Feet Forward

Reliant was founded as a teachers' credit union, and educational endeavors have always been important to the credit union. For the past several years, we have also put an emphasis on wellness—from both a financial and an overall health perspective. We are committed to giving back to the communities we serve through financial and in-kind contributions, educational programs, and volunteerism.

Our commitments to giving back, to education, and to wellness all come together in Feet Forward. We recognize that the ability to get out and run around is an integral part of a child’s overall well-being, but without a quality pair of sneakers, a child can’t run around as freely or as safely as he should be able to do.

Reliant has partnered with Fleet Feet Sports Rochester , who helped us to purchase an array of high quality children’s sneakers so that we could donate them to elementary-aged children who otherwise wouldn’t have access to such quality footwear.

Reliant connected with area elementary schools to coordinate distribution of the shoes to their students who need them.

Here are some photos from our distributions of sneakers!

Pictured below, from our presentation of sneakers to representatives from The Spot and the Canandaigua City School District (left-right) are Sarah Chilson Plante, founder of The Spot; Oliver Plante; Canandaigua Reliant Branch Manager Melissa Streber; Reliant Marketing Communications Specialist Alisa Erbland; Deanna Dramer, School Social Worker; Lindsay Lazenby, 2/3 House Principal; Brian Amesbury, K-5 Principal; and Reliant Member Development Coordinator Karen Dean.

Reliant representatives presented sneakers to representatives from the Canandaigua Primary-Elementary School and The Spot on Wednesday. Pictured here (left-right) are Sarah Chilson Plante, founder of The Spot; Oliver Plante; Canandaigua Reliant Branch Manager Melissa Streber; Reliant Marketing Communications Specialist Alisa Erbland; Deanna Dramer, School Social Worker; Lindsay Lazenby, 2/3 House Principal; Brian Amesbury, K-5 Principal; and Reliant Member Development Coordinator Karen Dean.

Pictured below, from our delivery of sneakers to the Webster Central School District (left-right) are Alisa Erbland, Marketing Communications Specialist, Reliant Community Credit Union; Deb Hellert, Vice President of Marketing, Reliant Community Credit Union; Tricia Denhoff, Social Worker, Webster CSD; Carmen Gumina, Superintendent of Schools, Webster CSD; and Colleen McCarty, Member Development Coordinator, Reliant Community Credit Union.

Reliant Community Credit Union delivered 125 pairs of donated sneakers to the Webster Central School District offices on Monday, January 22, 2018. Pictured, left to right are:
Alisa Erbland, Marketing Communications Specialist, Reliant Community Credit Union
Deb Hellert, Vice President of Marketing, Reliant Community Credit Union
Tricia Denhoff, Social Worker, Webster CSD
Carmen Gumina, Superintendent of Schools, Webster CSD
Colleen McCarty, Member Development Coordinator, Reliant Community Credit Union

Pictured below, from our delivery of sneakers to the Geneva City School District at Geneva’s North Street School (left-right) are Marketing Communications Specialist Alisa Erbland, Geneva Branch Manager Amanda DeSain, and Business Lending Specialist Alexa Wessie, all from Reliant Community Credit Union; and North Street School Principal Eric Vaillancourt, North Street School Social Worker Susan McGowan, North Street Assistant Principal Heather Eysaman, North Street School Nurse Kim Seidel, North Street Teacher Aide Jennifer Anderson.

Reliant representatives presented sneakers to representatives from the Geneva City School District at Geneva’s North Street School. Pictured here (left-right) are Marketing Communications Specialist Alisa Erbland, Geneva Branch Manager Amanda DeSain, and Business Lending Specialist Alexa Wessie, all from Reliant Community Credit Union, and North Street School Principal Eric Vaillancourt, North Street School Social Worker Susan McGowan, North Street Assistant Principal Heather Eysaman, North Street School Nurse Kim Seidel, North Street Teacher Aide Jennifer Anderson.

Pictured below, from our delivery of sneakers to the Newark Central School District at Newark's Perkins School (left-right): Newark School District Superintendent Matt Cook; Newark Director of Health, Physical Education & Athletics Chris Corey; Reliant Newark Branch Teller Hanna Colling; Reliant Marketing Communications Specialist Alisa Erbland; Perkins School Principal Susan Achille; and Reliant Member Development Coordinator Karen Dean.

Reliant representatives pictured with sneakers they presented to representatives from the Newark Central School District at Newark’s Perkins School. Pictured here (left-right) are Newark School District Superintendent Matt Cook; Newark Director of Health, Physical Education & Athletics Chris Corey; Reliant Newark Branch Teller Hanna Colling; Reliant Marketing Communications Specialist Alisa Erbland; Perkins School Principal Susan Achille; and Reliant Member Development Coordinator Karen Dean.


Pictured below, from our delivery of sneakers to the East Irondequoit Central School District (left-right): Colleen McCarty, Reliant Member Development Coordinator; Kate Mumford, Reliant Marketing Manager; Alisa Erbland, Reliant Marketing Communications Specialist; Susan Allen, Superintendent of East Irondequoit Central School District; Lauren Della Stua, Fleet Feet Sports Rochester.
Photo credit: East Irondequoit Central School District


Pictured below, from our delivery to Sodus Elementary School (left-right): Amy Calabrese, Reliant Chief Brand Officer; Paula Piper and Natalie Strong, P.E. teachers at Sodus Elementary School; Darcy Davidson, Sodus Elementary School Nurse; and Paige Watkins, Reliant Executive Services Manager.

Photo credit: East Irondequoit Central School District

Many thanks to Fleet Feet Sports Rochester for their help and support in getting high quality sneakers for our Feet Forward project!

For questions or to learn more about Reliant's Feet Forward program, contact Alisa Erbland at aerbland@reliantcu.com.