History of Freedom

The Beginning

Freedom Credit Union was originally chartered in 1922 as the Western Massachusetts Telephone Workers Credit Union. From a small office in the telephone company building on Worthington Street, the credit union grew until we found a new home on Main Street in Springfield. Today, this branch serves as the credit union's headquarters.

Membership Growth

As demand for the benefits of a credit union grew, we applied for a community charter.  In January 2001, membership eligibility was greatly expanded to include anyone who lived or worked in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, or Berkshire counties.

In January 2004, the membership voted to change the credit union's name to Freedom Credit Union. The following year our Credit Union Partners (CUPs) program was created. This unique program provides businesses a no-cost benefits package to their employees including credit union membership and special promotions.

Branch Expansion

Since 2004, Freedom has opened eight branches along the I-91 corridor to better serve our membership. 

           2004     Northampton and Chicopee
           2005     Turners Falls
           2009     Greenfield and Feeding Hills
           2010     Easthampton
           2011     Sixteen Acres in Springfield
           2012     Our ninth branch opened in Ludlow