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UMassFive Donations to the Food Bank of Western MA Exceed $13,500 in 2020

November 10, 2020 - News

UMassFive College Federal Credit Union is proud to share that it has provided over $13,500 in donations to the Food Bank of Western MA during 2020. These donations have been facilitated through community giving campaigns in partnership with staff and members of the Credit Union.

Early this year, UMassFive supported the Food Bank of Western MA by donating $1,000 to help offset the increase in demand presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Credit Union also sponsored and participated in the Food Bank’s annual Will Bike 4 Food event. A team of 11 UMassFive employees raised money and rode bikes as part of the event, which took place virtually, resulting in donations of $3,422.

In the interest of supporting the community, UMassFive also encouraged participation from those who bank at the Credit Union. A campaign called “Share Your Story” allowed members to choose a local organization to receive a $25 donation from UMassFive on their behalf. A total of $5,000 in donations was split between five local organizations, of which $1,300 was donated to the Food Bank. Members were also encouraged to redeem their earned Buzz Points - a debit card spending reward program - as charitable donations, which year-to-date has contributed the equivalent of $2,830 in donations to the Food Bank.

UMassFive’s latest endeavor was a “Spend and Give” campaign, which involved a collaboration with its members and credit card servicer, PSCU. During the month of July, 1% of every purchase made on an eligible member’s UMassFive credit card was donated to the Food Bank. Based on member purchases, the Credit Union met its goal of raising $2,500 and unlocked a matching grant from PSCU, resulting in a $5,000 overall donation to the Food Bank. This donation brought UMassFive’s total contribution to the organization so far in 2020 to $13,552!

“UMassFive has been a dedicated supporter of The Food Bank over the years and has stepped up their support over this challenging year,” comments Food Bank Corporate Relations officer Jillian Morgan. ”UMassFive’s contributions through their various campaigns have raised enough funds to provide over 50,000 meals to neighbors in need! We are grateful for their continued commitment to ending hunger.”

This November, UMassFive will be encouraging its members to support Monte’s (Masked) March put on by WRSI/The River. Members will be able to donate their Buzz Points to the Food Bank as part of this effort. UMassFive looks forward to continuing to support the Food Bank in the coming years as well as a variety of other vital local organizations.

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