4th Round of Relief Funds

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

35 local non-profit organizations and small businesses have received grants, totaling $350,000.00, from the Credit Union during the current health crisis .

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


Englewood Cliffs Volunteer Fire Department
475 Sylvan Avenue
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

The Englewood Cliffs Fire Department was formed in 1905 to protect life and property in the Borough of Englewood Cliffs. Their organization is a 100% volunteer Fire Department that responds to all types of emergencies in Englewood Cliffs and surrounding towns.
Today they have 33 highly trained volunteers. In 2021, they responded to over 300 alarms of fire & rescue. They hold many functions that are open to the community as well as supporting multiple Borough organizations.

Credit Union CEO Jim Kopfensteiner presenting the grant to Englewood Cliffs Fire Department
Michael Cioffi-President

Chief Howard Mann

The Englewood Cliffs Fire Department greatly appreciates your donation. This past year and a half have been a very challenging time for our Department due to the pandemic. We were unable to hold our annual Pancake Breakfast and other fundraising events that support the ECFD as well as the community.

Your donation will enable the 33 men & women members of the Fire Department to complete our mission of protecting life and property in the Borough of Englewood Cliff. On behalf of the Department and our community I wish to thank you for your kind donation.








Jeremy De Jesus Bosch
North Bergen, NJ 07047

Jeremy Bosch is a Grammy Award Winning musician, composer and producer born in Ponce, Puerto Rico.  At the age of 17 he received a full scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston and, after he graduated in 2013, he moved to New York City.  Since then, he collaborated with incredible artists such as Ruben Blades, Eddie Palmieri, Luis Enrique, and Sergio George among many others. 
In 2015 he joined the 3-time Grammy Winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra as a lead singer and he and his orchestra have been touring the world ever since.
In 2019 he launched the album “Prefacio: The Music of Cheo Feliciano” live at Dizzy’s Club, in 2020 he released his 2nd album entitled “Prólogo: Hoy” and he is on the verge of releasing his 3rd album in the spring of 2022.  

Credit Union CEO Jim Kopfensteiner presenting the grant to Jeremy Bosch, Musician/Composer/Producer

I want to take this moment and thank, from the bottom of my heart, the Unilever Federal Credit Union and The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York for the amazing gesture of considering an independent artist such as myself for this grant.  My colleagues in the arts as well as my friends and family know that I have poured out my entire life into music and I will continue to do so for the rest of my life.  I would also like to say that the fact doesn’t escape me for a second that many other musicians suffered greatly during the 2020 year and still do because of the worldwide pandemic caused by Covid-19.  
I am currently producing 2 albums for 2 amazing artists as well as my third album “Epílogo: La Clave del Tiempo” which will be released in the spring of 2022 so this grant definitely helps in an immense way in order for me to finish these projects in the desired timelines.  

Jeremy Bosch











MT Pleasant Animal Shelter

194 State Route 10 West
East Hanover, NJ 07936

For 50 years, Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter (MPAS) has been providing exceptional care for homeless animals. Every year they help approximately 1,000 animals find loving homes. 
MPAS’s mission is to build a community of people and organizations working together to save today’s, and prevent tomorrow’s, abused, neglected, and homeless animals.
They partner with shelters around the country to save at risk animals from being euthanized. MPAS never euthanizes any animal for time or space reasons. Adoptable animals reside at their shelter until they find their forever home.


Alison Haight, Development Manager
Lorri Caffrey, Executive Director
Jessica Garrison, Shelter Manager

It is with great appreciation that I extend thanks on behalf of Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter (MPAS). Unilever Federal Credit Union and The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York have supported MPAS significantly, the impact of which will save many lives. When COVID-19 struck, MPAS suffered greatly. We struggled to provide medical care and food to our amazing shelter pets. However, we persevered and continued to provide exceptional care. This grant from Unilever Federal Credit Union will relieve MPAS during these difficult times and allow us to transform care for our animals and our community.

MPAS is a community-based organization, focused on animal welfare, that values compassion, personal accountability, and integrity. Our highest priority for the past 50 years has been to provide the best care for our animals—and you are helping to make that possible. This grant will also extend from the animals we shelter to the community.  While we work diligently every day to find homes for our adoptable animals, we must take into consideration their behavioral, dietary, medical, and environmental needs. Your support will help MPAS provide this overall care to improve quality of life for each animal we serve.

With the support of Unilever Federal Credit Union, MPAS will continue its mission to build a community of partners to save abused, neglected, and abandoned animals. Together, we can save more lives.

Thank you for your generous support.
















Med Couture Custom Apparel

4 Branford Place
Newark, NJ 07102

Med Couture Custom Apparel opened in June 2019 with the hopes and dreams of being a minority owned business. Med Couture Custom Apparel is a business where they focused on hand sewn items the way their Culture and History was preserved.
They hand bead, hand embroidery, tailor vintage garments and restore to keep fabrics and family heirlooms for years to come. They make prom dresses, wedding gowns, special events and wearable art.

