MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (2/2/16)--Massachusetts credit unions continued their work combating homelessness in the state last year by raising $110,000 for the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.
In receiving the donation, Robyn Frost, executive director of the coalition, said the financial support from credit unions will help the coalition in its statewide public policy efforts and in its mission to create affordable housing and housing for unaccompanied youth (Daily CU Scan Feb. 1).
“The continuing assistance from the credit unions makes a huge difference for us to be a voice for those who are voiceless in the areas of poverty and homelessness,” Frost said. “Your efforts help us create more affordable housing within the state for families and individuals who are at-risk or homeless.”
Nearly 90 credit unions in the state raised funds for the effort.
The largest contributions came from RTN FCU, Waltham, Mass., which raised more than $30,000 during its annual “Walk Home” event; and Hanscom FCU, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., which raised more than $12,000 through employee raffles and other activities.
“Building on the credit union core principles of cooperatives helping people and local communities, Massachusetts credit unions are committed to the coalition and its efforts to ensure everyone has a place to call home,” said Paul Gentile, Cooperative Credit Union Association (CCUA) president/CEO.
The CCUA also recognized Nicole James, senior vice president of retail services at RTN FCU, for her work as chair of the CCUA’s Social Responsibility Committee, which presented the check to the coalition last week. James stepped down from the committee this year after 10 years of service.