The Summit In The Community

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Giving back to our communities

The Summit is dedicated to the rich diversity of the communities that we serve. You will regularly see our staff out and about supporting hundreds of not-for-profit organizations that share our mission and values through in-kind donations, event sponsorships, and fundraising activities.

Here are just a few of our contributions in all our regions in 2023:

  • 73 free financial education or counseling sessions
  • 1,268 individuals assisted with no-cost financial education or counseling
  • 147 donations made to charities, non-profits, and schools.
  • Over $180,000 raised for local charities, community projects, non-profits, and schools
  • 1,064 total staff hours volunteered

Community Spotlights

The Summit Donates to FeedMore WNY’s “Plates of Thanks” Initiative

January 31, 2024

Over the past 12 years. The Summit has donated over $20,000 for FeedMore WNY’s Plates of Thanks. This year, through the generosity of our staff and members, our Buffalo branches collected $2600 for this organization which provides nutritious food to our neighbors in need throughout Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua counties.


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See our “Sweet Creation” at the George Eastman Museum

November 9, 2023

For the second year in a row, we’ve made a gingerbread creation to exhibit at the annual “Sweet Creations” exhibition at the George Eastman Museum.


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The Summit Sponsors Rochester Regional Health’s Mobile Mammography Unit

October 26, 2023

Rochester Regional Health is a member group and The Summit sponsors the Mobile Mammography Unit, bringing free mammograms to neighborhoods throughout the Rochester region. This year, we sponsored the unit’s visit to I-Square (which we also sponsor), located less than half a mile from our Irondequoit branch. Early detection is key, and we give a […]


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Team Summit Participates in Veterans Outreach Center’s “Pound the Ground” 5k

August 31, 2023

The Summit has been a long-time supporter of Rochester’s Veterans Outreach Center, Inc. and this year is a sponsor of “Pound the Ground,” the VOC’s 5k. Held at Mendon Ponds Park on August 23rd, “Pound the Ground” supports the VOC’s critically needed programs.


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The Summit Organizes Company-Wide School Supply Drive

July 13, 2023

The Summit will kick off its 2023 School Supply Drive on Monday, July 17th. Donation boxes will be located in all 14 branches of The Summit. Beneficiaries include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie, Niagara, and the Southern Tier; PEACE Inc. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Syracuse; Seneca […]


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The Summit Federal Credit Union Taste of Syracuse Draws Huge Crowds

June 6, 2023

The Summit Federal Credit Union Taste of Syracuse, Central New York’s biggest food and music festival, welcomed 200,000 people on June 2nd and 3rd.


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Summit-Sponsored Rochester Wine & Chocolate Festival Raises $2,500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters

April 26, 2023

The Dome Center in Henrietta was the setting for The Summit’s Wine & Chocolate Festival on March 4th. Dozens of vendors and hundreds of guests sampled wines, desserts, and other food items. Our booth was buzzing with folks who wanted to spin the wheel for charity and, along with Galaxy Media’s contribution, we were able […]


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Summit-Sponsored Buffalo Wine & Chocolate Festival Raises $3,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters

January 23, 2023

We dusted off our popular prize wheel and headed to Buffalo in November for The Summit’s Wine & Chocolate Festival. A spectacular new venue, The Powerhouse, played host to dozens of vendors and hundreds of guests eager to sample wines, desserts, and other food items. Our booth was buzzing with folks who wanted to spin […]


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The Summit Federal Credit Union Taste of Syracuse, presented by Tops, raises over $20,000 for local charities

July 20, 2022

The Summit Federal Credit Union Taste of Syracuse, Central New York’s biggest food and music festival, welcomed 200,000 people over two days this past June. Produced by Galaxy Media, the festival featured hundreds of eateries and food trucks and non-stop music with over 33 bands including the Grammy-nominated 90s alternative band, Everclear. In addition to […]


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The Summit Sponsors 2022-2023 Season at Homer Center for the Arts

April 19, 2022

The Summit announces that it will again partner with the Center for the Arts of Homer as the Annual Sponsor for the 2022-2023 Season. This is the sixth season that The Summit has sponsored at the Homer Arts Center, which is served by The Summit’s Cortland branch.    Housed in the 200-year-old First Baptist Church […]


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The Summit Presents $5,000 Donation to FeedMore from “Plates of Thanks” Initiative

February 2, 2022

The Summit today presented a donation of $5,000 to FeedMore Western New York (WNY). The “Plates of Thanks” campaign, held during the last two months of 2021, raised $5,000 to provide nutritious food for neighbors in need. Buffalo-area members of The Summit purchased “plates” of different values, with all proceeds benefitting FeedMore WNY. Employees of […]


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The Summit Sponsors Family Activity at Irondequoit’s Winterfest

January 26, 2022

Our Irondequoit Branch was delighted to sponsor marshmallow roasting at Saturday’s Winterfest held at the Town of Irondequoit Town Hall campus. Hundreds of people braved the winter chill to check out dozens of activities, along with food trucks, and horse and wagon rides. Huge thanks to the Irondequoit Girl Scouts who partnered with us for […]


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