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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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23rd Annual GIP Open and 4th Annual Battle of the Boats a Success

Lewiston, ME - On Sunday, August 21, 2016, Community Credit Union worked jointly with the Androscoggin Bassmasters Fishing Club to co-host an event benefiting the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

There were 26 teams that participated and blasted off by registration number. With a gross weight of 22.53 pounds Team Hogue earned the first place trophy and a $1,080 cash prize. Second place trophy and $620 cash prize was awarded to Team Fortin/Dube. Money was paid out for the top six teams and “Not in the Money” prizes were drawn at random for all other participants.

The event raised $260 for the Children’s Miracle Network and over $2,000 for the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger. Many thanks to our key sponsors Center Street Dental, Hamlin’s Marine, Ellis Commercial Development, Turner Publishing and Uncle Andy’s Digest. The 24th Annual GIP Open and 5th Annual Battle of the Boats event will take place in August 2017.

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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 Credit Union Donates To Meals On Wheels Program

Lewiston, ME- Community Credit Union participates in the Maine Credit Union League’s initiative known as the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger. Maine Credit Unions have raised over $6.4 million to help end hunger in Maine since the initiative began. At the end of each year, 100% of the money raised by each individual participating credit union is given back to that credit union to be distributed to hunger organization in their community. In 2015, Maine Credit Unions raised a new record total of $622,933.63 for the Ending Hunger Campaign.

As a result of many successful 2015 fundraising events Community Credit Union delivered a donation of $900 to SeniorsPlus for their Meals on Wheels Program. The meal delivery program includes three key parts: a tasty, well balanced meal, a wellness check and socialization for the participant. For more information on this program or to donate visit www.seniorsplus.org or call 795-4010.

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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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Community Credit Union makes donation for Wisdom's Women

Lewiston, ME - Community Credit Union was delighted to present The Center for Wisdom's Women with a $240 donation. We are proud to renew our SHERO sponsorship that provides financial support for the Center to continue its programs that support women coping with traumatic situations. The Center is a collaborative of women who work together to enrich each other's lives and their surrounding communities. The Center strives to support women in becoming aware of their inner resources, pursuing life affirming relationships and developing their potential.

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Community Credit Union makes donation to Tough Gator Challenge

Lewiston, ME - Community Credit Union recently donated $100.00 to the Geiger Elementary PTO for their 3rd annual Geiger Elementary School Tough Gator Challenge. Community Credit Union is proud to renew their sponsorship of the Tough Gator Challenge put on by the Geiger Elementary School PTO that supports education, arts, music and activities for school age children.

The event is taking place on Saturday, June 4, 2016 and full details plus online registration is available at www.toughgatorchallenge.com

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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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Credit Union Helps Local Animals

Lewiston, ME - In April 2015, Community Credit Union sold “Butterflies and Caterpillars” to help raise money for the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society. Thanks to members, staff and management, $431 was successfully raised.

The Animal Shelter accepts lost, stray, and privately owned animals. Greater Androscoggin Humane Society is a full service shelter which means they take in a many types of animals and offering a variety of programs. This donation will help the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society to continue to provide the resources and best care possible to the many animals they care for.

All of us at Community Credit Union love our animal companions and understand the importance they bring to our lives and families. We believe this donation is a great way to give back to our community and help our less fortunate animals at the same time.

Community Credit Union is a member-owned, full service financial institution that has been serving its members and Androscoggin County since 1945. Community Credit Union has branches located at 144 Pine Street, Lewiston, 40 Stanley Street, Auburn and 1025 Auburn Road in Turner. For more information, log onto www.communitycreditunion.com.


Community Credit Union Helps Feed Families In Turner

July 15, 2015

LEWISTON –Community Credit Union is proud to present The Turner Food Pantry a check in the amount of $1,000. The Pantry is within the Boofy Quimby Memorial Center, in North Turner Maine; the food bank is staffed by volunteers from the North Turner Union Presbyterian Church. They serve many families in Turner. Under terms set by the town, The Turner Food Pantry is limited to those who financially qualify. Individuals interested in the program need to contact the Turner Town Office for eligibility by calling 207-225-3414. 

Community Credit Union participates in the Maine Credit Union League’s initiative known as the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger. Maine Credit Unions have raised over $5.3 million to help end hunger in Maine. At the end of each year, 100% of the money raised by each individual participating credit union is given back to that credit union to be distributed to hunger organization in their community. Just last year, in 2014, Maine raised a new record total of $552,257.43 for the Ending Hunger Campaign. Community Credit Union was responsible for over $6,000 of that total. 

Community Credit Union is a member-owned, full service financial institution that has been serving its members and the community since 1945. Community Credit Union has branches located at 144 Pine Street, Lewiston, 40 Stanley Street, Auburn and 1025 Auburn Road, Turner.  For more information, log onto www.communitycreditunion.com.


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CCU Donates to St. Mary's Food Pantry

May 6th,2015

Auburn, MeThe staff at CCU brought in 5 canned goods each, with a focus on healthy lunches and were rewarded with a casual dress day for participation. Community Credit Union was proud to present St. Mary’s Food Pantry with 131 pounds of canned goods. Statistics show that 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.
“We rely solely on charitable donations to feed the hungry of Lewiston/Auburn.,” explained Joyce Gagnon, Manager of the St. Mary’s Food Pantry. “And with each box of food we distribute, we always add our prayers, our support, and our hope for a better tomorrow.” St. Mary’s Food Pantry, located in Lewiston, helps to provide food for low income families in Lewiston-Auburn. As part of the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center of Maine, they work in conjunction with many area agencies to ensure they are meeting the needs of those who are hungry in our community. For more information on volunteering, donating and for any other questions, please contact Joyce Gagnon by phone at 207.513.3841 or by email at jagagnon@stmarysmaine.com

Community Credit Union is a member-owned, full service financial institution that has been serving its members and Androscoggin County since 1945. Community Credit Union has branches located at 144 Pine Street, Lewiston, 40 Stanley Street, Auburn and 1025 Auburn Road, Turner. For more information, log onto www.communitycreditunion.com

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Community Recycles Thousands of Pounds

LEWISTON, ME - On Saturday, April 18, 2015, Community Credit Union hosted a Community Recycle Day to help community members do their part in saving the earth.

 "This was our seventh year holding the event, and the community looks forward to it each year" said Kerry Wood, President/CEO for Community Credit Union. "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 local organizations joined forces to make this event a success including Community Credit Union, e-Waste Recycling Solutions, Security Shredding and Stratham Tire. The following was recycled as a result of the event:

  • 1 70 foot trailer of electronics

  • 80 Tires

  • 4,600 pounds of paper for shredding

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.

Community Credit Union is a member-owned full service financial institution that has been serving its member since 1945. Community Credit Union has branches located at 144 Pine street, Lewiston, 40 Stanley Street, Auburn and 1025 Auburn Road, Turner. For more information, log onto www.communitycreditunion.com

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