#FreedomToHelpChallenge 2020



Win $1,000 for your favorite local charity!

Freedom Federal Credit Union believes in people helping people and we are challenging Harford and Baltimore County volunteers, companies, and non-profits to participate in the award-winning 3rd annual #FreedomToHelpChallenge photo contest this holiday season. Showcase volunteerism in Harford or Baltimore County for the chance to win a $1,000 charitable donation for your local non-profit of choice and other weekly prizes.


1. Like or Follow Freedom Federal Credit Union on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

2. Post public photos showcasing volunteerism in Harford or Baltimore County from November 2nd through December 10th, 2020

3. Include a description of the volunteer effort along with the searchable hashtag, #FreedomToHelpChallenge on every post

4. Visit us on Facebook every Friday to participate in public voting to increase your chances to win! (Every like equals a vote!)

On Instagram? Tag Freedom @FreedomFedCU or DM us to follow you if your account is private.

The #FreedomToHelpChallenge was recognized by CUNA in 2019 with The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award


Read Full Contest Rules and Details Here.

Grand Prize Info: The Final Showdown

Public Voting for finalists will be available on Freedom’s Facebook page on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 10:00 am for 24 hours from the start of the voting period. Every like equals a vote. Share with your friends to increase your votes. The Grand Prize Winner will be announced via Freedom’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram page on or before December 16th, 2020.

*Selected charity must be a registered 501(C)3 with a proven focus in Harford or Baltimore County.

Freedom Federal Credit Union Donates Face Masks and Thermometers to Harford County Public Schools

August 11, 2020Freedom Donates 6000 Face Masks to HCPS

Harford County Public School (HCPS) and Freedom Federal Credit Union leadership and staff representatives gather on the steps of HCPS Headquarters to showcase the new masks that will be distributed to HCPS employees across the school system.
Seated (Left to Right): HCPS Transportation Coordinator Tina Hockaday, representing HCPS support staff, and Halls Cross Roads Elementary School Teacher Laura S. Pohlenz, representing HCPS teachers.
Standing Left from Freedom Federal Credit Union (Front to Back): President and CEO Michael MacPherson, Business Development Director Lisa Snodgrass, and Senior Vice President of Marketing Carmen Mirabile.
Standing Right from Harford County Public Schools (Front to Back): Superintendent Dr. Sean Bulson, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Jean Mantegna, and Chief of Administration Eric Davis.

Freedom Federal Credit Union, in partnership with Harford County Public Schools (HCPS), is providing all teachers and support staff with protective, reusable face masks for the upcoming school year. Six thousand masks will be distributed to all teachers, office workers, food service staff, facilities staff, transportation staff, teacher substitutes, and new hires.

Additionally, 30 infrared no-contact thermometers have been donated by Freedom for use in all HCPS school buildings and offices to supplement similar thermometers already available in each school’s health suite. The $26,000 contribution to purchase the masks and thermometers is intended to show appreciation for every HCPS employee’s contribution and dedication, and to provide critical protective equipment to help support HCPS protocols to keep all HCPS employees safe and healthy during the upcoming year.

Freedom Federal Credit Union was originally slated to sponsor the HCPS Annual Employee Service Recognition Program and Awards Dinner, which they have sponsored since 2013. The program recognized hundreds of employees annually who had reached 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 years of service milestones. Due to the statewide closure of schools, and social function restrictions, the 2020 recognition program was cancelled. Freedom, working closely with school administrators, believed that the face masks would be a great way to show appreciation for all HCPS staff- both in and out of the classroom.

Prior to the decision on whether or not the upcoming school year would resume in person or virtually, both Freedom and HCPS administration recognized that many hundreds of staff members will continue to be required to report in person either regularly or periodically, and that all staff, including those working remotely, would continue to need face coverings for use in any public setting.

“In the best of times, we have always made it a priority to show our teachers that we care about their well-being and appreciate their dedication to the children in our community,” stated President and CEO of Freedom Federal Credit Union, Mike MacPherson. “In what now feels like the worst of times, we know that the pressures our educators, and all those who support our education system, face, will be great, and we hope this sponsorship will show our appreciation for all they do while supporting their health and safety.”

Invited to represent HCPS teachers in a photograph showcasing the new masks, Laura S. Pohlenz, a vocal music teacher at Halls Cross Roads Elementary School, recently completed her 30th year teaching for HCPS. Ms. Pohlenz expressed, “I am happy to represent teachers in this partnership with Freedom Federal Credit Union, and would like to personally thank them for this generous gift of face masks to the school system, in an effort to ensure the safety for our students and staff during this time.”

