Mad City Money- July 16, 2014
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – July 16, 2014 – Bridgeway Federal Credit Union recently hosted a financial literacy workshop, “Mad City Money,” with BOCES and the Department of Family Services on Wednesday, July 16. Each student was given a role with an occupation, a monthly income, a family, and debts (medical expenses, student loans, and credit cards). “I took Economic Finances in high school,” says 17 year-old Dylan Snow of Red Hook. “It (Mad City Money) gives you an idea and skills of what to expect later on.” The 90-minute simulated program gives young people a taste of the real world. Another student was eager to share his thoughts on the session, “I thought it was good to see everything laid out. For visual learners, this is the better route to get the information. I think for people who were never taught any of this, it is very eye-opening and helpful.”
Jenny Fox, Community Development Specialist at Bridgeway Federal Credit Union, who is responsible for facilitating the program, believes that by teaching young people about money, we are helping them discover the relationships between earning, spending, and saving. In doing this, the students begin to understand the value of money. They learn about savings accounts, balancing a check book, and creating a personal budget. “Volunteers are a vital part of achieving the goals of what we set out to do when we bring this dynamic and life-changing program to students. We were grateful to have staff from BOCES and the Department of Family Services to assist us with facilitating such a successful session to the 23 students who attended.” In “Mad City,” the students visit the volunteer merchants to select housing, transportation, food, household goods, clothing, day care, and other wants and needs while building a budget. Riccie Price, 16, of Hyde Park, was focused throughout the process on planning his budget and making choices based on wanting to save 10% of his income every month. “It was a really good way to learn how life is in the future. You need to know how to use your money. You can’t rely on your parents. You have to look at needs before wants, and understand that putting extra hours in at work will provide for the wants.” Mission accomplished!
For more information, please reach out to Jenny Fox at 845-452-3451 ext.1124, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mad City Money- TRAC Program-May 6, 2014
Bridgeway Federal Credit Union offered its Mad City Money program to the TRAC Students on May 6thth. These students were from Poughkeepsie High School. These students are preparing for the work force so this simulation workshop especially appealed to the youth and gave them a taste of the real world-complete with occupation, salary, spouse, student loan debt, credit card debt, and medical insurance payments. The students learned about savings, budgeting, and credit reports. Our staff enjoys this program as it educates young people in a fun and engaging way. Bridgeway will be returning for follow-up classes on budgeting.
Home-Buyers Seminar-April 30, 2014
On April 30, 2014 Bridgeway Federal Credit Union hosted a Seminar for First Time Homebuyers. Topics such as an overview of the mortgage application process, importance of pre-approval, different mortgage options, finding the perfect home, and the mortgage closing were covered during the presentation. In addition to our mortgage originator partner, Tom Iourno from Homeowners Advantage, Jessica Vinall, an attorney who specializes in closings and housing sales from McCabe and Mack and Staci Cussick from Liberty Mutual Insurance were also presenters.
Mad City Money-Youth One Stop-April 29, 2014
Bridgeway Federal Credit Union offered its Mad City Money program to the Youth One Stop Students on April 29th. These students were from area high schools such as, Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park, and Arlington. Mad City Money is a 2½-hour hands-on simulation workshop that appeals to youth and gives them a taste of the real world-complete with occupation, salary, spouse, student loan debt, credit card debt, and medical insurance payments. The students learned about savings, budgeting, and credit reports. Our staff enjoys this program as it educates young people in a fun and engaging way.
Autism Walk-April 27, 2014
Bridgeway Federal Credit Union sponsored the Autism Walk on April 27, 2014. The day of the walk six of our staff members volunteered to help sell t-shirts for the walk. Our Bridgeway staff raised over $3,900 in t-shirt sales for the Autism Society of the Hudson Valley.
