The Summit FCU Teams Up With Local Organizations to Support Those in Need


All branches throughout The Summit’s footprint are supporting charities close to their hearts and the hearts of members.

November 22, 2022. Rochester, N.Y. — The Summit Federal Credit Union is known for its very vibrant community engagement program which continually supports non-profits that make a difference in the communities that they serve. This is especially true throughout the holiday season. Working closely with The Summit’s Regional Directors, the credit union is announcing the initiatives that they will be supporting this holiday season. These selected charities are specific to each region of The Summit’s footprint and have been chosen because of the impact that they each make on their communities.

“We are delighted to continue our strong tradition of holiday giving this season. Our branch management team has carefully selected charities that mean much to them and to their staff,” commented Twanda Christensen, Vice President of Marketing and Community Engagement. “We know that the generous donations of our members and employees will help make the holidays a bit brighter and warmer for those less fortunate.”

Throughout its Rochester branches, The Summit will be supporting Villa of Hope’s Holiday Wishes campaign. Since 2016, The Summit has supported the Holiday Wishes program which gives our community the opportunity to fulfill the wishes of over 500 Rochester-area children and youth who either live at Villa of Hope, or with their families, trying to heal from trauma and rebuild their lives. From November 28th to December 31st, each Rochester branch of The Summit will have a display with wish tags included. Those who wish to participate can take a tag from the poster and purchase some (or all) of the gifts included on the tag and return the unwrapped gift to The Summit branch or a participating Starbucks. For more info:

At its corporate headquarters, The Summit and Jazz 90.1 and are teaming up to fight hunger this holiday season. Non-perishable food items will be collected for those in need in the Greece Community at The Summit’s Greece branch and at the Jazz 90.1 studios from November 21st to December 23rd. During that time, members of The Summit and listeners of Jazz 90.1 may drop off donated products during regular business hours at both locations. Items most needed this year include boxed stuffing, cornbread mix, gravy packets, boxed desserts, and frosting, as well as canned vegetables like green beans and corn. The Summit’s Greece branch is located at Canal Ponds Business Park, 100 Marina Drive where the donation box will be placed in the main lobby. The Jazz 90.1 studios are located at Greece Olympia School, 1139 Maiden Lane in Greece where donations should be brought to the studio door located by the flagpole in the front of the building (please do not enter through the main school entrance.)

In its Buffalo branches, The Summit will again be supporting FeedMore’s Plates of Thanks initiative. Last year’s drive resulted in a $5,000 donation to FeedMore and The Summit is hoping to exceed that this year. Monetary donations will be accepted from November 17th to December 31st. Donations can be made at either of The Summit’s Buffalo branches at 5641 Transit Road, or 2290 Delaware Avenue. This is the 10th year that The Summit has taken part in this program enabling FeedMore WNY to provide nutritious food and critical resources to our neighbors in need.

The Summit’s Syracuse, Cortland, and Seneca Falls branches have each chosen a local charity to support, collecting needed items and monetary donations from December 1st through December 31st. The Summit’s Taft Road branch in Syracuse at 5201 West Taft Rd will be collecting non-perishable food and winter clothing for both children and adults for PEACE, Inc., Syracuse’s chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. The Erie Boulevard branch at 1400 Erie Boulevard East will be collecting hygiene items, hats, gloves, mittens, and coats for We Rise Above the Streets Recovery Outreach, Inc. which advocates for the homeless of Syracuse. The Seneca Falls branch at 123 Fall Street will be collecting winter hats, gloves, mittens, and coats for the students of the Seneca Falls School District; and the Cortland branch at 877 Route 13 will be collecting hygiene products, diapers, hats, gloves, and mittens for Catholic Charities of Cortland.

“With the range of not-for-profit organizations that we are supporting this holiday season, from helping the homeless and those recovering from addiction to those who cannot afford nutritious food and personal products, there are so many ways that our members can join The Summit to help those in need throughout the regions that the credit union serves,” said Christensen

About the Summit Federal Credit Union

Founded in 1941, The Summit Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned, full-service financial cooperative. With over $1.2 billion in assets, The Summit has over 230 employees and provides a full range of affordable financial products and services to over 89,000 active members in Central New York, the Finger Lakes Region, and Western New York.

The Summit is dedicated to the rich diversity of the communities that they serve. You will regularly see their staff out and about in the community supporting other not-for-profit organizations that share their mission and values.

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