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Freedom Credit Union matching donations on ‘Giving Tuesday’ for the Pioneer Valley USO

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – During the month of November, Freedom Credit Union is collecting cash donations at all its branches throughout western Massachusetts to benefit the Pioneer Valley USOlocated at Westover ARB in Chicopee. As an added bonus, the credit union has pledged to match total online donations up to $2,500 made on Giving Tuesday, November 30. Donations can be made at

“As we enter the holiday season, our thoughts turn to the members of our military, the brave men and women who give so much to protect and defend our nation,” said Freedom Credit Union President Glenn Welch. “While they face challenges all year round, time away from their families is often the most difficult during the holiday season. The USO helps to ease this difficulty by helping to keep our military connected to family, home and country during their service to our nation. They also provide help and resources to their family members here at home.”

Westover ARB in Chicopee is the largest air reserve base in the nation and home to about 5,500 military service members and their families. There, the Pioneer Valley USO works to provide the best programs and services to service members and their families. This includes entertainment and events, a food pantry, transition programs, holiday celebrations and more.

“Many of our members and staff have served or currently serve in the U.S. military, or have family and friends who do, which makes this cause near and dear to all our hearts,” said Welch. “We hope everyone will join us in supporting those who keep us safe and their families, especially during the holidays when time away from family is most keenly felt. Mark your calendar to donate on Giving Tuesday—we are hoping to be able to match the full $2,500 amount we pledged!”

About Freedom Credit Union

Originally chartered in 1922 as the Western Massachusetts Telephone Workers Credit Union and renamed in 2004, Freedom Credit Union is an 11-branch, full-service financial institution. Today, membership is available to anyone who lives, works or attends school in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin or Berkshire counties in Massachusetts, and Hartford or Tolland counties in Connecticut. Offering a complete range of banking services and loan products, Freedom Credit Union has conveniently located Massachusetts branches in Chicopee, Easthampton, Feeding Hills, Greenfield, Ludlow, Northampton, Turners Falls, West Springfield and three in Springfield, including the Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy branch. For more information, visit   


Freedom Credit Union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). Shares and deposits in excess of NCUA limits are fully insured by the Massachusetts Credit Union Share Insurance Corporation (MSIC). Equal housing lender. NMLS #478769.