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Credit Union News and Events

Last month brought fall foliage, cold temperatures, and many opportunities for Maine credit unions to put the People Helping People philosophy into action. Between International Credit Union Week, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and National First Responders Day, credit unions were busy giving back to their communities and demonstrating the credit union difference. Here is a look at what Maine credit unions were up to in October:

  • Acadia FCU celebrated International Credit Union Week by offering snacks, giveaways, and drawings at each of its branches in the St. John Valley and Bangor.
  • To commemorate Shred Month, all of Atlantic FCU’s branches encouraged members to bring in their old account statements, cancelled checks, pay stubs, tax papers, and more for shredding free of charge.
  • Bangor FCU’s bowling team, The Bowling Stones, won the FUSION: Bangor Championship on October 30.
  • Brewer FCU hosted a Member Appreciation Day at each of its locations on October 18. The credit union gave away hot dogs, chips, drinks, and swag to its members
  • Staff from Capital Area FCU participated in the MaineGeneral Walk for Hope and raised nearly $1,000 to support the cause.
  • Casco FCU hosted a Member Appreciation barbecue on October 4.
  • In celebration of National Cat Day, Central Maine CU donated $5 to the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society for every #NationalCatDay post the CU was tagged in.
  • On October 17, Changing Seasons FCU hosted a meet and greet event with Rob Picard, its new President/CEO.
  • Community CU was named the winner of the Turner Parent Teacher Committee’s annual Trunk or Treat Event on October 26.
  • Staff from Connected CU volunteered at the Augusta Food Bank.
  • Staff from cPort CU attended the Green & Healthy Maine Home and Energy Show on October 16, where they exhibited and discussed sustainability loans with attendees.
  • Cumberland County FCU celebrated 65 years of being in business by offering pretzels and apple cider at all of its branches on October 16.
  • Every Dirigo FCU branch celebrated Whoopie Pie Wednesday on October 23.
  • Downeast CU closed its offices on October 19 so the entire CU team could come together to build bicycles for children at Eastern Maine Medical Center.
  • To protect its members, Eastmill FCU shared a helpful scam alert involving social media ads with its members on October 29.
  • Evergreen CU went pink during the month of October. The CU collected donations for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
  • On October 3, Five County CU announced it raised over $1,250 for their third quarter charity, Herp Haven Reptile Rescue and Sanctuary.
  • With snow just around the corner, Franklin-Somerset FCU teamed up with Hammond Tractor Company to help its members get “traction” on tractor financing.
  • In honor of National First Responders Day, Gardiner FCU visited the Gardiner Fire Department to provide lunch and dinner for the crew.
  • The team at Great Falls FCU celebrated Halloween by dressing up as witches to the delight of their members.
  • Infinity FCU’s Business Development Manager took some time to play bingo with residents at the Phillips-Strickland House.
  • Katahdin FCU is promoting its college scholarship application on its website. To learn more about the scholarship program, visit the ‘About Us’ tab on their website.
  • KSW FCU updated all of their ATMs to chip readers, providing members with a more secure process.
  • The winning ticket from the Patriots’ Campaign for Ending Hunger raffle was from KV FCU. The credit union informed their lucky member, who enjoyed transportation, food, and two tickets to the game against the Browns.
  • Lewiston Municipal FCU celebrated 75 years of serving the Lewiston/Auburn area on October 14!
  • Lincoln Maine FCU entered members into a drawing for $100 last month if they walked into the branch and updated their contact information.
  • Lisbon Community FCU presented the Lisbon Area Christian Outreach Food Pantry with a check for $724.74 on October 25.
  • Members at Maine Family FCU were treated to a free lunch from Pinky D’s Poutine Factory Food Truck on October 16 in Lewiston and October 18 in Auburn.
  • Maine Highlands FCU’s fall newsletter is now published on their website. The newsletter highlights the success of the Maine Red Hot Dog Festival, Whoopie Pie Festival, and the 1st annual MHFCU Craft Fair benefit the Campaign for Ending Hunger.
  • Maine Media FCU’s security section of its website contained tips to help members avoid identity theft.
  • Maine Savings FCU’s Karen-Ann Ellis received the Cecil Porter award at the CU’s annual Staff Development Day on October 22.
  • Maine Solutions FCU reminded members to notify the CU of any travel plans to ensure uninterrupted debit carded access.
  • After seven months, eleven staff members from Maine State CU graduated from the People of Potential Series.
  • On October 21, Midcoast FCU presented Freeport Community Services with a donation of $1,800 towards their food programs.
  • Monmouth FCU offered free apple turnovers from Crostini’s Catering on International Credit Union Day.
  • New Dimensions FCU’s new Financial Education Coordinator, CarrieLyn Reynolds, hosted her first budgeting class at Carrabec High School in late-October.
  • NorState FCU converted to centralized lending on October 10 and on Halloween, dressed in costume and served soups, stews, and grilled cheese sandwiches to members to raise money for the Campaign for Ending Hunger.
  • Northeast CU launched its Hats for Hope initiative to raise money for My Breast Cancer Support, a non-profit organization that provides financial and emotional support to patients and families affected by breast cancer in Maine and New Hampshire.
  • Otis FCU raised $485 selling cash calendars that benefitted the Campaign for Ending Hunger.
  • Oxford FCU brought a Financial Fitness Fair to Telstar Regional High School on October 25, where they helped teach students about credit scores and budgeting, and gave away some fun prizes.
  • Penobscot County FCU’s Bangor location won the Halloween Hero contest. Staff members from Bangor dressed up as “The Price is Right” contestants.
  • PeoplesChoice CU held a free home buyer education class at York County Community College on October 24.
  • Sabattus Regional CU’s Ashley Clifford was a guest speaker at Oak Hill High School on October 25, where she discussed personal finance.
  • Saco Valley CU auctioned off its Saco Main Street Adirondack chair on October 18. Proceeds from the auction support downtown Main Street’s efforts to make improvements.
  • Staff from Seaboard FCU attended the United Way of Eastern Maine’s Day of Caring on October 4 in support of Families First Community Center in Ellsworth.
  • Sebasticook Valley FCU participated in the Nokomis Key Club’s Trunk or Treat event at Sebasticook Valley Elementary School on October 31.
  • The County FCU held a ceremonial ground-breaking for its new 1,375 square foot branch in Mars Hill.
  • Town & Country FCU hosted its 5th Annual Money Conference on October 19 at USM in Portland. The conference featured a diverse range of topics focused on providing learning opportunities for nearly all demographics.
  • Trademark FCU held an entire week of Member Appreciation events in late October.
  • Staff from TruChoice FCU participated in the 3rd Annual McAuley Resident 5k Run/Walk for Recover on October 19.
  • University CU’s team at their operations center held a pumpkin decorating contest to get into the Halloween spirit ahead of the holiday.
  • Winslow Community FCU collected donations throughout International Credit Union Week in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
  • On October 25, Winthrop Area FCU held a Pink Friday bake sale to benefit the Alfond Cancer Center.