BAR HARBOR — Bar Harbor Bank & Trust recently presented donations totaling more than $10,000 to local non-profits from its employee-driven charitable giving program, Casual for a Cause. The program pools employee contributions collected during the quarter and distributes them to non-profits selected by and voted on by the employees. The recipients of the Q3 2019 contributions are: Downeast Community Partners in Ellsworth; Turning Points Network in Claremont, New Hampshire; and Everybody Wins! Vermont in Montpelier, Vermont.
“The Casual for a Cause program is a win-win for our communities and employees,” said Jack Frost, VP director of community giving at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “Our employees have the opportunity to collectively select and donate to local nonprofits they are passionate about, and their contributions support and enhance local programming for those in need in the communities where they live, work, and serve.”
Downeast Community Partners is a community action agency serving low- and moderate-income residents of Hancock and Washington counties. The organization is dedicated to providing quality services to families and individuals as they work toward family, personal, and occupational goals. Learn more about them at downeastcommunitypartners.org.
“I want to thank the Bar Harbor Bank and Trust employees for their generous donation,” said Mark Green, executive director of Downeast Community Partners. “It is particularly gratifying knowing that these funds came directly from the employees and that they selected Downeast Community Partners to receive them. We will use this donation to support a recovery home for women and children that we are planning to open in Machias after the first of the year. This home will provide a safe and supportive environment for these individuals and families that currently is unavailable in our region.”
Turning Points Network (TPN) is a New Hampshire-based nonprofit that offers crisis and support services to female and male survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking. The contribution donated by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees will go toward their school-based education program focused on topics such as disrespect and bullying, healthy dating relationships, personal safety, and more. Learn more about them at turningpointsnetwork.org.
“We are thrilled and honored to have been chosen by the employees of Bar Harbor Bank and Trust to receive the ‘Casual for a Cause’ donation,” said Jennifer Ucci, development director for TPN. “We are grateful for BHBT’s commitment to safer communities and TPN’s School-Based Violence Prevention Program – which this school year, will help teach more than two thousand students across Sullivan County healthy behaviors and the necessary skills to remain safe from abuse.”
Everybody Wins! Vermont is a literacy mentoring program that matches adult volunteer mentors with students at local elementary schools to read, have conversations, and make enduring connections. In 2019, 1,200 children and mentors will together for an hour each week in 21 Vermont schools. Learn more at everybodywinsvermont.org.
“Times are hard, and not-for-profits are working harder than ever to change the story for people who are struggling,” said Beth Wallace, executive director for Everybody Wins! Vermont. “Community-spirited organizations and individuals like the Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and their generous employees really make a difference. We are so grateful to Bar Harbor’s Vermont employees both for mentoring young readers around the state and for pitching in to help more children love to read, and have a better chance at a good life when they grow up.”
Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor and has more than $3.6 billion in assets. As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company. For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.barharbor.bank or call 888-853-7100. Member FDIC.