October 21, 2014

ROANOKE, Va. (October 13, 2014)—Financial institutions across the country are closed on Columbus Day, but Freedom First’s staff and board of directors were hard at work. In its seventh annual Community Work Day on October 13, 2014, more than 160 Freedom First team members completed projects in support of 14 community agencies in the Roanoke and New River Valleys.

Wearing company-designed and locally printed “Freedom to Make a Difference” t-shirts, Freedom First rolled up their collective sleeves to do fall landscaping, wash and care for horses; paint indoors and out, help unemployed people set up email addresses and apply for jobs, complete construction jobs, process and sort food bank donations, and prepare fundraising mailings. “We can accomplish a great deal with our entire staff dedicated to a day of service,” said Steve Hildebrand, Freedom First’s Vice President of Marketing. “But in truth, we benefit from it as much as our partner agencies do.” Freedom First employees consistently report that the credit union’s commitment to community—not just on Community Work Day but throughout the year—is one of the main reasons Freedom First is such a great place to work.

Freedom First’s 2014 Community Work Day beneficiary agencies are:

  • The Advancement Foundation (Charity Cottage thrift store)
  • Community Housing Partners
  • Feeding America SWVA
  • Goodwill Industries of the Valleys
  • Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley
  • The Hope Center
  • New River Family Shelter
  • Presbyterian Community Center
  • The Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority
  • Roanoke Rescue Mission
  • Salvation Army (Angel Tree program and Turning Point women’s shelter)
  • STEP, Inc.
  • Unbridled Change
  • Warm Hearth Village