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How We're Making Our mark

Sunmark has been making our mark since 1937 - building brighter financial futures and brighter communities. This year, we’re committing $85,000 to this mission. Check back during the year and track our progress. Together, we can build something much bigger than a bank. 


Show us how you are making your mark in the community, tag #makeyourmark85 on social media.




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DONATION: $2,750

The Albany Pride Hockey Association, a 2020 ICU Honoree, is dedicated to creating a safe and secure environment for LGBTQ athletes and their allies to learn and play hockey. The APHA encourages everyone to play hockey, regardless of someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. 
Join the APHA and the Albany Bombers for Power Skating Sessions Sponsored by Sunmark Credit Union! Power Skating events are open to the Capital Region adult hockey community as a part of the Albany Pride Hockey Association's initiative to grow our relations between the LGBTQ community and the broader hockey community. All are encouraged join them and get to know the Albany Bombers and the APHA.



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DONATION: $2,500

The American Red Cross provides help and hope across the Capital Region 365 days a year. Whether responding to home fires, preparing for ice storms, supporting local veterans, or collecting lifesaving blood, the Red Cross is there when it's needed most. Sunmark is proud to support the American Red Cross Eastern New York Region's Fire and Ice Gala. The Fire + Ice Gala raises funds to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross in your community.



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DONATION: $2,500

Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).. 
Join together with Sunmark Credit Union and Best Buddies on April 10 for the Best Buddies Friendship Walk, the leading walk in the country supporting inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (also known as IDD).



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Capital Roots works to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health in New York’s Capital Region by organizing community gardens, providing healthy food access, offering nutritional and horticultural education for all ages and coordinating urban greening programs.
Sunmark's donation will support the Annual Spring Brunch, which features great food donated by 125 of the region’s restaurants and community volunteers, a fabulous silent auction, and the one-of-a-kind atmosphere. This event will be held on May 1, 2022 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.




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DONATION: $2,500

Food for Thought is a grassroots effort providing snacks to school children struggling with food accessibility. What started as one snack, has grown to supply snacks to 22 schools in Warren, Washington, and Saratoga counties.
During the month of February, the Sunmark Foundation and Sunmark Credit Union collected individually wrapped snacks for Food For Thought- a 2021 ICU Honoree that currently supplies over 7,000 snacks per month to 22 area schools for children in need. Collections bins were placed at Sunmark branch locations where donations were made.





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The Guilderland Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to strengthening member businesses and community involvement in order to stimulate growth and a positive town image within our local economy. Sunmark's donation supports the Chamber's Marketing Co-Op Fund. The Fund allows for businesses and non-profits to apply for and receive matching grants to assist with their promotional and marketing efforts such as: creating new content, promoting an event, or launching a new campaign.



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DONATION: $1,000


The mission at Hood's House of Hoops, a 2021 ICU Honoree, is to bring unity to our communities by providing, safe, engaging athletic programs to our youth. Their programs go beyond the game of basketball, creating an environment where children learn self-esteem, confidence and a healthy lifestyle all while reinforcing the principals being taught at home and school of a bright future.    



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DONATION: $3,500


Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed. The inspiration piece comes from community volunteers who not only deliver our lessons, but share their experience.​​​​​​ Junior Achievement’s proven lessons in financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship are shown to positively impact the lives of young people. 
Sunmark is proud to support Junior Achievement's Stock Market Challenge - a fun-filled, action-packed competition that gives high school students the opportunity to experience the stock market first-hand while enhancing team-building and communication skills in a fast-paced environment.



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DONATION: $1,000


The Regional Food Bank has been helping to feed the poor and hungry in our communities since 1982. It is the only organization of its kind in northeastern New York. The Food Bank collects large donations of food from the food industry and distributes it to charitable agencies serving hungry and disadvantaged people in 23 counties. From Plattsburgh to Newburgh, in urban, rural, and suburban communities, the Food Bank provides over 55 million pounds of food a year to 1,000 agencies.
Sunmark's donation helped support the 12th Annual timesunion.com/Table Hopping Mac-n-Cheese Bowl to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York This event was held along historic Remsen Street in Downtown Cohoes and featured competing Mac-n-Cheese tasting stations, beer tastings, and more.



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DONATION: $10,000


Through core programs, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region offers access to quality health care with a family-centered approach. Learn more about the RMHC mission and impact here. Sunmark's support of the 40 Years of Love Anniversary Gala will help the Ronald McDonald House raise the funds it needs to continue to its mission of delivering and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and families in our local communities.



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DONATION: $5,000


United Way of the Greater Capital Region (UWGCR) is a local organization that brings individuals and groups together in a community wide effort to help people.​ To drive positive change, UWGCR evaluates the community's diverse needs, mobilizes the caring power of the community, and directs resources to the areas that will have the most positive impact.​
Each year, Sunmark Credit Union participates in UWGCR's 518 Day, which provides opportunities for individuals, families, and groups to be part of solutions to building a more resilient Capital Region through volunteerism and community impact. In addition to our donation, volunteers from the Credit Union will also participate in 518 Day volunteer projects in our local communities.




DONATION: $1,000


Since 1988, WERC has provided quality workforce development services to more than 9,000 women from the Capital Region who have lost their source of support due to divorce, separation, or their spouse's job loss, disability or death.  Single mothers or women who are pending loss of public assistance benefits also qualify for WERC's training programs.​​​​​​
Sunmark's donation is a collaboration between our Make Your Mark initiative and Executive Giving program in which each month a donation is presented from the leaders of Sunmark to the leaders of our communities. Our donation will help kick-start a new women's mentorship program pairing experienced leaders within the community with women who are entering the workforce for the first time or re-entering after a significant period of time away following the loss of support due to circumstances such as: divorce, separation, spouse's job loss, disability, or death.



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