News from our members

Workers Credit Union Announces Plan for Fitchburg Operations Center

HQ expansion project includes critical operations and branch in Fitchburg

FITCHBURG, Ma., January 16, 2020 – Workers Credit Union announces it has finalized plans for its existing Fitchburg operations center and branch as its headquarters expansion project moves forward. Workers’ critical operations center and branch will remain in its existing location in Downtown Fitchburg when the new headquarters building opens in Littleton in summer 2020.

 

The Main Street Fitchburg facility will continue to be a hub of activity housing Workers’ mortgage division, operations department, training staff, and full-service branch. Over the past few years Workers has upgraded the building with energy efficiencies, renovations and structural repairs to make it a pleasant and safe environment for its staff.

 

“Workers Credit Union continues to demonstrate a solid collaborative partnership with the City of Fitchburg and the region,” said Mayor Steven DiNatale. “The Fitchburg Operations Center exemplifies the ever changing banking model and Workers’ ability to evolve and meet the needs of its customers.”

 

Workers Credit Union has experienced unprecedented growth and is preparing for its future with the opening of a new headquarters in Littleton. The Fitchburg and Littleton locations will allow the credit union to consolidate operations, which are now spread across five locations, to just two.

 

“Our commitment to the Fitchburg community goes beyond our physical location,” said Workers Credit Union CEO Doug Petersen. “We will remain steadfast in our support of local organizations, events and nonprofits that improve the quality of life in Fitchburg and the surrounding area. We have many employees and thousands of members who call Fitchburg home so this location will remain an integral part of our operational network.”

 

The expansion office space will allow the credit union to accommodate its rapid growth well into the future while freeing space in the Fitchburg office for operational departments to expand. Workers has owned the Fitchburg building since 1979.

 

Workers Credit Union, home of the $3 million GiveBack program, is headquartered in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. With assets of $1.8 billion, the credit union serves over 103,000 members from 15 offices in Athol, Chelmsford, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Lancaster, Leominster, Lunenburg, Orange, Townsend, Westford and Workers Online at www.workerscu.com.

America’s Historian DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN to speak at Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, MA.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author to appear Sunday March 15, 2020

Doris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker and Pulitzer Prizewinning, New York Times #1 best-selling author will appear at The Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, MA on Sunday March 15, 2020 as part of the ongoing Bull Run Speaker Series.

Ms. Kearns Goodwin’s seventh book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, was published in September 2018 to critical acclaim and became an instant New York Times bestseller. A culmination of Goodwin’s five-decade career of studying the American presidents focusing on Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson, the book provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field, and for all of us in our everyday lives.

The Bull Run Speakers Series is aimed at bringing educational, culturally significant and inspiring speakers to Central Massachusetts. Past speakers include environmentalist Marion Stoddart, Parkland school shooting survivor and co-Founder of March for our Lives David Hogg, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Carl Bernstein. 

Goodwin’s career as a presidential historian and author was inspired when as a 24-year-old graduate

student at Harvard she was selected to join the White House Fellows, one of America’s most prestigious

programs for leadership and public service. Goodwin worked with Johnson in the White House and later

assisted him in the writing of his memoirs. She then wrote Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, which became a national bestseller and achieved critical acclaim. It will be re-released in Spring 2019, with a new foreword highlighting LBJ’s accomplishments in domestic affairs that have stood the test of time.

Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys was adapted into an award-winning five-part television miniseries. Her memoir Wait Till Next Year is the heartwarming story of growing up loving her family and baseball. Her sixth book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, won the Carnegie Medal and is being developed into a film.

Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln served as the basis for Steven

Spielberg’s hit film Lincoln and was awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize, the inaugural Book Prize for

American History, and the Lincoln Leadership Prize.

Well known for her appearances and commentary on television, Goodwin is frequently seen in

documentaries including Ken Burns’ The History of Baseball and The Roosevelts: An Intimate History; and

on news and cable networks, and shows including Meet The Press and The Late Show with Stephen

Colbert. She played herself as a teacher on The Simpsons and a historian on American Horror Story.

