THOMASTON – Trekkers, a local outdoor-based youth mentoring organization, recently received a $500 donation from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. The donation will be used to support Trekkers’ 2014 expansion, which will include providing a total of 17 programs to 11% more students this year.
Trekkers connects young people with caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service, and adventure based education. The organization serves students in grades 7 through 12 from the six communities of Regional School Unit #13. Since 2010, Trekkers has been incrementally doubling its core programs to provide mentoring support and educational programs to more students from the local area.
“As Trekkers completes the next stage in the expansion process, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s gift will help us reach more young people with our life-changing mentoring programs. Their generous support will be greatly appreciated by the families, students and communities we serve,” Executive Director, Don Carpenter, said of the donation. “Building relationships within the community is something that Trekkers values deeply, as does Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. We can’t thank them enough for supporting our students through this gift. I am also grateful to Greg Jones and the local BHBT branch for sponsoring our student-run fundraiser, Trekkapalooza 2014. Proceeds from this “Battle of the Bands” event will support Trekkers’ core programming in the coming year.”
“The Trekkers program is such a valuable experience for our local youth, combining outdoor activity with mentoring from a caring adult. Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is happy to provide a donation to this community-based program, providing participants with skills and relationships they will have for a lifetime,” said Greg Jones, Branch Relationship Manager at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust in Rockland.
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is a community bank with more than $1.3 billion in assets. Founded in 1887, the Bank offers a full range of financial services for families, businesses, and non-profit organizations throughout Maine with 15 branch locations, from Topsham to Lubec. Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Member FDIC, is a subsidiary of Bar Harbor Bankshares (AMEX:BHB) and was named one of the 2013 Best Places to Work in Maine. For more information call 1-888-853-7100 or go to www.bhbt.com.
Trekkapalooza 2014 will take place at The Strand Theatre on Saturday, January 25. To learn more about the event or Trekkers programs, please contact the Trekkers office: (207) 594-5095 or visit www.trekkers.org