Every child deserves a good night’s sleep. That’s why we’re proudly partnering with the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless once again, working to procure “A Bed for Every Child” right here in our own communities.
Last year, Freedom employees, members, and leaders collectively contributed $9,000 to the efforts of the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the Cooperative Credit Union Association (CCUA). That was enough to procure 36 beds for area children in need—exceeding our goal by 20 percent! This year, we hope to raise $10,000, enough for 40 beds.
“Compassion and generosity are characteristics of all those who represent our institution,” said President and CEO of Freedom Credit Union, Glenn Welch. “Freedom has always demonstrated a firm commitment to our communities’ children and families, and I’m confident this initiative will continue to be a shining example of that.”
In 2011, the Massachusetts Coalition learned that many public-school students were not getting enough sleep because they did not have their own beds. In response, the coalition launched A Bed for Every Child, with a mission to help facilitate the healthy sleep children need to learn and succeed.
Every $250 makes a “Bed Buddy,” which provides one child with a complete bed set: frame, mattress, pillow, linens, and blankets. FCU has already pledged a donation of four Bed Buddies ($1,000 value), a donation Welch generously has agreed to match.
Each FCU branch currently has a collection box on site for anyone who would like to contribute to the initiative and help Freedom reach its goal. Visit our main office or any of our 11 locations to donate to this important cause—and help give a child a place to dream.