Community Service - TTTFCU Members
Member Community Involvement

Tri-Town Teachers Credit Union has always been community minded. Examples are the yearly Tri-Town Teachers FCU Scholarships offered to deserving students and the free electric vehicle charging station outside our offices.

But more significant is the community service given by our members to their local communities.

In a recent e-Newsletter, we invited members to tell us about their own personal community service, with the understanding that we would share their good work on our web site. Several members graciously provided short descriptions of their community service and we are happy to tell you about their contributions.

Wendy Cudmore: Helps entertain nursing home residents and serves her church in a number of roles.
I sing at nursing homes on Wed. afternoons in the fall & spring with the Fairfield Continuing Ed. group called Elderberries. I also volunteer at my church in a number of roles: middle school Christian formation (Sunday school), Welcome Ministry Team, & chair of the Nominating Committee for the Vestry (governing board). (Wendy also has served on our Board of Directors for 9 years.)

Edie Offenhartz: Volunteers in a continuing care facility
I was a school nurse/supervisor/resident in Weston for many years. I loved my job and those with whom I worked . After retiring and moving to Canton, CT in 2004, I started volunteering with the VNA; McLean's gift shop ( an independent, assisted living, nursing home, and physical therapy rehab center; Favarh, an organization that serves disabled people; a member of the Canton League of Women Voters study group that recently conducted a year plus study of the needs/services available to the mentally ill residing in the Farmington Valley; and a member of the town of Canton's Board of Ethics.

Kerstin and Vijay Rao: Volunteer for Westport's Mini Maker Faire
Tri-Town members Kerstin and Vijay Rao have enjoyed making, building, and tinkering since their childhoods. So, it's a natural fit for them to volunteer for Westport's Mini Maker Faire. In conjunction with the Westport Library and Remarkable STEAM, Kerstin and Vijay are finding makers, helping organize booths and lectures, and even volunteering to speak about the process that went into creating their Princess Bride-themed wedding last October.

Linda Fein: Member of Wilton CERT, volunteers at Wilton Library and teaches adult Ed for Norwalk Charities
I am a member of Wilton CERT (Community Emergency Response Team); I work 4 hours a week sorting & pricing donated books for Wilton Library & setting up 4 major sales during the year; I teach 2 adult Ed. classes & knitting for Norwalk charities at Kingsway Apartments. In addition I am a board member of Wilton League of Women Voters & I work as an assistant registrar at most elections in town.

Lloyd Stableford: Volunteers as an AARP Tax Counselor
I am serving my first season as an AARP Tax Counselor. After a series of training workshops and the passage of a test, I was selected to be a counselor. I presently work three days (about seven hours) out of Stratford and Bridgeport. It is a terrific program for anyone who needs to have their taxes done. There are numerous cites around the state. For the most part, the counselors work the more simplified tax returns. Information can be garnered at the AARP website.

We'd love to add more stories like these.
We know they are out there. If you would like to share your community service experience, send an email to us at jconiglio@tritownteachers.org. Who knows, your story just might be the reason someone else joins the ranks of community volunteers.

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