A NEW Summer Contest Series


Presented by Freedom Federal Credit Union

Enter June 12 – August 6, 2020


Freedom is proud to present a new summer contest series called #FreedomSpiritWeeks.  Every Friday during the contest period Freedom will challenge the public to submit entries according to the week’s theme on social media.  Entrants will be placed into a weekly drawing to win a $50 eGift Card.  Weekly winners along with other selected finalists will then have an opportunity to compete for a $250 prize in a final showdown at the end of the contest.

Your entry could win you a $50 eGift Card, or the Grand Prize— $250 DOLLARS! 


June 12 – June 18 : GRADS WEEK

Show us your 2020 Pride! Enter a photo of a 2020 Graduate!

June 19 – June 25 : TAG LOCAL WEEK

No Photos Required for this one, but they are highly encouraged.  Tag a local Harford or Baltimore County restaurant or business and tell us why they’re great!

June 26 – July 2 : CHALK IT UP WEEK

It’s a masterpiece showcase!  Show us your sidewalk chalk creations!

July 3 – July 9 : WHAT’S FOR DINNER WEEK

Share a picture of a delectable dish you’ve made, and if you’re feeling extra generous, share the recipe too!

July 10 – July 16 : PROJECT PRIDE WEEK

Time to brag about your summer home improvement projects!  Let’s see what you’ve been working on!  Brownie points for Before and After photos!*

*Brownie points are NOT actually real points, but they sound delicious.

July 17 – July 23 : BACK TO NATURE WEEK

There’s nothing like enjoying the wonderful outdoors in the summertime, especially while indoor attractions remain widely unavailable. Share the glory, the fun, the hikes, and the gardens.

July 24 – July 30 : MY PURFECT PET WEEK

We know you have a bunch of pawsitively purfect pet photos you are just itching to share.  And we are so ready to bask in the cuteness of your fur babies.

July 31 – August 6 : SPIRIT WEEK

Get creative! Submit a fun photo of you and your crew!  Be goofy, silly, or beautiful! It’s up to you!


  1. Take a fun, creative picture according to the week’s theme
  2. Pick your preferred social channel
  3. Like or Follow Freedom’s page
  4. Post the picture in the comments on Freedom’s Contest Post or your own account using #FreedomSpiritWeeks
  5. Make sure your post is set to “public” and to tag Freedom
  6. Check Freedom’s Facebook page every Friday to see if you’re the winner and to try for the next challenge!

Members and non-members alike are welcome to enter. Enter each weekly contest up to 3 times, to maximize you chances of winning the weekly drawing and getting selected as a finalist for the Grand Prize. See our Contest Rules for full details.


  1. Submit up to 3 entries per week
  2. Submission are due by each Thursday at 11:59 pm during the contest period
  3. A winner will be selected by a Random Name Picker internet tool the following Friday morning


  1. Grand Prize Vote is scheduled to start 10:00 am on Thursday, August 13, 2020 and will run for 24 hours
  2. All 8 weekly winners are guaranteed to be finalists for the Grand Prize
  3. Additional finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges
  4. Finalists will compete to collect votes


  1. Freedom will re-post the finalist photos on our Facebook Page on August 13th at 10:00 am
  2. Every Like/Love = 1 Vote
  3. If you’re a finalist…come prepared to like and share your re-posted photo! Collect as many likes and loves as you can in 24 hours!
  4. WILDCARD FACTOR: Freedom employees are voting internally too. Their votes will have you guessing until the very end!
  5. Have Fun!







#HeroNurses ContestLook for our #HeroNurses Photo Contest on our social media pages starting May 6th, 2020 running until Tuesday, May 12, 2020.






If you are a nurse or know a nurse who lives or works in Harford County…

1. POST a photo of a nurse (could be you!) in the comments on our Facebook or Twitter post
(Or use #HeroNurses and @FreedomFedCU on your public Instagram profile)

2. FOLLOW our social media page

3. SHARE our social media post

We will draw a winner Tuesday, May 12th, at about noon!

Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to get started.
*Nurses may live and/or work in Harford County.  Nurses are welcome to enter themselves.

