Freedom Credit Union, headquartered in Springfield and serving members in the four counties of western Massachusetts, and UMassFive College Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Hadley with branches in Amherst, Northampton, Springfield and Worcester, announced that they have partnered to donate money to a new program supporting local first responders during the coronavirus pandemic.
“The COVID-19 crisis has made great demands on first responders working hard at the front lines of the battle,” said FCU President and CEO Glenn Welch. “At Freedom, we wanted to directly support those first responders through a partnership with UMassFive Credit Union.” UMassFive President and CEO, Rich Kump, agreed. “Unprecedented times call for new solutions. We’re proud to be partnering with Freedom to provide support to the area’s first responders, who are doing brave work in our community every single day.”
FCU and UMassFive announced that they will each be donating $2,500 to Hampshire Hospitality Group to support its program, Hampshire County Heroes, which provides food to the county’s first responders involved in the pandemic response, including police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and dispatchers. Hampshire County Heroes will provide food to the county’s first responders three times a week through the end of May, and is itself a joint effort of the Hampshire Hospitality Group and Roadhouse Café, a Belchertown restaurant.