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Empowering our Community

December 3, 2019

#GivingTuesday Contest Winners 

We're proud to serve our community on a daily basis, and are always looking for ways to further our local support. This year as part of the national Giving Tuesday movement, we empowered our employees to each choose a charity and donated $50 on their behalf. In addition, we also invited the community to let their voice be heard by nominating a local charitiy for a chance to win a $250 donation. Four winners were chosen at random from all of the submissions. Below are the winners of this years community #GivingTuesday contest: 


Thea Bowman House 

Nominated by Marybeth
(photo Jane Domingue)

This charity has been serving low-income, at-risk children and families in Utica since 1986. They provide quality care in the hope of breaking the cycle of poverty through educational and social enrichment. A gift of $250 will help us continue to give hats, mittens, Easter baskets, and birthday parties to the kids.


Amanda L. King Memorial Fund 

Nominated by Stephanie
(photo Stephanie Rotach)

This charity is close to my heart. It was set up in my cousin's memory after she lost her battle with cancer in 2009, just shy of her 19th birthday. Money raised by the Amanda L. King foundation stays right here in our community to help ease some of the financial burden experienced by families who have a child battling cancer.


Capitol Civic Center

Nominated by Julie
(photo Julie Whittenmore)

I served as a volunteer and have worked for the Capitol for many years. Throughout that time, it occurred to me that the work we do is not just a job, it's a passion and a lifestyle. It is not uncommon for the Capitol's volunteers and staff to work 12+ hours per day, especially during the busy season. Yet one cannot always tell since everyone seems to have never-ending amounts of energy to accomplish the work they do. Everyone here loves theater and film, and understands that the arts serve as an important cultural and economical anchor for the city. Whenever you visit the Capitol, you are greeted by smiling faces by people who know you by name. The Capitol is always eager to work with other nonprofits to accomplish great work for all of those in Rome, even if there is not an obvious benefit in it for the Capitol. It is simply enough to help our neighbors!


Valley Health Services 

Nominated by Connie
(photo Connie Castellano)

Valley Health Services is a 160-bed nursing home in Herkimer, NY. At Valley Health Services, it is about family and every resident has a story to tell. Each is a daughter or a son with children, grandchildren, great grandchildren or family members, who are concerned about their health and welfare. For them, choosing the right nursing home is personal—it's a life decision. For the healthcare personnel who deliver excellent care and compassion 24/7, it is also personal. The healthcare professionals strive to make every decision families face less daunting by opening their doors to a fulfilling lifestyle with excellent care. At Valley Health Services, residents thrive in a healthy environment, with an array of engaging activities and opportunities for socialization. Valley Health Services' healthcare professionals would be so grateful for a gift of $250 on behalf of First Source Federal Credit Union because it would allow them to continue to provide essential services and socialization for those who truly need it.


Congratulations to all the winners!

Connecting the Brave

November 6, 2019

Gently used cell phones for donation.On a Mission to Keep Our Troops In Touch

Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services and emergency funding to active-duty military members and veterans. Founded in 2004 by Brittany Bergquist and her brother Robbie, then 13 and 12 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers relies on cash contributions and donations of gently used cell phones, to provide a lifeline for America’s bravest.


Cell Phones For Soldiers is divided into two separate programs:

Minutes That Matter - provides free calling cards to active-duty military members to connect with loved ones. Since 2004, they have provided U.S. troops with more than 300 million minutes of free talk time and distributed more than 5 million prepaid international calling cards.

Helping Heroes Homes - assists veterans with emergency funds to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. Since July of 2012, Helping Heroes Home has assisted more than 3,100 veterans and their families with emergency funding.


How can you help?

Starting on November 8th and running through December 8th, our New Hartford, Rome and South Utica branches will be holding a donation drive in support of Cell Phones for Soldiers. All types of gently used cell phones and tablets, will be graciously accepted. There will be donation boxes near the Greeters stations at these 3 branches, where you can drop off any old phone that may be lying around your home.


What types of cell phones and mobile devices can be donated?

Gently used smartphones, are preferred; however, proceeds are generated from the recycling of broken and outdated mobile phones as well. Chargers and accessories are also welcomed to donate.


Interested in making a larger impact?

Visit the official Cell Phones for Soldiers website for other ways to get invlolved with this incredible organization and make a difference in the lives of our active and retired military members.

 

Ryan Misencik honored with Genesis Volunteer Award

September 30, 2019

Ryan Misencik riding a bicycle and posing with Joe Griffo

First Source is pleased to announce that our very own Ryan Misencik received one of two Genesis Volunteer Awards given at the 19th Annual Genesis Group Meeting & Joseph R. Carucci Legacy Awards luncheon. We would also like to congratulate all of the 2019 honorees for their continued efforts and dedication to our community.


Class of 2019 Honorees

George Aney, Eqs.  |  Brian Bogan  |  John Calidonna  |  Jackie Romano
Rev. Dr. Mary Webster  |  Remsen Barn Festival


The Genesis Group is an organization that brings together business and community leaders who are working to improve economic, social and cultural interests, and to foster unity and cooperation within the Mohawk Valley. Their focus is to create a positive impact in our community, a mission that Ryan is certainly familiar with.


About Ryan

Ryan Misencik, a Project Analyst with First Source, is a devoted husband and father, and an avid runner and cyclist. He strives to be a good role model for his daughters by sharing his time and talents, volunteering in a variety of capacities throughout our community. His actions and attitude emphasize how important giving back truly is.


