American Eagle Financial Credit Union Fund

In 2010, we established a Donor-Advised Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to foster charitable giving and community outreach. The fund serves as American Eagle Financial Credit Union’s primary source of charitable giving and provides opportunities for the Credit Union, its members, and strategic partners to give financial support to charities in our five-county service area (Hartford, Middlesex, New Haven, and Tolland counties in Connecticut and Hampden County in Massachusetts). Since its inception, we have distributed $305,000 in charitable grants through the Fund.

Become a Donor to the Fund

We welcome your tax-deductible donation to the American Eagle Financial Credit Union Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. You can donate now using your credit card or complete a Donor Form and mail it with your check or return it to any AEFCU branch.

Grant Requests

The American Eagle Financial Credit Union Fund may make monetary grants to nonprofits located within the Credit Union's geographic charter that are tax exempt organizations as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Written verification of the organizations 501(c)(3) status is required. The requesting organization shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, or veteran status in its employment, policies or in the services it provides. Requests are reviewed and approved on a periodic basis.

American Eagle Financial Credit Union does not provide financial support to: religious organizations for direct religious activities; political campaigns, lobbyists, individuals, fraternal organizations; activities outside its community charter; and projects not aligned with the mission, vision, or values of the Credit Union or are inconsistent with guidelines and criteria established by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Please submit requests by mail or email to:
Community Relations 
American Eagle Financial Credit Union
333 East River Drive, East Hartford, CT 06188
[email protected]

 

Requests for Sponsorships, Donations, and Volunteers

Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations within the Credit Union's geographic charter may submit requests for sponsorships, monetary and in-kind donations, and volunteer support. The requesting organization shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, or veteran status in its employment, policies or in the services it provides. Requests are reviewed and awarded periodically according to American Eagle Charitable Contribution policy guidelines.

American Eagle Financial Credit Union does not provide financial or volunteer support to: religious organizations for direct religious activities; political campaigns, lobbyists, individuals, fraternal organizations; activities outside community charter; and projects not aligned with the mission, vision, or values of the Credit Union or are inconsistent with guidelines.

Please submit requests by mail or email to:
Community and Public Relations Manager
American Eagle Financial Credit Union
333 East River Drive, East Hartford, CT 06188
[email protected]

What is Cash Back to the Community?

American Eagle Financial Credit Union introduced a participatory funding program, Cash Back to the Community, to significantly increase our philanthropic giving. We created this program in 2020 as a way to invite our members and public to play an active role in our philanthropic efforts. Little did we know then how vital these funds would be to nonprofits during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are concentrated on making the places where we live and work better, and responding quickly during critical times. Watch the Cash Back with IMPACT video.

You Can Make A Difference

Funding for the program is generated each time our members use their American Eagle Financial Credit Union credit or debit card. The Credit Union committed to donating one percent of our total credit and debit card interchange income - the fee paid for credit and debit card transactions. The more you use those cards, the more we give to charity!

How are Donations Awarded?

Each quarter we will hold a nominating period followed by a voting period through our website and social media sites. At the end of each quarter, one percent of that quarter’s interchange income will be distributed equally among three qualified nonprofits and/or 501(c)(3) organizations as voted on by the Credit Union’s members and the public. In the event of a tie, American Eagle employees will vote to determine the winner. The top three organizations, based on total votes,will receive a donation from AEFCU. Twelve different organizations will receive funds during the year.

2022 Nominating and Voting Schedule

Quarter  Nominating Period Voting Period Winners Announced
First January 24 - February 13 March 7-20 Early April
Second April 25 - May 15 June 6-19 Early July
Third July 25 - August 14 September 6-18  Early October
Fourth October 24 - November 13  December 5-18 Early January 2023

 

 

 

 

Eligiblility and Past Recipients

Nominating Process

  • During each nominating period, members and nonmembers may nominate a nonprofit or 501(c)(3) organization through American Eagle’s website, social media, or email.
  • The nomination will not roll over.  The organization needs to be nominated each quarter to be placed on the voting ballot..
  • American Eagle employees, their families, and board members are eligible to submit nominations.
  • AEFCU will screen each nominee according to the Cash Back to the Community eligibility guidelines and determine the final list of nominees each quarter.

