We're excited to share the exceptional impact our employees are making in our communities. The following awards reflect our desire to give, volunteer and educate as individuals and as teams. Join us as we congratulate the recent recipients of these awards!
Exceptional Financial Literacy Effort
A friendly smile by day and community superhero by night, Lani Smith at our Machias location is investing in her community through her passion for workforce development and financial literacy. Using the nine week Dave Ramsey training material, Lani is sharing her passion for teaching by presenting financial tools and resources with four ladies at the Arise Addiction Recovery house in Machias. Lani is a passionate about her role as their teacher. She shares, "My life has been affected by addiction and that's not unique in this community, however I am choosing to help others the best way I know how by using the knowledge I have to make a difference." She further states, "Finances are a large part of recovery. Addicts have habits of misusing their money and my goal is to help them learn to take care of their money. It all starts with learning discipline."
Exceptional Giving to Impact Community
Through involvement at her local food pantry, Katelyn "Kate" Fitzpatrick at our Houlton locationlearned the staggering effect of area school children exposed to the summer hunger epidemic in Maine. It was through recognizing the opportunity to make a difference that Kate helped kickoff our End Summer Hunger initiative. The employee and customer response has been overwhelming and the first delivery of snack bags to local summer food programs was a success. Kate shares, "One of my primary jobs during the day is to cash checks and make deposits, but at Machias Savings Bank we are encouraged to serve. My focus is to give back to the community where I live. I rest easier at night knowing I am helping others. The Summer to End Hunger project is coming to an end for now but I'm already making plans to launch a back to school supply drive in late August!"
Exceptional Individual Volunteer Effort
Logging nearly 200 hours of community service in the first half of 2017, JR Belanger, our Caribou Branch Manager, combines his love for sports with developing youth leadership through his coaching involved of the Caribou Little League and Aroostook Youth Basketball. The Caribou Little League and the Aroostook Youth Basketball Programs provide young athletes a safe and memorable experience for all the right reasons: dedication, teamwork, lots of fun, healthy physical activity and the opportunity to learn valuable life skills. JR shares, "I enjoy both the connection with the kids I coach and their families. I see friendships made through smiles, high fives, and the support from each player to their teammates and their opponents. Those are friendships I hope will last a lifetime and the athletes will remember fondly."
Exceptional Branch/Department Volunteer Effort
Our Bangor and Brewer branches find creative ways to get involved in the community. This summer they are volunteering with Camp Pierce Webber's craft class. Each Wednesday, three members from our region team teach a craft class at the camp's summer day program. Tristine Currier, Bangor Branch Manager, states, "We became involved with Camp Pierce Webber through our continued commitment to the Bangor Region YMCA. It is a wonderful way for our team to further engage in our community and make a difference with our youth. I love having a team project that everyone has the opportunity to contribute."