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ESL in the Community Articles

Whether it’s a thoughtful commentary on current events or a recap on a fun event, here’s a look at some of the things that help make our community a better place to live, work, and play.

Helping Others: Behind the Scenes at the ESL Contact Center

The role of Contact Center employees, or Customer Care Specialists (Tele-Bankers), is crucial to the well-being of every member.

What’s it Like to Work as an ESL Summer Student?

As their 2023 internships wrap up, the ESL Summer student employees share their thoughts about working at ESL.

Celebrating Black History Month: New ESL Employee Resource Group

Q&A with founders of the new ESL African American Women Employee Resource Group.

Celebrating ESL Employees and Local Businesses During Hispanic Heritage Month

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, ESL is highlighting several local businesses, organizations, and our employees whose stories of determination and commitment to serve our community are an inspiration to us all.

Financial Health in Greater Rochester: An ESL Facebook Group

Join our inclusive community of individuals and financial experts committed to knowledge sharing, asking questions, and helping each other build a healthier financial life.

Growing Forward with the Owners’ Dividend: Member Stories

At ESL, you’re more than a balance, you belong. Sharing with members through our Owners’ Dividend.

Nonprofit Capacity Building Opportunities Webinar

On Tuesday, June 29, 2021, ESL presented an informational session about the ESL Nonprofit Capacity Building Opportunities, along with details on how to apply for funding. Watch the webinar here!

What is Juneteenth?

In 2020, ESL observed the Juneteenth holiday (June 19) for the first time, and has since added this day as an annual corporate holiday. Learn more about, Juneteenth, a celebration and reaffirmation of African American culture, freedom, and hope.

The Growth of Technology at ESL Lays Groundwork for Future

ESL is undergoing a major IT transformation and is committed to increasing our IT workforce by more than 20% in 2021.

Black-Owned Businesses in Greater Rochester: Apogee Wine Bar

Simone Boone is the owner of Apogee Wine Bar, located at 151 Park Avenue in Rochester. In business since 2014, Apogee is an inviting European-style café serving all who love good wine, food, and people.

Black-Owned Businesses in Greater Rochester: B+Healthy Fresh Food Market

Negus El Bey is a volunteer at B+Healthy Fresh Food Market, located at 442 Genesee Street in Rochester. In business since the summer of 2018, B+Healthy provides healthful goods—like produce, freshly prepared vegan meals, a juice and smoothie bar, and health and wellness products.

Celebrating ESL Employees During Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, we’d like to introduce you a few ESL employees who have built unique careers for themselves in and outside of ESL.

Black-Owned Businesses in Greater Rochester: Morgan’s Cereal Bar

Cheria Anderson is the owner of Morgan’s Cereal Bar, located at 320 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14604. The restaurant opened in 2019 and serves hot and cold cereals with various toppings, along with other breakfast items.

Black–Owned Businesses in Greater Rochester: Marvelous Mind Academy

Rosa Marie is the founder and president of Marvelous Mind Academy, an educational cooperative, open since 2014, that provides affordable child care for parents and engaging experiences for young learners.

100 Years of Fresh Banking Careers

Here’s a look at how financial services have evolved, along with diverse banking career options, including opportunities here at ESL.

ESL Celebrates 100 Years

2020 marks 100 years of ESL serving the Greater Rochester community. See more fun facts about ESL and the last 100 years.

10 Years of Business Banking at ESL

With a legacy of trust and superior customer service, ESL has steadily grown as a leading Business Banking partner for businesses of all sizes across Greater Rochester.

United Way's Community Fund: Giving Back to Rochester

Creating a better community starts with giving back. United Way’s Community Fund does just that by investing more than $13 million annually to 75 Community Fund programs.