Community Transitions-Budget Class-April 17, 2014
Bridgeway Federal Credit Union spoke to 10 young men from The Community Transition Center (CTC). This is a Dutchess County Department of Probation program for young offenders. It is an alternative to incarceration for young persons. It has a GED component, drug and alcohol education program, and regular drug and alcohol abuse testing in an office and classroom environment. The focus of the talk was the importance of credit scores; maintaining a budget, preventing identity theft, etc. The program lasted about 1 1/2 hours and was very interactive and was driven by the attendees whose age range was 17-22.
Youth Mission Outreach Field Trip—April 7, 2014
The Poughkeepsie Branch hosted a field trip after hours last evening, April 7, 2014. Our guests were 9 children from the Youth Mission Outreach (YMO) group that is based on 70 South Hamilton Street in Poughkeepsie, NY. The youth ranged in age from 8 years old to 17 years old and were all taught about the importance of saving, budgeting and keeping track of how much money they spend during the day. For most of the visitors, this was their first visit to a financial institution.
Heart Walk- March 15, 2014
Bridgeway Federal Credit Union’s Start! Heart Walk team was able to raise over $1,292 for the American Heart Association. On March 15th, 2014 Team Bridgeway proudly walked at Vassar College at the Dutchess-Ulster Heart Walk. Our members helped by purchasing Red Hearts that decorated our Branch.
Career Fair-Poughkeepsie High School-March 5, 2014
Over 250 student’s attended the Youth One Stop Career Fair at Poughkeepsie High School. Youth One Stop is a comprehensive education and job-training program utilizing local resources to benefit at-risk youth in Dutchess County. It is associated with the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Bridgeway was able to educate the attendees through workshops and individual financial counseling’s at this event about the importance of savings and budgeting their money effectively.
American Heart Association Go Red Event: Put Your Financial your $tress to Re$t—Understand Where your Dollars Go!
Nearly 450 Hudson Valley women dressed in red and gathered to raise funds and awareness to fight their number one killer—heart disease, at the Dutchess-Ulster Go Red For Women luncheon on Friday, February 28th at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. Nancy DeWitt, Business Community Relations Representative from Bridgeway Federal Credit Union gave a presentation called, Put Your Financial $tress to ReSt—Understand Where your Dollars Go! This 45 minute presentation’s focus was to help women learn to relieve their financial stress. Tips and strategies were given on how to budget more efficiently.
Maximizing Your Tax Refund-Free Tax Seminar –February 12, 2014
Bridgeway Federal Credit Union held a Tax Seminar on February 12, 2014. Brian DiFilippo, CPA/ABV of D’Arcangelo & Co., LLP presented the informational seminar on topics that covered every phase of life: getting married, having a child, retiring, tax credits, etc. The workshop was highly interactive and answered questions for those who were hiring a professional or filing their own taxes.
Mad City Money-FDR High School-February 4, 2014
Bridgeway Federal Credit Union held its Mad City Money program to the Modern Day Math Students at Franklin Delano Roosevelt high School in Hyde Park, NY on February 4th. Mad City Money is a 2½-hour hands-on simulation workshop that appeals to youth and gives them a taste of the real world-complete with occupation, salary, spouse, student loan debt, credit card debt, and medical insurance payments. The students learned about savings, budgeting, and credit reports. Our staff enjoys this program as it educates young people in a fun and engaging way.
Mad City Money-Vassar College Urban Education Initiative Program-January 29, 2014
Bridgeway Federal Credit Union offered its Mad City Money program to the Vassar College Urban Education Initiative high school sophomores in on January 29th. These students were from area high schools such as, Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park, and Arlington. Mad City Money is a 2½-hour hands-on simulation workshop that appeals to youth and gives them a taste of the real world-complete with occupation, salary, spouse, student loan debt, credit card debt, and medical insurance payments. The students learned about savings, budgeting, and credit reports. Our staff enjoys this program as it educates young people in a fun and engaging way.
