Community Reinvestment

Ocean Financial Plants Flowers To Give Back To Long Island Community

Summer Beautification Campaign Helps Those Who Help Others

Keith Griffin

July 16, 2020

Ocean Financial Federal Credit Union staff plants flowers

Ocean Financial Federal Credit Union in Oceanside, N.Y., is giving some green stuff back to the community. It’s not money, though.

The credit union recently planted flowers on the grounds of Catholic Charities in Valley Stream and Elmont as part of its Summer Beautification campaign to give back to community organizations that help others by brightening their grounds with color.

“Everyone loves a flower, and this is a small expression of gratitude to groups that do incredibly important and impactful work in the community,” said Joe Tedesco, president & CEO of Ocean Financial Federal Credit Union. “I grew up gardening and it always gave me a great feeling to see those flowers pop in the spring. It made sense and was an easy way to help."

Tedesco and a team of volunteers dug new beds, planted and watered the new flowers that included impatiens and coleus in circular patterns around foundation shrubs, providing pops of color to brighten people’s day as they pass by. The plants will bloom over the course of the summer, providing an even more showstopping arrangement all the way to the fall.

The credit union has also fulfilled some of Catholic Charities’ other wishes. “We also donated games and puzzle for kids, we painted rocks for beautification, some of our members even crocheted lap blankets,” said Tedesco. “There’s a lot of need. You can see it in the communities we serve, and that need is greater than ever right now. Being able to react to those needs is something we’re proud of and will continue to seek out."

The credit union recently reopened its branches in Oceanside and Seaford for full-service banking for members, with social distancing and health safety precautions in place.

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