Last month, the Credit Union Community Hope Initiative presented the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless with a check for $125,000, representing funds raised by the credit unions of Massachusetts during 2010. The presentation took place at Hanscom Federal Credit Union's main office on the Hanscom Air Force Base.
The Credit Union Community Hope Initiative is an effort organized by the Massachusetts Credit Union League through which Massachusetts credit unions join together to assist worthy causes. The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless has been the league's charitable partner for more than 20 years.
"The Coalition for the Homeless is an organization that inspires all of us in the credit union community," said Nicole James, president of the MAFCU Federal Credit Union and chairman of the league's social responsibility committee. "With a small staff of skilled, dedicated, and highly motivated professionals, they work tirelessly to help families find safe, affordable and permanent homes."
Accepting the check, Robyn Frost, executive director of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, thanked the credit unions of Massachusetts for their continued support. "The credit unions are a real force for good in the community. They understand what a devastating effect being without a home has on homeless children and their parents, and they have been loyal partners in our work to eradicate homelessness."
Hanscom FCU was selected as the site for the check presentation ceremony because that credit union was the leading fundraiser for the Hope Initiative in 2010. Massachusetts Credit Union League President Daniel F. Egan Jr. praised the credit union's efforts saying, "The leadership, staff and membership of Hanscom Federal Credit Union constantly demonstrate their generosity. Not only has the credit union done a tremendous job in supporting the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, but they also raise money for Children's Hospital, veterans' charities, scholarships, the Lowell High School ROTC program and many other great causes."
After the check presentation, Bernie Winne, president of the Boston Firefighters Credit Union and chairman of the board of the Massachusetts Credit Union League, presented Paul Marotta, chairman of Hanscom Federal Credit Union, with the Credit Union Community Hope Initiative Outstanding Service Award, saying, "Paul's commitment to community service stands as a great example to all of us. He has been a driving force behind many of our efforts to assist the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless as well as numerous other charitable endeavors that his own credit union has undertaken." He went on, "It is with that in mind that I am pleased to announce that the award that we are presenting to Paul today, the Outstanding Service Award, will henceforth bear his name and be known as the Paul Marotta Outstanding Service Award."