Throughout 2021, Downeast CU celebrated 80 years in business with a fun initiative that was designed to give back to its membership and the communities it serves. The “80 Ways We Wow Ya” campaign included special savings for members looking for reliable transportation, community giving, food pantry contributions, and acts of kindness for hometown heroes.
From the credit union’s first act in March—donating a parcel of land to the Town of Machias for a future amphitheater—to their year-end contribution of $4,096 to the Campaign for Ending Hunger, Downeast CU team members participated in 80 acts. In total, Downeast CU and its friends at Downeast Insurance:
- Collected 3,316 pounds of food that were donated to local food pantries.
- Thanked hometown heroes with special treats and recognition. These heroes included healthcare workers, EMS, police and fire departments, postal workers, schools, and bus drivers.
- Donated $16,395 to local organizations.
- Helped 16 families have a happy Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- Saved their members $455,050 by refinancing loans they held elsewhere with lower interest rates.
“The 80 Ways We Wow Ya campaign was a fun, rewarding way to involve our team, membership, and communities in a year-long celebration of our 80th anniversary,” said Kristie Libby, Marketing Director at Downeast CU. “Eighty years in business is a major achievement for any business. Our team found the campaign to be personally fulfilling and gratifying as we put smiles on so many peoples’ faces with our acts of kindness.”
While the 80 Ways We Wow Ya campaign may have ended in 2021, the credit union continues to find ways to serve their membership with its lower fees and better service. Downeast CU recently restructured their fee schedule to lower overdraft fees and become a credit union its members can be proud of.
“We believe we now have the lowest overdraft fee of all the credit unions and banks in the state at just $15 per transaction, plus transactions that are $15 or smaller that might put a member in the negative will not incur any fee,” stated Joe Moses, Downeast CU President and CEO. “Everyone makes mistakes from time to time and can overdraw on your account, but at Downeast Credit Union, we believe our members should keep more of their hard-earned money. We are very excited to begin offering this exceptional low-fee product to Mainers!”
To learn more about Downeast CU’s “80 Ways We Wow Ya” campaign, visit the credit union’s website.