Barbers Club Wins Freedom FCU's Freedom to Help Challenge

Credit Union Awards $1,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford and Cecil Counties to Support their New Trade Program.


Freedom Federal Credit Union is pleased to congratulate Master Barber, Anthony “Antmoe” Johnson, volunteer at Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties, for winning the 2nd annual #FreedomToHelpChallenge. The six-week social media contest called for entrants to post pictures celebrating Harford County volunteerism for a chance to win $1,000 and other weekly prizes for their local charity of choice.  Each week individual volunteers and non-profit organizations posted pictures showcasing local volunteerism in an effort that reached all corners of the county.  Weekly winners and the Grand Award winner were chosen during public voting periods on Freedom’s Facebook page.

“The Freedom To Help Challenge put forth by Freedom Federal Credit Union has been a huge asset, not only through their generous donation to our club, but also as a means to promote and recognize other valuable and worthwhile causes in our local community,” says #FreedomToHelpChallenge winner, Anthony Johnson.  “This donation will now allow even more youth to participate in learning such a valuable trade while keeping them off the streets and out of trouble! Thank you, Freedom Federal Credit Union for being such a positive catalyst for change in the lives of so many individuals right here in Harford County!” 

The Young Barbers Club was created in memory of Thailek Willis, an Edgewood youth killed by gun violence in August 2018.  The tragedy inspired Johnson to teach his trade to young men at the Edgewood Boys & Girls Club to help curb senseless violence among Edgewood youth.  “Take the GUNS out of their hands and replace them with CLIPPERS and let that now become their WEAPON OF CHOICE,” Johnson stated. The program takes place in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties, with the objective to transform young men into skilled entrepreneurs and leaders within their communities.

Anthony Johnson and Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties, Derek Dewitt, were recently honored in a check presentation held at Freedom Federal Credit Union’s Park Avenue branch with the $1,000 grand award.