Community Impact

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We actively support non-profits in the Arts, Education, Health/Human Services, and Community Development.  In addition, our employees participate in activities that benefit the Credit Union movement.

Below are some of the ways we impacted our local communities last year!


Local Arts

  • Served as the Season Benefactor for the Cortland Repertory Theatre and made a donation to their Capital Campaign.  An employee sits on their Board of Directors.

  • Served as a “Partner in Flight” for the Hangar Theatre.  In addition, CFCU contributed to the Hangar’s Capital Campaign and was a team sponsor for “Acting Out” – their annual charades fundraiser.  One of CFCU’s Mortgage Loan Sales Associates participated in the event.  Another employee serves on their Board of Directors and serves as their Board Treasurer.

  • Served as lead sponsor for the Kitchen Theatre Company’s “Dance the Night Away” fundraiser and sponsored their Community Engagement Initiative.

  • Served as the Masterpiece Sponsor for the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) “Arts for All Marathon.” Employees attended the CSMA Benefit Soiree and our CEO acted as an MC for the Community School of Music and Arts Joni Mitchell Tribute Night.  An employee sits on the CSMA Board of Directors and serves as their Board Secretary.

  • Sponsored Ithaca Ballet as a Principal Sponsor.  An employee serves on their Board of Directors and serves as their Board Treasurer.

  • Provided sponsorship for the State Theatre of Ithaca’s State Series.

  • Sponsored the Cortland Main Street Music Series.



  • Employees participated in a crossword competition to benefit Tompkins Learning Partners.  An employee serves on their Board of Directors.

  • Provided corporate support to the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation.  Our CEO sits on their Advisory Board.

  • Donated 50 backpacks full of school supplies to the Cornell Elves’ Program.

  • Held a collection drive and Blue Jeans Day for the Family Reading Partnership.

  • Continued our corporate membership in the Sciencenter, enabling employees and their families to visit the Sciencenter for free.  As part of this membership, CFCU sponsored a “CFCU Day” where members and their families could also take advantage of free admission to this family-friendly, hands-on museum. 

  • Sponsored “Fossil ID Day” at the Paleontological Research Institute.

  • Sponsored a $500 scholarship for a student at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

  • Provided corporate support to Tompkins Learning Partners and The History Center.

  • Supported the general scholarship fund at Ithaca College.

  • Sponsored “Apple for the Teacher” through the Cayuga Radio Group.

  • CFCU also provided support to the Ithaca Community Childcare Center (IC3), Ithaca Rotary and Sunrise Rotary Clubs and Parker Elementary School.  An employee sits on the IC3 Board of Directors.

Health/Human Services

Health/Human Services:

  • Showed our commitment to the furrier members of the community by holding a donation drive for the SPCA of Tompkins and the Cortland Community SPCA.  In addition, the Credit Union was the presenting sponsor of the Tompkins SPCA March for the Animals.  The CFCU team raised over $1000 through online donations and participated in the event.  A CFCU employee is a dedicated volunteer at the Tompkins SPCA and devotes several hours a week to walking dogs at their shelter.

  • Supported the Red Cross through a Blue Jeans Day, two blood drives, and sponsorship of the Good Neighbor award at their annual Real Heroes Breakfast.  Employees also attended the opening of their new offices in Tompkins County and serve on the Red Cross Board of Directors in Cortland County.  In recognition of these efforts, CFCU was named a “Hero” of the Red Cross.

  • An employee raised money and participated in the Polar Bear Plunge.  This brave employee jumped into a lake in early March to raise money for the United Way of Cortland County.

  • Employees participated in a bowling tournament to raise money for the Cortland Area Agency on Aging.

  • Served as a United Way of Tompkins County (UWTC) Pacesetter for their 2013 campaign.  Employees pledged approximately over $12,000 to the campaign and donated 4500 items to their Day of Caring Campaign. The Credit Union was a Cornerstone Partner of UWTC to assist with their operational expenses so all campaign-generated revenue could be distributed to United Way agencies.  CFCU was recognized for our partnership with the UWTC by being named their “Contributor of the Year” for 2013.  We held a Blue Jeans Day for the UWTC Hunger and Food Security Program.  In other support for the UWTC, employees participated in their Day of Service and the CFCU President and CEO sits on the UWTC Board of Directors, chairs their Volunteer Center and co-chaired their Pacesetter division campaign.

  • Employees attended the UWTC Volunteer Coordinators Meeting.

  • 100% of Cortland County employees participated in the 2013 United Way of Cortland campaign.  Many employees attended the UWCC kick-off breakfast and the Credit Union collected donations for the UWCC Day of Caring.

  • Supported Family and Children’s Services through a Blue Jeans Day and sponsorship of their “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren” program.  Employees also attended their FesTOYval event and “Cayuga at Twilight” fundraiser.  An employee sits on their Board of Directors.