Voting Process

  • During the voting period, share the link with anyone you wish and encourage others to vote!
  • One entry per email address is permitted. 
  • At the end of the nomination period, qualified nominees will be placed on the ballot for voting through a link on American Eagle’s website, social media, or email.
  • One vote per email address per quarter is permitted.
  • Individuals are encouraged to share the voting link with others.
  • American Eagle employees, their families, and board members are also eligible to vote.
  • AEFCU will screen each group according to the Cash Back to the Community eligibility guidelines and determine the final voting ballot list each quarter.
  • At the end of the voting period, the top three vote-getting organizations will receive a donation from American Eagle.
  • In the event of a tie, American Eagle employees will vote to determine the winner.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • All previous Cash Back to the Community donation recipients are excluded from participation.
  • Organizations who receive a sponsorship, donation, or grant of $2,000 or greater, during the same calendar year, are excluded from participation.
  • Organization must be not-for-profit and/or a 501(c)(3) organization.
  • Organizations must operate under best practices for governance (e.g., have a board that meets regularly, provide financial oversight of the organization, etc.).
  • Board of directors and staff are representative of the racial/ethnic diversity of the region served.
  • Organization must not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected classes as required by law.
  • Results are outcomes that last, not just annual activities and one-time events.
  • Organizations or causes should positively and directly impact our community versus large, national organizations.
  • At least 75% of the organization’s expenses should be spent directly on their programs.
  • Organization should not receive taxpayer funding and must be based within and benefit the residents of Hartford, Middlesex, New Haven, and Tolland Counties in Connecticut or Hampden County, Massachusetts.
  • AEFCU reserves the right to disqualify organizations that support topics likely to give rise to public disagreement.
  • AEFCU reserves the right to award one like winning organization per quarter (e.g. Food Pantry, Animal Shelter, etc.) and select alternative winners as necessary.
  • AEFCU reserves the right to make adjustments to the eligibility guidelines as needed during the course of the year.

Excluded Organizations

  • Political organizations.
  • Religious organizations.
  • Town libraries, parks & recreation, police, fire, and ambulance departments.
  • Public and private schools and school affiliated programs (PTO/PTA, sports, clubs, and related activities).

2022 Donation Recipients

First Quarter

American Eagle Financial Credit Union announced the recipients of $25,128 in donations from the first quarter of its participatory funding program, Cash Back to the Community. Congratulations to Hartford County 4-H Camp of Hartford, Boxes to Boots in Berlin, and the Free Center in Middletown. These nonprofits each received a donation of $8,376 as the top three vote recipients from members and the general public.

Hartford County 4-H Camp
Based in Marlborough, CT, Hartford County 4-H Camp, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides a fun, safe, healthy, and enriching outdoor experience for young people, with a “Learning by Doing” philosophy. Through 4-H principles, the organization endeavors to foster personal growth in an atmosphere of stewardship for the individual, the community, and the Earth. You can learn more about Hartford County 4-H Camp at hartfordcounty4hcamp.org.

Boxes to Boots
Based in Berlin, CT, Boxes to Boots works to bring smiles to soldiers who cannot be home with their families for the holidays. The organization and its volunteers work throughout the year to raise funds and create, package, and ship care packages to deployed U.S. military personnel serving overseas. In November 2021, the organization sent 1,200 care packages to Connecticut National Guard soldiers stationed in Africa, Poland, Kuwait, and Kosovo.  You can learn more about Boxes to Boots at boxestoboots.org

Free Center—Middletown Branch
The Free Center’s Middletown Branch is a community impact incubator that provides access to space, information, and event support for community-oriented gatherings and workshops—including community and public programs, performances, film screenings, and art showings. More can be learned about the Free Center at freecenter.us

 

Second Quarter

American Eagle Financial Credit Union announced this year’s second quarter winners of Cash Back to the Community—three nonprofits from AEFCU’s service area—who will receive $27,603 in total donations for garnering the most support during the latest round of voting for the Credit Union’s popular philanthropic program. Congratulations to Southington North Little League, For All Ages, and Girl Scouts of Connecticut. These nonprofits each received a donation of $9.201 as the top three vote recipients from members and the general public.

Southington North Little League
Southington North Little League is a youth baseball league based in Southington, Connecticut. Southington North Little League will use these funds to provide no-cost registration to our Challenger Division next year and make field updates that will serve the local community.  The league is committed to inclusion and the power of youth baseball to provide life lessons that makethe local community stronger.

For All Ages
For All Ages is Connecticut’s only nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting the generations and inspiring action to end loneliness, reduce ageism and improve health and well-being. Since launching in 2019, the organization’s free programs and events have enabled 5,000 hours of positive, collaborative experiences between the generations that provide social connectedness vital to our health at every age. You can learn more about For All Ages at forallages.org.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut
Girl Scouts of Connecticut builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls in Connecticut where we serve 7,770 girls in Hartford, Middlesex, New Haven and Tolland Counties. To learn more about Girl Scouts of Connecticut, visit http://www.gsofct.org.

2021 Donation Recipients

In 2021, American Eagle donated a total of $105,364 to 12 nonprofit organizations through Cash Back to the Community.

First Quarter

American Eagle Financial Credit Union announced the recipients of $23,166 in donations from the first quarter of its participatory funding program, Cash Back to the Community. Congratulations to Silk City Chorus of Manchester, Connecticut Gold Star Families Memorial (future site in Berlin), and the Police Athletic League of Hartford. These nonprofits each received a donation of $7,772 as the top three vote recipients from members and the general public.

