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Since its beginning as a small credit union within General Electric in 1937, Sunmark has sought to live the credit union philosophy of People Helping People. We have always given back to various local communities, supporting financial education and improving the quality of life for those in need.
The establishment of the Sunmark Charitable Community Foundation in 2015 has expanded our abilities to support local, nonprofit organizations in our 14 county charter area by providing financial contributions, in-kind services and volunteer support. There are zero administrative costs: 100% of every donation goes directly to helping those who need it. Among our regular community efforts are:
In celebration of International Credit Union Day, we’re honoring individuals and organizations who have made their mark in the Capital Region by contributing their time, talent or treasure to better their community, thus living out the credit union philosophy. We are thrilled to announce the following ICU Award recipients for 2020.
People Helping People Award - $2,500 each to three organizations
Awarded to three (3) organizations whose missions align with the credit union philosophy of people helping people.
The organization's work must be focused in one or more of the Sunmark Foundation's pillars of giving: affordable housing, food accessibility, financial literacy and education, diversity and inclusion and community development.
Susan V. Siegel Community Service Leader - $1,500 to one individual
Awarded to the charity of choice of one individual who has made a meaningful contribution to their community through donation of time, talent or treasure.
In 2012 Jeremy Wernick had just turned 8 years old, and it was the second year he chose to shave his head to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research. As he braved the bald to coincide with his birthday in late fall, he realized it's a cold time of year to suddenly be without hair. This got him thinking about kids who undergo chemotherapy during the colder months, so he developed the idea of Hatsgiving.
The first official collection was held in 2013 and Hatsgiving had only one collection site. 226 hats were distributed to children undergoing cancer treatment at The Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center. In 2014, Hatsgiving had partnered with more locations to help with collection and the donations increased by almost 1,000 hats. Hatsgiving continues to grow and reach out to more regional children's cancer treatment centers to send all of the wonderful, warm hats that are so graciously donated.
President - Brian Delehanty
VP/Administrator - Audrey Stone
Treasurer - Christina Coons
Secretary - Samantha VanDeusen
Branch Liaison - Lauren DeMarco