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Connex Credit Union
Posted on December 20th, 2016

​​Connex Credit Union Creates Christmas Miracle for Widowed Mother of Five
With Donation of More Than $1,000 and 180 Household Items
Credit Union partnered with New Reach for the Adopt-A-Family program
From left: Roquita Johnson, marketing and electronic services specialist, Connex Credit Union; Mary Grande, community engagement manager, New Reach; Anita Annunziato, marketing specialist, Connex Credit Union; Louise Nestor, director of marketing, Connex Credit Union; Frank Mancini, president and chief executive officer, Connex Credit Union. 

Connex Credit Union recently donated more than $1,000 and 180 household items to a widowed mother and her five children as part of New Reach’s 12th annual Adopt-A-Family program. The credit union “adopted” this family after learning they were forced to relocate to a new home due to the tragic passing of their husband and father, losing many of their belongings in the process.  As part of its annual holiday drive and ConnexCares philanthropic program, each of Connex’s seven branches were dedicated to collecting a different item requested by the family.

Included in the nearly 200 contributions were winter clothing, bedding, toys and toiletries. $200 in various gift cards was also collected alongside a $1,000 monetary donation.

Connex President and Chief Executive Officer Frank Mancini (right) presents New Reach Community Engagement Manager Mary Grande (left) with a check worth $1,010.]  “We would like to thank each and every one of our staff and members that contributed to this amazing effort,” said Carl Casper, vice president of customer advocacy, Connex Credit Union. “Your generosity and selflessness created a true holiday miracle for a family in need and is an embodiment of our credit union philosophy, ‘People Helping People’.”

All duplicates and extra items were distributed to other New Reach families.

 “We were overwhelmed by the outpour of support from the Connex community,” said Mary Grande, community engagement manager, New Reach. “These contributions helped reinvigorate hope in this family and are a true representation of the holiday spirit.”
To discover how you can help New Reach support families in need, please visit
More information about ConnexCares and all of Connex’s philanthropic initiatives is available at

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

About New Reach:

New reach is a 501(c)3 that delivers an array of housing interventions to end homelessness and alleviate poverty. From operating emergency shelters to developing affordable housing and everything in between, New Reach is committed to building hopeful futures for those experiencing homelessness and poverty in Connecticut. 

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