Representing HCPS support staff in this partnership, Transportation Coordinator, Tina Hockaday, who has been with HCPS for 14 years, remarked, “We are extremely grateful for our partnership with Freedom Federal Credit Union. Thank you for thinking of the safety of our students and staff.”
In the July 29, 2020 Superintendent’s Bulletin, Dr. Sean Bulson, acknowledged the contribution. “This year, FFCU has chosen to recognize all employees of HCPS by donating a protective face mask for every employee. By means of this generous contribution, they would like to honor and show their appreciation for the work done by every HCPS employee as we continue to educate the students of HCPS, while maintaining a safe and protected environment for staff and students. We hope that you will join us in expressing our appreciation to Freedom Federal Credit Union for this generous contribution!”

About Freedom Federal Credit Union

Freedom Federal Credit Union is a community-chartered federal credit union offering consumer financial services to those who live, work, volunteer, worship, attend school, or have family in Harford and Baltimore Counties. Additionally, Freedom offers a full-line of banking services for all businesses, associations, and other organizations that are based in Harford and Baltimore Counties. To learn more, visit freedomfcu.org.

About Harford County Public Schools

The mission of Harford County Public Schools is that each student will attain academic and personal success in a safe and caring environment that honors the diversity of our students and staff.  The vision of the Board of Education of Harford County is to inspire and prepare each student to achieve success in college and career.


A NEW Summer Contest Series


Presented by Freedom Federal Credit Union

Enter June 12 – August 6, 2020


Freedom is proud to present a new summer contest series called #FreedomSpiritWeeks.  Every Friday during the contest period Freedom will challenge the public to submit entries according to the week’s theme on social media.  Entrants will be placed into a weekly drawing to win a $50 eGift Card.  Weekly winners along with other selected finalists will then have an opportunity to compete for a $250 prize in a final showdown at the end of the contest.

Your entry could win you a $50 eGift Card, or the Grand Prize— $250 DOLLARS! 


June 12 – June 18 : GRADS WEEK

Show us your 2020 Pride! Enter a photo of a 2020 Graduate!

June 19 – June 25 : TAG LOCAL WEEK

No Photos Required for this one, but they are highly encouraged.  Tag a local Harford or Baltimore County restaurant or business and tell us why they’re great!

June 26 – July 2 : CHALK IT UP WEEK

It’s a masterpiece showcase!  Show us your sidewalk chalk creations!

July 3 – July 9 : WHAT’S FOR DINNER WEEK

Share a picture of a delectable dish you’ve made, and if you’re feeling extra generous, share the recipe too!

July 10 – July 16 : PROJECT PRIDE WEEK

Time to brag about your summer home improvement projects!  Let’s see what you’ve been working on!  Brownie points for Before and After photos!*

*Brownie points are NOT actually real points, but they sound delicious.

July 17 – July 23 : BACK TO NATURE WEEK

There’s nothing like enjoying the wonderful outdoors in the summertime, especially while indoor attractions remain widely unavailable. Share the glory, the fun, the hikes, and the gardens.

July 24 – July 30 : MY PURFECT PET WEEK

We know you have a bunch of pawsitively purfect pet photos you are just itching to share.  And we are so ready to bask in the cuteness of your fur babies.

July 31 – August 6 : SPIRIT WEEK

Get creative! Submit a fun photo of you and your crew!  Be goofy, silly, or beautiful! It’s up to you!


  1. Take a fun, creative picture according to the week’s theme
  2. Pick your preferred social channel
  3. Like or Follow Freedom’s page
  4. Post the picture in the comments on Freedom’s Contest Post or your own account using #FreedomSpiritWeeks
  5. Make sure your post is set to “public” and to tag Freedom
  6. Check Freedom’s Facebook page every Friday to see if you’re the winner and to try for the next challenge!

Members and non-members alike are welcome to enter. Enter each weekly contest up to 3 times, to maximize you chances of winning the weekly drawing and getting selected as a finalist for the Grand Prize. See our Contest Rules for full details.


  1. Submit up to 3 entries per week
  2. Submission are due by each Thursday at 11:59 pm during the contest period
  3. A winner will be selected by a Random Name Picker internet tool the following Friday morning


  1. Grand Prize Vote is scheduled to start 10:00 am on Thursday, August 13, 2020 and will run for 24 hours
  2. All 8 weekly winners are guaranteed to be finalists for the Grand Prize
  3. Additional finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges
  4. Finalists will compete to collect votes


  1. Freedom will re-post the finalist photos on our Facebook Page on August 13th at 10:00 am
  2. Every Like/Love = 1 Vote
  3. If you’re a finalist…come prepared to like and share your re-posted photo! Collect as many likes and loves as you can in 24 hours!
  4. WILDCARD FACTOR: Freedom employees are voting internally too. Their votes will have you guessing until the very end!
  5. Have Fun!