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200 Employees, 500 Volunteer Hours, 13 Locations: Pioneer Gives Back to the Capital Region During ‘All Together Forward Week’

Pioneer Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBFS) (“Pioneer”), a leading financial institution in New York’s Capital Region, today kicks off its first-ever “All Together Forward Week,” an unprecedented community service initiative that will engage more than 200 employees in supporting the needs of local children, families, organizations, and communities.

Expanding from a one-day effort to a week-long undertaking, All Together Forward Week will see Pioneer employees spend 500 volunteer hours to assist 13 nonprofit organizations across the Capital Region. With projects that range from painting, landscaping and general maintenance to reading and craft-making with children, this employee-led endeavor is designed to embody Pioneer’s brand, All Together ForwardTM, and its promise to “inspire progress one individual, one family, one business, and one community at a time.”

“I am proud to be part of a caring and selfless team that is truly invested in the people and communities we’re privileged to serve,” said Tom Amell, President and CEO of Pioneer. “That this initiative is conceived, planned and carried out by our employees speaks volumes about Pioneer’s commitment to ensuring that everyone in our region has an opportunity to succeed.” 

All Together Forward Week is spearheaded by Pioneer’s Charitable Foundation, which was established in 2018 with a mission of “Helping Kids be Kids.” Since then, it has provided more than $1.2 million and over 10,000 volunteer hours to support nearly 400 Capital Region organizations serving the health and welfare of children, from housing, nutrition, and health care to educational, social and recreational opportunities.  

“It is inspiring to see so many Pioneers volunteer their time and talent to support those in need in our local communities,” said Business Banking Relationship Manager Amber Hensley, who is coordinating activities for All Together Forward Week. “We’re grateful to have the opportunity to make a difference, and fortunate to be part of an organization that values community service.”

A complete list of volunteer activities is below; all are open to media coverage unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, October 10

  • Ronald McDonald House, 139 South Lake Ave., Albany

o   Times: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

o   Activity: Meal preparation 

  • Girls Inc., 962 Albany Street, Schenectady

o   Time: 3 – 5 p.m.

o   Activity: Cooking with program participants

  • Resurrection Lutheran Church, 186 Main Street, Cairo

o   Times: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

o   Activity: landscaping/maintenance


Wednesday, October 11

  • Altamont Fairgrounds, Route 146 & Arlington Street, Altamont

o   Time: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

o   Activity: landscaping/maintenance

  • Joseph’s House, Troy (Closed media)


  • St. Catherine’s Center for Children, Albany

o   Time: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. -- Merillac Family Shelter, 195 Washington Ave. Extension

o   Activity: landscaping/maintenance

  • Underground Railroad Education Center, 194 Livingston Ave., Albany

o   Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 12:30 -3:30 p.m.

o   Activity: landscaping/maintenance


Thursday, October 12

  • Crossroads Center for Children, 1136 North Westcott Rd., Rotterdam

o   Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

o   Activity: craft-making with children to support gala event

  • Unity House, 2431 6th Ave., Troy

o   Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

o   Activity: painting

  • Wonderland Nursery School, 1915 Helderberg Ave., Rotterdam

o   Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

o   Activity: maintenance/craft-making with children


Friday, October 13


  • Northern Rivers, 60 Academy Road, Albany

o   Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

o   Activity: landscaping/maintenance

  • Rensselaer Plateau Alliance: Poestenkill Community Forest, 200 Legenbauer Rd., Averill Park

o   Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

o   Activity: landscaping/maintenance

  • YWCA, Schenectady (Closed media)
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