Going Green in Bel Air

Freedom Staff Contribute to Arbor Day Efforts

Freedom staff at Department of Natural Resources tree planting event, Arbor Day 2017
From L to R, Rachel Schmidt, Holly Downey, Susan Tannahill, Michele Young, Sharon Mellor, and Mike MacPherson

Freedom staff pitched in this Arbor Day, planting trees as part of our continuing effort to better our community. The Department of Natural Resources Arbor Day event allowed us to help plant the trees and shrubs that earned Bel Air the “Tree City” designation.

Two hundred of the trees planted on April 14 were donated by Freedom as a result of our “go green” electronic statement campaign of 2016. We donated trees to the DNR on behalf of those members who eliminated paper waste by going electronic. Rather than plant many saplings, we decided to plant fewer, larger trees to increase the odds that they survive and thrive.


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Rachel Schmidt wrapping a sapling in protective mesh
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Rows of saplings planted during the Arbor Day event
Freedom staff pitch in to mulch around a newly planted tree

Stuffing Stockings on a Rainy Night

Staff Fill Stockings for the Empty Stocking Fund

(L to R) Pictured are Freedom volunteers Alicia Bowman, Susan Tannahill, Julie Irby (seated), Kelly Berends, Dominique Beverly and Tabitha Becker with her sons Robby and Riley.

A group of Freedom employees and their children spent Tuesday night helping the Empty Stocking Fund pull together Christmas gifts for needy children. The Empty Stocking Fund (ESF) collects new, unwrapped toys for distribution to local children who would otherwise go without. Additionally, ESF collects food goods and monetary donations for local families in need. Collection begins several months before the holidays. Freedom has supported the ESF with collection efforts at all branches for many years now.

Pulling together the “stockings” is a fun process. In a warehouse full of collected goods, volunteers select a variety of toys, games, clothing, books, grooming supplies and other gifts appropriate for each individual child. It’s a wonderful way to spread the joy of the season.

A large collection of items that we’ve collected this year will be picked up for the Empty Stocking Fund today, replenishing the supply of goodies for distribution. Thanks to the members and staff who contributed supplies or funds to the effort!

Trunk-or-Treat Event a Big Success

Weekend Event Draws Staff Volunteers

Indirect Lending Coordinator, Dominique Beverly, enjoying this year's Trunk-or-Treat event
Indirect Lending Coordinator, Dominique Beverly, enjoying this year’s Trunk-or-Treat event

Freedom employees celebrated Halloween by participating in Mountain Christian’s Trunk-or-Treat event. The weather was perfect, and there was a fantastic turn out! They event was a HUGE hit! Staff enjoyed decorating the Freedom van, passing out candy, and taking photos with Freedom members.

Thank you to everyone who coordinated, donated candy, worked the event, or stopped by to celebrate! We received valued member feedback recognizing our continuous involvement with youth members and our local community. We love compliments!