In an effort to support the charitable work of local organizations that serve the areas of Suffolk Federal branch locations, the credit union has identified nonprofits to provide financial support. In Commack, Branch Manager Gail DiGiacomo presents a $500 contribution each to both Paws of War in Nesconset and Fountainhead Congregation in East Northport.
“Knowing that we can make even a small difference in the lives of our local veterans is truly rewarding,” said Gail DiGiacomo, Branch Manager of Suffolk Federal’s Commack branch. “What these service dogs provide to our veterans is quite incredible—they are trained to provide support throughout the healing process to veterans who suffer from PTSD. The credit union is committed to supporting causes that support veterans so donating to Paws of War is a perfect fit.”
DiGiacomo also stated, “The smiles from the children receiving assistance from Fountainhead Congregation remind me of my own children’s faces when they went to camp. A donation from Suffolk Federal makes such a tremendous difference in the lives of the children attending the summer camp program. Without programs like these, many children from underserved communities would miss such important opportunities. We want to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
About Paws of War
Paws of War trains and places rescue dogs to serve and provide independence to our United States military veterans who suffer the emotional effects of war. Every dog is trained for a specific veteran to fulfill his or her needs such as emotional support, assisting with balance and retrieving items, or simply to provide a sense of security and protection. For information, visit www.pawsofwar.org.
About Fountainhead Congregation
Fountainhead Congregation—including their summer camp enrichment program—provides community outreach to underprivileged and unemployed families and individuals struggling to feed themselves when the society-based welfare programs are unable to meet all their nutritional needs. For information, visit www.fountainheadcongregation.net
Pictured left to right: Russell Keyzer, United States Army Veteran; Artimiss, Paws of War Service Dog; Robert Misseri, President of Paws of War; Gail DiGiacomo, Suffolk Federal Commack Branch Manager; and Christopher McNamara, President of Mac Abstract and Volunteer of Paws of War.
Pictured left to right: Keaney Cadet; Joshua Nola; Cori Nola, Children Pastor and Director of Enrichment Program; Gail DiGiacomo, Suffolk Federal Commack Branch Manager; Joshua Vanderbuilt; Sky Vola and Levi-Matthew Nola.