June 01, 2020
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Town & Country FCU’s ‘Local Helping Local’ initiative makes impactful contribution to Foundation for Portland Public Schools’ ‘Families In Crisis Fund’

Community Author: Jon Paradise
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PORTLAND — As part of its ongoing initiative focused on supporting local communities and organizations, Town & Country FCU has made a significant contribution to the Foundation for Portland Public Schools’ (PPS) ‘Families In Crisis Fund’. The credit union announced the contribution of $2,500 in a ‘virtual’ presentation to the Foundation.


According to the non-profit Foundation, which works closely with the Portland Public School System, the contribution will make an immediate difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable students and families in the Portland Public Schools during the pandemic. “We have a significant need in Portland, with 53% of Portland’s 6,750 students qualifying for free or reduced meals. These families have very little buffer at any time and this is exacerbated during a health and economic crisis.  The numbers are huge and the need is great so we appreciate the generosity of Town & Country at this critical time,” remarked Andrea Weisman Summers, executive director of the Foundation for PPS.


“Portland is the state’s largest school district and the opportunity to make a contribution that impacts such a wide audience aligns perfectly with our ‘Local Helping Local’ initiative. Additionally, we have a large presence in Portland with two branches, so understand first-hand the financial impact that the pandemic is having on families in the city. We are proud to continue to support local communities in a variety of ways and make a difference wherever we can,” explained David Libby, president and CEO of Town & Country FCU.


Since launching the ‘Local Helping Local’ effort last month, the credit union has already provided funds to help Meals on Wheels serve food to thousands of older Mainers in southern Maine; highlighted and supported locally-owned restaurants with a daily gift card giveaways on Facebook; and delivered meals to frontline healthcare workers. “We recognize the challenges that many people and organizations are facing right now, so we are focused on assisting our members and supporting our communities, too. As we have throughout our history, we are lending a hand wherever and whenever we can, and will continue to do so in the difficult days and months that likely lie ahead for both members and communities,” added Libby.


As Maine’s second largest credit union with 40,000 members, Town & Country is a full-service financial institution offering a wide range of financial products and services to people who live, work, go to school or worship in Cumberland and York Counties. Designated as one of Maine’s ‘Best Places to Work’ for the past eight years, the credit union has $422 million in assets, and is part of the second largest branch network in the country. To learn more, visit tcfcu.com.