You usually go to the store with one thing in mind — shopping. But lately it seems like more retailers are turning their checkstands into fundraising campaign headquarters, asking you for a donation to a cause in addition to taking your payment for groceries, coffee, or leggings. Would you like to add $2 to your purchase to help homeless cats? Round up to the nearest dollar to fight hunger? Buy some sort of paper icon to show your support for a cure or research? All worthy causes, of course, but it can be overwhelming when every retail transaction seems to involve a solicitation, especially when you're on a tight budget.
Ruth Ladd’s church in Lexington, Massachusetts, has a special relationship with Russell School in Dorchester, a Boston public elementary school. When the school’s library was in dire need of reading material, parishioners donated or purchased books for the children. Volunteers work with the kids in the classroom and help out during Field Days. Unfortunately many students experience homelessness, so when a child’s family finds housing, it’s not only a positive turning point in their lives, but a celebratory event at the school and for people like Ruth.
Hanscom FCU board member John Delcore joins Chairman Paul Marotta at a recent Hanscom AFB event.
Volunteer work is an important part of my life. I’ve been serving on the Board of Hanscom Federal Credit Union since 1978, serving as Chairman since 1993.
Ray Phillips thought running the Boston Marathon in 2000 would be a one-time thing. He was over 50 and thrilled to get a coveted bib number as a charity runner for Team Hanscom FCU, which supports Credit Unions Kids at Heart. Yet while he looked forward to the challenge, he didn’t have a compelling reason to put himself through more training seasons and possible injury in the future.
Hurricane Harvey has been wreaking havoc in Texas since it made landfall on Friday August 25, 2017, with heavy rains, damaging winds and flooding expected to continue for days. It began as a Category 4 hurricane when it reached Rockport, Texas, and has stalled over the state, which accounts for the record-breaking rain, predicted as high as 50 inches of rainfall for the entire storm by some forecasters.