SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Throughout the month of December, Freedom Credit Union will partner with its members and the local community to raise funds to benefit the Pioneer Valley USO. Freedom will match total donations made through December 31 up to $2,500.
The mission of the USO (United Service Organizations) is to strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to our country. The Pioneer Valley USO, located at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee:
- Provides more than 102,000 lbs. of food to over 3,200 individuals annually through the Emergency Food Pantry
- Supports more than 600 families with holiday food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas annually
- Sends more than 500 care packages to deployed military men and women around the world
- Is funded entirely by private donations, sponsorships and grants
- Supports both Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee and Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield
Donations can be made to Freedom’s matching drive online at bit.ly/393WCzo.
“We wanted to do something to help care for those who sacrifice so much for our freedom,” said President Glenn Welch. “The Pioneer Valley USO was set up in the 1940s to help local service families in need by serving meals and providing food through a pantry at Westover Air Reserve Base. With all the challenges this year, the organization has experienced a dip in donations, and we’d like to help fix this.”
“During this holiday season, there are about 220,000 American men and women on active duty in 100 countries who will not be home for the holidays,” said Allan Tracy, executive director, Pioneer Valley USO. “We appreciate Freedom’s generosity in soliciting and matching donations to help relieve some of our service members’ stress by helping to ensure their families are cared for.”
For information about the full range of services offered by Freedom Credit Union, visit freedom.coop.
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.