Freedom Staff Make Gas Mask Dash

Dash Part of U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground’s 100th Anniversary!

WEB-crop_Ian-and-Susan-Tannahill-in-Freedom-t-with-gas-mask-tFreedom’s Edgewood base is located at the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground Edgewood area. So it was a short drive for staff to take part in an Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) 100th Anniversary Celebration event — the Gas Mask Dash!

The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) sponsored the Dash, which was open to the public. Participants could either run a 5k or walk 2 miles. The glorious weather on April 27 made taking part a pleasure!

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WEB-crop_Freedom-backpackFreedom was on site to provide Freedom backpacks to attendees, and to provide information and support!

Participants were also treated to a bit of gas mask history, with a display of masks over the years. Even a Navy goggle mask and a K9 mask were there for viewing.WEB-crop_Lightened_Gas-mask-history-display

What a wonderful way to celebrate 100 years!


Free Home Buying Expo at Freedom!

Meet Experts, Get Advice at May 4 Expo

Join us for Freedom’s upcoming FREE Home Buying Expo/Information Fair!

Date: Thursday, May 4th
Location: 2019 Emmorton Road, Bel Air, MD 21015
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Are you looking to buy a home? Whether it’s your first time, or you’re experienced, plan to attend our upcoming FREE Home Buying EXPO. Get all of your home buying questions answered by Freedom Mortgage staff as well as other vendors including:

  • Realtors
  • Title Company
  • Home Owners Insurance
  • Home Inspections

As a thank-you to attendee’s, we’re offering bonus certificates which will reduce your mortgage processing fee by $400!

Register for the Expo online

Annual Meeting a Great Success

Members Enjoy Annual Meeting at Ripken Stadium

C-Milton-Wright-Jazz-Band-2017_webFreedom’s 2017 Annual Meeting was April 11 at Ripken Stadium. Prior to the meeting’s start, members enjoyed music provided by the C. Milton Wright Jazz Band. A hors d’oeuvres buffet and drinks were served. In addition, several staffed “stations” situated throughout the venue provided members more information about our offerings and answered questions, particularly about electronic services. Upon entering the event, members received a ticket for door prize drawings and a card that could be marked at each of these five stations.


As the Annual Meeting began, members met members of our Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee. Next, those in attendance reached a quorum to approve the notes from last year’s meeting. Following the formalities, Board Chairman, Mike Kaiser, and President/CEO, Michael MacPherson, each made brief remarks. Mr. MacPherson gave an overview of  Freedom’s state of affairs, he discussed our mission and plans for the future. This discussion was followed by a new video providing a general overview of the Credit Union — who we are, what our values are, and what we can do for members. The evening’s business concluded with a question-and-answer session between members and the President/CEO.

Freedom’s Web Strategist Rachel Schmidt enjoys refreshments at this year’s annual meeting
Patrice-Ricciardi Bob-Wheland at 2017 Annual Meeting
Left to right, SVP of Business Banking Robert Wehland , Business Development Specialist Patrice Ricciardi


As a gift to all in attendance, members received a plush Freedom throw blanket. Members enjoyed replenished refreshments throughout the evening’s proceedings. To wrap up the evening, Mr. MacPherson drew random winners for each of 10 door prizes.  Prizes were gift cards worth $25 apiece from a variety of local stores and restaurants. Finally, all full participation cards were collected and Mr. MacPherson drew a winner for the grand prize of $100!

New Faces

Several new attendees came out to enjoy this year’s annual meeting. We love to meet our members, and hope to see more next year! Please remember that our Annual Meetings are open to all members, and always take place in the evening. These meetings provide a great opportunity to learn about Freedom and get your questions answered while enjoying a great evening out!


Home Buying Seminar to be Held at MedStar Health

Free Home Buying Seminar April 19

piggy and house 200 pxThis seminar covers how the home buying process works and how to get to the settlement table with as little stress as possible. Topics will include everything from making your initial “wish list” to conducting your final walk-through, and includes important options for financing.

Location: MedStar Health’s Turner Community Room, 12 MedStar Blvd, Bel Air
(This Medstar Health facility is next to our branch on Emmorton Road)

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 19, 6:30-8:00 pm

Register online for the April 19 Home Buying seminar

Golden Apple Plus Educator Award

HCEA and HCESC Members Can Apply for $1k Award

Freedom Federal Credit Union gives an Annual Golden Apple Plus Educator Award of $1,000 to a Freedom member.  The member must be a deserving teacher, school administrator or school support employee. Scoring favors the plan with the greatest impact on local schools, classes, students, and/or the community at large. 1st and 2nd Runner-up awards are given for $250.00 each.


  1. Must be a Freedom Federal Credit Union Member
  2. Must be enrolled in Freedom’s Golden Apple Plus Program
  3. Must be a member of HCEA or HCESC


To enter, complete the entry form below and submit an essay that explains why you, as a teacher or education employee, deserve this award. Your essay may address any or all of the following questions:

  1. What is your creative idea to benefit your students, your class or your school that this money would help you complete?
  2. Will you take a continuing education class or classes to improve your own education and expertise (be specific) and how will that improve learning by your students?
  3. Will you purchase supplies for your school or classroom and how will it help improve learning by your students? If so, explain how.
  4. Will your idea, training, or purchases affect the Harford County Community? If yes, how so?

Please submit your Golden Apple Plus Educator Award Entry Form and essay to by May 1. All entries will be reviewed by a panel of Freedom employees, volunteers and community partners.

Entry deadline: May 1, 2017     Submit by email to:

A winner will be announced by June 15, 2017.

2017 Annual Meeting of Members

Annual Meeting to be Held at Ripken Stadium on April 11

This year’s Annual Meeting of Members will be held on Tuesday, April 11 at Ripken Stadium.Hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks will be available, and attendees will receive a beautiful Freedom throw blanket!

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017Freedom throw
Location: Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM

All members are welcome to attend and are asked to RSVP online, at a Freedom branch, or by calling 800-440-4120.

April is Youth Month!

Special Youth Promotions all Month, Event April 29

KirbyYouthMonth◊ $25 Matching deposit on new Youth Club Accounts1

  • Stork — For parents of infants to 2 years of age
  • Kirby Kangaroo — For kids age 3 to 12
  • CU Succeed — For teens age 13 to 17
  • Choices — For young adults age 18 to 25

Each club comes with special benefits, financial education, special savings and loan terms.

◊  $25 Matching deposit for new Coverdell ESA (Education Savings Account) for new or existing Youth Club members (Stork, Kirby Kangaroo, or CU Succeed).$100 Matching deposit for new IRA for new and existing “Choices” Youth Club (18-25) members!

$10 Refer-a-member bonus!2

◊ New Youth Club members who join in April are entered for a chance to win a family membership for the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore! FREE admission for a family with up to four people3

◊ Special Youth Day event on April 29


1Freedom will make a matching deposit up to $25 on all new Youth Club memberships opened April 1-30, 2017

2 Refer a new Youth Club member and receive a $10 deposit into your Youth Club Account.

3 Each new Youth Club membership opened in April is automatically entered into the drawing/sweepstakes. See sweepstakes rules and information