American Eagle Financial Credit Union announced $5,000 in total donations to two impactful organizations based in Hampden County, Massachusetts—American Eagle’s first service area outside of Connecticut. The Ronald McDonald House of Springfield and Springfield Partners for Community Action each received a $2,500 grant from American Eagle’s Donor-advised Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

“A few short years ago, American Eagle became the first Connecticut credit union to expand into Massachusetts, and we made a commitment to play the same active role within this community as we do in the rest of our member service area,” said Dean Marchessault, President and CEO of AEFCU. “The Ronald McDonald House of Springfield and Springfield Partners for Community Action provides tremendous assistance, care, and resources to Hampden County families. It’s our hope these grants will bolster their efforts and serve as a reminder of our team’s admiration for these organizations.”

“We are deeply grateful to American Eagle Financial Credit Union for their support of the programs at the Ronald McDonald House of Springfield,” stated Michelle D’Amore, Executive Director of RMHC CTMA. “This gift will truly make a difference for our children and their families who will need our ‘home-away-from-home’ while being treated at area children’s hospitals.”

“On behalf of the low-income residents that we serve in Springfield, we would like to thank American Eagle Financial Credit Union for their generous donation,” said Paul F. Bailey, Executive Director of Springfield Partners for Community Action. “The funds will be used to support our Scholarship Program efforts, where for the past 18 years, we have awarded twelve $1,000 scholarships to low-income high school seniors and adult learners.”

About the Ronald McDonald House of Springfield
Since 1991, the Ronald McDonald House of Springfield has provided thousands of families with a home away from home, serving the needs of families with children undergoing essential and specialized medical treatment at hospitals and healthcare facilities around Massachusetts—particularly at nearby Shriners Hospital for Children and Baystate Hospital.

About Springfield Partners for Community Action
Springfield Partners for Community Action focuses on helping low-income families reach economic self-sufficiency through education, direct assistance, and outreach. Their programs help people obtain assets—such as a home, a business, or a college education—and then maintain those assets through home weatherization, foreclosure prevention, and scholarships. Springfield Partners also facilitates families’ access to health insurance, health care, affordable childcare, food stamps, income tax filing assistance, and many other basic needs.