Changing Lives Every Day is more than a slogan and now more than ever, SEFCU continues to support the community with necessary supplies, financial support, and volunteers during the COVID-19 crisis. In March we sprung into action quickly, providing $80,000 in financial grants as part of our SEFCU Hunger Support Package, donating emergency supplies to non-profits serving families and youth, and launching Heroes Landing, a respite center for medical staff from Albany-area hospitals. Additionally, our Freight Farm moved to a community donation model in mid-March for fresh produce to be given to non-profits feeding people in need.
In April, SEFCU supplied N95 masks to Saratoga Hospital and the city of Albany Emergency Response Team. Additionally, one-time use medical masks were purchased through our Giving for Good program for non-profit professionals to wear while handling and delivering food to people in need. While in very short supply, these masks provided to Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, Unity House, Joseph’s House & Shelter, and City Mission of Schenectady were crucial as these organizations continue to serve the most vulnerable in our community. To help the Food Pantries for the Capital District organize a food drive, Giving for Good dollars also purchased grocery bags to aid with this collection effort. With the growing number of individuals needing housing in Saratoga, Giving for Good dollars were also used to purchase socks, undershirts, underwear, and masks to meet the demands.
When schools come to us for additional supplies that will aid their students who don’t have access to pens, papers, and other materials to support their distance learning, SEFCU has teamed up with Compassion Coalition to deliver these highly sought-after items within just a few days of the request. SEFCU continues to assess requests for goods and supplies for the many organizations serving those in need during this time.
Heroes Landing Volunteers
"Heroes Landing" is the fully operational respite center to support our healthcare heroes at Albany Medical Center and St. Peter’s Hospital. Our faithful SEFCU volunteers have supported Heroes Landing by covering shifts around the clock to welcome and screen our heroes as they seek respite. Through April 30, our 24/7 coverage has resulted in 1,283 volunteer hours from 31 individuals covering 124 shifts. Through April, 281 medical professionals have stopped in for rest since the April 1 opening. Each has gotten a care bag packed with items purchased by the Giving for Good program. SEFCU has also taken over payment of the hotel’s linen laundry service. Click here to watch a video on Heroes Landing.
SEFCU Freight Farm Makes Plates Greener
To help meet the increased demands to provide food to families impacted by COVID-19, since mid-March SEFCU’s Freight Farm has donated 100% of its produce to food pantries and meal sites in our community. In response to the pandemic, we have donated a total of 5,069 plants (lettuce, basil, and cooking greens) to a half dozen non-profit partners to support feeding our community.
Since launching a Text-to-Donate initiative in mid-March $885 has been raised. This special campaign allows individuals to donate to the SEFCU Foundation to support our work.