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Since being established in 1985 by a dedicated group of volunteers at the Old Stone Church, the East Haven Food Pantry has grown to serve 340 families, totaling over 1,000 individuals, distributing a substantial 8,500 food items per month.
Those volunteers just received a major boost, thanks to an unrestricted grant of $9,175 the Pantry received from the most recent round of American Eagle Financial Credit Union’s (AEFCU) Cash Back to the Community program.
Since 2020, AEFCU has donated one percent of its credit and debit card interchange income—the fees paid for credit and debit card transactions—to three nonprofit and/or 501(c)(3) organizations each quarter through this program. To date, the program has generated more than $405,000 in donations to nonprofit organizations in the communities served by American Eagle.
“Supporting nonprofits like the East Haven Food Pantry is what makes our Cash Back to the Community program so impactful,” said Howard Brady, President & CEO of American Eagle Financial Credit Union. “Cash Back to the Community is 100 percent community-nominated and chosen and we could not be more proud to support groups like the East Haven Food Pantry.”
“The generous donation from American Eagle Credit Union holds immense significance for the East Haven Food Pantry,” said Christine Sanford, President of the East Haven Food Pantry. “American Eagle aligns seamlessly with our mission to uplift the local community. As an organization rooted in compassion and dignity, our primary goal is to enhance the livelihood of East Haven residents by providing supplemental food and holiday baskets. The donation acts as a catalyst for sustaining and enhancing our operations.”
Sanford said the funds received from American Eagle Credit Union will be instrumental in furthering the pantry’s commitment to providing a three-day emergency food supply to East Haven residents in need. These resources will directly impact the well-being of our community, ensuring that individuals facing food insecurity receive the support they require.
Left to Right: Andy Perrone, Treasurer, East Haven Food Pantry; Christine Sandford, President, East Haven Food Pantry; Richard Graziano, Dealer Relations Manager, American Eagle Financial Credit Union, Lucille Huelin, Vice President, East Haven Food Pantry; Andy Gambardella, pantry volunteer and AEFCU member who nominated the East Haven Food Pantry.
The Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus (HGMC) has received an unrestricted grant of $9,175 from American Eagle Financial Credit Union’s (AEFCU) Cash Back to the Community program. HGMC is one of three community organizations to receive a donation in the latest round of this signature community giving program.
“Supporting nonprofits within all sociopolitical sectors is important to our members and important to us,” said Howard Brady, President & CEO of American Eagle Financial Credit Union. “Cash Back to the Community is 100% community nominated and chosen and we could not be more proud to support our community.”
“On behalf of the Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for your generous donation,” said Robert Reader, Executive Director of Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus. “Your support plays a crucial role in our mission to promote the arts and enrich our audiences through the power of choral music. The funds from American Eagle Financial Credit Union’s Cash Back to the Community program will be used to help support our production costs associated with our spring concert in May at the Aetna Theatre at The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, in Hartford. Over 900 people will attend and benefit from the spring concert.”
HGMC is currently in its 12th season and has the highest member participation in its history. The group is on a mission to inspire, engage and enrich the lives of its members, patrons and the community.
Reader said the funds will go toward production costs for the HGMC's upcoming Spring Concert “Never Alone” on May 11th and May 12th. The Annual Spring Concert is part of the HGMC community outreach.
Left to Right: Lisa Matheny, Assistant Vice President of Member Sales and Service Center at American Eagle Financial Credit Union and Co-Executive Sponsor of American Eagle’s Pride Resource Group, Dan O’Brien Accounting Operations Specialist at American Eagle Financial Credit Union and part of the Pride Resource Group, Christopher Clark Artistic Director at Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus, Robert Reader Executive Director at Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus, Ann-Marie Katzer Senior Vice President of Retail Delivery at American Eagle Financial Credit Union and Co-Executive Sponsor of the American Eagle’s Pride Resource Group and Howard Brady President & CEO of American Eagle Financial Credit Union.
In 2023 Protectors of Animals placed over 700 cats and dogs into permanent homes. This year, the organization garnered a financial boost to help them along, having been chosen as one of three Connecticut nonprofits awarded a grant of $9,175 from American Eagle Financial Credit Union’s (AEFCU) most recent round of the Cash Back to the Community program.
“American Eagle’s Cash Back to the Community program allows us to serve our members and our community,” said Howard Brady, President & CEO of American Eagle Financial Credit Union. “Protectors of Animals serves the four-legged members of our community and we are honored to help support their mission.”
The funds from American Eagle’s Cash Back to the Community program will support shelter and veterinary care costs for cats and dogs until they can be matched with responsible owners. The funds will also help reduce the number of stray animals in Connecticut through Protectors of Animals spaying/neutering programs. Protectors of Animals focuses on humanely reducing the populations of community and feral (unsocialized) cats through the strategy of Trap-Neuter-Return.
“This donation will make it possible for us to help more animals such as Codi, a 6-month-old Boston terrier/pit bull puppy who had been hit by a car late last year,” said Jody Macrina, President of Protectors of Animals. “His x-rays showed a fractured right hind leg, requiring lots of rest and weekly cast changes. Codi's foster family patiently kept this high-energy puppy on restricted activity and from chewing off his cast for the eight weeks he was bandaged and an additional four weeks after his cast was removed.
“Codi's veterinary care and training sessions cost $2,000, but the outcome was worth it. Now named Teddy, this sweet boy has found his forever home, he can run like the wind and has no shortage of adventures, walks, hikes and attention from his new family and three human siblings.”
To learn more about Protectors of Animals visit their website: https://poainc.org/
Left to Right: Jody Macrina, President of Protectors of Animals, Colleen Boccaccio, American Eagle Financial Credit Union Marketing and Events Specialist.
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