Working, single mom honored with Harrison Award

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At the Chester County Single Mothers’ Conference, the Belinda R. Harrison Award was presented to a mother who as overcome adversity and is active in her community. Pictured left to right: Benchmark Federal Credit Union’s Rebecca Worthington presents the award to Tierra White, as the daughter and sister of Belinda Harrison look on. Belinda Harrison was a single mother who worked tirelessly for years in Chester County’s social services and her community, dedicating her life to empowering women and the underserved.

WEST CHESTER  — The Chester County Single Mothers’ Conference sponsored by Benchmark Federal Credit Union is honoring a working single mom who has overcome adversity and is active in her community.

21-year-old Tierra White, of Coatesville, is the winner of this year’s Belinda Harrison Award, announced Saturday, April 14 at the Chester County Single Mothers’ Conference at Henderson High School in West Chester. Sponsored for a third consecutive year by Benchmark Federal Credit Union, all single mothers attended the Chester County Single Mothers’ Conference free of charge.

White was nominated by her peers, who say she has worked two jobs while attending school full time to provide the best life for her daughter. White also volunteers at her daughter’s school.

“Over and over again, Tierra has been described as someone who overcomes life’s obstacles with determination and courage. She’s an inspiration to all of us,” says Benchmark Federal Credit Union Vice President of Marketing Rebecca Worthington.

“Our conference theme this year is ‘single’ does not mean ‘alone.’ We want to reinforce that by recognizing Tierra and all of the single mothers in our community,” says Conference Co-Chair Matrie Johnson, of PA Home of the Sparrow.

Runners-up for the award were Lynn Blake, a mother of two and grandmother who has successfully navigated life’s challenges while helping others, as well as Tranae Hunt, a business owner and integral part of the ministry in her family’s church.

The Chester County Single Mothers’ Conference included more than 70 exhibitors and speakers who provided resources and activities including workshops, clinics and demonstrations on parenting, self-defense, custody, child support and more. Benchmark Federal Credit Union offered financial guidance, including tips on how to build credit, assessment of individual financial situations, and ways for single mothers to make the most of their paychecks. The day also included lunch, free childcare, door prizes, a photo booth and pampering.

To follow the Single Mothers’ Conference on Facebook: SingleMothersCC #SingleNotAlone

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