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Emani Pollard

Photo: Emani Pollard
'17
Buffalo, NY
The Service Collaborative of WNY
  • Conducted outreach by canvassing neighborhoods and attending festivals and public events to survey and organize low-income community members to form the membership base for a low-income credit union, Good Neighbors Federal Credit Union (GNFCU). 
  • Represented GNFCU at meetings to raise awareness of the initiative as well as the community need it seeks to address—the lack of affordable community banking on Buffalo’s West Side 
  • Created and ran social media campaigns to raise awareness about the credit union and market responsible personal finance practices. 

“I'm impressed at the optimism people seem to have when it comes to the revitalization of Buffalo. Then again, if you look around there is no reason not to be optimistic. There are cranes downtown. The city is being rebuilt. These things make revitalization tangible; they swell the sense of community. I've found that there is a strong sense of community in Buffalo.” 

“We are very appreciative of Emani’s contributions, both to TSCWNY and especially to GNFCU. Her work has been integral to broadening the base and support for the GNFCU. Emani’s passion for social justice is clearly evident in her work and it has been a pleasure to have her work with us this summer.”

Steve Deisig,

Director of VISTA and Opportunity Corps for TSCWNY

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2014