Other Initiatives

Throughout the years, FSCNY has launched a number of key programs to help the communities where their customers and employees live and work.

Haiti Relief

 FSCNY Members Help Raise Nearly $300,000 for Haiti Relief

  • FSCNY partnered with Western Union on a collaborative fundraising effort under which the Western Union Foundation would match funds raised by FSCNY members. 
  • Mobilizing employees and customers in the aftermath of the earthquake, FSCNY members raised nearly $150,000for the FSCNY Haiti Relief Fund.
  • The money was collected through in-store collections at hundreds of check cashing locations across the state and from direct donations from company owners.
  • With Western Union matching funds raised by FSCNY, the total amount of money raised by the industry for Haitian relief was nearly $300,000
  • All funds contributed through this initiative are being donated to Mercy Corps.

Financial Education

 FSCNY helps Teach Financial Education in NYC Public Schools

  • In May 2009 FSCNY initiated the My Money & Me – Becoming A Money Smart Kid financial education initiative.
  • This initiative, a collaboration with American Credit Alliance (ACA) and New York City’s Department of Education,provides educational tools to elementary school teachers to help them instruct young students about saving, spending and sharing money
  • Since its inception 2,350 students from 18 schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx have received a unique financial education.
  • The program has been such a great success that 125 additional schools have expressed a desire to participate in the program.

2010 Census

 The 2010 Census - Making Sure New Yorkers Get Counted

  • FSCNY partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to help make sure every New Yorker was counted.
  • Participating FSCNY members made available census forms, displaying posters, and keeping collection boxes and promotional brochures in their locations to help promote full participation in the 2010 Census.
  • Informational materials were available in various languages to make certain that all individuals receive valuable information on completing the Census correctly. 

Voter Registration Drive

 FSCNY Voter Registration Program - Helping Get Out the Vote

  • In May 2010, FSCNY launched a voter registration program – “Democracy for All” – aimed at encouraging all New Yorkers to register to vote.
  • FSCNY member stores actively supported the voter registration drive.
  • Participating members posted decals and posters in their stores urging customers to register to vote.
  • Registration forms were available at all participating stores.
  • Completed forms were collected at the participating stores and submitted to the New York State Board of Elections.
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