visions employee, Jocelyn Bailey, presents the representatives of the Career Development Council with a jumbo ‘Denim Days' check for $1,177.75.

“I Heart My Match” NAFCU/PAC

Every year, Visions employees contribute to the NAFCU/PAC “I Heart My Match” program, which matches contributions for every dollar up to $170,000. Visions selects local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals to receive the matched donated funds. In 2020, over $16,000 in PAC donations were raised, matched, and donated to Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, NY and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, PA.

Visions FCU President/CEO Ty Muse holds up a check for over $8,000 presented to Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital as a donation from the NAFCU/PAC I Heart My Match program.

Holiday Giving

We gave back in a new way during the 2020 holiday season! Visions employees participated in a Season of Giving, where we partnered with several organizations across our 3-state footprint for a unique giveback experience! Some of the nonprofits were even founded by employees! The Season of Giving partners included the American Red Cross, The Empowerment Zone, United Way, American Heart Association, NAFCU/PAC, Toys for Tots, and more!

Visions FCU employees from our Saddle Brook, NJ office pose behind a large pile of toys collected for the CASA for Children of Bergen County

2020 Day of Caring

Visions is committed to engaging and promoting volunteerism in all the communities we serve. On the annual Day of Caring 2020, some of our employees joined the volunteer efforts of the United Way in the beautiful outdoor garden of VINES - Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, at the Tudor Street location in downtown Binghamton, NY. Volunteers graciously helped with weeding, mulching, and harvesting vegetables.

Visions employees Kali, Cassandra, Clairissa, Lindsay, Samantha, Devin, and Anastasios smile with farm managers of VINES. They are standing in front of a family of sunflowers in the VINES beautiful outdoor gardens in downtown Binghamton, NY.

COVID-19 Lunch Donations

We are eternally grateful to the individuals that kept our communities healthy and safe during COVID-19. To show our support to health care workers and police departments throughout the counties that we serve in New Jersey, our Business Development team purchased meals as a way of saying thank you. Some of the organizations that received meals were St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Mary's General Hospital in Passaic, NJ; Brightview Senior Living Facility in Tenafly, NJ; and the police departments of Hackettstown, Mt. Olive, and Newton, NJ.

The NJ Business Development team posing with health care workers from St. Joseph's University Medical Center, and holding the donated lunches.

Broome County Humane Society

In an effort to give back to the community, our Consumer Lending department collected much needed donations for the Broome County Humane Society in New York. Mortgage Sales Manager, Brent Baker, volunteered to receive a pie in the face as a special “reward” for full team participation.

The Visions Central Lending department stands with Broome County Humane Society's Fund Development Coordinator, Lauren Heilweil, as she accepts their team donation of much needed pet supplies.

Corporate Giveback Challenge

Visions initiated a Corporate Giveback Challenge to collect food donations for local food banks to restock their supplies and help those in need. Collectively, employees donated a total of 6,940 items for food banks and charitable organizations across NY, NJ, and PA. As a result of 100% employee participation, Visions donated an additional $3,000 to the elected food banks.

Employees of our Hackettstown, NJ office show off their food donations for the Visions Corporate Give Back Challenge.

Kindness Café

In partnership with our talented American Food and Vending chefs, Kindness Café is a community project designed to show appreciation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to our local health care professionals by donating hot, freshly made meals. For every $5 contribution, 1 take-out meal would be donated. Visions employees raised $1,240 and donated 248 meals to medical professionals at UHS Hospital in Binghamton, NY.

Employees of our Community Development department, Samantha and Aisha, smile for a quick photo with a full cartload of hot and freshly made meals to be brought to our local healthcare professionals at UHS Hospital in Binghamton, NY.

Atlantic Health System's Newton Medical Center

Visions employees Mary and Gloria paid it forward and shared their meals and goodie bags from a recent Newton Medical Center Foundation fundraiser with the Emergency Room Nurses at Atlantic Health System's Newton Medical Center in New Jersey.

Employees Mary and Gloria from our New Jersey offices, donate meals and goodie bags to Emergency Room Nurses at Atlantic Health System's Newton Medical Center.

Friends Forever Animal Rescue

Our Syracuse and Cicero, NY offices saved their bottles and cans accrued during their time in quarantine to benefit Friends Forever Animal Rescue. After reopening in June, the collection amounted to 1,000 bottles and cans, equaling a $50 donation to the organization. The collection also included a personal donation from a generous Cicero local who overheard what our offices were doing and donated two bags of her own bottles and cans.

Our Community Development Liaison, Sarah, gives the camera two thumbs up with a Friends Forever Animal Rescue representative as they stand in front of a filled carload of bottles and cans collected by our Syracuse and Cicero offices.

Shopping Cart Challenge

Our NY Contact Center employees stepped up to fight hunger in our communities with the ‘Food A Bag-o' challenge in Binghamton, NY to benefit Broome County CHOW.

Visions FCU New York Contact Center staff posing with three grocery carts full of food donations for CHOW. There are signs on the carts that read, “Visions FCU Challenges Horizons FCU”

Food Collection Drive

Our Central Lending department initiated a food drive this past holiday season, collecting one type of food donation for each day of December. All items were donated to St. Anthony's Food Pantry in Endicott, NY.

Visions FCU Central Lending Department posing with their food donations for St. Anthony's Food Pantry

United Way of Tompkins County, Day of Action

Visions joined the volunteer efforts of the United Way of Tompkins County and the Center for Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service in Ithaca, NY, for Day of Action. Day of Action is an invitation for people and organizations around the world to put the United Way's mission into action by volunteering to improve the building blocks for a good quality of life - education, financial stability, and health.

Visions FCU staff wearing “Live United” shirts posing for a group photo next to a sign that reads “Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service”

Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment

Visions employees raised $1,380 through our Denim Days program to the Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment (AVRE), a non-profit organization in Binghamton, NY that serves people who are blind or visually impaired.

Visions FCU staff presenting a $1,380 Denim Days donation to the staff (and service dog!) of the Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment (AVRE).

Food Bank of the Southern Tier

Food insecurity impacts individuals throughout the communities we serve, and it's a cause that our employees are passionate about. Through their donations alone, we raise over $3,000 to benefit the Food Bank of the Southern Tier every year.

Food Bank of the Southern Tier

ACHIEVE Bowling Tournament

Many of the events we sponsor come with tickets and additional benefits. As the title sponsor of Achieve's “Pin Crushing” bowling tournament in Vestal, NY, our staff got to bowl for a fantastic cause - and meet Rowdy the Rumble Pony!

achieve bowling tournament

Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services

Our employees got to use some of their allotted “Volunteer Time Off” and help beautify the Ithaca, NY community, in partnership with INHS (Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services) during the annual Giving is Gorges day.

Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services

The American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is near and dear to our hearts. Our team in NJ is always pumped to participate in their annual “Heart Walk”.

The American Heart Association

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