Show Us Your Mask Face


Win a $50 eGift Card!


Show us Your Face MaskLook for our Best Mask Face Photo Contest on our social media pages starting April 24th, 2020 running until Friday, May 1, 2020.

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

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

2. FOLLOW our social media page

3. SHARE our social media post

We will draw a winner Friday, May 1st, at about noon!

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

Branch Closings

2020 Branch Closings Schedule

Freedom will be closing in observance of the following 2020 holidays. Please take advantage of our digital services when branch closings are in affect.

Memorial Day, Monday, May 25

Independence Day, Saturday, July 4

Labor Day, Monday, September 7

Columbus Day, Monday, October 12

Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11

Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26

Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24—closing at 1:00 P.M.

Christmas Day, Friday, December 25

Day After Christmas, Saturday, December 26*

New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31—closing at 1:00 P.M.


New Year’s Day 2021—Friday, January 1, 2021

Day New Years, Saturday, January 2, 2021*


*These days were added in 2020 to recognize and reward the dedication of our essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Best of Harford County

Vote Freedom for Best Credit Union in Harford County!

vote for Freedom as the best Bank/Credit Union in Harford County!


Here at Freedom we appreciate and value all our members and local partners. We are a community-chartered credit union offering financial services to those who live, work, volunteer, worship, attend school, or have family in Harford County.  Freedom has been in business since 1953 and has five locations throughout Harford County.

If you’re happy with your experience at Freedom, we need your vote to win best Bank/Credit Union in the Harford’s Best Readers Poll. With your help, we would like to be voted Harford’s Best Credit Union in 2019!  

Votes are being collected now until 5pm on December 13th. Please click on the link below and select Freedom Federal Credit Union in the Personal Services Category, Best Bank/Credit Union!




#FreedomToHelpChallenge 2019


Win $1,000 for your favorite local charity!

Freedom Federal Credit Union believes in people helping people and we are challenging Harford County volunteers, companies, and non-profits to participate in the award-winning 2nd annual #FreedomToHelpChallenge photo contest this holiday season. Showcase volunteerism in Harford County for the chance to win a $1,000 charitable donation for your local non-profit of choice and other weekly prizes.


1. Like or Follow Freedom Federal Credit Union on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

2. Post public photos showcasing volunteerism in Harford County from November 1st through December 12th, 2019

3. Include a description of the volunteer effort along with the searchable hashtag, #FreedomToHelpChallenge on every post

4. Visit us on Facebook every Friday to participate in public voting to increase your chances to win! (Every like equals a vote!)

On Instagram? Tag Freedom @FreedomFedCU or DM us to follow you if your account is private.

The #FreedomToHelpChallenge was recognized by CUNA in 2019 with The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award


Read Full Contest Rules and Details Here.

Grand Prize Info: The Final Showdown

Public Voting for finalists will be available on Freedom’s Facebook page on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 10:00 am for 24 hours from the start of the voting period. Every like equals a vote. Share with your friends to increase your votes. The Grand Prize Winner will be announced via Freedom’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram page on or before December 20th, 2019.

*Selected charity must be a registered 501(C)3 with a proven focus in Harford County.

Fall 2019 Shred Day

Free Document Shredding for Freedom Members

Freedom is offering a morning of free document shredding for our members!Shred Day, October 5, 2019, 9 am to 12 pm


Saturday, October 5th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM*
*Or until truck is full


Park Avenue Branch (Located at 2019 Emmorton Rd in Bel Air)

Bring your financial documents to shred, and stop by our table to enter to win a $50.00 Visa gift card! (View Shred Day Drawing Disclosures)

    – Please limit the number of boxes to 4

    – No business materials

    – Please remove any metal (Staples are ok)

2019 Golden Apple Recipients

Freedom Federal Credit Union SELECTS Three Harford County PUBLIC SCHOOLS Teachers to Win Golden Apple Awards

Winners Were Honored at a Reception Held on July 29, 2019

Three female teachers holding golden apple award trophies in front of Freedom banner
Freedom Federal Credit Union awards grant funds to its 2019 Golden Apple Annual Education Award recipients (L to R): Alisa Janiski, Tanya Zelwalk, and Jess Wilson.