  • Raised over $4300 for the March of Dimes through Blue Jeans Day, raffle ticket sales, candy sales, and teller jar donations.  Numerous employees participated in the March in late April.

  • Served as a major sponsor for the Habitat for Humanity Women Build Project.  In addition to the corporate donation, approximately 30 employees worked as volunteers to help construct the house.  Employees also attended Habitat’s “Toolbelts and Tiaras” and “Raise the Roof” fundraisers and held a Blue Jeans Day to support Habitat.  An employee sits on their Board of Directors.

  • Held a collection drive for the Backpacks program sponsored by the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.  In this program, children who may not otherwise have access to meals are given a backpack full of food before the weekend.

  • Raised approximately $4900 through employee-sponsored initiatives for Relay for Life in Tompkins and Cortland Counties.  Employee teams participated in each event.  The Credit Union made an additional corporate donation to each event.

  • Sponsored events benefiting the YMCA of Tompkins County.  An employee sits on their Board of Directors and serves as their Board Treasurer.

  • Supported Alex’s Lemonade Stand by selling lemonade at Community Shred Day events.

  • Sponsored the YWCA of Cortland “Pig-N-Par” Golf Tournament.  An employee serves on this Board of Directors and is a member of their Finance Committee and Nominating Committee.

  • Served as a major sponsor and attended the Community and Coaches vs. Cancer event.

  • Sponsored the Cayuga Medical Center Gala and the Cortland Regional Medical Center H.E.R.O Campaign.

  • Participated in the Credit Unions for Kids’ Miracle Jeans Day to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network.

  • Collected coats and other winter-weather items to donate to Catholic Charities.

  • Held toy drives to support Cops, Kids, and Toys and Toys for Tots.

  • Supported Loaves and Fishes through an employee 50/50 raffle.

  • Provided corporate support for the “Making Room” campaign at the Franziska Racker Center.

  • Employees volunteered to ring bells to raise money for the Salvation Army.

  • Sponsored “An Evening to Remember Gala” to benefit Alzheimer’s Association of CNY.

  • Served as a sponsor for the Cayuga Radio Group/Cayuga Medical Center Women’s Expo.

  • Sponsored and participated in the Out of the Darkness Walk.

  • Sponsored and participated in Cancer Resource Center Walk.  We also held a Blue Jeans Day for the Cancer Resource Center and sponsored their “Day of Renewal” retreats.

  • Participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk.

  • Donated professional clothing to the Women’s Opportunity Center.

  • Additional Blue Jeans Days were held for the following organizations:

  1. Hospice
  2. Lifelong
  3. Better Housing for Tompkins County
  4. Volunteer Fire Fighters and First Responders
  5. Lupus Foundation
  6. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  7. Ronald McDonald House
  8. Mira’s Movement
  9. Foodnet/Meals on Wheels
  10. Salvation Army

Community Development

Community Development:

  • Attended the Tompkins County Rotary meetings and events.

  • Participated in Tompkins and Cortland Chamber of Commerce events such as their annual showcases, dinners, golf tournaments, and monthly networking events.

  • Participated in the Tompkins Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit, CEO Roundtable, and Governmental Affairs Committee.

  • Held two Community Shred Days where people could drop off items to be shredded and recycle old electronic items such as computers and televisions.

  • Participated in the Tompkins Cortland Home Builders and Remodelers Association Home and Garden Show.

  • CFCU’s CEO served as the keynote speaker for the Community Foundation of Tompkins County Women’s Fund Luncheon and several employees attended the event.  The Credit Union was featured in the Community Foundation’s Annual Report.

  • Held Blue Jeans Days for Cayuga Nature Center and Lime Hollow Nature Center.

  • Supported local farmers by joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) for employees.

  • Attended meetings and special events to support numerous non-profits in the community, including Human Services Coalition, United Way of Tompkins County, United Way of Cortland County, Family and Children’s Services, Finger Lakes Independence Center, Women’s Opportunity Center, Family Reading Partnership, Advocacy Center, Better Housing for Tompkins County, Tompkins Visitors Center, Franziska Racker Centers, and the Community Foundation of Tompkins County.

  • A Mortgage Loan Sales Associate was named National Vice President for the Eastern Region of the National Association of Professional Mortgage Women.

  • An employee was named to the Advocacy Center Board of Directors and serves as their Board Treasurer.

  • Employees participated in Leadership Tompkins and Leadership Cortland.

  • Participated in the Cortland County Dairy Parade.

  • Partnered with the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce to sponsor a Chamber Advantage program where chamber businesses can advertise discounts.

  • Participated in “The Good Life” expo at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

  • Made corporate donations to the Community Foundation of Tompkins County and the Tompkins County Area Development Capital Campaign.

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