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This fall, Homestead Funding Corp. is sponsoring the Girls on the Run team at Girls Inc. located in Schenectady, NY. With locations throughout the Capital Region, Girls on the Run teaches girls positive life lessons while helping to establish an enduring appreciation for health and wellness. In addition to supporting the team, several employees are running in the end of season 5K and participating as Running Buddies (men and women who team up with girls in each group and encourage them during the season).

LuAnn McCormick, Executive Director for Girls on the Run Capital Region, said she is glad to have Homestead as a sponsor: “We are thrilled that Homestead is our very first team sponsor! Homestead's sponsorship supports everything the girls and coaches need this season, from supplies and snacks to shirts and sneakers!”

Girls on the Run Capital Region, Inc. was founded in fall 2013 as an independent, 501(c)3 council of Girls on the Run International. Serving girls in Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties, their first team of ten girls was held in spring 2014. Over seven seasons, they have served over 550 girls and continue to grow. More than 200 volunteers offer their time and talents to make this program come alive each season.

Girls on the Run uses running to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. Girls learn life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games led by certified volunteer coaches. The curriculum is evidence-based and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork, and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large through community service. The goal is to develop and enhance each girl’s competencies to successfully navigate life experiences.

For more information about Girls on the Run Capital Region or to run the 5K on Nov. 18, please visit their website:

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Homestead Funding Corp. would like to extend a big congratulation to the Classie Lassie Hurricanes Softball Travel Team for winning their Tournament this weekend! They beat Rotterdam 11-10 in an international tiebreaker, and Burnt Hills in the championship game 17-9!

Congratulations Ladies!!

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Homestead Heart Walks

Jun 16
Category | In the Community

On Saturday, June 3rd, Homestead Funding Corp. participated in the 2017 Capital Region Heart Walk & Run at the University of Albany. Our team consisted of walkers, runners, and volunteers at the Homestead Sponsored Kids Zone! As part of Homestead’s sponsorship, we ran the Kids Zone, which included a kids oriented Zumba class led by Homestead’s Benefits Manager, Margaret Fitzgerald.

Homestead Funding Corp. has been a supporter of the American Heart Association for the last 21 years, and it is an organization that is near and dear to our heart. In particular, Jeff Mason, our Human Resources Director, has been leading our fundraising efforts since day one. In addition, our Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Daniela Bigalli, was part of the American Heart Association's Executive Leadership Team, which spearheaded this year's fundraising efforts. This year, we helped raise $24,485 through sponsorships and donations!

The Heart Walk raises vital funds for the American Heart Association’s research and education programs. Currently, the organization is investing more than $2 million in the local area to fund cutting-edge research, to provide professional and public education, and to make public advocacy efforts in federal, state, and local governments.

To learn more about the Heart Association, please visit their website.


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In the middle of receiving phone calls and texts and juggling paperwork, Joel Slutsky, a Loan Originator at Homestead Funding, finds time to help his community. For the past 25 years, he has worked with various charities in the Capital Region of New York. Throughout that time, he has been able to raise over $1.75 million for local kids in need.

This past Sunday, Joel was honored by being inducted into the Ronald McDonald House of the Capital Region’s Hall of Fame at the organization’s Heroes of the House Dinner. The Ronald McDonald House is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the family members of children who are affected by serious illnesses. The organization offers families home-cooked meals and even a place to stay so they can focus on what’s important – making sure their kids get better.

“I was a lucky kid growing up,” Joel said, “and I’m a big believer in giving back.” His parents were both involved with charities when he was growing up, so it has been a part of life for him since he can remember. He said he especially loves helping children. He went on to say that he keeps up with his fundraising endeavors because, “my worst day is someone else’s best day.” 

Joel has been involved with the Ronald McDonald House for the past seven years. He helped to organize the Ronald McDonald House NFL Hall of Fame Golf Classic, which has raised over $500k to benefit the organization since the event’s inception. Joel explained that while there are many fundraising events during the summer months, this one stands out because of the food stations on the golf course, the NFL Hall of Famers who join in, and a special visit from professional golfer Blaine McCallister.

Thank you, Joel, and his supporters for working so hard to support this amazing organization.

For more information about the Ronald McDonald House, please visit their website:

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Nearly 60 people attended Homestead Funding’s Hope for Haiti fundraiser on Thursday and thanks to the generosity of the
attendees, over $2,000 was raised to benefit the organization!

Amidst the food, raffles and giveaways, a message of perseverance, hope and gratitude was shared. Mell Meus, a Loan Originator for Homestead Funding, was one of the people to spearhead this event. He shared that his grandfather had recently returned from a trip to Haiti. “It really makes you appreciate what you have,” Meus said. “Every dollar we collect makes a difference.”

Hope for Haiti is a non-profit organization that has been helping the people of Haiti for nearly 30 years. By focusing on areas that help with long-term sustainability, Hope for Haiti is able to provide a positive impact for the Haitian people.

If you would like more information about Hope for Haiti, please visit their website:

We would like to thank everyone who attended, donated, and worked on putting this event together!

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