The Summit Teams Up with Local Organizations to Support Those in Need This Holiday Season

November 14, 2023

All branches throughout The Summit’s footprint are supporting charities close to their hearts and the hearts of members.

The Summit is supporting those in need throughout its entire footprint this holiday season by joining up with local organizations to bring holiday cheer to their program recipients.

In Rochester, The Summit has supported Villa of Hope’s Holiday Wishes program since 2016 which gives the community the opportunity to fulfill the wishes of over 500 Rochester-area children and youth who either live at Villa of Hope, or with their families, trying to heal from trauma and rebuild their lives. From November 27th to December 30th, each Rochester branch of The Summit will have a display with wish tags included. Those who wish to participate can take a tag from the poster and purchase some (or all) of the gifts included on the tag and return the unwrapped gift to The Summit branch or a participating Starbucks. For more info:

The Summit’s Syracuse, Cortland, and Seneca Falls branches will be collecting monetary donations for their respective area’s chapter of the United Way from December 1st through December 31st. The Summit’s Taft Road branch in Syracuse at 5201 West Taft Rd., and the Erie Boulevard branch at 1400 Erie Boulevard East will be collecting donations for United Way of Central New York. The Seneca Falls branch at 123 Fall Street will be collecting donations for the United Way of Seneca County, and the Cortland branch at 877 Route 13 will be collecting donations for the United Way of Cortland County.

In Buffalo, monetary donations will be accepted for FeedMore WNY’s “Plates of Thanks” program now through December 31st at either of The Summit’s Buffalo branches at 5641 Transit Road, or 2290 Delaware Avenue. The Summit has taken part in this program since 2012, enabling FeedMore WNY to provide nutritious food and critical resources to our neighbors in need. Over the past decade, The Summit has collected and donated nearly $25,000 to FeedMore WNY.

“There are so many ways that our members can join The Summit to help those in need throughout the regions that the credit union serves,” said Twanda Christensen, The Summit’s Vice President of Marketing and Community Engagement. “Our goal through our holiday initiatives each year is to make a long-lasting impact on organizations that share our mission and values. The groups that we are supporting this year each provide integral services to our regions, and we hope to not only collect sizeable donations for them, but to also raise awareness of the work that they do in our communities.”