Suffolk Federal Credit Union Donates 1,100 Pounds of Food in Record Show of Support

Pictured left to right: Sarah McCandless, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Suffolk Federal Credit Union; Keith Caputo, Founder, Helping Makes U Happy; Sharon Solntzeff, Retail Operations Officer, Suffolk Federal Credit Union and Tara Alberti, Senior Marketing Associate, Suffolk Federal Credit Union.

Medford, NY, Sept. 24, 2021: Suffolk Federal Credit Union announced a donation of 1,100 pounds of nonperishable food to Helping Makes U Happy, a charity that aids the underprivileged in the community. In addition, Suffolk Federal and its members presented the organization with a $1,000 check.

As a community-focused credit union, Suffolk Federal has a tradition of contributing food and funds to nonprofit organizations that assist residents throughout Long Island. “The response to our recent drive, which enabled us to collect a record amount of food, underscores our commitment to helping those who face difficulties,” said Michele Dean, President & CEO of Suffolk Federal Credit Union. “This donation and Helping Makes U Happy’s valuable work will ease the burden for many people in our communities as they struggle with economic setbacks.”

Based in Center Moriches, Helping Makes U Happy aims to inspire people to make a difference through volunteering, which enriches the lives of not only those less fortunate but their own lives as well. The nonprofit organization was founded in 2015 by Keith Caputo, an individual with Down’s Syndrome whose mentor was committed to helping others.

Mr. Caputo commented, “Suffolk Federal is an outstanding partner that gives back so much to the community. They clearly understand that helping makes not only the people who receive help happier, but also those who contribute and volunteer.”

About Suffolk Federal Credit Union
Suffolk Federal Credit Union is a local not-for-profit cooperative financial institution owned and operated by its members. It was chartered in 1967 by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). The volunteer-directed credit union has assets in excess of $1.5 billion, 10 branches and over 63,000 members, including partnerships with Suffolk County employees and unions. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or regularly conducts business in Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as immediate family members of current membership. Suffolk Federal Credit Union was named the #1 credit union on Long Island and the #2 credit union in NY State by Forbes. To learn more, visit www.suffolkfcu.org or call 631-924-8000.

About Helping Makes U Happy
Helping Makes U Happy is a nonprofit public charity founded by a young man with Down’s Syndrome named Keith Caputo. He was fortunate to have had the experience of being mentored by a special man who was committed to helping others, and this is Keith’s way of paying it forward. Their mission aims to demonstrate how every human is capable of making a difference through volunteering; and inspire others to make a difference in the community with the belief that doing good not only helps the lives of the less fortunate, but their own lives as well. For more information, visit www.helpingmakesuhappy.org.

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