Massachusetts Credit Unions and banks team up for good in bed-building challenge for children
MALBOROUGH, MA (March 28, 2017) — Nearly one in seven children in Massachusetts is growing up in poverty, without as much as a bed to call their own. To help address this issue, executives from eight Massachusetts credit unions and East Boston Savings Bank last Friday, March 24, squared off against each other to see which team could build the most beds for “A Bed for Every Child,” an initiative of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. And although the credit unions prevailed 23 beds to the bank’s 17, the real victors are the children.
“The competition resulted in a lot of beds completed for the real winners in this challenge—the 40 children who will now have a bed to call their own,” said Paul Marotta, chairman, Massachusetts Social Responsibility Committee, and Hanscom Federal Credit Union board chairman.
Studies have shown that the lack of a good night sleep plays a negative role in a child’s development and education. A Bed for Every Child helps children get a good night sleep by providing them with a complete bed—a twin mattress, bed frame, box spring, linens, and pillow.
“What a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community,” said David S. Plantier, president/CEO of MassMutual Federal Credit Union, who was joined by his wife Tracey and their dog Rigby at the high-energy event held at the coalition’s Lynn, Mass. headquarters. “The event illuminated what the credit unions are all about-people helping people.”
Representing the Cooperative Credit Union Association (CCUA) member credit unions, in addition to Hanscom FCU and MassMutual FCU, were Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, Metro Credit Union, Naveo Credit Union, RTN Federal Credit Union, St. Jean’s Credit Union, and Workers Credit Union.
Jeff Dickinson, SVP, group head of corporate banking at East Boston Savings Bank, was among the institution’s bed-building crew. “One of the things that East Boston Savings Bank prides ourselves in is our consistent dedication and commitment to the communities that we serve. Taking part in this very beneficial and important initiative toward overall child development is something we greatly enjoyed and we hope to continue our partnership in support of future efforts,” he said.
Since its inception in 2011, A Bed for Every Child, through the coalition, has distributed more than 4,000 beds throughout Mass.
“I just love that 40 volunteers created 40 beds so 40 children can get more than 40 winks in their new beds,” said coalition executive director Robyn Frost, who noted that the build-a-bed challenge will serve as a blueprint for future projects. “It offers a great opportunity for people to roll up their sleeves and make a difference while learning about A Bed for Every Child and the important work we do throughout Massachusetts,” she said.
“We are so grateful to the men and women from the eight credit unions and East Boston Savings Bank who invested their time in building beds and learning more about A Bed for Every Child,” Frost went on. “A special thank you goes to the Massachusetts Credit Unions as we spotlight the program and its important mission to distribute beds to children in need.”
The coalition has been the charity of choice for CCUA member credit unions in Massachusetts for the past 20 years.
To learn more about A Bed for Every Child, visit abedforeverychild.org.
Volunteers from CCUA member credit unions and East Boston Savings Bank gather for a post-build group shot.
David Plantier, MassMutual Federal Credit Union president/CEO, and his wife Tracey hammer away toward the 23-17 bed victory, as their dog Rigby relaxes in the background.
About Cooperative Credit Union Association
The Cooperative Credit Union Association is a regional trade organization serving as the voice for nearly 180-member credit unions primarily located in the States of Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. CCUA member credit unions hold combined assets in excess of $59 billion and serve a collective membership base of more than 4.5 million consumers. Together, CCUA credit unions provide over $413 million in direct financial benefits to their members annually. Last year, the credit unions contributed more than $21 million to support nearly 6,700 organizations in their communities. For more information, visit www.CCUA.org.