Freedom Federal Credit Union Elects New Board Chair

Lisa Ermatinger

Bel Air, MD – Freedom Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce Lisa Ermatinger has been elected to serve as Chair of the Credit Union’s Board of Directors.  Ermatinger has served on the Board since 2004 and has previously served as Secretary and Treasurer.

Ermatinger assumes the role from Mike Kaiser, who has stepped down after 12 years as Board Chair. Kaiser will remain on the Board as a Director.

Since joining Freedom’s Board of Directors, Ermatinger has also served on several essential internal committees, including the Asset Liability Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and the Budget & Compensation Committee.

“I am deeply honored to be elected as the new Board Chair and look forward to working with my colleagues to move Freedom’s mission forward,” said Ermatinger “I want to thank the Freedom Board of Directors for its confidence in me to serve our community, and I especially thank Mike Kaiser for his years of leadership and service. Together with our employees, volunteers, and community partners, we will continue to make a positive difference in Harford County. We will extend that impact into Baltimore County with the opening of our new branch coming soon to Perry Hall.”

Ermatinger has more than 30 years of experience in the financial and health insurance industry. and served on the Board of Directors for the Fidelity Health Group. Raised in Baltimore County, she is an alumna of the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business. Ermatinger has lived in Harford County for more than 20 years with her husband and their four children.

Important Information Regarding Freedom Federal Credit Union Lobby Availability

Dear Members,

With the recent decision from state and local government to lift mask and social distancing mandates, Freedom has re-evaluated current branch lobby availability protocols. We are pleased to announce that effective June 1, 2021, lobby access in all Freedom branches will be available on a walk-in basis.  This means that all banking transactions will be available in our lobbies, as well as through our drive-thrus, without the need for an appointment.

Also effective June 1, Branch hours will be as follows:

Park Ave, Fountain Green, and Forest Lakes

Lobby:

Monday-Thursday: 9am-5pm
Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday: 9am-1pm

Drive-Thru

Monday-Friday. 9am-6pm
Saturday, 9am-1pm

Swan Creek

Lobby:

Monday-Thursday: 9am-5pm
Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday: 9am-1pm

Edgewood:

Lobby and Drive Thru

Monday-Wednesday: 8am-3pm
Thursday-Friday: 8am-5pm

To reduce the amount of time you are in a branch, we continue to encourage you to use our Appointment Scheduler or call 800-440-4120 to make an appointment for non-teller transactions such as opening a new membership, applying for a loan or credit card and setting up a new share certificate, Money Market, or IRA account.

PLEASE NOTE: For security reasons, as of June 1, you will be required to remove any face coverings such as masks, gaiters, hats and/or sunglasses upon entering any Freedom branch. There will be no exceptions to this rule. If you are uncomfortable with removing your mask, please continue to use the drive-thru, call us at 800-440-4120, or use online or mobile banking.

The health and safety of our employees and members continues to be an absolute priority.  As such, you will still see plexiglass partitions at each teller station and service desk.  Employees may be wearing masks and gloves during your transaction. Hand sanitizer will also be available throughout the branches.

So much has changed over the last year but our commitment to you, our members, has only gotten stronger. We continue to expand opportunities to enhance access for our members with technology, new locations, like the new branch coming soon to Honeygo Village Center, and the expansion of access within our current branches.

As always, we thank you for your ongoing trust and confidence in Freedom.

Sincerely,

CEO Signature

Michael MacPherson
President and CEO
Freedom Federal Credit Union

New Freedom Federal Credit Union Branch Coming to Baltimore County – CEO Letter

May 3, 2021

Dear Freedom Members,

In July of last year, I wrote to you announcing that Freedom Federal Credit Union was expanding our field of membership to include Baltimore County. Over the last several months, that expansion has gone very well and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

In that announcement, I also made mention that we would look at opportunities to enhance access for our members, whether through technology or new, physical locations.

