Business Briefs: Oct. 29, 2021

  • The Freedom Credit Union team that participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Holyoke Community College on Sept. 26. Contributed Photo/Market Mentors

  • Michelle Dwyer, president and CEO of Franklin First Federal Credit Union in Greenfield, accepts the CEO of the Year award from Ron McLean, president and CEO of the Cooperative Credit Union Association. Contributed Photo

Published: 10/28/2021 2:33:58 PM
Freedom Credit Union raises more than $4K for Alzheimer’s group

SPRINGFIELD —Freedom Credit Union helped support the Alzheimer’s Association both by participating in the Sept. 26 Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Holyoke Community College and by collecting donations at its branches throughout Western Massachusetts during September. Together, these efforts resulted in a total donation of $4,191.

“Our team literally ‘stepped up’ in a big way to raise funds and awareness in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia,” Freedom Credit Union President Glenn Welch said in a press release. “This terrible disease affects more than 6 million people in the United States, including many of our families, friends and neighbors here in Western Massachusetts.”

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises money for Alzheimer’s care, support and research, the release states.

“Our team raised $2,785 through the walk and our members contributed an additional $1,406,” Welch added. “So many of our members and staff have been affected by this devastating disease, so we were proud to help do our part.”

Freedom Credit Union’s two Franklin County branches are at 74 Main St. in Greenfield and 191 Avenue A in Turners Falls.

Franklin First’s Michelle Dwyer honored with CEO of the Year

GREENFIELD — Franklin First Federal Credit Union’s President and CEO Michelle Dwyer was honored with the Cooperative Credit Union Association’s (CCUA) CEO of the Year award during the association’s Apex Conference on Oct. 14.

The CCUA represents nearly 200 credit unions in Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

According to a Franklin First press release, Dwyer has continually pushed to move the credit union forward with technological advancements to better meet the evolving needs of members, including offering mobile deposits, online account opening and E-sign. The credit union serves more than 7,000 members at its branch at 57 Newton St. in Greenfield.

“I am so thankful for the Franklin First board of directors, staff and our members,” Dwyer said in the release. “Thank you CCUA for this honor and to everyone that contributes daily to making Franklin First a successful community partner. Franklin County has always been my home, so to be part of an organization that makes this community its first priority is a gift.”

Dwyer is also a member of the Franklin County Rotary Club, serves on Musica Franklin’s board of directors and volunteers with the Children’s Advocacy Center of Franklin County and North Quabbin.


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