Bel Air, MD –At a reception on Monday, July 29, Freedom Federal Credit Union honored Tanya Zelwalk, as the grand prize recipient of the Credit Union’s 2019 Golden Apple Annual Educator Award grant competition. Ms. Zelwalk, who is the Learning Together classroom teacher at North Bend Elementary School, won the top $2,000 grant for her plans to better serve her special needs students, provide additional resources to their parents, and to become certified as a children’s author. The Learning Together Program serves 3-5 year-old special needs children in an inclusive and educational setting that adapts the current pre-school curriculum to the unique needs of these young learners.

Ms. Zelwalk’s request, detailed an inspirational vision to help these young learners, who have a trying journey ahead, learn socialization, empathy, communication, behavioral, and pre-academic skills that will shape their future as older students and then as productive members of society in their adult lives.

Freedom noted that, although a record number of submissions were received this year, it was Ms. Zelwalk’s thoughtfulness and consideration for how the award could affect positive change for her students, their parents, and for her own professional development that made her application standout from the rest.

Additionally, two other recipients were awarded grants: Alisa Janiski, Gifted and Talented Resource Teacher at Church Creek and Roye-Williams Elementary schools, and Jess Wilson, Adapted Physical Education Teacher at the John Archer School. Both Ms. Janiski and Ms. Wilson will receive $500 each to fund initiatives at their respective schools.

Turning ordinary days into extraordinary opportunities for learning is Ms. Janiski’s specialty at Church Creek and Roye-Williams Elementary Schools. As a Gifted & Talented Teacher, Alisa Janiski, champions creative and memorable learning opportunities for her students.

Ms. Janiski asked Freedom to imagine walking into a classroom for a normal day at school, just to find that it has been transformed. Teachers are wearing surgical masks, desks have become operating tables, and nametags are preceded with the title, Dr.   It is now up to the students to save their patients with an exciting day of practical reading and math applications. Ms. Janiski’s Ron Clark Academy-inspired Room Transformations, allow students to experience immersive learning scenarios where they might find themselves immigrating to America at Ellis Island, surviving on a deserted island, or camping in the woods.

As the full-time Adapted Physical Education Teacher at the John Archer School in Bel Air, Ms. Jessica Wilson works with students ages three to twenty-one. All of her students have developmental disabilities, in conjunction with either a medical or physical limitation, or both.

Ms. Wilson has accepted the challenge to adapt Harford County’s Physical Education curriculum to her students’ unique needs and abilities. Like any children, the students at John Archer want to enjoy activities accessible in their community, such as miniature golf, but often need help learning the basic psychomotor skills to participate.

Ms. Wilson came to Freedom to ask for help in purchasing miniature golf equipment that could be appropriately modified to compliment the skill progression of her students as they learn to use the equipment, so that they too might enjoy the game in their youth and for years to come. When the equipment is not being used at John Archer, it will be available for use by other students with special needs around the county.

Mike MacPherson, President and CEO of Freedom Federal Credit Union, emceed the reception and congratulated the recipients on their achievement.  ”We value all of our members, and it is a special day when we can celebrate and support teachers from among our membership. They have set out to make a real and actionable difference in the lives of our Harford County youth, and it is our honor to play a part in supporting them and their ongoing initiatives.”

Jean Mantegna, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources at Harford County Public Schools (HCPS), attended the reception on behalf of Dr. Sean Bulson. “The Golden Apple Award recognizes teachers who continuously seek new and meaningful ways to deliver instruction to our students. Thank you to Freedom for providing this opportunity to honor great teachers and create a positive and lasting impact in the classroom,” said Mantegna.

The annual competition is intended to support Freedom Federal Credit Union members who are employed at a Harford County school and have a creative vision for education that can only be met with community support. All applicants were asked to submit an essay demonstrating how their idea would serve their students, class, school and the Harford County community. Entries were judged by a panel of Freedom employees, board members, and community leaders.