Articles by Jon Paradise

 
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In Brewer, representatives from Maine's credit unions participate in presenting a significant contribution to fund the 'Food Mobile' as well as providing 8,000 holiday meals to families across Maine.

MAINE CREDIT UNIONS’ CAMPAIGN FOR ENDING HUNGER SPREADS HOLIDAY CHEER WITH A SPECIAL DONATION TO FOOD MOBILE, MAINE FAMILIES

By Jon Paradise on Dec. 24, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
Recently, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger in partnership with the Good Shepherd Food Bank celebrated the 9th anniversary of Maine’s first “Food Mobile,” at a ceremony at Good Shepherd Food Bank’s Brewer location. To mark the occasion, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger made two …
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(L-R) At the conclusion of the 13th Annual Maine Credit Unions' Ending Hunger Walking Tour, which is part of the CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger, Matt Walsh, President/CEO of University CU, Jon Paradise, VP of Governmental & Public Affairs for the Maine Credit Union League, listen as Brenda Davis, one of the state's leading end hunger advocates, speaks of her experiences on the road during the 2014 Tour.  The Walk concluded this year at University CU's main office in Orono.

Maine CUs’ Ending Hunger Walking Tour Completes Record-Setting, Emotional Journey

By Jon Paradise on Dec. 08, 2014, at 1:53 p.m.
“Maine people have a tremendous amount of pride, especially when admitting they don’t have enough to eat. Many times they think they are alone in their situation. What the Walking Tour does, in part, is lets them know they are not alone and there are people and organizations available to …
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Maine’s Credit Unions Contribution Provides Amount Needed For York County Food Rescue Program To Access Additional Contribution And Remain Open

By Jon Paradise on Oct. 07, 2014, at 2:52 p.m.
In response to the pleas from the York County Food Rescue Program for funds to remain open, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger has announced that it will contribute $2,000 to the Program. The $2,000 contribution means that the York County Food Rescue Program will now receive an …

Mid-Year Statistics Show Robust Growth For Maine’s Credit Unions; Membership Continues To Surge CUs With Ties To Eastern/Northern Maine Report Strong First-Half

By Jon Paradise on Oct. 07, 2014, at 8:56 a.m.
Mid-Year Statistics Show Robust Growth For Maine’s Credit Unions; Membership Continues To Surge CUs With Ties To Eastern/Northern Maine Report Strong First-Half (Portland, ME) – In mid-year statistics and figures recently released by the Maine Credit Union League, the first half of 2014 reflect consistent growth for Maine’s credit unions. …
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(L-R) Senator Justin Alfond, President of the Maine Senate, Marcia Gendron, Principal of East End Community School in Portland, Kristen Miale, President of the Good Shepherd Food Bank, and John Murphy, President of the Maine Credit Union League, hold a $25,000 check from the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger to support the school backpack and school pantry program, coordinated by Good Shepherd Food Bank across Maine.  East End Community School is one of many schools that will benefit from this contribution.

Maine’s Credit Unions Continue Multi-Year Commitment to End Childhood Hunger In Maine; Senate President Praises Credit Unions’ Support Of Initiative

By Jon Paradise on Sept. 29, 2014, at 4:26 p.m.
On Monday, September 29, at the East End Community School in Portland, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger distributed some of the record-breaking $513,000 raised in 2013 by making a $25,000 contribution for the second year in a row to continue its support of the Good Shepherd Food …
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Lewis Dyer (c) of UMC Ecumenical Food Pantry in Guilfrod, accepts a loaf of bread and the other kind of bread, a check for $500, from the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger at the Campaign’s Annual ‘Share the Bread’ event.  Clara Whitney, Communications and Advocacy Manager for Good Shepherd Food Bank, and Jon Paradise, Vice President of Governmental & Public Affairs for the Maine Credit Union League, are pictured with Dyer.  The UMC Ecumenical Food Pantry was one of two food pantries in Piscataquis County to receive contributions.  Two food pantries in each Maine county received contributions.

