County Teachers Win Golden Apple Awards

Golden Apple Awards Reception Held June 22

Freedom Federal Credit Union President and CEO, Mike MacPherson, with 2018 Golden Apple Annual Education Awards recipients
Freedom Federal Credit Union President and CEO, Mike MacPherson, with 2018 Golden Apple Annual Education Award recipients. (L to R): Jacob Bennett, Kathleen Ford, and Tara Recor

Freedom hosted a reception at the Credit Union’s Park Avenue branch to celebrate this year’s Golden Apple Awards winners. Kathleen Ford, a music teacher at the John Archer School won this year’s grand prize. Ms. Ford received the $2,000 prize for her plan to better connect students with disabilities through music and song. One of Ms. Ford’s goals is to purchase a complete set of Music K-8 magazines and CDs. Her entry also calls for adapted instruments, assistive devices and software. These items will better enable students with severe physical challenges to produce music independently.

Although we received a record number of submissions this year, Ms. Ford’s thoughtfulness and creativity in considering how the award could affect positive change for her students, school, and community made her application standout.

Additionally, two runners-up were selected: Jacob Bennett, Kindergarten Teacher at Havre de Grace Elementary, and Tara Recor, Gifted &Talented Resource Teacher at Prospect Mill and Halls Cross Roads Elementary schools. Both Mr. Bennett and Ms. Recor will receive $500 each to fund initiatives at their respective schools.

The Golden Apple Educator Award benefits Freedom members who work for HCPS and have a creative vision for education that can only be met with community support. Contest applicants must submit an essay demonstrating how their idea would serve their students, class, school and the Harford County community. A panel of Freedom employees, board members, and community leaders judges each year’s entries.

Homeruns for Healthy Kids

Partnership with Aberdeen Ironbirds Benefits Kids

Freedom cares about Harford’s kids. We’ve partnered with the Aberdeen Ironbirds and MedStar Health to create Homeruns for Healthy Kids. Each time an IronBirds player hits a homerun during the season we’ll donate $100! These funds benefit services for children at the MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus.

This sponsorship began with the start of the Ironbirds season on June 15 and runs through the end of the regular Ironbirds season, when a check will be presented to MedStar Health at one of the final games.

Homeruns for Healthy Kids builds on Freedom’s partnership with MedStar Health. To date, we’ve donated over $30,000 to MedStar Health to support initiatives benefiting pediatrics and neurological rehabilitation services for children in Bel Air.

Join us in supporting our local team, and our local kids!

Spring Shred Day

Shred Day, Saturday, May 12, 9 am–12 pm*

When:

Saturday, May 12th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
*Or until truck is full

Where:

Park Avenue Branch (Located at 2019 Emmorton Rd in Bel Air)

Winner a shredder at Freedoms Shred Day, May 12, 2018 9 am to 12 pmBring your financial documents to shred

    – Please limit the number of boxes to 4

    – No business materials

Enter our Shred Day drawing for a chance to win a new shredder!

Shred Day Drawing/Sweepstakes Rules

Home Selling Seminar May 15

Register Online for Our Free Home Selling Seminar

Are you looking to sell your home? Plan to attend our free Home Selling seminar on May 15 at MedStar Health’s Turner Community Room.

This convenient seminar covers everything from staging to settlement. Topics include how to get the necessary documents in order, what happens when your house goes on the market, and what happens at closing.

Seminar Details:

Date: May 15, 2018

Time: 6:30–8:00 p.m.

MedStar Health location for Freedom Federal Credit Union's free Home Selling seminarLocation:
MedStar Health’s Turner Community room
12 MedStar Blvd, Bel Air (next to our branch on Emmorton Road)

Registration:
Please register for this event. Please register online, or call our Contact Center at 800-440-4120 for assistance.

Home Buying Seminar April 19

Free Home Buying Seminar at MedStar Health

Mark your calendar for our next Home Buying Seminar on Thursday, April 19th at MedStar Health in Bel Air. This free seminar offers expert advice from Freedom’s Mortgage Loan advisors as well as local realtors and insurance professionals ready to help. Light refreshments will be provided. Bring your questions and join us for an informative evening!

Please register here, or call us at 1-800-440-4120 for assistance.MedStar Health location of Freedom Federal Credit Union Home Buying Seminar

MedStar Health—Community Room
12 MedStar Blvd
Bel Air, MD 21015

Thursday, April 19, 2018
6:30–8:00

Golden Apple Education Award 2018

Entry is Now Open for the 2018 Education Award

We are now accepting entries for this year’s Golden Apple Education Award! Entrants must be a Freedom member and a Harford County Public Schools employee.

To enter, submit an entry form and essay. The essay must describe how you would use the funds and why you should be the one to win! Scoring favors proposals demonstrating the greatest impact on local schools, classes, students, and/or the community at large. The winning entry receives a $2,000 award. Freedom will also award 2nd and 3rd entries $500 each.

To enter, complete the entry form and submit an essay that explains why you deserve the award. Your essay may address any or all of the following questions:

  1. What is your plan to benefit your students, your class or your school? How will this money help you implement your plan?
  2. Will you take a continuing education class or classes to improve your own education and expertise? (Please be specific.) How will your education improve your students’ learning?
  3. Will you purchase supplies for your school or classroom?  How will the supplies help improve student learning? (Please provide as many quantitative details as possible.)
  4. Will your plan, training, or purchases affect the Harford County Community? If yes, how so?

Please submit your Golden Apple Education Award Entry Form and essay to [email protected] by May 1All entries will be reviewed by a panel of Freedom employees, volunteers and community partners.

  • Entry deadline is May 1, 2018    
  • Submit by email to [email protected]
  • We will announce the winner by June 15, 2018

It’s Tax Time! Get Your Tax Documents

How to Get Your Tax Documents

You can easily get your 2017 tax documents, in Online Banking or through the mail.

  • Getting Tax Documents if you have Electronic Statements (e-Statements)
    If you have e-Statements, 1099s and 1098s are archived and available in Online Banking. First, log in to Online Banking and click on “e-Statements”.**  Once you’re in Online Banking, click the tab for “Tax Forms” to view and/or print your document.
  • Getting Tax Documents if you DO NOT have Electronic Statements (e-Statements)
    We mailed tax forms to members not registered for e-Statements. Forms went to the mailing address we have on file.

Not registered for e-Statements yet?  Log in to Online Banking. Click on the e-Statements tab** and complete the registration steps. That’s all it takes for you to make the most of this convenient service.

Please remember to list Freedom online banking as a trusted site to prevent pop-up blockers from blocking access to e-statements.

If you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-440-4120, or email [email protected]

 

**Please be sure to disable your browser’s pop-up blocker to ensure our e-Statements page will load successfully for you.