Better U Boot Camp for Finances-January 14
The Go Red Better U is a 12-week program developed by the American Heart Association that takes a woman step-by-step to learn more about heart health, eating healthy and exercising. The local American Heart Association program went beyond that and looked at ways to help the person as a whole. Bridgeway Federal Credit Union offered a financial fitness program. The Better U Boot Camp went over budgeting basics, credit card tips and financial fitness.
Mad City Money-FDR High School-January 9, 2014
Bridgeway Federal Credit Union held its Mad City Money program for the Business students at Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park, NY on January 9th. Mad City Money is a 2½-hour hands-on simulation workshop that appeals to youth and gives them a taste of the real world, complete with occupation, salary, spouse, student loan debt, credit card debt, and medical insurance payments. The students learned about savings, budgeting, and credit reports. Our staff enjoys this program because it educates young people in a fun and engaging way.
International Credit Union Day: October 17, 2013
On Oct. 17, 2013, credit union members around the world celebrated International Credit Union Day, an annual event to commemorate the credit union movement’s impact and achievements. In honor of this special day, Bridgeway Federal Credit Union invited its members and the entire community to celebrate at each of their branches. Snacks and beverages were provided. Members were asked questions about the Credit Union and its history to educate them on our history and the services offered. Candy was given out for each answer asked.
United Way: October 17, 2013
Bridgeway Federal Credit Union raised money to support the United Way of Dutchess and Orange Counties by selling United Way “Leave a Legacy Leaf’s.” The Leaves decorated all of our branches, and were signed by the purchasers or donated to a loved one.
Food Drive: October 1st - December 15, 2013
Each year, Bridgeway Federal Credit Union collects canned goods and non-perishables for needy families in our area. This year, our food drive collection is going to Catholic Charities of Dutchess County.
Veterans Fair: September 28, 2013
Bridgeway Federal Credit Union was a proud sponsor of the first annual Veterans and Families Fair. The event drew hundreds of local veterans and family members to learn about services available in the Hudson Valley. The event featured over 60 service providers and exhibitors that offer services such as healthcare, housing, employment, education, business support and much more, specifically for veterans and their families in Dutchess and Putnam Counties. Bridgeway was able to provide financial resources for many service men and women.
Charity Shred Event: September 28, 2013
Bridgeway Federal Credit Union participated in a Community Shred Event to benefit the Poughkeepsie Arlington Rotary hosted by LaGrange Pharmacy and Bridgeway Federal Credit Union at our LaGrange Branch. The on-site shredding service was available for 3 hours and 100% of the suggested $10 per box/bag donation went to the community improvement projects run by the Poughkeepsie Arlington Rotary. More than $2,000 was raised for charity from this event.
Mad City Money Workshops: July 17th & July 22nd 2013
Bridgeway Federal Credit Union held its “Mad City Money” program to students of the Dutchess County Social Services and Marist College’s Upward Bound program on two separate dates. Mad City Money is a 2½-hour hands-on simulation workshop that appeals to youth and gives them a taste of the real world-complete with occupation, salary, spouse, student loan debt, credit card debt, and medical insurance payments. The students learned about savings, budgeting, and credit reports. Our staff enjoys this program as it educates young people in a fun and engaging way.
Golf Tournament for Family Services: June 3, 2013
Bridgeway recently presented a check for $23,000 to Family Services of Poughkeepsie, from the proceeds of their annual charity golf tournament in which Bridgeway organized and was the major sponsor. The funds raised will help the agency continue programs such as the Family Education Program, which employs a strength-based and family-focused approach to engage families at risk of having a child placed outside of the home. Brian Doyle, CEO for Family Services expressed his appreciation for Bridgeway’s efforts on behalf of Family Services, “Of course we are grateful to all of our sponsors and supporters, but we are especially grateful to Bridgeway Federal Credit Union and its staff. They really ‘rolled up their sleeves’ and put a tremendous amount of time and energy into this wonderful golf outing. As well as appreciating the funds raised, allowing us to fund our work for those in need, we were inspired by their enthusiasm and hard work.”
