Maine CUs Talk Community-Service, Helping Others At Annual Radiothon

March 27, 2015

As part of the Annual Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Radiothon at Maine Medical Center's Barbara Bush Children's Hospital with 107.5 Frank FM and 99.9 The Wolf, Maine's credit unions had the opportunity to discuss not only the support of CMN but the many other community-service initiatives, including ending hunger, that Maine credit unions help in the state.

As part of Maine's credit unions partnership with 107.5 Frank FM and 99.9 The Wolf, both southern Maine-based radio stations, the stations make a contribution annually on behalf of Maine's credit unions to CMN.  "Nationally, credit unions are strong supporters of CMN, and a number of Maine credit unions make significant contributions to Maine's two CMN hospitals, so the relationship and connection is strong.  Additionally, participating in this Radiothon each year is an extension of the commitment of Maine's credit unions to helping the communities in a variety of way," explained Jon Paradise, Vice President of Governmental & Public Affairs at the Maine Credit Union League.

During the interviews, which were done on-site at the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at MMC, Paradise told listeners of both stations about the "overall 'people helping people' philosophy of credit unions.  Maine credit unions are not just concerned about the financial health of people but in supporting the well-being of people in general.  The best example of this is our long-standing dedication and leadership to helping to end hunger in Maine through the Maine CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger.  Since 1990, Maine credit unions have raised $5.9 million for this cause, and 100% of everything raised stays in Maine and goes directly to the cause."

Leif Erickson, on-air personality at 107.5 Frank FM, called the support of "Maine's credit unions an important part of reinforcing the fact that helping the local community is crucial.  The participation of Maine's credit unions in efforts like these is much appreciated."

The 2015 CMN Binnie Media Radiothon was a huge success, with more than $325,000 raised for CMN during the three-day radio-thon.