Other Initiatives

Throughout the years, FSCNY has launched a number of key programs to help the communities where their customers and employees live and work.

Hurricane Sandy

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, FSCNY is committed to providing resources to help the industry recover from this catastrophic storm.

Effective immediately, all participating member stores will be donating $3 to the American Red Cross for every FEMA disaster assistance check cashed in their stores. The program will run until December 31, 2012.

In addition, the Association is making available its member stores as a resource to assist in their own post-Sandy efforts. Stores can serve as distribution points for relevant information.

Finally, the Association is coordinating its fundraising efforts with two of its key partners, Moneygram and Western Union. To learn more, please click here.

To further assist in the Hurricane recovery efforts, here are links to a number of resources that can help businesses recover:  

  • DisasterAssistance.gov – provides information on how you might be able to get help from the U.S. Government before, during and after a disaster. You can apply online for assistance.
  • FEMA – As President Obama has made clear, FEMA will be directly, actively engaged in the recovery and has made an array of resources available to those impacted by the hurricane.
  • American Red Cross – provides assistance in a wide arrange of natural disasters, including floods. Its Flood Safety Checklist includes information about what to do after a flood. This may be particularly useful to your customers.
  • New York City – The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), is coordinating a set of services to assist small businesses in recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Click here to learn more. The Office of Emergency Management can also provide assistance.
  • Recovering from a Catastrophe: First Steps – Outlines the first actions operators may want to undertake following a disaster such as Hurricane Sandy. Available in the Members Only section. 

Haiti Relief

 FSCNY Members Help Raise Nearly $300,000 for Haiti Relief

  • FSCNY partnered with Western Union on a collaborative fundraising effort under which the Western Union Foundation would match funds raised by FSCNY members. 
  • Mobilizing employees and customers in the aftermath of the earthquake, FSCNY members raised nearly $150,000for the FSCNY Haiti Relief Fund.
  • The money was collected through in-store collections at hundreds of check cashing locations across the state and from direct donations from company owners.
  • With Western Union matching funds raised by FSCNY, the total amount of money raised by the industry for Haitian relief was nearly $300,000
  • All funds contributed through this initiative are being donated to Mercy Corps.

Financial Education

 FSCNY helps Teach Financial Education in NYC Public Schools

  • In May 2009 FSCNY initiated the My Money & Me – Becoming A Money Smart Kid financial education initiative.
  • This initiative, a collaboration with American Credit Alliance (ACA) and New York City’s Department of Education,provides educational tools to elementary school teachers to help them instruct young students about saving, spending and sharing money
  • Since its inception 2,350 students from 18 schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx have received a unique financial education.
  • The program has been such a great success that 125 additional schools have expressed a desire to participate in the program.

2010 Census

 The 2010 Census - Making Sure New Yorkers Get Counted

  • FSCNY partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to help make sure every New Yorker was counted.
  • Participating FSCNY members made available census forms, displaying posters, and keeping collection boxes and promotional brochures in their locations to help promote full participation in the 2010 Census.
  • Informational materials were available in various languages to make certain that all individuals receive valuable information on completing the Census correctly. 

Voter Registration Drive

 FSCNY Voter Registration Program - Helping Get Out the Vote

  • In May 2010, FSCNY launched a voter registration program – “Democracy for All” – aimed at encouraging all New Yorkers to register to vote.
  • FSCNY member stores actively supported the voter registration drive.
  • Participating members posted decals and posters in their stores urging customers to register to vote.
  • Registration forms were available at all participating stores.
  • Completed forms were collected at the participating stores and submitted to the New York State Board of Elections.