As a result of this, and through a comprehensive review, I am very happy to announce that Freedom will be opening a new branch in Baltimore County, in the Perry Hall/White Marsh area.
The new branch will be located at 5000 Honeygo Center Drive in the Honeygo Village Center, adjacent to Weis Markets, and across from AnyTime Fitness, and Liberatore’s Ristorante. This will be Freedom’s first branch in Baltimore County, and our sixth branch in total.

Our Honeygo Branch will feature a full-service lobby, two drive-thru lanes, a 24/7 ATM, a free coin machine, and will provide ample parking and easy traffic flow and access. Financial Service Representatives will be in-person, and onsite, to support all business and individual banking needs.

This is a significant step for our entire membership. Not only does it ensure that we provide a physical location to a thriving business and residential community that wants to do their banking in-person, but also provides us more ability to truly deliver on the Freedom Advantage, our unique service offering, to the Northeast Baltimore County communities.

Because of the way Freedom is structured, as a financial cooperative, the health and strength of the organization is dependent on the membership being engaged and utilizing our products and services. The more members that are an active part of Freedom, and using our products and services, the better the ability to offer lower cost loan options, higher deposit rates, better technology and more community support. We will be able to increase our membership, and better serve all our members, in both Harford and Baltimore County.

This past year has been a challenge for all of us. For Freedom, although much of it was focused on helping members through the pandemic, we decided to proceed with our planned expansion into Baltimore County, to give our members, and the communities we serve, more opportunities to conduct business, in the name of convenience and a better banking experience.

The Honeygo Branch, which formerly housed First National Bank, is currently undergoing renovations, and is expected to open to the public in late summer. I will share more details with you when plans are more formalized. In the meantime, please follow us on our Facebook page to see progress updates, and the latest information around the branch opening.

I want to thank all of you for your ongoing trust and confidence in Freedom, and I hope you share in my excitement regarding our new branch. I look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

CEO Signature

Michael MacPherson
President and CEO
Freedom Federal Credit Union

Freedom Federal Credit Union Opening New Branch in Perry Hall / White Marsh

May 3, 2021Honeygo Branch

The new branch will mark Freedom Federal Credit Union’s first Baltimore County location, and sixth location overall.

Freedom Federal Credit Union has announced plans to open a new full-service branch in the Perry Hall/White Marsh area.  This is the Credit Union’s first branch in Baltimore County, and sixth branch within Northeastern Maryland.  The new branch will be located at 5000 Honeygo Center Drive in the Honeygo Village Center, adjacent to Weis Markets, and across from AnyTime Fitness, and Liberatore’s Ristorante.

The branch will feature a full-service lobby, two drive-thru lanes, a 24/7 ATM, a free coin machine, and will provide ample parking and easy traffic flow and access. Financial Service Representatives will be in-person, and onsite, to support all business and individual banking needs.

The branch opening is the next step in Freedom’s expansion of their field of membership into Baltimore County, which the Credit Union announced in July 2020, following approval from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).  Since then, Freedom membership has been open to businesses and any individuals who live, work, worship, volunteer, attend school, or have family in Baltimore County.  Freedom now serves all of Harford and Baltimore Counties.

The expansion into Baltimore County was a logical step in the Credit Union’s evolution.  Freedom was already serving over 3,000 members that are Baltimore County residents and were able to join because of some affiliation with Harford County.

“This is a great milestone in Freedom Federal Credit Union’s history, as well as a monumental opportunity for our members, and the residents of both Baltimore and Harford Counties,” stated Mike MacPherson, President and CEO of Freedom. “The Honeygo Branch provides us our first physical space within Baltimore County, and ensures that we can truly deliver the ‘Freedom Advantage,’ our unique credit union service offering, to the greater Baltimore County communities. Not only will we be able to better serve a larger group of Maryland residents and businesses who we feel are currently being underserved, but we can better enhance the progress and growth of our Credit Union, which will benefit all our members going forward.”

Freedom Federal Credit Union was founded in 1953 as MATCOM Federal Credit Union. The Credit Union started in Baltimore and later moved to Harford County in support of the Edgewood Arsenal, which became part of Aberdeen Proving Ground. Freedom received their Harford County community charter in 1999 and changed their name to Freedom of Maryland Federal Credit Union in 2000.

