SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Throughout the month of August, Freedom Credit Union collected cash donations at all its branches throughout western Massachusetts to benefit Unify Against Bullying, raising a total of $955.49 in support of the group’s mission to bring an end to bullying through the celebration of true diversity. The Springfield-based non-profit organization provides grants to those who are in the best position to make a difference—children, parents, teachers and administrators.
“Great strides have been made to shine a light on the problem of bullying, which affects childrenof every shape, size, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or physical ability,” said Freedom Credit Union President Glenn Welch. “We are proud that our members and staff came together to support the important work being done by Unify Against Bullying to understand and eradicate the stigmas surrounding differences that fuel the majority of bullying.”
Unify Against Bullying works to provide grant funding for schools and other programs where individuals are on the frontlines of potential bullying every day. By providing added resources, they hope to promote awareness and acceptance, show children that the days of ignoring or tolerating bullying are over, promote the celebration of differences and come together as one community.
Debra Mainolfi, Freedom’s West Springfield branch manager, is a member of the board of directors for Unify Against Bullying.
Freedom’s September Month of Giving Campaign focuses on awareness and research for Alzheimer’s. They are collecting cash donations at all of their branches through September 30 to benefit The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®.
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.coop.
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.