"Our charity golf tournaments are just one of the many ways Bridgeway Federal Credit Union gives back to its community. As part of our Community Development Initiative, the credit union board and staff decided to donate the proceeds to Family Services because of our mutual mission of providing community development services to those that need it the most. The funds raised through this tournament will help many local families through the agency’s educational programs,” said Bridgeway Federal Credit Union’s President and CEO Michelle McCourt.
Career Day at FDR High School: May 16, 2013
Bridgeway was invited to speak to 11th and 12th grade FDR High School students regarding how to utilize math in their careers. We discussed the challenges of budgets and how math is used in everyday life.
Autism Walk: April 28, 2013
Bridgeway was a sponsor at the 2013 Autism Walk and had six staff members volunteer to help sell t-shirts for the organization. The Bridgeway staff raised over $3,600 in t-shirt and magnet sales for the Autism Society of the Hudson Valley!
Green Teen: April 11, 2013
Bridgeway was invited to speak with the Green Teen Program in Beacon. This program empowers urban youth to be effective community change-agents by immersing them in the local food system. This platform teaches life and work skills through hands-on experiences in farming and gardening, health and nutrition, entrepreneurship, and leadership. During the school year, Green Teen holds local programs both during and after school where participants grow plants and vegetables in their classrooms, on farms, and in community gardens. The Bridgeway staff members discussed credit scores, the importance of comparison shopping, budgeting, and being a smart shopper.
BOCES: April 8, 2013
Bridgeway was asked to present to the administrators, teachers and staff of BOCE’s at their Superintendents Day and provide information regarding the credit union’s programs, such as budgeting, and financial literacy.
Homebuyer Seminar: March 26, 2013
Bridgeway hosted a Seminar for First Time Homebuyers, which covered topics such as an overview of the mortgage application process, importance of a pre-approval, the pre-approval process, different mortgage options, finding the perfect home, and the mortgage closing. All attendees will receive a $200 Visa Gift Card if they close before June 30th just for attending the seminar.
Budgeting Awareness Class for Dutchess County Career Works Program: March 26, 2013
Bridgeway Federal Union spoke to eight young women in the Career Works program, located in the Family Partnership building in Poughkeepsie, about the importance of credit scores; maintain a budget, and preventing identity theft.
Heart Walk: March 16, 2013
Bridgeway Federal Credit Union’s Heart Walk team was able to raise over $3,092.50 for the American Heart Association. On March 16, 2013 Team Bridgeway proudly walked at Vassar College at the Dutchess-Ulster Heart Walk. Our team was so successful because of the persistence of our team members and the generosity of our members. Our members helped by purchasing Red Hearts that decorated our Branches. We also had a bake sale this year and raised $260 from staff and member.
Domestic Violence of Dutchess County,Victims Support Group Violence Victims Group: March 13, 2013
Bridgeway spoke to a group of fifteen women, all of whom had been victims of domestic violence about the importance of repairing credit and money management. The group meeting took place at the Family Partnership building Annex in Poughkeepsie.
Lagrange Community Day
(June 9, 2012) On June 9, 2012 Bridgeway Federal Credit Union participated in LaGrange Community Day at Freedom Park. Bridgeway FCU provided free giveaways and financial information. Children who came to our booth were able to color and decorate their own bookmark. Our staff enjoyed being able to get to know the neighbors within our community.
(June 5, 2012) June 5, 2012 Bridgeway Federal Credit Union hosted a blood drive with the American Red Cross at our LaGrange Branch. Due to the generosity of members and non-members were able to collect 13 pints of blood and help 39 people in need!
(May 22, 2012) Bridgeway Federal Credit Union and Shaping Empowered Teens (SET) with Maranatha taught children in Poughkeepsie High School financial literacy on May 22, 2012. The students learned about savings, checking, budgeting, and credit reports. Our staff was proud they were able to help students increase their financial education.