Maine’s Credit Unions ‘Share the Bread’ With Food Pantries In Every Maine County

By Jon Paradise on Aug. 11, 2014, at 11:04 a.m.
Recently, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger, which has raised $5.3 million since 1990 including a record-setting $513,000 in 2013, distributed $17,000 of those funds to 33 hunger organizations throughout the state. This year marked the 10th Annual ‘Share the Bread’ event, one of the most-widespread, one-day contributions …
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Maine’s Credit Unions Raise Record-Setting $513,000 For Ending Hunger In Maine In 2013

By Jon Paradise on Feb. 13, 2014, at 4:44 p.m.
On Tuesday, February 11, more than 100 representatives from Maine’s credit unions were joined by Miss Sue Mitchell, a memorable character from the award-winning movie, The Blind Side, and who was portrayed in the film by Oscar-winner Kathy Bates, in announcing that the 2013 Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending …

Seaboard Federal Credit Union introduces new education loan partnership with FAME

By Jon Paradise on Oct. 25, 2013, at 4:09 p.m.
BUCKSPORT, Maine – A Maine credit union has become the first financial institution in Maine to introduce a new private education loan for Maine students and families. Seaboard Federal Credit Union has begun offering this new private education loan effective immediately. “This new student loan will offer Maine students and …
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All five of Maine’s Agencies On Aging Meals On Wheels’ Programs received contributions to combat hunger among Maine’s seniors from the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger.  Pictured at a presentation at the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging headquarters at Spectrum Generations in Hallowell are (-r): David Moyer of Seniors Plus in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin Counties; Lynda Johnson of Spectrum Generations (Central Maine’s Area Agency on Aging); Diana Dionne of the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger; Jessica Maurer, Executive Director of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging; and Rob Crone of the Eastern Maine Area Agency on Aging.  Maurer accepted the contributions on behalf of the Southern Maine and Aroostook Area Agencies on Aging.

Maine’s Credit Unions Highlight Hunger Among Seniors During National Older Awareness Month

By Jon Paradise on May 16, 2013, at 3:06 p.m.
(Augusta, ME) – On Thursday, May 16, Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger, which has raised and contributed more than $4.8 million to help end hunger in Maine since 1990 including a record-setting $471,000 in 2012, distributed some of those funds in the form of five checks for $300 …
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A New ‘Record’!  Well-known musician, Jonathan Edwards, was part of another kind of record when he was the keynote speaker at the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger Results Celebration.  He is pictured here unveiling the big check with the record-setting amount of $471,744.42 the Campaign raised in 2012.  He is pictured with John Murphy, President of the Maine Credit Union League, and Luke Labbe, Chair of the Maine Credit Union League’s Social Responsibility Committee.

Maine’s Credit Unions Announce New Fundraising Record Of $471,744.19 For Ending Hunger In 2012

By Jon Paradise on Feb. 15, 2013, at 11:36 a.m.
(Portland) – On Wednesday, February 13, at South Portland’s Marriot Hotel Ballroom, Maine’s Credit Unions made a major announcement before a packed crowd of about 100 people on the success of their efforts towards “thawing” out hunger in Maine in 2012 at the Thaw to End Hunger Results Celebration Event. …
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Representatives from Maine’s credit unions hold a check representing a contribution to help food pantries across Maine purchase nearly 7,000 Thanksgiving meals for Mainers in need this Thanksgiving.  Pictured at the event, held at Good Shepherd Food Bank in Brewer, are (l-r) Clara McConnell, Public Relations Manager for Good Shepherd Food Bank, Dave Stanhope, Rick Kaul and Dave DeFroscia, all of Brewer FCU, and Lindsay Cooper of University CU.

MAINE CREDIT UNIONS’ CAMPAIGN FOR ENDING HUNGER GIVES THANKS WITH CONTRIBUTION THAT WILL PROVIDE NEARLY 7,000 THANKSGIVING MEALS

By Jon Paradise on Nov. 16, 2012, at 3:12 p.m.
On Thursday, November 15, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger, which has raised and contributed more than $4.3 million to help end hunger in Maine since 1990 including a record-setting $447,000 in 2011, in partnership with Good Shepherd Food-Bank, celebrated the seventh anniversary of Maine’s first “Food Mobile,” …
 
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