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Credit Union News & Events

If January was a tease of what’s to come in 2019, credit unions from around the state are looking at a busy year. Among ribbon cutting ceremonies, basketball tournaments, and a number of philanthropic efforts, here is a look at what Maine’s credit unions were up to last month:

  • Acadia FCU donated $500 to the Green Bean Ski Club to help the club purchase new helmets for Fort Kent’s Lonesome Pine Trails ski rental shop on January 10.
  • Atlantic FCU donated $2,400 to help fund Brunswick, Topsham, Freeport, and Cumberland’s fuel assistance funds throughout the month of January.
  • Staff from Bangor FCU donated items such as shampoo and mittens to the Bangor Homeless Shelter on January 24.
  • Brewer FCU held a Pasta & Sauce Drive with all donations benefiting CHEFS Food Pantry in Holden.
  • Capital Area FCU partnered with United Way and introduced Caring Shelves in their lobby. During the month of January, people donated food items to fill the shelves. People in need were encouraged to take the donated items.
  • January was Free Credit Report Month at Casco FCU. Casco also shared weekly credit tips on their website and social media channels.
  • Changing Seasons FCU staff and members came together to support the New England Patriots on January 18 by “tailgating” inside their Hampden branch. Along with food, fun, and prizes, donations were collected for the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger.
  • Matthew Shaw, Community CU’s Director of Business & Process Improvements, received the 2019 Lewiston/Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Member Award in early January.
  • On January 23, cPort CU’s Board of Directors, branch building team, and community partners came together for a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new 35 Middle Street branch.
  • Dirigo FCU shared an update on the progress of their Lewiston site on January 15. The lot is almost clear and ready for construction to begin at their new flagship branch.
  • Joseph Moses became the new President and CEO of Down East CU on January 22.
  • Evergreen Credit Union’s Cindy McBrady received the James Durant Civilian Award on January 28. Cindy received this honor because she donated hundreds, if not thousands of hours, assisting law enforcement in the Greater Portland area as a volunteer in Police Service.
  • Five County CU presented a check to St. Mary’s Church to help raise matching funds toward their ‘Fuel for Friends Campaign.’ This campaign provides assistance averaging $400 to approximately 50 families per year in the Greater Bath area.
  • Gardiner FCU was named a finalist for the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 President’s Choice Kenney AwardTheir recognition was celebrated at the Chamber’s annual Kenney Awards ceremony, held on January 25.
  • Staff from Infinity FCU were paying it forward at The New Daily Grind in Westbrook on January 15, with people’s lunch and coffee being covered by the credit union.
  • KSW FCU held a Soup Day on January 18 with proceeds benefiting the Special Olympics.
  • KV FCU won Best in Show and Community Choice awards at Governor Mills’ Day of Service in Waterville on January 5. More than 2,000 pounds of food was collected, with the credit union gathering the most – over 700 pounds.
  • Maine Family FCU donated $3,000 to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center on January 18. The donation was collected during a 50/50 raffle at the credit union.
  • Maine Savings FCU unveiled their new website. The new site includes a virtual tour, ensuring member’s online experiences will be better than ever.
  • Midcoast FCU tallied up their 2018 volunteer hours and announced staff volunteered over 625 hours of their time to local organizations.
  • New Dimensions FCU starting accepting applications for their Trek to Success scholarship program on January 1. Applicants will create a 500-word video essay, with the first place winner receiving $5,000.
  • Danielle Hebert, Marketing Coordinator at NorState FCU, discussed real-world financial literacy topics with a Personal Career Management class at Madawaka High School on January 22.
  • Otis FCU made skiers and snowboarders very happy by sponsoring Spruce Mountain’s Free Ski Afternoon.
  • Penobscot County FCU pulled a team together to participate in the Dodge for a Cause Dodgeball Charity Tournament, with proceeds benefiting the Courageous Steps Project.
  • PeoplesChoice CU held a Southern Maine Homebuyer Class on January 26 in Saco. The session featured short presentations from a real estate broker, mortgage financing specialist, home inspector, title company specialist, and an insurance agent.
  • Sabattus Regional CU surprised their local police department with some pizzas during National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on January 9.
  • The County FCU kicked off their “Souper” Bowl Tackling Ending Hunger Challenge in Caribou on January 1. The County is collecting cans of soup at their branches in Caribou, Presque Isle, Fort Fairfield, and Houlton throughout the months of January and February.
  • Town & Country FCU raised $45,000 during the Swish-Out Childhood Cancer Challenge. Since 1994, the event has raised over $525,000 to benefit the Maine’s Children’s Cancer Program.
  • TruChoice FCU started accepting applications for their scholarship program. TruChoice awards four $500 scholarships each spring to graduating Maine high school seniors.
  • On January 3, The National Credit Union Administration reviewed and approved the merger application for York County FCU and Atlantic FCU. York County FCU members will be allowed to participate in a merger vote at the South Sanford branch on February 12.