On February 24, 2016, Freedom First received The 2015 Desjardins Adult Financial Literacy Award from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). Freedom First’s Responsible Rides program placed first in the state-level awards late last year, and continued on to win at the national-level among credit unions with assets from $150 million to $500 million.
Responsible Rides is a partnership with local non-profit agencies that provides a sustainable solution to increase car ownership for low-income working families. The Responsible Rides program requires a participant to successfully complete a two-hour financial education class as well as attend a one-hour vehicle maintenance class. By developing sound money management and basic car care and maintenance skills, cash-strapped families, many with poor or no credit scores, can ensure they are well-prepared for the responsibilities of car ownership.