Fostering Financial Wellness, Community and Hope
RTN GoodWorks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, public charitable foundation that fosters financial wellness, and promotes financial literacy and community involvement. Founded in 2011, the RTN GoodWorks Foundation is a natural outgrowth of the Credit Union’s commitment to community activities and to financial literacy as a key component of financial health.
The work of the Foundation reflects a belief that with access to financial education, there can be a real difference in people’s lives and they can become financially independent.
During the year, RTN GoodWorks Foundation sponsors financial seminars in branch or community settings.
Basics of Money Management Seminar 2017
Local youth enjoyed a free financial seminar held on February 7 at the Waltham Boys & Girls Club, sponsored by RTN GoodWorks Foundation and RTN Federal Credit Union.
Eighteen young people ages 14 to 17 attended the Basics of Money Management class presented by Matt Paradise, Education and Development Team Leader and Trainer, American Consumer Credit Counseling, Inc. During the nearly two-hour roundtable, a variety of financial concepts were introduced and discussed including how to save and spend money and setting financial goals. The informal format covered conversation and learning about money-related topics and attitudes. The students enjoyed a pizza and salad dinner as part of the evening’s event.
“We are excited to be partnering with RTN to provide valuable educational opportunities to our young people,” says Jules LeBlanc, Teen Director at Waltham Boys & Girls Club. “Our youth are gaining concrete skills and knowledge to take charge of their financial futures which will enable them to reach their full potential to be successful after graduation. We are extremely grateful for RTN’s support of our community’s youth.”
Part of RTN GoodWorks Foundation’s mission is to make financial literacy tools accessible to more people. Founded in 2011, the RTN GoodWorks Foundation is a natural outgrowth of our Credit Union’s commitment to financial literacy and community activities as key components of financial health efforts.
We invite you to join us at upcoming scheduled seminars in RTN branches and look for future Foundation-sponsored seminars in the community.
RTN GoodWorks Foundation is funded through fundraising events, appeals to membership and community partners.
Giving Tuesday is Every Day at RTN
On November 28, we made a donation of $3251.62 with funds collected through RTN GoodWorks Foundation to the Greater Houston Community Foundation to help support their Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Every day, as a Credit Union we exist help our members manage and improve their financial lives. And, we have a social mission, with charitable giving and community service as our core values.
This translates into supporting local community projects and initiatives. A quick overview of charitable giving and community involvement in 2017 includes:
- In September, we gave $22,039 to help homeless teens and families in Danvers, Waltham and Boston. These funds were raised through our annual Walk Home 5K walk to help homeless teens and families.
- Monthly Blue Jeans Days provide RTN employees the opportunity to wear jeans to work for a charitable donation, with funds collected and donated to promote the credit union industry with legislators and governmental bodies. In addition, RTN is an active participant in Cooperative Credit Union Association collection drives and community efforts throughout the year.
- Our Employee Community Outreach Committee supports several non-profit organizations and charities in local communities through personal donations and contributions of their free time.
Charitable giving by RTN so far this year has totaled nearly $60,000. We are proud to work collaboratively with members, sponsor groups and our surrounding communities through financial support and volunteer participation in many ways, large and small. We thank you for your participation and support.
Foundation Golf Tournament Raises $30,000 for Community and Financial Education Projects
RTN GoodWorks Foundation raised $30,000 in proceeds from its 2017 fundraising Golf Tournament on Monday October 2, 2017 at Oakley Country Club. These funds will help support RTN GoodWorks Foundation’s community projects and financial education efforts.Beautiful October weather was the backdrop for a day of golf, followed by a program that included prize awards, raffles and a silent auction. As a Titanium Sponsor, RTN Federal Credit Union was the major supporter of this event.Highlights of the Foundation’s charitable endeavors during the past two years include its annual Walk Home event that donated more than $46,400 to help Massachusetts homeless teens and families; a donation to ABCD’s (Action for Boston Community Development, Inc.) Winter Emergency Campaign and Fuel Assistance Program; a donation to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital annual campaign; and sponsorship of several community financial education seminars.
Thanks to our sponsors, donors and golfers who help make the RTN GoodWorks Foundation 2017 Golf Tournament a great success!
The Foundation’s activities are focused in communities where RTN Credit Union branches are located. The Foundation disperses funds to organizations not individuals.
RTN Federal Credit Union and RTN GoodWorks Foundation Present $22,039 to Mass. Coalition for Homeless
RTN Federal Credit Union and RTN GoodWorks Foundation presented a check for $22,039 to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless on Monday, September 19. The funds are proceeds raised from Walk Home 2017, which took place in June.
Walk Home, the Credit Union’s signature fundraising event, brings together RTN members and staff, along with community residents, local and state dignitaries and politicians and business sponsors. 5K Walk events are held in Danvers, Dorchester and Waltham.
“We are honored to partner with the Coalition and proudly contribute to its important work on behalf of the homeless,” says Peter Cole, Board Member of RTN Federal Credit Union, Board Chair of RTN GoodWorks Foundation, and Quality Review Specialist, Quality & Patient Safety at Lawrence General Hospital.
“We are grateful to RTN’s continued hard work and ongoing generosity through the annual Walk Home event to help us help homeless teens, individuals and families,” says Coalition Executive Director Robyn Frost. “Walk Home proceeds help fund our prevention, direct services legislative advocacy efforts in the Commonwealth.”
This year, funds will be donated to help homeless teens and families in Danvers, Waltham and Boston as well as support the work of the Coalition.
Walk Home 2018 will take place on Sunday, June 10, 2018.
Walk Home 2017 a Great Success
Thanks to all our walkers, volunteers, donors, business sponsors and community partners who helped make Walk Home 2017 such a success!
Our efforts will help the estimated 42,000 children and teens who will experience homelessness in Massachusetts this year.
Thanks to our sponsors and supporters of Walk Home 2017
RTN Federal Credit Union
RTN GoodWorks Foundation
S.P. Butler Construction
CUNA Mutual Group
Law Offices of David J.Barber
RTN Financial & Retirement Group
Appraisals Unlimited Inc.
The Appraisers Group
Better Values. Better Banking Mass. Credit Unions
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., INC
Law Offices of David Keele, LLC
Law Offices of Eric Weinstein
New England Baptist Hospital