3rd Round of Relief Funds

UFCU, Caring for our community

The credit union received additional grant funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York www.fhlbny.com and was able to provide 5 additional grants to non-profit organizations and small businesses that continue to be affected by the current health crisis.  Grants were provided to 3 local non-profit organizations, and two local small businesses. Grants were in the amount of $10,000.00 each.

25 local non-profit organizations and  small businesses have received grants , totaling $250,000.00, from the Credit Union during the current health crisis .

The recipients of the third round of UFCU’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants are as follows:

Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children
59 Mill Street
Paterson, NJ 07501

The non-profit organization provides 300 hot grab & go lunches Monday thru Friday to people in need. They provide educational programs that help women enter and succeed in the workforce. They supply emergency food, clothing, and social support to city residents in need.  


A Haven For Women and Children




American Legion Post 171
17-08 River Rd
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

This non-profit organization, chartered in 1929, provides support to veterans and assistance to the Fair Lawn community.


The Cliffside Park Volunteer Fire Department
525 Palisades Avenue
Cliffside Park, NJ 07010

A non-profit organization staffed by a wonderful group of volunteers. Firefighters are the first ones to the scene responding to a variety of fire and rescue calls, these men and women serve and save community members every day.  The department not only responds to emergencies, they help prevent them by getting out into the community and promoting their many educational programs.



Credit Union Board member Tamer Abdallah, CEO Jim Kopfensteiner present grant to Cliffside Park Fire Department, Chief Gregory Yfantis


The Latin Flavor Restaurant
870-872 Broadway
Newark, NJ 07104

The Latin Flavor Restaurant in Newark offers authentic Latin and Puerto Rican food to its customers.  As a woman owned business; Griselle Ponce’s mission is to provide and serve the community with fresh authentic quality food and service at affordable prices.  She serves the community as a humanitarian by hosting charity events at her restaurant such as Coat Drives, Back to School Supplies, Give the gift of love to the seniors, Toy Drive for kids and weekly Thanksgiving food delivery to the homeless and shelters, women empowerment events and more. 





The Latin Flavor Restaurant
Newark, NJ
Griselle Ponce/Owner





It is with most gratitude that I write to you this message.  These are certainly great news, THANK YOU so much.  COVID-19 has devastated many businesses and our business is no exception.  This grant comes in perfect time and I am extremely grateful and blessed to be amongst the granted. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you 🙏🏽 

Griselle Ponce/Owner
The Latin Flavor Restaurant & Lounge


Peak Latin Dance
734 Grant Avenue
Ridgefield, NJ 07657
Eleanee Jimenez/Director

Peak Latin Dance provides a world class learning environment curated by over 25 years of dance education. They believe that excellence is the key to learn how to dance and feel free.

Dancing lashes promotes strong self-confidence, self-respect, discipline, and appreciation through the fine arts of dance. The studio supports many fundraising efforts sponsored throughout the Bergen County area.



Credit Union CEO Jim Kopfensteiner presents grant to New Jersey small business Peak Latin Dance in Ridgefield, NJ













This is WONDERFUL NEWS!!! I am overjoyed and excited to hear this. We have definitely gone through very tough times this past year.  There were moments that we almost lost hope and thought it was the end of the road for us. In spite of that, we pushed through. we pushed through because of our students, our passion, and our dedication to our work.  We are beyond grateful to have been helped and approved by: The Unilever Federal Credit Union and the central bank that is providing the funds: The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (FHLBNY).  Words cannot express how grateful we are.  THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!!!
Warmest Regards,

Eleanee Jimenez / Director
Peak Latin Dance


First Round Grants/Total Funding $100,000/July 2020
Kang’s B & A Cleaners, Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
Sedona Restaurant, Cliffside Park, NJ 07010
Pearl Restaurant, LLC, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
United Eventures, LLC, Oradell, NJ 07649
Ke Rikuras Coffee Shop, Union City, NJ 07087
FTS Landscaping, LLC, North Bergen, NJ 07047
K & M Childwood Leaning Center, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Arts Creations Pottery Studio, Woodland Park, NJ 07424
Safra Hair Salon, Clifton, NJ 07011
Start Save The Animals Rescue Team, Little Falls, NJ 07424

Second Round Grants/Total Funding $100,000/September 2020

Che Paul Hair Studio, Cliffside Park, NJ 07010
Community Promoting Animal Welfare (CPAWNJ), Montclair, NJ 07042
Bella Hair Studio, West New York, NJ 07093
MLD, Teaneck, NJ 07666
Central Optix, INC, Jersey City, NJ 07307
Hudson Eyecare Associates, Jersey City, 07307
Jorge El Mexicano Restaurant, Clifton, NJ 07011
Xclusive Cuts Barber Shop, Woodland Park, NJ 07424
Avantte Interior Design, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
J WEst Design Services, LTD, Plainfield, NJ 07060