Financial Elder Abuse Workshops

What are they?
Since 2017, the Polish National Credit Union has been organizing and conducting a series of Financial Elder Abuse Workshops. Representatives from the Credit Union and public figures lead these educations workshops to shed light on the growing number number of financial schemes being perpetrated against our elderly and what to do to avoid fraud. 

Why we do them?
We recognized the importance of giving elderly the tools they need to stop fraud in its’ tracks. Our employee’s are able to recognize suspicious activity, but they can only do so much. It starts with having the knowledge to identify when an encounter feels off. These educational workshops are meant to empower our seniors to make informed decisions regarding their finances.

Where have we hosted them?
Easthampton Senior Center | Easthampton, MA
Granby Senior Center | Granby, MA
Our Lady of the Parish | Easthampton, MA
Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center | Springfield, MA
RiverMills Senior Center | Chicopee, MA
Summit View | Holyoke, MA
Southampton Country Club | Southampton, MA
VFW | Florence, MA
Wilbraham Senior Center | Wilbraham, MA

If you’re interested in hosting a Financial Elder Abuse Workshops, please fill out the form:

Guest Speakers:

Anita Wilson, Northwestern District Attorney’s Office
Anthony Gullini, District Attorney, Hampden County
Chad Alexander, Sergeant/ Lieutenant, Easthampton
David Fernandes, VP Retail, PNCU
David Pratt, Police Chief, Holyoke
David Sullivan, District Attorney, Hampshire County
Ian Illingsworth, Police Chief, Southampton
Jacob Oliveira, Massachusetts State Representative
Jim Kelly, President & CEO, PNCU
John Velis, Massachusetts State Senator
John Vieau, Mayor of Chicopee
Martha Rickson, AVP Sales Administrator, PNCU
Nicole LaChapelle, Mayor of Easthampton
Orette HoSang, Detective/ Special Victims Unit, Springfield
Patrick Cahillane, Sheriff, Hampshire County
Patrick Major, Police Chief, Chicopee 
Rachel Senecal, Northwestern District Attorney’s Office
Richard Kos, Former Mayor of Chicopee, Attorney Egan, Flanagan & Cohen
Robert Alberti, Police Chief, Easthampton
Walter Laskos, Chief Communications Officer, Cooperative Credit Union Association (CCUA)
William Jebb, Former Police Chief, Chicopee