Woman Uses Her Hanscom FCU MemberPoints™ to Help Others


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.

When Ruth found out one such family was about to settle into a place they could call home, she wondered what else she could do to help.

She thought of her Hanscom Federal Credit Union MemberPoints™. The MemberPoints program rewards everyday spending when using an eligible ATM & Check Card. Purchases made with the card earn MemberPoints that can be redeemed for gift cards, travel and merchandise. 

“The points were adding up,” she said, “so I wondered if there was a way I could use them to help.”

She added, “The family had a place to live now, but we all know there are things you need to furnish a home, like curtains, bedding, and kitchen items.”

Ruth ended up redeeming her points for two $50 gift cards from Target, which were happily received by the child’s family through a liaison with the school.

Ruth plans to continue giving gift cards to families in need. When the opportunity arises to earn points, such as putting a deposit on a car, she and her husband go for it. “They’ll definitely go to good use,” she said.

Do you have a story about how you use your MemberPoints? We’d love to hear from you. Share your story in the comments below!


Want to use your MemberPoints for a good cause? Access the catalog in Online Access HD and choose MemberPoints under the Services menu.


Photo: Ruth with Layla, the puppy she’s raising for Guiding Eyes for the Blind

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Diana Burrell
Diana Burrell

Diana Burrell is the communications manager at Hanscom FCU and edits the MoneyWisdom blog. She has a background in magazine journalism, as well as marketing, advertising, and public relations, and has written over a dozen books. You can reach her at dburrell@hfcu.org.

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