BOSTON and MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (4/22/13)--Massachusetts credit unions were among the businesses closed Friday while authorities conducted a manhunt for one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers, said the Massachusetts Credit Union League, which is preparing a recommendation about credit union assistance to victims.
Credit unions are responding to the events, said Rob Kimmett, senior vice president of public relations and marketing at the league. "Credit unions are responding with their characteristic concern and generosity," he told News Now.
"Many have reached out to the league for recommendation regarding how they can help," he said. "The league's Credit Union Hope is preparing a recommendation, which will be shared with the Massachusetts credit union community early this week."
Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston police requested that businesses--including credit unions--close Friday in these cities and surrounding areas: Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Watertown and Waltham.
"Credit unions with offices in those communities have notices on their websites that they are closed in the interest of safety and security and in compliance with the instructions of the police," Kimmett said.
Watertown, where the suspects engaged in a shootout with police Thursday night that left one suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, dead, has one credit union: Watertown Municipal Employees CU on Main Street.
The suspect's brother, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge was still at large Friday evening when authorities lifted their "stay indoors" request. However, he was captured later hiding in a boat and was in serious condition in a Boston hospita as of Saturday. Police had told residents to stay inside throughout the day Friday because they were concerned the two suspects may have had accomplices.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) FCU, located in Cambridge on the MIT campus was closed Friday, according to MITFCU's website. It directed members to a shared branching member call center, ATMs, and its e-Branch.
Harvard University Employees CU, Cambridge, also was closed for the business day Friday "due to recent public safety developments," its website said.
The website of 600 Atlantic FCU, the former Federal Reserve Boston Employees CU, located in Boston, said it was closed Friday, and the City of Boston CU noted Friday that "all branches are currently closed."
Boston Firefighters CU is collecting donations for Boston's First Responders Fund for the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks, which killed three people and injured 170 April 15. Contributions can be made on its website or by sending a check to:
Boston's First Responders Fund
c/o Boston Firefighters Credit Union
60 Hallet St.
Dorchester, MA 02124
Officials in at least one state--Pennsylvania--are warning potential contributers to be cautious in charitable giving related to the attacks. Pennsylvania's Secretary of State Carol Aichele told that state's residents that no charities related to the tragedy have applied to solicit donations in that state. Residents should not give personal information over the phone or online unless they are familiar with the organization (Life is a Highway April 19).