The Recorder – Enterprise Briefs: Feb. 19, 2021

Published: 02/18/2021 1:33:52 PM

The Freedom Credit Union accepts donations for the “Gift of Warmth” campaign

SPRINGFIELD – One in seven Massachusetts children grows up in poverty. And, amid the ongoing pandemic, many families face greater challenges in meeting basic needs.

That’s why Freedom Credit Union, which has offices across western Massachusetts, including Greenfield and Turners Falls, is joining other credit unions to once again support the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and its A Bed for Every Child program, by driving blankets, clothes and pajamas on their 11th annual “Gift of Warmth” this month.

“There are many amenities that many of us take for granted: a soft bed, a warm blanket, cozy pajamas. Unfortunately, there are also people – many of them children – who do without it, ”said Glenn Welch, president of the Freedom Credit Union, in a press release. “For the past few years we’ve been accepting donations of clothing and blankets. To make things easier and safer during the pandemic, we’re instead encouraging our members and the community to donate money to one of our branches this month.”

The money raised in February will be used to buy new blankets and clothing, including pajamas, for needy children across the area.

“Our members have always been generous when it comes to helping their neighbors in our ward,” Welch said. “Every child deserves a good night’s sleep in a warm bed. We hope we can make a strong impression this year.”

FirstLight appoints new board chair

BURLINGTON – FirstLight Power, with offices in Northfield and Montague, has elected Stephan Rupert as Chairman of its Board of Directors. This follows the departure of the company’s former CEO, Phil Giudice, who will join the Biden Harris administration as the President’s Special Assistant for Climate Policy.

“We wish Phil every success as he brings his talent and expertise to the fore for the country’s leadership in climate and clean energy,” said Alicia Barton, CEO of FirstLight, in a press release. “We are fortunate to have a strong board of directors, and Stephan will take over as the new chairman of the board immediately. … We are well positioned to play a decisive role in the transition of the region to a decarbonised energy future through our regional, clean energy systems such as pump storage, battery storage, hydropower and solar energy. “

“We congratulate Phil on his new role as Special Assistant to the President and thank him for his invaluable contributions to FirstLight,” said Rupert in the press release. “As a longtime entrepreneur, executive and former clean energy civil servant, Phil will bring immense experience to the national stage, and I am pleased to know that President Biden’s administration brings leaders with Phil’s passion, skills and expertise to leadership roles Playing in Accelerating Our Nation’s Path to a Clean Energy Future. “

Rupert, who has more than 20 years of experience in international mergers and acquisitions, asset management and operations, will join the FirstLight Board of Directors for the first time in 2016, according to a press release. He currently serves as Managing Director of Infrastructure Investments at the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) where he oversees capital investments and asset management for America.

Greenfield real estate agent deserves distinction

GREENFIELD – Corinne Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald Real Estate at 116 Federal Street has been recognized by the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley as recipient of the President’s Award in Platinum for 2020 Sales Volume. The platinum level is the highest of the four awards given annually by the association.

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