Budgeting Seminar at Boces
(May 21, 2012) On May 21, 2012 Michelle McCourt, Bridgeway’s President/CEO presented a Budgeting Seminar at BOCES. About 25 people attended the seminar and learned the steps needed to set up a spending plan and help identify spending leaks. Attendees learned tips on how to reach their financial goals and understand how important a budget is to achieve financial stability.
(May 11, 2012) The Poughkeepsie School Districts hosted Society at War Against Guns (SWAG) on May 11, 2012. Students of all grades march from the high school to Stizel field holding signs and chanting powerful words against abuse, drugs, guns, and violence. Bridgeway Federal Credit Union participated by having a table set up at Stizel field. We supported the students and faculty members by providing water bottles.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
(May 1, 2012) For the month of May Bridgeway Federal Credit Union sold sneakers for $1 to support Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The sneakers decorated all of our branches, and were signed by the purchasers or donated to a loved one. The credit union was able to raise $485 for JDRF!
(April 19, 2012) Bridgeway Federal Credit Union sponsored the Autism Walk on April 29, 2012. The day of the walk our staff members volunteered to help sell t-shirts to raise funds. Our Bridgeway staff raised over $3,600 in t-shirt and magnet sales for the Autism Society!
Catharine Street Community Center
(April 18, 2012) On April 18, 2012 two Bridgeway staff members went to the Catharine Street Community Center and provided financial literacy to children in 2nd grade to 6th grade. The children were all provided a workbook and a piggy bank to promote saving. The children had many question and our staff were happy to provide assistance.
(April 11, 2012) Bridgeway Federal Credit Union believes in the importance of helping our youth learn about money and money management. Two of our staff members visited the Green Teen community center in Beacon to teach financial literacy. Topics included savings, checking, budgeting, credit reports, and budgeting. The students were very enthused and the session was interactive with Bridgeway FCU staff.
Remodeling 101 Seminar
(March 28, 2012) Guests attended a Home Remodeling 101 Seminar on March 28, 2012. Brian Altmann from DBS remodeling engaged guests in a discussion about the remodeling process, and the importance of finding the right contractor. Brian covered the top ten questions for remodeling and he gave tips for a successful remodeling experience.
(March 15, 2012) On March 15, 2012 Bridgeway Federal Credit Union hosted a Seminar for First Time Homebuyers. The Seminar covered topics such as the overview of the mortgage application process, importance of a pre-approval, the pre-approval process, different mortgage options, finding the perfect home, and the mortgage closing.
(March 10, 2012) Bridgeway Federal Credit Union’s Start! Heart Walk team was able to raise over $3,000 for the American Heart Association. On March 10, 2012 Team Bridgeway proudly walked at Vassar College at the Dutchess-Ulster Heart Walk. Our team was so successful because of the persistence of our team members and the generosity of our members. Our members helped by purchasing Red Hearts that decorated our Branch. Thank you everyone for helping us fight the fight again Heart Disease.
Bridgeway Presented Diversity Award
(January 20, 2012) On Friday, January 20th, Bridgeway Federal Credit Union will be presented with the Richard K. Wager Workplace Inclusiveness Award at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, which is organized by the Catharine Street Community Center. The award is named for the retired publisher of the Journal who founded the program, and designed to recognize companies or organizations whose people reflect diversity in such aspects as race, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation and ethnic culture, including up through the ranks.
Bridgeway Federal Credit Union wins the Richard K. Wager Workplace Inclusiveness Award. From left: Melissa Walsh, Kirschen Jerrick, Val Byrd-Milligan, Jessica Roche, Maxine Patrick, Deo Liberatore, Steve Santora and Marie Lam. Darryl Bautista/Poughkeepsie Journal
Credit Union Helps 87 Patients with Blood Drive!
June 14, 2011) On June 14, 2011, Bridgeway FCU held a blood drive at the LaGrange branch with the American Red Cross. During the summer months, blood collections start to decrease. This year they started to decline much sooner. Each day the Northeast Division needs to collect 3,500 units of blood for patients in need. The credit union collected 29 blood donations, which will help 87 patients!