Silk City Chorus of Manchester has performed for audiences throughout the state and is consistently ranked as the best-performing barbershop chorus in Connecticut, as well as one of the best choruses throughout New England. “On behalf of the Manchester Connecticut Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society we extend our very special thanks to American Eagle Financial Credit Union for all they do in support of our local communities,” said its president, Scott Tibbo. “This donation comes at a vital time during the pandemic and will help fund critical aspects of our operation, including the purchase of sheet music and learning tracks, uniforms, props and staging for our performances, targeted outreach, and other volunteer efforts.” 

The Connecticut Gold Star Families Memorial Monument organization is a chapter of the Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, which was created by Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel “Woody" Williams to remember those families who have lost a loved one to preserve our freedom. “The Connecticut Gold Star Families Memorial Monument organization is grateful to American Eagle for this donation and their community assistance,” said chairperson Gary Roy and honorary board member Marianne Mihalyo. “This donation will be a tremendous help in our efforts to build a memorial in Veterans Memorial Park in Berlin, which will pay tribute to all the Connecticut families whose loved one paid the ultimate sacrifice while in military service to our country.” 

The Police Athletic League (PAL) of Hartford is an organization that empowers the youth of Hartford to realize their potential and develop positive relationships with police officers through free mentoring, sports and educational and art programs. “PAL is extremely grateful for this generous donation,” said Vincenzo Marfella, programing and operations coordinator for PAL. “This funding will be used to enhance our spring and summer programing, which will allow us to provide Hartford youth with opportunities to participate in sports programs and other recreational activities not normally afforded to them, at no cost to them or their families.” 

Second Quarter

American Eagle Financial Credit Union announced the recipients of $23,166 in donations from the second quarter of its participatory funding program, Cash Back to the Community. Congratulations to Around the Words, That Newfoundland Place, and Creative Living Community of Connecticut. These nonprofits each received a donation of $9,187 as the top three vote recipients from members and the general public.

Around the Worlds “It’s a tremendous honor to have been selected as one of the Cash Back to the Community Q2 donation recipients,” shared Stephen Schirra, Founder of Around the Worlds. “Our free-of-charge soccer programs have provided children a welcome and much-needed escape from lives filled with immense trial and uncertainty. Our programs afford our young beneficiaries opportunities to learn, dream, and play—while allowing us to provide a safe space for them to do so. A contribution of this magnitude will foster that learning, amplify those dreams, and restore play during a time children need it most.”

That Newfoundland Place “Winning American Eagle’s Cash Back to the Community program is beyond exciting,” shared Catherine Derench, President of That Newfoundland Place. “Throughout the pandemic we been following our normal protocols of rescuing, vetting, rehabbing and placing dogs—and this generous donation will help us continue to provide these important services for our local community. We are grateful to American Eagle Financial Credit Union for their opportunity, kindness, and generosity.”

Creative Living Community of Connecticut “This generous donation from American Eagle will enable Creative Living Community of Connecticut (CLCC) to expand our highly successful Greenhouse and Farming Vocational Program on our 10-acre farm in Coventry,” said Patrick Byrne, Executive Director of Community Living Community of Connecticut. “Our program provides training, educational opportunities, and engaging horticultural experiences for adults with Autism and intellectual or developmental disabilities. These funds will be used to grow and maximize our growing space in order to employ more adults with developmental disabilities and further serve our community.”

Third Quarter

American Eagle Financial Credit Union announced the recipients of $25,842 in donations from the third quarter of its participatory funding program, Cash Back to the Community. Congratulations to Southington Girls Softball League, Our Piece of the Pie, and Asnuntuck Community College Food Pantry. These nonprofits each received a donation of $8,614 as the top three vote recipients from members and the general public.

“One of the few things that compares to the excitement of announcing our Cash Back to the Community winners throughout the year is witnessing how this program is helping local organizations grow and continue their important work in our service area,” said Dean Marchessault, President & CEO of American Eagle Financial Credit Union. “Congratulations to our winners, both past and present, and thank you to all those who were nominated and voted. We hope you’ll stay involved, as our last round of the year will commence in the coming weeks.”

Southington Girls Softball League "We are very appreciative of American Eagle Financial Credit Union for this donation,” said Mike Konopka, President of the Southington Girls Softball League. “This money will go a long way to help us make improvements to our fields and continue our mission of inclusivity. A portion of this donation will be made available to families who can't afford the league entry, as we never turn away a player for financial reasons. We are also looking to expand our free off-season programs, and this generous donation will help fund that growth."

Our Piece of the Pie, Inc. “We’re very thankful for American Eagle Financial Credit Union’s support, which will allow us to better assist our youth in navigating life’s challenges, while helping them explore and prepare for their future education and career paths,” said Hector Rivera, President and CEO of OPP. “This donation will provide our youth more opportunities to develop themselves, while also contributing to their community—a win for us all.” 

Asnuntuck Community College Food Pantry“ Asnuntuck Community College is honored to have our food pantry selected for American Eagle Financial Credit Union’s Cash Back to the Community program,” said Dr. Michelle Coach, CEO of Asnuntuck Community College. “Food insecurity has been a struggle for many of our students, and it was exacerbated by the pandemic.  This donation will make an immense difference in a significant number of our students’ lives—and they are our community.”

