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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.