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Samoria Zurlo, Why I Care Employee Recipient

Samoria Zurlo, Why I Care Employee Recipient

From an early age, Samoria Zurlo’s parents instilled in her the importance of recognizing every person’s worth, understanding that not all people are dealt the same hand and that everyone needs to be raised up at one time or another.

Stephanie Paluch, Why I Care Employee Recipient

Stephanie Paluch, Why I Care Employee Recipient

Members of law enforcement are trained to respond to those who need help, and usually are not ones to ask for help, but the Western New York Law Enforcement Helpline is a resource for active and retired members of

Kyla Schmidt, Why I Care Member Recipient

Kyla Schmidt, Why I Care Member Recipient

As a young woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, Kyla Schmidt knew the challenges of navigating community resources in order to provide for herself and her newborn son.

Did you know April is Financial Literacy Month?

To spotlight financial literacy and learning, SEFCU's Institute for Financial Well-being is challenging individuals to join a financial education session during the month of April. Those who register and attend are eligible for a chance to win a $50 gift card.* 

Sue Klepadlo, Why I Care Employee Recipient

Sue Klepadlo, Employee Recipient

The spirit of giving back is something that was instilled in Sue as a young child. Sue’s mother never knew her birth parents, but that didn’t stop her and Sue’s father from providing a loving home to many children.

Benita Zahn, Why I Care Member Recipient

Benita Zahn, Why I Care Member Recipient

Benita Zahn is a familiar face for many Capital Region residents as an evening anchor and health reporter for WNYT, but the work she does behind the scenes is just as important as what she does on camera.

Mary Curtis, Why I Care Employee Recipient

Mary Curtis, Employee Recipient

When Mary first donated blood as a 17-year-old she learned that she had a rare blood type, and the only one that can be given to infants or children in intensive care or during surgeries.

Anthony Mayers, Why I Care Member Recipient

Anthony Mayers, Member Recipient

In 2011 Anthony Mayers came to the City Mission of Schenectady with plans to stay for a 30-day visit, but what happened was so much more. He was struggling with life and needed some help, love, and guidance.

James Welch, Why I Care Member Recipient


As a retired United States Air Force Flight Medic and volunteer EMT, James Welch has a long history of helping others, but it wasn’t until he watched a series on Facebook called “Returning the Favor” that he realized how he could give back.

Nick Liporace, Why I Care Member Recipient


Although Nick Liporace is employed full time by the American Cancer Society (ACS), his passion and commitment to give back to the community goes way beyond a 40-hour work week.

James Murynec, Why I Care Employee Recipient

James Murynec Employee Recipient

The importance of volunteering is something that was instilled in James Murynec by his parents as a youngster, and has spent more than 20 years donating time around the holidays to The Santa Claus Club where he wraps presents, planned and

Get a Head Start on New Year’s Resolutions

It’s human to want each year to be better than the last, but if you’re going to achieve any major improvements – in your health, money, or family life, for instance – there’s no time like right now to lay out a plan for your New Year’s resolution goals. Here are three tips to get a head start.

SEFCU Encourages Teens to Take Control of Their Financial Future

SEFCU’s Institute for Financial Well-Being provided free financial education to teens and young adults participating in summer youth employment programs across New York State. The youth employment programs provide teens and young adults an opportunity to gain on-the-job training where they work approximately 20 hours per week and are paid for those hours. SEFCU worked with participants in these programs to give them a basic understanding of saving, budgeting, and spending now that they are earning what might be their first paycheck.

Institute for Financial Well-Being Develops New School Partnership

SEFCU’s Institute for Financial Well-Being engaged in a new partnership with the Heatly School in Green Island. Over the course of three days, the Institute team visited with the second, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade classes delivering financial education to nearly 60 students.

Aimee Moore, Why I Care Employee Recipient


It’s hard for Aimee Moore to pinpoint her favorite volunteer memory, but most recently she participated in Stand to Honor, an event that was part of SEFCU’s Operation Fitness that raises money and awareness for fallen soldiers.