Fourth Quarter

American Eagle Financial Credit Union announced the recipients of $28,794 in donations from the fourth quarter of its participatory funding program, Cash Back to the Community. Congratulations to Connecticut Cat Connection, Cans-4-A-Cause, and Angel of Edgewood. These nonprofits each received a donation of $9,598 as the top three vote recipients from members and the general public.

“The past year was another challenging one for many nonprofits in our region because of the ongoing pandemic, so we’re thrilled that we were able to provide needed financial assistance to twelve deserving organizations in 2021 through Cash Back to the Community,” said Howard Brady, President & CEO of American Eagle Financial Credit Union. “American Eagle is excited to announce that we will be continuing this successful program for a third year in 2022. We encourage eligible organizations and their supporters to get involved.”

Connecticut Cat Connection "Connecticut Cat Connection is incredibly grateful for this donation,” said Marianne Vieweg, Founder and President of Connecticut Cat Connection. “We are entirely volunteer run and we rescue many stray cats living in unsafe situations outdoors and offer sanctuary for cats that would otherwise be euthanized for treatable conditions. We also take in surrenders from families who can no longer give their cat the support and attention they need. We are a No-Kill shelter and the medical care required to prepare these cats for adoption comes at a high financial cost. This donation will help us to assist many more cats in need in our community."

In 2021, the organization placed over 700 cats for adoption and currently has over 60 kittens and cats available at their Adoption Center in Windsor.

Cans 4-A-Cause “This donation from American Eagle will enable us to expand our program by reaching out to communities beyond the Greater Middletown area,” said Jeff Myjak, Founder and President of Cans 4-A-Cause. “We will be able to set up more locations for people to drop off their bottles and cans, which will allow us to put more money back into the community. It will also allow us to look into renting a space next winter so our volunteers won't have to sort in the cold. It will give us the opportunity to buy some recycling bins that can be used at events and businesses as well."

In 2021, the organization redeemed over 750,000 containers and donated over $35,000 to local charities. Since 2018, they have redeemed 1.4 million containers and donated $64,000.

Angel of Edgewood Jendayi Scott-Miller, a community leader in North Hartford, started cooking meals for hungry seniors out of her kitchen when COVID-19 hit. With the help of volunteers, community organizations, and other funding, Jendayi, her husband Vincent Miller, and daughter Olivia Covington expanded the operation into a building capable of serving meals to hundreds, then thousands of residents. Now, Angel of Edgewood is relocating to a storefront on Blue Hills Avenue in Hartford which will be the home of a food pantry and community cafe. Angel of Edgewood is a resource of food security to the Greater Hartford community, regardless of anyone's circumstances. Its mission is to feed the hungry…period. Elderly, disabled, veterans, unemployed, underemployed, poor, migrants, and homeless women, men, and children all are welcome.

“We are beyond grateful to receive these funds from American Eagle,” said Jendayi Scott-Miller, Founding Executive Director of Angel of Edgewood. “With this donation, Angel of Edgewood can continue its efforts in dismantling hunger. Many food pantries are facing tough times right now, food donations are extremely low and gaining access to quality healthy food is almost impossible in this community. These funds will replenish essential items that are always needed in our pantry. In addition, restocking diapers for our diaper bank, and formula for our formula bank. We are grateful and forever indebted to the entire American Eagle family, and our voters who believe in us, and wholeheartedly support our work. Your commitment to smaller organizations, such as ours, truly increases the impact of nonprofits statewide."

2020 Donation Recipients

In 2020, American Eagle donated a total of $86,425 to 12 nonprofit organizations through Cash Back to the Community.

First Quarter

For the quarter ending March 31, 2020, American Eagle Financial Credit Union donated $20,541, divided equally among the top three vote recipients in the amount of $6,847. We received 159 nominations and 1,410 votes from members and the general public. Congratulations to Friends of Feeney, Inc., Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington, and Furry Animals Being Saved Rescue.

Friends of Feeney, Inc. West Hartford-based Friends of Feeney, Inc. was recognized for their work focused on supporting local children and families who need assistance after experiencing heartbreak and/or tragedy.  “As a grassroots group that started in 2016 and then formally becoming a nonprofit 501c3 in 2019, all of our funds have come from person to person contact fundraising. Being awarded this donation from American Eagle Financial Credit Union will allow us to reach and support so many more of our community's children and families during a time when the need to help each other is so great,” said Eric Feeney, founder of Friends of Feeney. “This generous donation will allow us to set up an ‘emergency request for support’ system designed to quickly reach as many friends of our community as possible.”

Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington “I was exciting to hear from the American Eagle Financial Credit Union that we were a Cash Back to the Community award recipient,” said Joanne Kelleher, director of the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington an organization dedicated to the growth, development and academic success of young children in town. “This donation will give us the financial flexibility to help parents and childcare providers through the Covid-19 crisis in ways we weren't previously considering. We are concerned about both the short-term issues of health risks, increased domestic violence, food insecurity, distance learning and the financial stability of the childcare industry, but also the long-term impacts this traumatic situation may cause to the brain development and future education of our youngest children.”

