The Summit Federal Credit Union (The Summit) today presented a $3,000 donation to the Syracuse Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) at the Syracuse Police Department Headquarters. The presentation was arranged to follow and acknowledge National Law Enforcement Day on January 9th.
The Summit has deep roots in the Syracuse region. In 2010, the Syracuse Federal Credit Union (FCU) merged into The Summit. Syracuse FCU was comprised of many credit unions that had joined over the years, including the former Syracuse Police FCU, which was originally established in 1959.
Founded in July of 2021, the Syracuse Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) engages community youth in a constructive manner with Law Enforcement to keep kids safe and on a path to success, but their aspirations go well beyond that. Involvement in programs like sports and other activities provide a sense of belonging, purpose, and pride. Never has this been more important than now – as we emerge out of a pandemic. Through participation in fun and challenging activities, Syracuse area youth have opportunities to learn, grow, network, and build both personal and professional relationships that lead to greater odds of success in life. At PAL, they firmly believe that having youth establish relationships with community leaders, especially law enforcement, at an early age, can foster a safer, more trustworthy, respectful, and welcoming environment for the community at large.
Syracuse PAL partners with Syracuse Police Officers, New York State Troopers, DeWitt Police Officers, the District Attorney’s Office, Onondaga County Sheriffs, Onondaga County Probation Department, the Syracuse City School District, community volunteers, and interns to provide mentoring for Syracuse youth. January also happens to be National Mentoring Month, making this donation doubly meaningful.
For more information on the Syracuse PAL, visit Facebook (Syracuse PAL), and Instagram (SYRPAL44).
Photo: Syracuse Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens; Chief of Police Kenton T. Buckner; Jimmy Oliver, Syracuse Police Dept Director of Community Engagement; The Summit’s VP of Marketing and Community Engagement Twanda Christensen; Erie Blvd. Branch Manager Heidi Stewart; Taft Rd Branch Manager Ashley Whitt, and members of the Syracuse Police Department.