The New York Credit Union Association announced Horizons Federal Credit Union as winner of the 2017 Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award in the $50 million to $250 million asset size category. The award honors credit unions that strengthen local institutions and materially improve the lives of non-members through community outreach programs and will be presented to Horizons FCU President & CEO Mario DiFulvio at the 2017 NYCUA Annual Meeting and Convention, which begins June 1st in Bolton Landing, NY.
Horizons FCU won the award for its Helping Hands Program, which encourages employees to volunteer their free time to help community organizations by rewarding them with points, which can be redeemed for a $25 Visa gift card and recognition at the credit union’s monthly staff meetings. Through Helping Hands, Horizons FCU employees volunteered at the Southern Tier Food Bank’s “Backpack Repack” Program, which provides food to elementary students of low-income families; CHOW events, where food is distributed to low-income families out of a mobile food pantry; the CHOW Garden, where volunteers help farm a garden that provides vegetables to hundreds of families throughout Broome County; and others.
The win marks the 11th time Horizons FCU has won the Dora Maxwell Award. Previous winning outreach efforts include the Family Fun Fridays Program, fundraising efforts for Relay for Life, a community art project, and the Binghamton Safe Streets Association.
“People helping people is the bedrock of the credit union movement and we fully believe in that at Horizons,” said DiFulvio. “Our mission has always been to provide excellent, friendly service to our members while also giving back to the community that has supported us since 1937, and we will continue to do so.”
Along with multiple Dora Maxwell Awards, Horizons FCU was named the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizen of the Year in 2008. The credit union has also won the Credit Union National Association’s Diamond Award for a Community Event and the United Way Chairman’s Award.