2020 was a rough year for many businesses across the country and in the Southern Tier. I have to admit that 2021 isn't off to a great start and I really don't feel confident that it's going to change soon.

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Companies are doing what they can and some are making a big difference in our area. Take Visions Federal Credit Union, in May, they donated $60,000 to various COVID-19 relief organizations in our area. Visions employees also lent a hand by raising over $11,000 to benefit local food banks with their Denim Days Program.

Even when things didn't go as planned for them, they didn't slow down. Last August, they secured the naming rights to the former Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena beginning in 2021. Then in March, the world basically comes to a stop and the Binghamton Devils stopped with it.

We found out on Monday, January 3rd, that the Devils will play their home games in Newark, New Jersey. This means the Visions Federal Credit Union Veterans Memorial Arena will be without fans for the rest of the season.

They are pressing on in 2021 and this time, they are keeping a local school district warm for the winter. The Apalachin and Owego branches donated $500 worth of children's hats, gloves, scarves, and boots to the Owego Apalachin Central School District.

It's all part of their Act of Kindness from Visions Cares. This will help with pandemic-related economic hardships and also allow the students the chance to participate in recess with the proper winter attire.

With all the negativity and chaos that we see in our country, it's awesome to see the positive things that can be done in our area. We just want to say "THANK YOU" to Visions and keep up the great work.

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