Tools for Schools Collection Drive

Collection Drive At All Branches

We are again participating in the “Tools for Schools” collection drive to benefit HCEF, the Harford County Education Foundation (formerly GEEF). It’s estimated that 11,000 students in Harford County don’t have the basic supplies to get them through the school year. HCEF collects, warehouses and distributes school supplies to the schools and students who need them.

Please help students receive needed school supplies by dropping off your donated items August 6 – September 15. All donations support students in Harford County.

Needed Supplies Include:

  • 3-Hole Binders
  • Backpacks
  • Binder Pencil Pouches
  • Colored Pencils
  • Compasses
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Crayons
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Erasers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Graphing Calculators
  • Highlighters
  • Index Cards
  • Loose Leaf Paper
  • Markers
  • Pencils
  • Pencil Cases
  • Pocket Folder
  • Protractors
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Tissues
  • USB Drives
  • Ziploc bags

New iTalk Telephone Banking Service

iTalk “Telephone Teller” Available Now

Enjoy the convenience of telephone banking. Secure transactions and current account(s) information is only a phone call away! This free service lets you make a variety of inquiries and transactions with a single call. A voice prompt guides you through each and every step. Help is available at any time throughout your call.

Members may enroll in iTalk at a branch or by calling the Contact Center at 800-440-4120. Members will be set up with an initial PIN for security. Your account number and PIN are all you need to get started.

The new service is an option for members who call our main number (800-440-4120 or 410-676-5700). The direct line, 844-454-9982is also available at all times.

Some of the transactions/activities that members can perform through iTalk include:

  • Funds transfers
  • Loan payments
  • Balance inquiries
  • Stop payments
  • Request emailed account history
  • Check withdrawals

Hope in Handbags

Hope in Handbags Sale is September 9

Once again, we’ve collected gently-used handbags for sale at the Hope in Handbags event! This sale and silent auction benefits Harford Family House. The Hope in Handbags event begins with a preview event on Friday, September 8 and culminates with the main event on Saturday, September 9 at Bel Air’s Reckord Armory. Hope in Handbage sale, Saturday, September 9 at Bel Air Armory

Freedom CEO Joins Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation Board of Directors

Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation Appoints MacPherson

The Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation has appointed Michael MacPherson, Freedom’s president/CEO, to its board of directors.

The Foundation supports the mission of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health. It does this by developing relationships with those who support the expansion and improvement of health care services in Harford County.

“We are pleased to have Michael MacPherson join our foundation board,” said Lyle E. Sheldon, FACHE, president and CEO of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health. “His leadership experience and community involvement will be of great help to us as we strive to provide patients with the highest quality care, in state-of-the-art facilities, using integrated technologies and the most skilled and esteemed physicians and health care providers.”

MacPherson has served as president/CEO of Freedom Federal Credit Union since 2016. He has been with the credit union for 13 years. During that time he also served as interim president/CEO and chief operating officer.

MacPherson is a member of the Credit Union Executive Society and Harford County Chamber of Commerce. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Towson University. More recently MacPherson graduated from Harford Leadership Academy.

Staff Turn Out for Aberdeen Proving Ground Organization Day 2017

Celebrating “O” Day at APG South

Freedom Business Development staffer Sue Manning helms the Freedom table at APG Edgewood-Area’s Organization Day picnic, July 2017. A sweltering day, and a great event!

Freedom has provided 63 years of support to military members, as well as civilian employees of the Department of Defense, their families and retirees. Our branch at the Edgewood-Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground is full-service, and has been there since 1956! Look for our sign, outside the branch at 5002 Hoadley Road, then come in and see us! You can be part of Something Special!

Credit Union Night at Camden Yards

Orioles vs. Los Angeles Angels on August 18

Join us for Credit Union night at Camden Yards — credit union members get discounted tickets! This game will also be followed by fireworks!

Ticket prices:

Lower Left Box (Sections 6-14, 60-64): $41*

Left Field Lower Box (Sections 66-86): $33*

Upper Reserve (Sections 306-364): $16*

*There is an additional 10% service charge per ticket.

Here’s how to buy your tickets:
1. Click on the link below
2. Select a quantity of tickets
3. Create a Baltimore Orioles ticket account
4. Purchase and print your tickets

Tickets posted for re-sale are subject to cancellation. Offer is NOT valid at the Box Office. 

Let’s Go O’s!

America Saves and Military Saves Week

Freedom Snags Honorable Mention for Savings Excellence

This year America Saves and Military Saves week was February 27 through March 4. As our way of giving back to the community, we matched deposits up to $50 for new savings accounts.2017 America Saves Designation of Savings Excellence

America Saves Designation of Savings Excellence recognizes extraordinary efforts to encourage saving during America Saves Week/Military Saves Week. The award is given each year to banks and credit unions that get people to open and add to savings accounts.

America Saves Week is coordinated each year by America Saves and the American Savings Education Council. According to a Press Release from America Saves,

“The Foundation is proud to be working with America Saves on the Designation. The America Saves Week effort is great for credit unions to be aware of in terms of helping their members save, as encouraging savings and financial capability are part of credit unions’ DNA,” said Gigi Hyland, executive director of National Credit Union Foundation and chair of the America Saves Designation of Savings Excellence credit union selection committee.”


Freedom’s Edgewood Branch Hosts Bike-to-Work Day Event

Support Includes Jersey Sponsorship, More

Bike riders cycling into the parking lot at Freedom's APG Edgewood-Area Branch.
Cyclists returning to the Branch parking lot after the morning’s ride.

On May 23 the parking lot of Freedom’s Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) Edgewood-Area Branch welcomed Bike-to-Work enthusiasts. Bikers assembled at 7:00 am for a 7-mile ride. Riders then made their way back to the Branch for food and “door” prizes donated by local merchants. All riders received a Bike-to-Work t-shirt and a Freedom goody bag. Giveaways from Harford Commute Smart and other local Bike-to-Work event sponsors were also available.

Cycling at APG-South

Bike to Work teams at Aberdeen Proving Ground Edgewood-Area ride together on a regular basis, including lunch-time and weekend rides. The rides provide recreation, exercise, and a way to connect with co-workers.

Team CBRNE (Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive) is comprised of several commands at Aberdeen Proving Ground Edgewood-Area. This year the Team once again won the prize for most participants in the Edgewood-Area ride. The Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center in particular was well-represented, with several members on the CBRNE team.

Harford County itself was also well-represented at this year’s Bike-to-Work festivities. Events were held in Havre de Grace; Aberdeen Proving Ground North; Bel Air and Aberdeen Proving Ground Edgewood-Area. Alan Doran, Harford County Commute Smart Rideshare Coordinator spoke at the event. He noted that in the Baltimore-Washington area, Harford County was second only to Baltimore City in number of Bike-to-Work participants.

This is the third year Freedom Federal Credit Union’s Edgewood-Area branch has hosted the Bike-to-Work event. For the last two years we have supported team CNRNE’s riding jerseys. These eye-catching jerseys feature the Freedom logo on their back. This year’s jersey’s also featured the Edgewood Arsenal logo — a nod to this year’s 100th Anniversary of the Arsenal, now know as Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Team CBRNE wore Freedom-sponsored jerseys
Team CBRNE wore Freedom-sponsored jerseys
Sue Manning, a representative of Team CBRNE, and Alan Doran
From L to R, Freedom Business Development Specialist Sue Manning, a representative of Team CBRNE, Alan Doran, Harford County Commute Smart Rideshare Coordinator