From left to right. Med Couture Custom Apparel Owners Ahmed Dowdell and Sakinah Cotton,













Thank you so much to Angelica Calderon and The Federal Home Loan Bank of NY for this grant opportunity. We can keep our business open.
We now can pay back rent, pay for supplies on back order and remodel our fitting room with adequate space for safety measures and increase our marketing approach for our customers.

Sakisnah Cotton, Owner
Ahmed Dowdell, Owner











The Onyx & Breezy Foundation
160 Summit Avenue
Montvale, NJ 07645

The Onyx & Breezy Foundation is a nonprofit formed in 2005.  100% OF ALL OUR DONATIONS GO DIRECTLY TO HELP OUR ANIMALS.  They provide funding for animal organizations throughout the United states and individuals who cannot afford medical treatment for their pets.

They have in the past funded a plane to Puerto Rico after the storm where they bought supplies there and 70 animals back.  They have purchased bulletproof vests for K-9’s of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office & cooling vests for the army’s  K-9’s in Afghanistan.  One of their latest projects is to fund reuniting our soldiers who have come home with their pets that they had to leave in Afghanistan.

Mark Shefts, Trustee
Jose Pena
Marc Sandusky

On behalf of our organization, I would like to thank the Unilever Federal Credit Union, The Federal Home Loan Bank of NY & the many volunteers like Angelica and Carlo who help make the grants possible.
The COVI-19 Pandemic made it near impossible for nonprofits to raise funds through fundraising events and your grant allows us to continue to help the animals who can’t help themselves.
As many animal owners themselves had greater hardship, because of the pandemic, it magnified the requests for help for their animals.
Your grant would give us the ability to fund many more projects and save many more fur babies.
Mark Shefts -Trustee










Dumont Crystal Diner
45 W Madison Avenue
Dumont, NJ 07628
Dumont Crystal Diner has been operating at his current location for nearly 90 years. 

From right to left. Alan Krutchkoff (UFCU member and Unilever retiree) presenting the grant to Dumont Crystal Dinner, Lutfi Saleh, Owner.

















Mezzanotte Italian Restaurant
6-11 Saddle River Rd
Fairlawn, NJ 07410
Mezzanotte has been a part of the Fairlawn, NJ community since 2007

From right to left. Alan Krutchkoff (UFCU member and Unilever retiree) presenting the grant to Mike Jelcic owner of Mezzanotte Italian Restaurant in Fair Lawn, NJ.


















Cantone Press
180 Coolidge Avenue
Englewood, NJ 07631
Cantone Press, Inc. is a second-generation family owned and operated commercial offset printer located in Englewood, New Jersey.  The business was established in 1975 in Emerson, New Jersey and has grown from a small two-person operation servicing small local accounts to a large commercial printer offering offset and digital printing capabilities to a diverse customer base throughout the United States.

Credit Union Loan Officer Angelica Calderon presenting the grant to Joe Cantone, Owner.












I would like to thank The Unilever Federal Credit Union and The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York for the $10,000 Covid-19 Small Business Grant.  Our business was hit very hard by the pandemic and this money will go a long way to helping us recover and continue to grow our business and retain our employees!
Joe Cantone


Party Rentals
7000 Hadley Rd
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
Party Rentals provide balloon decoration, tents & banquet essentials.
They also rent amusement equipment, audio Visual equipment, wedding & bridal showers, advertisement & grand opening items.







Upendra Shah, Owner
Rajul Shah, Owner






We can’t thank you enough for the grant that was awarded to us. It still feels surreal. We would firstly like to thank The Federal Home Bank of New York for selecting our small business for this award. We would secondly like to thank the Unilever Federal Credit Union for all of their help and support through this process of applying. The funds from this grant will be utilized to hire a new employee and pay for the repairs of our delivery trucks and storage units. We greatly appreciate this grant as our business was severely impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic and this will help us on the path of recovery.


Women’s Rights Information Center
108 W. Palisade Avenue
Englewood, NJ 07631

Founded in 1973, Women’s Rights Information Center has been a place for women to receive the help and support they need to create positive change in their lives.

The Center is dedicated to empowering women to become independent, self-confident, and self-sufficient for themselves and for their families.

We wish to thank the Unilever Federal Credit Union (UFCU) for its $10,000 grant to WRIC.  These funds help us provide critical support to our community members.



Third Round Grants/Total Funding $50,000/April 2021
Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children, Paterson, NJ 07501
American Legion Post 171, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
The Cliffside Park Volunteer Fire Department, Cliffside Park, NJ 07010
The Latin Flavor Restaurant & Lounge, Newark, NJ 07104
Peak Latin Dance, Ridgefield, NJ 07657

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

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