Bridgeway FCU Staff Volunteer for Autism Walk
(April 18, 2011) Bridgeway FCU staff volunteered on Sunday, April 10th to help sell Autism Awareness T-Shirts at the Hudson Valley New York Chapter 2011 Autism Walk held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. The staff was able to sellout their entire supply of t-shirts and helped to raise over $3,000!
Team Bridgeway Raises $4,187 for the Dutchess-Ulster Heart Walk
(April 18, 2011) The final totals are in and team Bridgeway raised $4,187 for the Dutchess-Ulster Start! Heart Walk on Saturday, March 12th at Vassar College. We were able to exceed our goal of $1,500 with the help of our generous members purchasing red hearts in our branches. We appreciate everyone’s generosity. Your donations will help us take a stand against the #1 killer of Americans.
Bridgeway FCU CEO Co-Chairs Red Cross Gala Event
(March 3, 2011) The local chapter of the American Red Cross held their annual gala on March 3, 2011. Bridgeway Federal Credit Union CEO, P.J. Walker and Irene Hunt of Hunt Travel Agency co-chaired the event. The credit union was a sponsor and helped to raise over $31,000 for the chapter.
American Red Cross Dutchess County Chapter event chair and co-chair, left, Irene Hunt and P.J. Walker talk with Fundamental Principle Award recipients Dana Peek and Vincent J. Miller during the annual gala on Friday, March 4, 2011 at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie.
Bridgeway FCU Sells Hearts for Dutchess-Ulster Heart Walk
(February 14, 2011) Bridgeway Federal Credit Union once again participated in the Dutchess-Ulster Start! Heart Walk on Saturday, March 12th at Vassar College. This year the team sold red hearts in the branches to help raise funds. The funds raised support research, community service and public and professional education programs.
Members Helping Hands!
(October 18, 2010) - On Monday, October 18th Bridgeway FCU kicked off its Members Helping Hands Promotion with Joe Daily from 92.1 Lite FM. The Credit Union raised funds for two weeks for the United Way.
In addition, each branch held a food drive to benefit a partner of the United Way, The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.
In two weeks the credit union members raised over $500 for the United Way!
2010 Golf Tournament Raises $21,000 for Children's Home
(June 21, 2010) - Bridgeway Federal Credit Union’s Charity Golf Tournament to benefit The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie raised $21,000 on June 21st at McCann Golf Course. The proceeds from the tournament will go to The Children’s Home to assist in recreational improvements. The home is raising funds to renovate the Mair Recreation Center, built in 1970.
Team Bridgeway FCU Participates in 2010 Heart Walk
On Saturday, March 13, 2010 Bridgeway Federal Credit Union staff participated in the 2010 Dutchess-Ulster Start! Heart walk at Vassar College. Team Bridgeway FCU raised over $1,300 for the American Heart Assocation!
Bridgeway FCU Receives 2009 United Way Campaign Award
(March 17, 2010) - Bridgeway Federal Credit Union was recently presented with the 2009 New Business Division Award from the United Way. The credit union received the award for an outstanding workplace campaign participation level of 86% of their employees, far exceeding their goal of 50% participation. The credit union was the highest among all other new businesses. A workplace campaign facilitates charitable giving by allowing employees to donate to a variety of health and human service programs with the United Way Community Fund through payroll deduction.
Toys for Tots
Bridgeway Federal Credit Union once again teamed up with Toys for Tots to help less fortunate families this holiday season in the Hudson Valley area. Employees and members were encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toy for children newborn to 17 years old.
Holiday Food Drive 2009
(December 16, 2009) - Bridgeway FCU's annual Holiday Food Drive was a big success due to donations from our members and employees! The Credit Union collected non-perishable food items from October to December 15th and donated it to The Food Bank of The Hudson Valley to assist the growing number of families in need.