NEWBURGH – Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (MHV) has partnered with students from Newburgh Free Academy’s P-TECH Program in support of their Global to Local initiative.
The Global to Local program, now in its third year, provides an opportunity for students to travel internationally to complete volunteer work. The students then return to Newburgh and implement the skills they learned during their time abroad to identify and complete a community action project. Following their 2018 trip to Cambodia, for example, the students partnered with community organizations in Newburgh to create a public memorial to local victims of trauma and violence.
This year, the Global to Local participants will be traveling to Thailand to work with Burmese refugees.
MHV has sponsored fundraising events at Two Alices in November 2018 and Newburgh Brewing in April 2019 to support the Global to Local program, providing refreshments for every donation received at both events. At the conclusion of the Newburgh Brewing event, MHV helped to raise $300 and was also able to present the students with an additional $1,000 donation, raised entirely by the credit union’s staff through their Jeans for Charity program.
Jacqueline Hesse, one of the educators leading the Global to Local program, praised MHV’s partnership. “Not only did MHVFCU help us plan and then sponsor Global to Local’s fundraiser, but they also surprised our organization with a donation! We have never known of a local credit union showing such dedication to the young people in their community.”
Students enrolled in Newburgh Free Academy’s P-TECH program, a six-year program in partnership with IBM, earn both a high school diploma and an Associate’s degree. The Global to Local program enriches this experience with the opportunity to work towards positive social change. Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (MHV) is a member-owned credit union that has served individuals and businesses throughout Ulster, Dutchess and Orange counties since 1963. MHV is committed to guiding its members to discover their financial possibilities, wherever they are on their journey. Using a consultative approach, MHV works to connect its members to the financial solutions that are right for their individual needs by providing the guidance necessary to make sound decisions. Visit mhvfcu.com for more information.