Artie Shade, Why I Care Employee Recipient

Artie Shade, Why I Care Employee Recipient

Artie Shade recalls a Thanksgiving when he was serving meals at the Kids Café and was approached by a young mother with an infant who addressed him by his last name. Prior to working at SEFCU, Artie was an Albany Police Department detective who had been assigned to this woman’s runaway case. Now, several years later, the woman thanked Artie for his compassion during a difficult time and for helping her turn her life around and expressed her gratitude that he was still helping kids in the community.

As a SEFCU employee, Artie has continued to support the community and maintain his commitment to volunteerism. He remembers a favorite volunteer moment when he was delivering holiday gifts to the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region and how excited the residents were when they saw him carrying in dozens of bags of Christmas gifts. “Some of the residents were searching the bags for their names and I remember one lady was so overcome with joy when she saw her name on a bag she started crying,” he recalls.

Artie is grateful for SEFCU’s support of its employees’ volunteer commitments. He says, “I think it’s great that SEFCU offers its
employees many opportunities, but one of the best ones is the opportunity to give and volunteer in so many capacities. Having
medical, dental, and vision benefits are important, but the benefits of volunteerism offer much more - like positive mental and physical health, critical social interactions, and feelings of achievement – all of which contribute to the greater good of our existence.” 

In addition to supporting the Kids Café, Artie also volunteers for Cate’s Kids and assists the homeless in the Capital Region.

"I would consider myself a SEFCU mercenary: A professional willing to volunteer my services to whatever organization SEFCU supports.... Any organization that helps young kids is most dear to my heart."

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