Commissioners Honor 10 Years of Service by Chester County Single Mothers’ Conference

August 17, 2022

Women from across the county gathered at The Chester County Single Mothers’ Conference on Saturday as the annual event celebrated 10 years and was honored by the Chester County Commissioners.

(left to right) Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz and Michelle Kichline, Chester County Single Mothers’ Conference Founders Matrie Johnson, Cheryl Miles and Joyce Lacy; Benchmark Federal Credit Union’s Rebecca Worthington; Chester County Commissioner Josh Maxwell.

The Commissioners presented a citation to the Chester County Community Collaborative, which organizes the free conference each year to encourage, educate and empower single moms whose role is main provider for their families. Benchmark Federal Credit Union celebrated eight consecutive years as title sponsor.

The citation thanks “the many organizations and individual volunteers who have come together to form the Chester County Community Collaborative, and congratulates them on ten years of service to the 9,000-plus single mothers of Chester County, providing important resources and connections through events such as the Single Mothers’ Conference, and offering them opportunities to share experiences with, and learn from fellow single mothers.”

Debuting a new format and location this year, the Chester County Single Mothers’ Conference offered morning and afternoon sessions at Providence Church in downtown West Chester. Workshops were provided for moms in a spacious auditorium with exhibitor and vendor tables spread throughout the two-story venue and outdoor activities for children.

Kim Andrews, Executive Director of the Fund for Women and Girls, opened the conference as the featured guest speaker. Each workshop series kicked off with a presentation on Financial Literacy, hosted by Benchmark Federal Credit Union, with an option to register for a personal session to review individual credit reports.

About the Chester County Community Collaborative

The Chester County Community Collaborative is a 501c3 non-profit, created by a collection of non-profit agencies and independent interests working for the betterment of single mothers in our area. Individuals from the following organizations are part of the collaborative: Good Samaritan Services, Home of the Sparrow, North Star of Chester County, ACT in Faith of Greater West Chester, Open Hearth Inc., Chester County Intermediate Unit, Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County, YMCA of Brandywine Valley, and volunteers from the community.

About Benchmark Federal Credit Union

Since 1940, Benchmark Federal Credit Union has evolved to provide its members with complete financial services including free checking accounts, vacation and holiday club accounts, loans, certificates, money market accounts, and individual retirement accounts. Benchmark also offers home banking, online bill payer, account‐to‐account transfers (A2A), remote deposit anywhere (RDA), mobile banking (FREE apps for iPhone & Android), direct deposit, and instant issue debit/ATM & credit cards. Loans for every need such as first mortgages, interest only HELOCs, 0% credit cards for 12 months, low payment auto loans, student loans, line of credit loans, and personal loans. Anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Chester County, PA is eligible to join Benchmark Federal Credit Union. For more information, call (610) 429‐1600 or visit www.benchmarkfcu.org.

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