The Ride for Missing Children - Ryan has been a Ride volunteer for 10 years serving in several official positions, including Shepherd, Steering Committee and Leadership Team. Ryan also leads the group of cyclists throughout Ride Day as the Official Pace Shepherd.


The Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program - This year Ryan became a mentor for a student in need as part of the Young Scholars program. He enjoys having the ability to provide guidance and introduce his mentee to a world of new opportunities that otherwise they may never experience.

Read more about Ryan’s mentorship experience >


Genesis Group St. Patrick’s Day, Independence Day and RCIL Holiday Parades - Ryan is also an integral part of the Parade Organization Committee for The Genesis Group. He assists with the planning and organization of the full parade event, plus day of coordination and parade line up.


Music for Genesis Events - As a radio and private DJ for over 25 years, Ryan has also donated his skills and services for many Genesis Group events, including Taste of the Mohawk Valley and their annual holiday party.  


Ryan truly enjoys making a difference in our community in any way he can and we are so proud to have him as part of our First Source family. Congratulations Ryan!

 

Think Pink: Together, We Make a Difference

September 26, 2019

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

First Source Federal Credit Union is a longtime supporter of the American Cancer Society. Throughout the month of October we will be "thinking pink" to raise awareness, and educate our employees, Members  and community about breast cancer. 

Efforts will include an employee Jeans dress-down fundraising day, a First Source team of employees, friends and family, participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and an awareness campaign with Roser Communications to bring you the stories of 4 breast cancer survivors throughout the month of October.


Meet the Survivors

Survivor #1 - Cathy Abel
Cathy Abel and her husband Scott are from Ilion. They have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Cathy is a 3 year breast cancer survivor and credits her yearly mammogram for the early detection of her Stage 0 cancer. She says, “Don’t EVER put off your mammogram, because it can save your life." Cathy has a whole new outlook on life and appreciates each and every day that she is given. Learn more about Cathy's story and hear clips from her interview. >


Survivor #2 - Karyn Urtz
Karyn is from Rome and was diagnosed with Stage 1A breast cancer two years ago. Her mother, a four time breast cancer survivor, passed away in 2006. Because of her family history, Karyn scheduled regular mammograms and credits those tests and her doctor with the early detection. She says "Awareness is the key," and praises her mother's sense of humor as the reason she has been able to deal with her own cancer. Karyn is very thankful for the support she has received from her family and friends, and feels fantastic today! Learn more about Karyn's story and hear clips from her interview. >


Survivor #3 - Terry Decola
Terry is from Utica and was diagnosed with Stage 0 breast cancer back in 2016. Thanks to her routine mammograms, her doctor was able to diagnose her cancer in the very early stages. She went through radiation and is still taking her chemotherapy pill to fight the disease. Despite being a private person, Terry decided to share her story to bring hope and awareness. She says the love, support and positive attitude of her family is what helped her get through it all, and be here today. Terry continues to live life to the fullest! Learn more about Terry's story and hear clips from her interview. >


Survivor #4 - Maryrose Tucker
Maryrose is from Utica and was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer after finding a lump during a breast self-exam. She went through 4 rounds of chemotherapy and 33 rounds of radiation in her fight against breast cancer. Maryrose didn't have time to feel sorry for herself, because everything happened so quickly, but says she couldn't have made it through the ordeal without the love and support of her family. She feels wonderful now, and recommends regular breast self-exams and routine mammograms. Learn more about Maryrose's story and hear clips from her interview. >
 


How Can You Get Involved?

Donate: October 11th is a First Source fundraising Jeans Day for Breast Cancer, when many of our employees with be dressing down and donating to support the American Cancer Society (ACS). You can join our efforts and make a donation to the American Cancer Society in their fight, either directly, or to someone participating in the Walk. Your donation will help to fund groundbreaking research, raise awareness and provide support to those fighting this disease.


Wear Pink: It’s a simple way to show your support and solidarity for all who are at risk for breast cancer: mothers, wives, daughters, granddaughters, friends and loved ones. Friday, October 18th is National Mammography Day, so that’s a great day to wear your pink. Share your photo on social media and become a part of something so much bigger. #NationalMammographyDay


Walk: Register online, to take part in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at the Masonic Care Community on Sunday, October 20th. This is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about how we can reduce the risk of getting breast cancer, and raise money to help the ACS. The ACS leads the fight against this disease with groundbreaking breast cancer research, information and support 24-7, and access to testing. Every step you take is personal, and together we’re helping the fight against breast cancer. Join us!

 

Ryan Misencik on the Mentor Program

September 5, 2019

A Young Scholars Program testimonial

Would you recommend the Mentoring program to others?

"Yes...it has been very rewarding!

I know everyone leads busy lives, but if you are volunteering for an upcoming event, how about something that just seems like a leisure trip to the beach, or a day excursion? Your mentees need volunteer hours for the program, and any of those things more than likely exposes them to new opportunities they never had in the past, and could be life-changing experiences for them. 

On all of the outings I have had with my mentee, we have planned different things to do and spent some quality time together. The expressions on his face and the joy he seems to be experiencing make this so rewarding. Every time, it almost gives you the feeling of getting up the morning of Christmas to see the looks on your kids’ faces when they see the presents under the tree."

- Ryan Misencik


Become a Mentor

Becoming and being a mentor is easy, takes very little of your time and money, and may become the most rewarding experience of your life.


Learn more about how to become a mentor in the Young Scholars Program, and how you can help our community.

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