Furry Animals Being Saved Rescue, Inc. “American Eagle’s Cash Back to the Community Award will support the mission FABS Rescue set out to achieve: to save animals from suffering and give them the love, care and medical treatment they need to live happy, healthy lives,” said Fabrizia Dimaio, founder of Furry Animals Being Saved Rescue, Inc. based in Tolland. “This generous donation will allow us to continue our efforts to not only care for the pets currently in our rescue, but also enables us to rescue even more animals at risk of abandonment or euthanasia.”

Second Quarter

For the quarter ending June 30, 2020, American Eagle Financial Credit Union donated $19,725, divided equally among the top three vote recipients in the amount of $6,575. We received 242 nominations and 4,447 votes from members and the general public. Congratulations to Seniors Job Bank of Greater Hartford in West Hartford, Quinnipiac University Dance Marathon program in Hamden, and Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford in Hartford.

Seniors Job Bank of Greater Hartford is a nonprofit organization created in 1974, dedicated to helping people over the age of 50 find part-time work in the West Hartford community and surrounding towns. The organization connects jobseekers with part-time job opportunities in businesses, municipalities, and nonprofits as well as per diem work with individuals. "American Eagle's donation is especially welcome now, as the COVID-19 virus crisis has made fundraising even more challenging than it usually is. The money will help us continue to connect folks over 50 seeking work with businesses and households that have work to be done," said Bernie Weiss, president, Seniors Job Bank of Greater Hartford.

Quinnipiac University Dance Marathon (QTHON) benefits the Children’s Miracle Network and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Students involved in a campus' dance marathon organization spend a year gaining leadership, teamwork, and nonprofit business experience while raising funds and awareness for their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. The year culminates with an 8-40-hour event (the dance marathon) on each campus where students get to meet patient families treated at their local hospital, participate in games and dancing, enjoy entertainment, and reveal their annual fundraising total.  “This donation means more to our QTHON family than words can describe. Our fight for the kids never stops and we appreciate American Eagle’s support. These funds will be used to provide life-saving care to children, supply the newest technology for the hospital, and enhance the patient and family experience,” said Hannah Baker, executive director, QTHON 2021.

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford (LVGH), a private non-profit organization, has provided adult literacy services to the Greater Hartford community since 1972. Serving 20 towns, its cutting edge, student-centered, technology enriched programs teach nearly 900 adults each year the reading and writing, English proficiency, math, high school completion, citizenship, and job readiness skills they need to succeed. LVGH students are age 18 and over. About two-thirds take classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program, representing over 80 countries around the world. The other third are native English speakers who generally read and write at or below a sixth-grade reading level. “Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford is incredibly fortunate to receive this donation from the Cash Back to the Community program. We recently moved our literacy classes and career services to an online format to give our students the opportunity to learn and grow in the safety of their homes. This funding will allow us to continue the transition to online learning and to help our students achieve their literacy and life goals,” said Stephen Morris assistant director, Operations, Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford.

Watch Second Quarter Winners Video

Third Quarter

For the quarter ending September 30, 2020, American Eagle Financial Credit Union donated $22,077, divided equally among the top three vote recipients in the amount of $7,359. We received 158 nominations and 3,418 votes from members and the general public. Congratulations to Enfield Community Cat Project, TLC Foundation, Inc. in Manchester, and Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton.

Enfield Community Cat Project works with the town to rescue homeless and abandoned cats. The organization seeks to provide veterinary treatment to sick or injured cats as well as foster homes while seeking a permanent home. The Enfield Community Cat Project also promotes spay and neutering of cats in order to reduce over population, suffering, and disease. "This is a huge win for Enfield Community Cat Project by being chosen for this community award. Our plans for this amazing donation are to help us cover the many expenses we are still facing because of COVID. We have literally been drowning in vet bills so this is a huge relief to our rescue and will give us an opportunity to save more lives,” said Dawn Struck, President & Founder of Enfield Community Cat Project.

TLC Foundation, Inc. in Manchester is a transitional living center which offers a safe, structured family-like environment to Manchester school children who are victims of abuse, neglect family disruption, parent-child conflict or lack of a suitable home environment beyond their control. TLC offers the chance for school aged boys and girls to continue in Manchester Schools and live in a family-like environment. “On behalf of the TLC Foundation, I want to express appreciation to the Community Involvement Fund of American Eagle Financial Credit Union. During these unprecedented times of COVID-19, the monies from the Community Involvement fund will assist with staffing, the purchase of PPE and recreational activities,” said Liama B. Holmes, Executive Director of the TLC Foundation.

Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton seeks to increase awareness, appreciation and knowledge of the natural world, and the interrelationships that exist between people and the changing environment.  The center maintains five miles of trails on the adjacent state-owned Werner’s Woods property. This refuge is home to a variety of native wildlife species. Outdoor gardens provide opportunities for visitors to view wildflowers, birds and butterflies in season. Seasonal nature walks for all ages are offered throughout the year. “Roaring Brook Nature Center is most appreciative for the generous donation from American Eagle Financial Credit Union. The AEFCU gift will help us to keep our doors open and to provide programs, and serve as a resource to residents of the Farmington Valley and the greater Hartford area,” said Jay Kaplan, Director.

Watch Third Quarter Winners Video

Fourth Quarter

For the quarter ending December 31, 2020, American Eagle Financial Credit Union donated $24,018, divided equally among the top three vote recipients in the amount of $8,026. We received 168 nominations and 5,083 votes from members and the general public. Congratulations to Healing Meals Community Project, Dog Star Rescue, and Farmington Friends of Music. 

Healing Meals Community Project of Bloomfield provides healthy organic meals to people in a health crisis while fostering compassion and empowering youth and adult volunteers in our communities. “We are thrilled and honored to be a recipient of the American Eagle Financial Credit Union’s Cash Back to the Community program for the fourth quarter,” said Sarah Leathers, Founder & CEO of Healing Meals Community Project. “These funds will provide much-needed meals to clients and their family members, as well as grocery bags full of nutritional staples and fresh produce. We are grateful to community members that voted for us.”

Dog Star Rescue of Bloomfield saves stray, abandoned, shelter and owner surrendered dogs of all breeds and ages by placing them in qualified, caring, lifelong homes. “A donation like this helps Dog Star Rescue in so many ways,” said Dan McCabe, President of Dog Star Rescue. “It will help us further our mission of saving and rehoming dogs, and it will help us with the facility costs that come from running an all-volunteer operation as well as feeding the dogs we care for. This is an awesome way to cap off a crazy year—it has really boosted the spirits of our entire organization.”

Farmington Friends of Music is a non-profit organization created by supporters of Farmington Public Schools music students. Its mission is to promote the necessity of music education in Farmington Schools, enhance music education and support music educational opportunities for its schools and community. “We thank American Eagle Financial Credit Union for this wonderful opportunity,” said Leslie A. Isme, Music Department Chair of Farmington High School. “This year, with the pandemic and financial crisis, we have had more needs in our schooled than ever before. The money donated from the Cash Back to the Community program will directly support students in need of musical instruments, allowing them to participate or continue to participate in our music program.“

Extending a Helping Hand

American Eagle Financial Credit Union is committed to giving back to the communities we serve. Charitable giving and employee volunteerism extends throughout our service area including Hartford, Middlesex, New Haven, and Tolland counties in Connecticut, and Hampden County, Massachusetts. Explore the tabs below for a summary of the organizations supported over the past three years.

2022 Community Outreach

Organizations supported include:

 

Corporate Donations

  • East Hartford High School, Academy of Finance
  • Goodwin University Foundation
  • Rotary Club of South Windsor

 

Cash Back to the Community

  • Hartford County 4-H Camp

  • Boxes to Boots

  • Free Center—Middletown Branch

  • Southington North Little League

  • For All Ages

  • Girl Scouts of Connecticut

 

American Eagle Financial Credit Union Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

  • Ukrainian humanitarian relief (through the Credit Unions Building Financial Independence Foundation)

 

Employee Donations

  • American Eagle Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  • Ukrainian humanitarian relief (through the Credit Unions Building Financial Independence Foundation)
  • United Way of Central & Northeastern Connecticut

 

In-kind Goods and Services Donations

 

Event Sponsorships

  • Bloomfield Leisure Services
  • Bloomfield Juneteenth Celebration
  • Capital Community College Foundation
  • Celebrate West Hartford
  • Connecticut Breast Health Initiative
  • Connecticut River Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • East Catholic High School
  • East Hartford Little League
  • East of the River Chambers of Commerce
  • Farmington Little League
  • Greater Bristol NAACP
  • Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
  • Hartford's Camp Courant
  • Highland Park Families Foundation
  • Klingberg Family Centers
  • Lucy Robbins Wells Library
  • Manchester Cruisin' on Main
  • Manchester Independence Day Celebration
  • Manchester Sports Hall of Fame
  • Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce
  • New Britain Little League
  • Newington Chamber of Commerce
  • Southington Little League
  • South Windsor Patriotic Commission
  • Tolland County Chamber of Commerce

 

Employee Volunteerism

  • Conard High School
  • CREC Impact Academy
  • East Hartford Hunger Action Team
  • United Way

2021 Community Outreach

Organizations supported include:

Corporate Donations

  • Anna Norris Elementary School, East Hartford
  • Baystate Children's Hospital
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield
  • Connecticut Foodshare/Miller Farms
  • Diaper Bank of Connecticut
  • East Hartford High School Academy of Finance
  • Goodwill of Southern New England
  • Goodwin University Foundation
  • Klingberg Family Centers
  • Newington Social Services/The Chapel
  • Opera House Players, Enfield
  • Project Graduation - Bristol Eastern High School, Conard High School, Cromwell High School, Farmington High School, Manchester High School
  • Ronald McDonald House of Springfield
  • Shriner's Hospital of Springfield
  • South Windsor Chamber of Commerce
  • United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut
  • Waterbury Police Athletic League
  • Way Finders of Springfield
  • West Hartford Community Interactive
  • West Springfield High School