Goodwin graduated magna cum laude from Colby College. She earned a doctorate degree in Government from Harvard University, where she taught Government, including a course on the American Presidency.

Goodwin lives in Massachusetts. She was the first woman to enter the Boston Red Sox locker

room in 1979, and is a devoted fan of the World Series-winning team.

WGBH is the media partner for The Bull Run Speaker Series.

For sponsorship opportunities please contact: 

Alison Tocci, Bull Run Restaurant: alison.bullrun@gmail.com

Doors open at 10:00 A.M. for seating and brunch.

Program begins at 12 Noon.

Tickets available at https://tickets.bullrunrestaurant.com/doriskearnsgoodwin/

Fitchburg Public Library presents Harry Potter Book Night

Join us at Fitchburg Public Library in the Garden Room to celebrate Harry Potter Book Night on Feb. 6, 2020, from 6 to 7:30pm. This year’s theme is the Triwizard Tournament. Witches, wizards and Muggles from around the world are invited to take part in a tournament of their own, competing in enchanting games, making magical crafts and testing their skills with an array of activities. Excellent for fans ages 6 and up.

This is a free program. Free parking is available in the lot at the corner of Boulder Drive and Newton Place. For information about this or other Library programs call 978-829-1780 or visit our website: www.FitchburgPublicLibrary.org.

NEADS Works to Prevent Service Dog Fraud in MA through Support of House Bill 3657

Fake and poorly trained “service dogs” – you’ve probably seen them in airports and grocery stores, on public transportation, in restaurants and hotels – can interfere with the life-saving work that legitimate Service Dogs perform for their human partners.

NEADS is committed to doing everything it can to help our working Service Dog teams navigate the world without worry. That means educating the public about what it takes to create a legitimate Service Dog  and advocating to stop this epidemic of Service Dog fraud.

Here in Massachusetts, we’re doing our part through our support of H3657, An Act relative to the misrepresentation of a service animal, filed by Representative Kimberly Ferguson. We are currently requesting signatures for a petition in support of this bill.

We believe H3657 is important because it will discourage pet owners from identifying their dogs as service dogs in order to obtain special status by presenting the dog as a Service Dog or Service Dog in Training, thus allowing them to obtain the rights and privileges afforded disabled persons accompanied by Service Dogs, but unavailable to people and their pets. Plus, businesses will be better prepared to protect the public and legitimate Service Dog teams from aggressive, untrained, poorly trained and/or unsound pet dogs. Removing untrained dogs from public venues will help restore the credibility and safety of highly trained Service Dogs and their disabled partners.

If you have questions about the issue and/or the House Bill, please contact us for an interview or additional information.

CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS BREWERIES TO COLLABORATE AGAIN ON TRIBUTE BEER IN HONOR OF FALLEN WORCESTER FIREFIGHTE

Wachusett, Wormtown, and Greater Good Get Together to Raise Money for Menard Children’s Fun

Three of Central Massachusetts most well-known brewers are coming together for a very worthy cause. In response to yet another tragic death of a Worcester Firefighter, the three breweries are brewing and launching the beer “Worcester’s Bravest” with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Menard Children’s Fund. The fund that has been set up by the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts and Worcester International Association of Firefighters Local 1009 in support of the family of fallen Worcester Firefighter Lt. Jason Menard.

“We were beyond devasted to hear about the loss of Lt. Jason Menard” said David Fields, Managing Partner of Wormtown Brewery. “While it pales in comparison to the sacrifice our local heroes make every day, Worcester’s Bravest is a way we can give back to them and their families. We are honored to be a part of a strong community that will forever cherish his legacy. ”

“We said the last time we made this beer together that hopefully we would never have to do it again” said Christian McMahan, President of Wachusett Brewing Company. “However, when we have the ability to make a difference and support something so meaningful, we will do it each and every time.”

“We’re a tightly bound community” added Paul Wengender, Founder & President of Greater Good. “The strength of our community was tested, yet again. If one of our own goes down we will always rally together in vigorous support”

The beer style for Worcester’s Bravest is a Belgian Wit, a light-bodied, unfiltered, wheat beer. “It has sweet and zesty citrus notes with some complex pepper spice and herbal hops” said Ben Roesch, Brewmaster of Wormtown Brewery”.

