From babies to birds, American Eagle Financial Credit Union announces recipients for Cash Back to The Community

Playhouse theatre group, a place called hope and gentle love connections are recipients of $8,931

EAST HARTFORD, CT (May 1, 2024)American Eagle Financial Credit Union announced the local  organizations that are the most recent recipients of the Cash Back to the Community Program. This  program has run since 2020 and has donated over $435,000 to local organizations in American Eagle’s  service area dedicated to making their communities better.  

The first organization that the community voted to receive $8,931 in support is Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc. Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc. at Playhouse on Park is devoted to the art of theatre and they  strive to be a place for artists, educators and admirers alike to enjoy entertainment and learn through  different outreach opportunities.  

“A part of Playhouse on Park’s mission is to provide quality entertainment at affordable costs to as broad  an audience as possible, which means keeping ticket costs as low as we possibly can,” said Tracy Flater,  Executive Director and Co-founder of Playhouse Theatre Group. “Because of the generosity of  American Eagle Financial Credit Union and the support of our community, the task of making live,  professional theatre and theatre-arts educational programming more accessible to Greater Hartford  (and beyond) is possible.” 

Specializing in rescuing and releasing, when possible, birds of prey in Connecticut, A Place Called Hope is  making a difference in the lives of injured, orphaned or ill birds in the community.  

“This generous donation from the American Eagle Financial Credit Union will directly benefit the many  birds at A Place Called Hope, said Christine Cummings, Director at A Place Called Hope. “This funding  will be used to purchase the necessary food for predatory birds. This financial contribution will help us  to continue to provide the top-quality care our birds deserve. We are so very grateful for this community  

support. It came when we needed it most.” 

The final organization receiving this round of support from Cash Back to the Community is Gentle Love  Connections. Based out of Manchester this organization is working to ensure families in the greater  Manchester area have access to basic needs or their babies. Working to bridge the gap between  government assistance that doesn’t cover child care items Gentle Love Connections is determined to  support as many families as possible. 

“On behalf of the entire team at Gentle Love Connections, we are thrilled to accept this grant award,  said Kyle Zingler, Founder & COO, of Gentle Love Connections. “Since our founding nearly four years  ago, we’ve distributed 400,000 diapers to low-income children in Greater Manchester, East of the  River.”

“It is an honor to lead an organization so dedicated to supporting all aspects of our community,” said  Howard Brady, President & CEO of American Eagle Financial Credit Union. “At American Eagle our Cash  Back to the Community Program allows us to impact organizations doing good in our communities from  babies to birds and everything in between.” 

The nomination period for the next quarterly round of Cash Back is open from April 22nd until May  12th! American Eagle members and the public can nominate worthy nonprofit organizations by  visiting During each nominating period, members and nonmembers may nominate a nonprofit or 501(c)(3) organization through American Eagle’s website, social media, or  email.

Pictured left to right: Darlene Zoller, Artistic Director and Co-founder, Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc.; and Jim Evans, SVP Chief Information Officer, American Eagle Financial Credit Union

Pictured left to right: Rachel Silva, Board Member Gentle Love Connections; Howard Brady, AEFCU President and CEO; and Jessee Muñiz-Poland, Board Member Gentle Love Connections

Pictured left to right: Todd Secki, Vice President of A Place Called Hope; Howard Brady, American Eagle Financial Credit President & CEO; and Christine Cummings, President of A Place Called Hope

About American Eagle Financial Credit Union (AEFCU)

Established in 1935, American Eagle Financial Credit Union (AEFCU) is a full-service credit union  offering checking and savings accounts, credit cards, auto loans, mortgages, business accounts and more. American Eagle  offers banking online, through its mobile app, or at one of its 14 branches located in Connecticut. AEFCU has more than  180,000 members, over $2.5 billion in assets, and offers banking services to anyone who lives, works, attends school, or  worships in Hartford, Middlesex, Tolland, and New Haven County in Connecticut, and Hampden County in Massachusetts. For  more information about American Eagle Financial Credit Union, visit


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