RTN GoodWorks Foundation donates $4467 to Merrimack Valley relief efforts
WALTHAM, MA (November 9, 2018) — RTN GoodWorks Foundation has donated $4,467 to the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund to support relief efforts following the September 13 gas explosions in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. Funds collected in RTN Federal Credit Union branches totaled $2,233.62, with the Foundation giving a matching donation.
The Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund was initiated at Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) by Governor Charlie Baker, Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera, and Andover and North Andover Town Managers Andrew Flanagan and Andrew Maylor in response to the thousands of people who lost their homes or continue without gas service since explosions and fires from over-pressurized gas lines ripped through neighborhoods in the three communities. One hundred percent of donations go to support the relief efforts.
“We are so grateful for the generous donation from the RTN GoodWorks Foundation and RTN members,” said Crystal Bates, ECCF’s director of development and communications. “It’s another extraordinary example of people coming together to help those in need during a time of crisis.”
RTN is closely connected to the Andover, North Andover and Lawrence communities that were hard-hit by the gas explosions. The Credit Union has branch locations and many members who live in the area.
In addition to the monetary help, RTN Employees Community Outreach Committee organized a collection drive in RTN branches. With generous support from members and staff, RTN collected several bags of non-perishable foods, toiletries, blankets and towels, baby formula and diapers and other essentials. These items were delivered and donated to the Lawrence Senior Center in late October.
RTN GoodWorks Foundation is a 501 (c ) (3) non-profit, public charitable foundation that fosters financial wellness, and promotes financial literacy and community involvement. Founded in 2011, the RTN GoodWorks Foundation is a natural outgrowth of the Credit Union’s commitment to community activities and financial literacy as a key component of financial health. The Foundation’s activities and community giving are focused in communities where RTN Credit Union branches are located, including its corporate headquarters in Waltham. The Foundation disperses funds to organizations not individuals.
Items collected in RTN branches, ready to be delivered and donated to the Lawrence Senior Center in late October.
About RTN Federal Credit Union
RTN is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to helping members achieve financial well-being through quality products and personalized service. Founded in 1945, RTN is one of the largest credit unions in Massachusetts, with over $950 million in assets, nearly 50,000 members and 19 branches. RTN Federal Credit Union serves more than 1,100 sponsor groups including two major employers in Massachusetts – Raytheon Company and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.