Freedom Employees Get Destructive

Staff Complete Habitat for Humanity Demolition

On a hot August day, nine Freedom staffers joined Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna to help their community and burn off some energy. Habitat staffer Bill Schmidt began the day by explaining Habitat’s mission and methodology. The home project, located in Edgewood, required staffers to clear out trash and debris, remove doors and trim, pull up carpet—whatever it took to create a clean slate for renovation inside and out.

As the day’s temperature soared, kitchen cabinets were demolished and floors ripped up. A load of recyclable metal and reusable items was assembled and loaded onto Habitat trailers. A large dumpster was filled and hauled away. And a sweaty, tired bunch of employees was ready to head home for a shower! The dirty work was all to help local residents buy safe, affordable housing in our area. It was a gratifying experience for the volunteers.

You, too, can support Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna. Go online to Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna’s web site to see what it’s all about and become a volunteer. Or simply buy discounted building supplies, appliances, antiques and more from Habitat’s new ReStore location in Aberdeen.

Freedom employees who volunteered for a Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna demolition project in August, 2016
Freedom volunteers from left: Andrea Woodard; Keith Gill; Marcus Johnson; Kati Grasmick; Bob Wehland; Jeff Herman; Habitat for Humanity staff member Bill Schmidt; Susan Tannahill; Rachel Schmidt; Kelly Berends
Bob Wehland and Keith Gill working at a local a Habitat for Humanity demolition project
From left: Bob Wehland, VP of Business Banking and Keith Gill, CFO
Freedom staffers Kati Grasmick and Andrea Woodard working
From left: Andrea Woodard, Member Services Call Center Representative, Edgewood branch, and Kati Grasmick, Financial Services Representative, Forest Lakes branch

Freedom Staff Assist Therapeutic Riding Program

Love of Kids — and Horses — Prompts Saturday Volunteerism

Six Freedom staffers responded to the opportunity to assist at Normandy Farms Therapeutic Riding program. Designed for disabled children, the program gives people of all abilities the chance to enjoy horseback riding.

Freedom’s volunteers were able to help in a variety of ways, from brushing horses and cleaning out stalls to assisting riders in the ring.

It was a beautiful day, well spent!

Dominique Beverly, Indirect Lending Coordinator at Freedom, waiting to assist a mounting rider
Dominique Beverly, Indirect Lending Coordinator, waiting to assist a mounting rider
Freedom staff member Susan Tannahill brushes a horse at Normandy Farms
Staffer Susan Tannahill brushes a horse
Freedom volunteer Kati Grasmick prepares a stall for new bedding.
Volunteer Kati Grasmick prepares a stall for new bedding.
Freedom volunteers at Normandy Farms, Inc. Shown from left to right are Dominique Beverly, Kati Grasmick, Michelle Young, Stacie Sloan, and Susan Tannahill Not pictured: Tabitha Becker
Shown from left to right are Dominique Beverly, Kati Grasmick, Michelle Young, Stacie Sloan, and Susan Tannahill
Not pictured: Tabitha Becker

Freedom Staff Spend Weekend Time Helping Others

Participation in Local Stone Soup Event Helps Feed 1,800

Freedom staffer Michelle Young and son
Employee Michelle Young and son
Stone Soup Event Volunteers
Freedom employees Andrea Woodard, Danielle Hart and Mike MacPherson.

Volunteers from Freedom helped make the United Way of Central Maryland’s recent Stone Soup Event a success.

Staffers came out to Bel Air United Methodist Church on Saturday May 21 to help assemble meals for those in need. Some brought their children to help out as well!

Volunteers were able to prepare 150 casserole dishes to serve approximately 1800 people.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities with the United Way of Central Maryland on their web site.