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Connex Credit Union Supports Playground Revitalization Project
Posted on November 14th, 2016

​Connex Credit Union Supports Playground Revitalization Project
With Nearly $1,000 Donation to Melissa Jones Elementary School PTO
Donations collected through the Coins-for-Change program at Hamden branch 

From left: Donna Lafata, board member, Melissa Jones Elementary School PTO; Carl Casper, vice president of customer advocacy, Connex Credit Union; Sara Prior, chair, Melissa Jones Elementary School PTO . (*Please be advised the celebratory check has been incorrectly labeled and Melissa Jones Elementary School PTO Playground Revitalization Project was actually the recipient of a $970 donation).

​HAMDEN, Conn. (Nov. 11, 2016) – Contributions from visitors at Connex Credit Union’s Hamden Branch during the third quarter of 2016 have helped make a significant impact for one local community project.  As a part of its philanthropic program ConnexCares, Connex Credit Union recently donated nearly $1,000, from the fees collected by Connex’s coin-cashing machine at their Hamden branch, to the Melissa Jones Elementary School PTO Playground Revitalization Project. The Coins-for-Change program charges a five percent fee to members, a seven percent fee to non-members and donates this money to charitable organizations in the local community, contributing more than $10,000 annually. 

“Our partnership with Connex, and their support of neighboring communities, exemplifies the communal foundation of this revitalization project,” said Sara Prior, chair, Melissa Jones Elementary School PTO. “These funds will help us in our quest to construct a new outdoor playground for our community.”

The goal of the Melissa Jones Elementary School PTO Playground Revitalization Project is to reinvigorate the current structure at the school, which was built as a community project in 1989, so it can continue its legacy for future generations. They seek to create a high-quality outdoor learning environment that promotes exercise, education, exploration and play. The heart of this project is driven by children and the community.  To learn more, or to donate, please visit

If you are a local non-profit or charitable organization interested in participating in the “Coins-for-Change” program, please contact Roquita Johnson at Connex Credit Union, at 203-603-5787 or

About ConnexCares:
ConnexCares is Connex Credit Union’s charitable and philanthropic program. The mission through ConnexCares is to promote financial literacy, well-being and understanding to our members and the greater communities Connex serves.

About Connex Credit Union:
As the Unbank, Connex Credit Union is one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions serving more than 46,000 members at 7 branches throughout greater New Haven. Headquartered in North Haven, Connecticut, Connex is a full-service member-owned credit union that offers members a full-range of financial services and products, including savings and loans, Unbank Checking, Smart Score credit score range, free online and mobile banking and more. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school or worships in New Haven, Hartford, Middlesex, or Fairfield Counties. Connex Credit Union helps guide and improve members’ financial lives through the Connex Advocacy Promises: We will always work in your best interest; we will work with you to understand your goals, identify your financial needs and provide solutions to improve your life; and we will be responsive to you and make your experience simpler, faster and friendlier. It’s time to Unbank! For more information, please call 1-800-CR-UNION or visit

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