On Wednesday, Aug. 16, Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU) team members joined the Metro Boston Chapter of the Cooperative Credit Unions Association (CCUA) to build beds for A Bed for Every Child, an organization based in Lynn, Mass., that builds and donates new beds to children in need.
MVCU staff organized two teams, each working together to construct a wooden twin sized bedframe. Participating MVCU team members included: Aamir Chougle, Joel Rojas, Mikaela DeOliveira, Pam Stamp, Paula Kerwin, Glenn Prezzano and Sarita Ledani, who also serves on the board of directors for the CCUA’s Metro Boston Chapter.
In addition to building a bed, teammates brought pillows, bedding, books and stuffed animals to personalize the beds and make them comfortable spaces for the children they will be delivered to. The 15 beds that were constructed during the event will be sent to children that are currently on A Bed for Every Child’s waitlist.
“With heartfelt appreciation, we extend our gratitude to our steadfast allies from the Metro Boston Credit Unions of the Cooperative Credit Union Association,” said Tina Baptista, program director of A Bed for Every Child, in a follow-up email to the event’s participants. “Your unwavering support in sending a dedicated team to aid in the construction of 15 beds for local children on our waitlist is truly amazing.”
A Bed for Every Child began in 2012 as an initiative of the Massachusetts Coalition of the Homeless, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to ending homelessness across the state. To learn more about A Bed for Every Child, visit www.ABedForEveryChild.org.
Top of page: MVCU team members (l-r): Mikaela DeOliveira; Glenn Prezzano; Paula Kerwin; Sarita Ledani; Aamir Chougle; Joel Rojas; Pam Stamp. The team was assisted by Marta Carney (far right) of Cabot Boston Credit Union. Above: MVCU teammates assembling on of the bed frames.