Reliant donates sneakers for children at YMCA

SODUS, NY (June 23, 2021) — Reliant Credit Union continues its mission to help students in the Finger Lakes and Rochester area put their best feet forward!  On Wednesday, June 9, Reliant donated 75 pairs of sneakers to the Carlson MetroCenter YMCA, which is the first such donation Reliant has made so far this year.  The sneakers were given to children in the daycare program.

These donations are all part of a special community effort Reliant created called Feet Forward, through which the credit union partners with area schools and organizations to provide quality sneakers to kids who need them. This year, Reliant collaborated with Jonathan Griffiths, owner of Rochester Running Company, who helped facilitate the credit union’s purchase of an array of high quality sneakers so that the credit union could donate them to children who otherwise wouldn’t have access to quality footwear.

“Reliant is proud to continue our Feet Forward program in 2021, and we are thrilled that, through programs like this, we are able to help children in our communities,” said Pamela Heald, President & CEO.

Reliant and Rochester Running Company representatives presented the sneakers to representatives from the YMCA of Greater Rochester, including Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Fitzpatrick. “Serving youth in our community is a core component of our mission,” said Mr. Fitzpatrick. “Having strong partnerships with organizations like Reliant Credit Union and Rochester Running Company allow us to offer more opportunities to the kids in our care.”

Pictured here (left-right) are Kevin Fitzpatrick, COO of YMCA of Greater Rochester; Emily Chambers, Reliant Public Relations Specialist; Jonathan Griffiths, owner of Rochester Running Co.; and Julie Allen, Reliant Marketing Manager.

About Reliant Credit Union

Reliant Credit Union, which began locally in 1970, is a $650 million credit union serving more than 45,000 members. Eligibility is available to all who live, work, worship, attend school, or volunteer in Monroe, Ontario, and Wayne counties. Reliant currently has branches in Brockport, Canandaigua, Farmington, Geneva, Henrietta, Irondequoit, Macedon, Newark, Sodus, and Webster. A full-service financial institution, Reliant offers a complete range of financial products and services, including mortgages. For information regarding membership or employment, contact the credit union at 800-724-9282 or visit


Emily Britton
Public Relations Specialist
800-724-9282 Ext. 3397

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