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Community Credit Union Donates 6,124 Diapers to Promise Early Education Center

Lewiston, ME - After a successful 11th annual Diaper Drive held by Community Credit Union, the team happily delivered over 6,124 diapers to the staff and children of Promise Early Education Center, formerly known as Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care. Board Members, Management, Employees and most importantly, members of Community Credit Union raised approximately $1,100 to help the children in our communities.

Management and Employees started the Diaper Drive by making personal contributions.  In addition, they held a 50/50 Raffle during the month of December to help raise additional funds to purchase diapers.  The 50/50 raffle resulted in $481.50 being awarded to one lucky member just in time for the holidays! 

“Here at Promise, we meet all the needs of children in our care, of which includes diapers. Community Credit Union’s effort and donation of 6,124 diapers provides for almost 20% of the diapers needed by our program in a year. In addition, their donation is also able to be used as a funding match so that for every dollar of the diapers provided brings $4 in federal funding to support Head Start services in Androscoggin County,” said Betsy Norcross Plourde, Executive Director of Promise Early Education Center. 

Promise Early Education Center is the foremost early learning program in Central Maine that is dedicated to educating the whole child and preparing that child for success in school and opportunities beyond. As the Head Start Program for Androscoggin County, Promise Early Education Center provides a safe, engaging and empowering place for children to learn and grow; offers a results-driven educational curriculum taught by degreed, licensed teachers; and supports the engagement of parents and caregivers in their child’s learning through partnership, communication, and a commitment to parents and caregivers as primary educators.  For more information, call Promise Early Education Center at 207-795-4040 or go online to www.PromiseEarlyEducation.org 

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Community Credit Union Joins Make-A-Wish Maine for 4th Annual Summer Block Party

Lewiston, ME – On Saturday, August 11th Community Credit Union was proud to sponsor the Make-A-Wish Maine Summer Block Party. The Credit Union partnered with Mad Monkey Media to be the Dunk Tank Sponsor. Local celebrities were dunked to raise money for the cause which totaled to be approximately $1,300. Jennifer Hogan and Natalie Michaud of Community Credit Union volunteered to be dunkees at the event. This was the event's 4th year being held at Mac’s Grill in Auburn. This year's event had a goal of raising enough money to grant 8 wishes and it surpassed its goal raising enough money to grant 10 wishes!

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Record 22 entries for Community-Service, Member Education, and Financial Education awards

Westbrook, ME - Community-service, member education and financial education?  These have all been synonymous with Maine credit unions for years.  However, getting credit unions to take the time to get all of this great and meaningful work and efforts recognized has been an on-going challenge.  However, the 2018 Maine CU League state awards received a record number of entries from credit unions.  In total, 22 credit unions were recognized for various initiatives and contributions to their communities, members and others.

“By nature, credit unions are historically humble.  Many of the initiatives that credit unions do is not about getting recognition, it’s about doing the right thing,” said Jon Paradise, Vice President of Public Affairs and Engagement for the Maine Credit Union League and who helps to coordinate the state awards program.  “Some of the projects that credit unions do are truly amazing, and it’s great to see so many taking the time to submit an entry for recognition.”

The 2018 State Awards recognize credit unions for community-service, member education and youth and adult financial education.  In addition to many other credit unions, we were honored with the following:

Dora Maxwell Community-Service Award - Honorable Mention:
Community CU

Louise Herring Member Education Award - Second Place:
Community CU

Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award - Honorable Mention:
Community CU

Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award - First Place:
Community CU

“From saving members money and doing fantastic social responsibility efforts for ending hunger and other community-related projects to providing youth financial education to thousands of Maine students and providing unique educational opportunities and seminars aimed at helping adults become more financially successful, Maine credit unions are demonstrating the ‘people helping people’ philosophy on a daily basis,” added Paradise.

All first-place honorees will compete in the national competition, coordinated by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), in the fall. At least one Maine credit union has received a national award in this competition in 15 out of the past 19 years.

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Diane L. Oceretko ‘People Helping People’ Award: Betsy Sibley, Community CU

Westbrook, ME - “Having been part of working in my family’s general store growing up, I was taught early on about community and helping others.  That has stayed with me as an adult, and guides me in my work and personal life.  Giving back is a part of my fabric, and I am thankful that I work with a great team and leadership that encourages that,” remarked Betsy Sibley, VP of Marketing and Business Development at Community CU, and the 2018 recipient of the Diane L. Oceretko ‘People Helping People’ Award from the Maine CU League.