Cash Back to the Community

  • Angel of Edgewood
  • Around the World
  • Asnuntuck Community College Food Pantry
  • Silk City Chorus of Manchester, Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society
  • Cans-4-A-Cause
  • Connecticut Cat Connection
  • Connecticut Gold Star Families Memorial, Chapter of the Woody Williams Foundation
  • Creative Living Community of Connecticut
  • Hartford Police Athletic League
  • Our Piece of the Pie
  • Southington Girls Softball League
  • That Newfoundland Place

American Eagle Financial Credit Union Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford
  • Easterseals Veterans Rally Point
  • Ronald McDonald House of Springfield
  • Springfield Partners for Community Action
  • Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, EVOLUTIONS Program

Employee Donations

  • American Eagle Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  • Credit Unions Building Financial Independence Foundation (CUBFI)
  • Credit Union Legislative Action Committee (CULAC)
  • Mary's Place
  • New Haven Pride Center
  • United Way of Central & Northeastern Connecticut

In-kind Goods and Services Donations

  • Baystate Children's Hospital
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield
  • CRIS Radio
  • East Hartford CONNects
  • East Hartford High School
  • Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity (Restore)
  • Journey Home
  • Jumoke Academy Elementary School
  • Klingberg Family Centers
  • Ronald McDonald House of Springfield
  • Rotary Club of Avon-Canton
  • Shriner's Hospital of Springfield
  • United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut
  • Veterans Inc.
  • Wesleyan University Theater Department
  • West Springfield High School

Event Sponsorships

  • Adelbrook
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Connecticut Chapter
  • Asnuntuck Community College
  • Austism Families CONNECTicut
  • Avon Old Farms Skiers
  • Bloomfield Leisure Services
  • Capital Community College Foundation
  • Celebrate West Hartford
  • Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce
  • Channel 3 Kids Camp
  • Community Renewal Team
  • Connecticut Food Bank
  • Connecticut Mortgage Bankers Association
  • Connecticut River Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Credit Unions Building Financial Independence Foundation
  • CRIS Radio
  • Cruzin on Main Street Manchester
  • Dog Star Rescue
  • Downtown Manchester Special Services District
  • East Hartford High School
  • East Hartford Little League
  • Farmington Little League
  • Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
  • Friends of Conard Theatre and Stagecraft
  • Gifts of Love
  • Girls Inc. of the Valley
  • Goodwill of Southern New England
  • Greater Hartford Association of Realtors
  • Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
  • Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collaborative
  • Highland Park Families Foundation
  • Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Central Connecticut
  • International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, Connnecticut Chapter
  • Ironwood Community Partners
  • Jolly Johns Keep You Truckin'
  • Klingberg Family Centers
  • Lucy Robbins Wells Library
  • Manchester Jazz Festival
  • MARC of Manchester
  • Marine Corps League, Peter Monaco Detachment
  • Mayors' Program for Manchester Children
  • Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce
  • Middletown Toyota
  • Midstate Chamber of Commerce
  • New Britain Little League
  • Newington Chamber of Commerce
  • Newington Veteran Firefighter's Association
  • North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce
  • North Haven Schools PTA
  • Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce
  • Riverfront Recapture
  • Rotary Club of Avon-Canton
  • Rotary Club of East Hartford
  • Rotary Club of Manchester
  • Salvation Army
  • Somers Little League
  • South Windsor Chamber of Commerce
  • South Windsor Patriotic Commission
  • Spirit of Springfield
  • Tolland County Chamber of Commerce
  • Tolland High School Booster Club
  • Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club
  • UNICO of Manchester
  • West Hartford Chamber of Commerce
  • Winding Trails
  • Wintonbury Land Trust
  • World Wide Lighthouse Missions

Employee Volunteerism

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Connecticut Chapter
  • Channel 3 Kids Camp
  • Community Renewal Team
  • Connecticut River Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • CRIS Radio
  • East Hartford CONNects
  • East Hartford Hunger Action Team
  • Greater New Haven NAACP
  • Klingberg Family Centers
  • Marine Corps League, Peter Monaco Detachment
  • Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce
  • National Coalition of 100 Black Women, New Haven Metropolitan Chapter
  • Pathways Academy of Technology & Design
  • Salvation Army
  • Synergy High School
  • Town of Manchester
  • United Way of Central & Northeastern Connecticut
  • Wesleyan University

2020 Community Outreach

Organizations supported include:

