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CEFCU Matching Grant to Benefit Rise Tutoring Program

The Caltech Y is pleased to announce a $10,000 matching grant from the Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union (CEFCU) to support the Rise and Y-Tutor programs. The matching grant was created by an external funding organization in response to escalating demand for pandemic relief resources for communities hardest hit by the pandemic and made available to member organizations. CEFCU applied for the grant, which matched its annual $10,000 contribution to the Caltech Y, bringing CEFCU’s total annual support to $20,000!

The expansion and success of the Rise Tutoring Program in response to COVID-19 wasthe most influential factor for the granting committee. In April, the Rise Program moved online and expanded with a new Y-Tutor Program component to serve a wider audience in the Pasadena Unified School District. By shifting quickly to an online platform, the Caltech Y was able to enroll more students to support the educational needs of the community.

This is an exciting expansion of the Caltech Y and CEFCU’s years-long partnership that began in 2004, when CEFCU funded World Fest and other community service programs. In 2010, CEFCU’s commitment to the Caltech Y grew further, with a $10,000 grant designated for the Advocating Change Together (ACT) Award and Make-a-Difference Day. The ACT Award supports independent student service and advocacy projects, while Make-a-Difference Day promotes volunteerism in the local community.

Below is the Annual Report 2011-12 Featuring CEFCU, the Advocating Change Together (ACT) Award and Make-a-Difference Day.

Annual report 2011-12 featuring CEFCU an
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CEFCU’s support of the Caltech Y extends to more than just funding. Besides being good neighbors (CEFCU Campus Office is located next door to the Caltech Y office on Wilson Ave.), CEFCU staff have collaborated with us on several programs. For the last few years, CEFCU staff have welcomed student volunteers as they arrived to check in for the annual Make-a-Difference Day program. Last year, Pattyl Aposhian, CEFCU’s VP for Marketing and Development, educated Caltech students on fraud and predatory lending practices that target college students in an on-campus Lunch and Learn talk, co-sponsored with the Caltech Y and Caltech’s International Student Programs Office. In addition, Pattyl volunteered with family and friends to cook and serve dinner during the Caltech Y’s designated day for Union Station’s Adopt-a-Meal Program.

It is clear that CEFCU’s leadership values social responsibility and actively seeks opportunities to contribute to the overall Caltech community. Rich Harris, President/CEO of CEFCU affirms, “As the exclusive financial institution serving the extended Caltech community, giving back is part of CEFCU’s broader mission and commitment to our sponsor. We are proud of our partnership with the Caltech Y and will continue to support its mission to serve Caltech and the local community.”

Thank you to CEFCU for their on-going and increasing support of the Caltech Y’s mission! We are so grateful for this partnership.

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