“Worcester’s Bravest” will be released on draft in January at each brewery’s tap rooms as well as having a limited amount of cans being made available for sale. Beer launch and fundraising events will take place at each brewery. Wormtown will host their event on Friday January 24th, Wachusett on Saturday, January 25th, and Greater Good on Friday January 31st.

Donations can also be made directly to the Menard Children’s Fund and mailed to the Worcester Fire Department Credit Union, 34 Glennie St, Worcester, MA 01605

For more information about Wachusett Brewing Company, visit www.wachusettbrew.com

Rooney Promoted to Senior VP of Community Engagement & Marketing – LCU

Leominster Credit Union (LCU) has announced the promotion of Kelli J. Rooney to the position of Senior Vice President, Community Engagement and Marketing. For the last year and a half, Rooney has been the Vice President of Marketing. In this newly created role, Rooney will lead LCU’s strategic relationship development, community engagement, advocacy and marketing. She will focus on strengthening the LCU brand and establishing collaborative opportunities while continuing to manage our marketing programs.

“Kelli is a great fit for this role,” said LCU President John O’Brien. “She has done a great job leading our marketing efforts and is very involved in the communities we serve. She is well known and respected and is always an advocate for our members and communities. Partnering our marketing and community involvement efforts will be a win-win for LCU and our member communities.”

Rooney serves as a board member for the Leominster Education Foundation, the Monty Tech Foundation, and the Beacon of Hope Community Services, an organization that is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities. She also serves on the Young Professionals of North Central Massachusetts Committee and the Cooperative Credit Union Association’s Social Responsibility Committee. She is a North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and a member of the Montachusett Area Rotary Club. Rooney holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Framingham State University and a Master of Science Degree in Applied Communication Studies from Fitchburg State University. Rooney resides in Leominster with her husband Chuck and their daughter Raegan.

Workers Credit Union Greater Gardner Relay For Life Team Ranks #1 Among 102 Relay Fundraising Teams

American Cancer Society Event Raises Funds, Awareness

FITCHBURG, Mass., December 10, 2019 – Workers Credit Union is the top fundraising team in this year’s Greater Gardner Relay For Life. Workers Credit Union’s Relay Team raised $42,433.98 for the Relay event which funds cancer research along with things like free rides to chemotherapy, nights at area hotels near treatment hospitals and a 24/7 helpline for answers and support. This year’s amount is $16,000 more than the team’s original goal of $26,000.

Greater Gardner Relay For Life was held June 7 at Mount Wachusett Community College. The 24-hour walk is dedicated to funding cancer research and is one of the largest relay events in the country. The Workers Team comprised 44 employees and their family members, several of which are cancer survivors. Fundraising for the teams concluded August 21.

Since 2005, Workers Credit Union has sponsored the event and its Team have raised more than a combined $307,000. Workers Credit Union provided a donation of $10,000 to start this year’s fundraising. Workers Credit Union employees Rosa River and Jaclyn Hayes co-chaired the Workers Credit Union Relay team.

“We are so humbled by the support from our employees, members and Relay team,” said Rivera, a Senior Mortgage Originator at Workers. “This is a cause that is so special to our entire team – cancer has touched the lives of many of us and we work tirelessly each year on this fundraiser. We especially want to thank our members for coming out to events like our Dining for a Cause. We couldn’t have raised so much without their support.”

Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in thousands of communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give their time and effort because they believe it’s time to take action against cancer. Relay is a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track or designated path. Each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients don’t stop because they’re tired, and for one night, neither do the Relay teams. Workers Credit Union, headquartered in Fitchburg, MA, is a member-owned financial institution with full banking services to meet a lifetime of financial needs including the $3 million GiveBack program. With 15 branches in Athol, Chelmsford, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Lancaster, Leominster, Lunenburg, Orange, Townsend and Westford, Workers is proud to offer traditional banking channels as well as the latest technologies to more than 104,000 members.