Nominated by Community CU President/CEO Jen Hogan, Sibley was described in the nomination as “living her life as the definition of ‘people helping people’.”  Hogan and other co-workers at the CU cited Sibley’s desire to “make a difference in people’s lives, not just on behalf of the credit union but for the community.”

With the credit union since 2012, Sibley is also active in many other ways in the community including serving as the President of the Parent-Teacher Committee in her local community, being a youth basketball and soccer coach, a member of Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce and other organizations.

“Helping others is not just check-the-box type of work for Betsy, it’s who she is and how she lives her life,” added Hogan.

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Credit Union Helps Stock The Shelves And Feed The Hungry

Lewiston, ME - Statistics show 1 out of 4 children is hungry in Androscoggin County right now. Several factors contribute to this: income growth that is outpaced by cost of living, high level of underemployment, widening gap between rich and poor, illiteracy, and lack of consumer information on nutrition. To help improve our neighbors’ situation, Community Credit Union held a food drive competition. Representatives from the Credit Union presented the food pantry of St. Mary’s Nutrition Center with a check in the amount of $900 and 400 non-perishable items totaling 285 pounds.

The St. Mary’s Nutrition Center Food Pantry offers an immediate response to hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition within Lewiston/Auburn's most vulnerable populations. In 2015, the Food Pantry distributed 9,413 boxes of food, providing enough food for two-day emergency relief for 22,517 people. These individuals are from a diverse background; including senior citizens, young families, immigrants, individuals dealing with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues, people recently unemployed and/or underemployed, and those working low-wage jobs. This is a population of limited income, who many times have to choose between paying for rent, gas and heat, and buying food.

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Community Credit Union Donates To Good Shepherd Food Bank Child Hunger Programs

Auburn, ME – Community Credit Union is proud to present Good Shepherd Food Bank, Longley Elementary, Washburn Elementary and RSU #4 School District with a check for $1,500.00 to benefit their Child Hunger Programs. Good Shepherd Food Bank’s program provides children who are suffering the effects of chronic hunger with nutritious, easy to prepare food to eat during weekends and school vacations when those crucial school meals are unavailable.  This program costs approximately $225 per year per student. Many students are eligible and without these donations the student’s wouldn’t receive nutritious meals each week. For every dollar that is given to Good Shepherd’s Food Bank 4 meals are able to be distributed to food insecure individuals in Maine.

“The Child Hunger Programs began in 2010 and have grown to serve 3,000 students and their families monthly. This year, Good Shepherd Food Bank has a goal of providing 500,000 meals to students across the State of Maine through their school partnerships.” stated Program Manager, Shannon Coffin.

If you would like to become involved with this program please contact Shannon Coffin at 207-782-3554 x1163 or scoffin@gsfb.org. www.gsfb.org

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Community Recycles Thousands Of Pounds

Lewiston, ME - On Saturday, April 16, 2016, Community Credit Union hosted a Community Recycle Day to help community members do their part in saving the earth.

We try to highlight the importance of recycling and the collaboration of local organizations that offer recycling options to this community.

Several local organizations joined forces to make this event a success including Community Credit Union, e-Waste Recycling Solutions, Security Shredding, SHARECenter and Stratham Tire. The following was recycled as a result of the event:

  • 1 70 foot trailer of electronics
  • 93 tires
  • 2880 pounds of paper for shredding

“We got a lot of great items!  We hope we can come and join you again next year!” stated Paula Thibodeau from our local SHARECenter.

Community Credit Union runs a program they designed called “Do Your Part” each quarter. It encourages members to do their part in saving the earth by participating in different recycling opportunities including the recycling of cell phones and eye glasses. They also periodically hold Shredding events within the branches. Visit www.communitycreditunion.com to learn more about upcoming community efforts.

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Androscoggin Head Start Receives Diaper Donation

Lewiston, ME - After the 9th annual Diaper Drive was held at Community Credit Union, Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care received 35 boxes of diapers. Board Members, Management, Employees and most importantly, members of Community Credit Union raised nearly $1,200 to help the children in our communities.

Board Members, Management and Employees started the Diaper Drive by making personal contributions. In addition, they held a 50/50 Raffle during the month of December to help raise additional funds to purchase diapers. The 50/50 raffle resulted in $361 being awarded to one lucky member just in time for the holidays!

Head Start is a program for children and their families, providing pre-kindergarten and child care services, education, nutrition, and support for families. Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care’s mission is to promote the positive growth of children, families and staff. For more information call Androscoggin Head Start at 795-4040 or go online to www.AndroscogginHeadStart.org

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