Corporate Donations

  • America's Credit Union Museum
  • Bristol Eastern High School
  • Community Action Agency of New Haven
  • Connecticut Children's Medical Center
  • Connecticut Food Bank
  • Credit Unions Building Financial Independence Foundation
  • East Hartford High School Academy of Finance
  • East Hartford Hunger Action Team
  • East Hartford Lions Club
  • Foodshare
  • Friends of East Hartford Senior Center, Inc.
  • Goodwin University Foundation
  • Greater Hartford Association of Realtors
  • Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
  • New Opportunities of Greater Meriden
  • RAMS Sports Football Booster Club
  • The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
  • United Way of Central & Northeastern Connecticut
  • Vance Elementary School

Cash Back to the Community

  • Dog Star Rescue
  • Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington
  • Enfield Community Cat Project
  • Farmington High School
  • Friends of Feeney
  • Furry Animals Being Saved Rescue, Inc.
  • Healing Meals Community Project
  • Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford
  • Quinnipiac University Dance Marathon
  • Roaring Brook Nature Center
  • Seniors Job Bank
  • TLC Foundation, Inc

American Eagle Financial Credit Union Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

  • Bilingual Veterans Outreach Centers of Massachusetts
  • Bloomfield Public Schools
  • Cromwell Public Schools
  • Diaper Bank of Connecticut
  • Dog Star Rescue
  • East Hartford Public Schools
  • Enfield Public Schools
  • Gentle Love Diaper Pantry
  • Hartford Communities That Care
  • House of Heroes
  • Manchester Public Schools
  • Middlesex Community College Foundation
  • Middletown Public Schools
  • North Haven Public Schools
  • Springfield Diaper Bank
  • University of Connecticut Foundation
  • Urban League of Greater Hartford
  • Urban League of Southern Connecticut
  • Vernon Public Schools

Employee Donations

  • American Eagle Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  • Connecticut Department of Children & Families
  • Cornerstone Foundation, Inc.
  • Credit Union Legislative Action Council
  • Credit Unions Building Financial Independence Foundation
  • Hands On Hartford
  • Hartford Foundation for Public Giving - COVID-19 Response Fund
  • Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
  • Southington Community Services
  • The Prosperity Foundation
  • United Way of Central & Northeastern Connecticut
  • West Hartford Social Services

Member Donations

  • Credit Unions Building Financial Independence
  • Operation Fuel

In-kind Goods and Services Donations

  • Connecticut River Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • CRIS Radio
  • East Hartford Public Schools
  • International Gay Bowling Organization
  • Newington Chamber of Commerce
  • Pathways Academy of Technology & Design
  • Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club
  • Veterans Inc.

Event Sponsorships

  • Adelbrook
  • Asnuntuck Community College Foundation
  • Autism Families CONNECTicut
  • Avon Police Department
  • Beth Shalom B'nai Israel Jazz Festival
  • Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce
  • Channel 3 Kid's Camp
  • Community Foundation of Middlesex County
  • Connecticut Children's Medical Center
  • Connecticut River Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Credit Unions Building Financial Independence Foundation
  • Enfield LIttle League
  • Goodwin University Foundation
  • Greater Hartford Association of Realtors
  • Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
  • Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective
  • Home Builders & Remodelers Association. of Central CT
  • Jolly Johns Keep You Truckin
  • Klingberg Family Centers
  • Live Nation Entertainment
  • Manchester Community College Foundation
  • MARC of Manchester
  • Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce
  • Midstate Chamber of Commerce
  • Neighborhood Housing Services
  • Newington Chamber of Commerce
  • North Haven Schools PTA
  • Plainville Chamber of Commerce
  • Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce
  • Riverfront Recapture
  • Rotary Club of Avon-Canton
  • Rotary Club of East Hartford
  • Somers Little League
  • South Windsor Chamber of Commerce
  • South Windsor Patriotic Commission
  • Southington Chamber of Commerce
  • Spirit of Springfield
  • The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
  • The Salvation Army
  • Tolland County Chamber of Commerce
  • Tri-County Alliance of Realtors
  • Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club
  • West District Elementary School PTO
  • West Hartford Chamber of Commerce
  • West Hartford Community Interactive
  • Wintonbury Land Trust

Employee Volunteerism

Besides providing outstanding service to our members on a daily basis, the employees of American Eagle Financial Credit Union love to volunteer. When the call goes out to volunteer, our employees step up and are eager to help. Volunteerism in 2020 was off to a good start. Unfortunately, event cancellations and restrictions due to COVID-19 caused a drastic reduction in annual community volunteerism to 39 employees and 182 hours. In-person and virtual highlights included reading to elementary school students, financial education classes, food distribution, and Halloween candy distribution, and holiday gift sorting.

  • Community Renewal Team
  • Connecticut River Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • CREC Impact Academy
  • CRIS Radio
  • East Hartford Hunger Action Team
  • Foodshare
  • Hanwha Aerospace USA
  • Junior Achievement of Southwest New England
  • Manchester Road Race 
  • Pathways Academy of Technology & Design
  • The Salvation Army
  • Tri-County Alliance of Realtors
  • United Way of Central & Northeastern Connecticut
  • Wesleyan University