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.
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.
“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.”
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.
Freedom member Rachel Amrhein’s essay on Credit Unions has earned her a $1,000 scholarship from the Maryland/DC Credit Union Foundation. Ms. Amrhein, who lives in Bel Air, is a a graduate of the John Carroll School and a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Each year the Maryland/DC Credit Union Foundation awards twelve, $1,000-scholarships to eligible Credit Union members throughout Maryland and D.C. This year thirteen Freedom members entered an essay, video or photo in the competition.
2017’s essay topic was: “As a credit union member, explain why someone should choose a credit union as their primary financial institution over alternative service providers, such as for-profit banks.”
Highlights of this year’s competition —
College-bound credit union members submitted a total of 328 essays
Another 58 photo entries were received
Twelve video applications were entered
Entries were scored by 104 volunteer judges
Judges recorded over 6,300 scores
Members from 57 MD & DC-based credit unions applied
The results are in for our Youth Month guessing game! During Youth Month each branch had a large jar with coins in it. The task was to guess the total dollar amount in the jar. Only Youth Club members were eligible to enter a guess. Now the winner from each branch is cashing in — A Mason jar full of coins! — and depositing into their accounts using our new coin counting machine at the Forest Lakes Branch!
Now all Freedom members can bring their coins to be counted and cashed out or deposited for free!
It’s automated,secure, convenient and takes less than 10 minutes! ClickSWITCH —
Securely transfers account information instantly, ensuring a smooth transition to your new account;
Notifies your auto-debit payees of the new account information and updates their billing information (utilities, insurance, club memberships, etc.);
Transfers direct deposits to their new account;
Closes prior external account(s);
Provides real-time switch confirmation
If you open your new checking account at a branch, we will provide you with a SwitchTRACK code to allow you to switch your current online payments, automated payments and direct deposits to Freedom. You will use this code to log in and begin setting up your switches.
If you open your new checking account online, you will be contacted about getting a code and setting up your switches.
Freedom Again Hosting Bike to Work Day at Our APG South Location
Bike to Work Day at Aberdeen Proving Ground South (Edgewood Area) is May 23, 2017! We are once again hosting the event in the parking lot of our APG South branch on Hoadley Road. Join us there and get a free Freedom goody!