MacPherson continued: “I think it’s important to emphasize that Freedom has not only risen to the challenge of the day, but even in the worst of times, continues to move forward in our vision and mission. While much of this last year has been focused on helping members through the pandemic, we decided to proceed with our expansion into Baltimore County, which will further allow us to offer lower cost loan options, higher deposit rates, better technology and access, and more community support across both Harford and Baltimore Counties. Our focus has been on expanding and enhancing every avenue and technology to allow our members more access to conduct business wherever needed, in-person, or online, all in the name of creating a better member experience.”

The new site in the Honeygo Village Center, which formerly housed First National Bank, is currently undergoing renovations, and is expected to open to the public in late summer with a grand opening event to be announced at a later date.


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.

#NationalNursesWeek

LET’s CELEBRATE NATIONAL NURSES week!

WIN A $25 Amazon eGIFT CARD FOR A HARFORD OR BALTIMORE COUNTY NURSE – 5 CHANCES TO WIN!

National Nurses Week
Look for this post on Freedom’s social media pages between May 6th and May 12th.

Look for our #NationalNursesWeek Nomination Post on our social media pages starting May 6th, 2021 running until 12 pm Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

If you are a nurse or would like to nominate a nurses who lives or works in Harford/Baltimore County…

1. POST the nurse’s name and agency/organization in the comments on our Facebook, Twitter , or Instagram (@FreedomFedCU) post
(Feel free to include a picture or comment about your nomination!)

2. FOLLOW our social media page

3. SHARE our social media post

We will draw a winner Wednesday, May 12th in the afternoon!

 

Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to get started.
*Nurses may live and/or work in Harford or Baltimore County.  Nurses are welcome to enter themselves.  One nomination per person, but nurses can be entered multiple time by other individuals to increase their chances of winning.

#TeacherAppreciationWeek

LET’s CELEBRATE Teacher appreciation week!

WIN A $25 Amazon eGIFT CARD FOR A HARFORD OR BALTIMORE COUNTY TEACHER – 5 CHANCES TO WIN!

Teacher Appreciation Drawing
Look for this post on Freedom’s Social Media Accounts

Look for our #TeacherAppreciationWeek Nomination Post on our social media pages starting May 3rd, 2021 running until 12 pm Friday, May 7, 2021.

If you are a teacher or know a teacher who lives or works in Harford/Baltimore County…

1. POST the teacher’s name and school in the comments on our Facebook, Twitter , or Instagram (@FreedomFedCU) post
(Feel free to include a picture or comment about your nomination!)

2. FOLLOW our social media page

3. SHARE our social media post

We will draw a winner Friday, May 7th in the afternoon!

 

 

Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to get started.
*Teacher may live and/or work in Harford or Baltimore County.  Teachers are welcome to enter themselves.  One nomination per person, but teachers can be entered multiple time by other individuals to increase their chances of winning.

2021 Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

Join Us Virtually…

The 2021 Freedom Federal Credit Union Annual Meeting of Members will be a fully virtual meeting.

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Time: 4:00pm

To Register for the Virtual Annual Meeting, please Click Here.

Agenda:
2020 Business Summary / Chairman and CEO Remarks
2021 Business Update
Board Elections
Committee Reports
Approval of Minutes
New Business / Q&A

Register Here

  • Current Freedom Federal Credit Union membership is required to attend in this meeting.
  • Login instructions will be sent via email to all registrants closer to the meeting date.

Thank you for your membership in Freedom Federal Credit Union.  We wish everyone continued health and safety.

Show Us Your Snow Day Pics

SHOW US YOUR Best Snow Day pics!

Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

#SnowDay Photo ContestLook for our #SnowDay Photo Contest on our social media pages starting February 2, 2021 running until Friday, February 5, 2021.

If you live, work, worship, or have family in Harford or Baltimore County…

1. POST your photo in the comments on our Facebook or Twitter post
(Or direct message @FreedomFedCU on Instagram)

2. FOLLOW our social media page

3. SHARE our social media post

We will draw a winner Friday, February 5, at about 3pm!

Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to get started.