The credit union commitment to ‘people helping people’ affects not only their members but the communities in which credit union employees work and live. The way Maine credit unions care for their communities keeps members returning to their local branches and it’s also what drives these dedicated members and staff to continue reaching out to people in need.

Credit unions provide support and assistance to their members, staff and community through a variety of initiatives such as school activities, serving on boards, donating blood, volunteering at soup kitchens, and participating in a variety of other events and activities throughout the year.

Ending Hunger LogoEach year, Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger partners with local not-for-profit organizations, including the Good Shepard Food Bank and the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging on causes aimed at addressing hunger felt by the state’s most vulnerable populations, including children and seniors. These initiatives range from school food pantry and BackPack programs to Meals on Wheels to the Food Mobile.

The Campaign, which began 28 years ago and raised approximately $25,000 in its first year, had another recording-setting year in 2016 raising $674,194, which is more than $50,000 higher than 2015’s record-setting total. Since 1990, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised over $7.2 million to help end hunger in Maine. At the 2016 Campaign for Ending Hunger Results Ceremony in February, John Murphy, President of the Maine CU League, remarked, “Since 100{a16c29276902c0134dc3724dc6f6a60124a484baf737123e94c02cf5a4efbdc5} of the funds raised for the Campaign go directly to the cause, the impact of more than $7.2 million to help end hunger in Maine is even more significant.  The generosity of Maine’s credit unions and the 684,000 members statewide is amazing, especially when you consider much of the funds raised are done so a dollar at a time.”

The efforts of Maine’s credit unions directly impact the people in Maine who most need assistance. In 2017, $52,650 was raised for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program through the efforts of a three-on-three basketball tournament, The 23rd Annual CU Swish-Out Childhood Cancer Challenge, which is coordinated by Maine’s Credit Unions.

Maine Children's Cancer Program LogoSince the tournament began in 1994, the event has raised more than $425,000 for children in Maine with cancer and their families. Every year, 100{a16c29276902c0134dc3724dc6f6a60124a484baf737123e94c02cf5a4efbdc5} of the funds raised from this event go directly to the program, allowing all funds to stay in the state of Maine.

In addition to giving back to the communities that they serve directly, Maine’s credit unions are also committed to helping credit union people nationally and internationally as well. Most recently, Maine’s credit unions joined the National Credit union Foundation (NCUF) by contributing funds to assist with the devastating effects of the Louisiana floods.