Volunteers Tackle Agency Landscaping Project

Thanks to the hard-working crew, including (standing, left to right) Empower Southern Tier Area Business Development Officer Zach Majka, Vice-President of Business Development David Duerr, Family & Children’s Landscaper Paul Olson and (seated, left to right) Syracuse Area Business Development Officer Gail Spilka, Former Johnson City Branch Manager Libby Scheepsma, Buffalo Area Business Development Officer Beverly Barry and Regional Manager of Business Development Kurt Bartenstein.

It’s the little things that make a big difference – like flowers, mulch and curb appeal, all of which help employees and clients feel valued and comfortable as they walk in the door. Thanks to Empower Federal Credit Union, Family & Children’s now has these special touches.

Kurt Bartenstein carrying away cut branches.

Employees from Empower Federal Credit Union tackled the front gardens at our Binghamton and Johnson City locations as part of Empower’s 2017 Southern Tier Community Day on May 31.  With assistance from Family & Children’s Landscaper Paul Olson, the enthusiastic group of volunteer landscapers weeded flower beds and trimmed shrubs and trees before adding a fresh layer of mulch. The credit union also purchased a folding picnic table for staff use at each location.

David Duerr and Zach Majka show their enthusiasm for the job.

As a member of the credit union, Family & Children’s Society was eligible for the Community Day. Said Empower Business Development Officer Zachary Majka, “As we know, funding cuts affecting many not-for-profits often mean the little things like landscaping sometimes go undone.” One organization is selected for the award within each Empower select employer group, a collection of regional businesses and not-for-profits whose employees are able to join and benefit from the credit union’s services.

Said Majka, “We strive to build relationships with our member companies, and Empower prides itself on giving back to the communities in which its employees live and work.” Family & Children’s was one of just six organizations throughout New York State to benefit from an Empower Community Day in 2017.

Thank you, Empower!