Helping Members and Neighbors in Unexpected Times of Need

When explosions and fires from over-pressurized gas lines ripped through Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, our Credit Union jumped into action to help.

RTN GoodWorks Foundation recently donated $4,467 to the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund to support relief efforts following the September 13 gas explosions in the three communities that were hard-hit by this disaster. Funds collected in RTN Federal Credit Union branches totaled $2,233.62, with the Foundation giving a matching donation.

In addition to the monetary help, RTN Employees Community Outreach Committee organized a collection drive in RTN branches. With generous support from members and staff, RTN collected several bags of non-perishable foods, toiletries, blankets and towels, baby formula and diapers and other essentials. These items were delivered and donated to the Lawrence Senior Center in late October.

RTN is closely connected to the Andover, North Andover and Lawrence communities that were hard-hit by the gas explosions. The Credit Union has branch locations and many members who live in the area.

The Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund was initiated at Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) by Governor Charlie Baker, Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera, and Andover and North Andover Town Managers Andrew Flanagan and Andrew Maylor. One hundred percent of donations go to support the relief efforts.

“We are so grateful for the generous donation from the RTN GoodWorks Foundation and RTN members,” says Crystal Bates, ECCF’s director of development and communications. “It’s another extraordinary example of people coming together to help those in need during a time of crisis.”