Saco & Biddeford Savings donates $ 80,000 to support local organizations

The Reverend Shirley Bowen, executive director of the Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center, left, and Julie Villemaire, director of the Biddeford branch at SBSI are pictured. Seeds of Hope received a donation from SBSI. Courtesy photo

CESO – As the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic recession continue to affect communities in southern Maine, the Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution continues its efforts to give back to local organizations. The bank recently donated $ 80,000 to dozens of charities and nonprofits in York and Cumberland counties, providing support for food insecurity programs, home heating assistance, mental health services and personal protective equipment.

Pictured left are Melanie Lee, Scarborough Branch Manager at SBSI, and Bert Follansbee, Chairman of the Board of Project Grace. Project Grace received a donation from SBSI. Courtesy photo

“As a mutual institution, we believe we have a responsibility to give back to our communities,” said Bob Quentin, President and CEO of SBSI. “In a year that has presented countless challenges, we have decided that it is more important than ever to support organizations whose services have become even more critical as a result of the pandemic.

As part of its COVID-19 relief efforts in December, the bank donated $ 35,000 to local pantries as well as an additional $ 17,500 to programs focused on youth nutrition. SBSI also donated $ 10,000 for mental health services, $ 5,000 for heating assistance programs and $ 2,500 to provide PPE.

Pictured left, Carolyn Lamontagne, manager of the Old Orchard Beach branch at SBSI, Major Daniel Brunelle, corps officer / pastor at the Salvation Army at Old Orchard Beach, and Michael Rague, deputy manager of the Old Orchard Beach branch of SBSI. The Salvation Army received a donation from SBSI. Courtesy photo

The bank also asked its companies to vote on a list of seven nonprofits. First and second places, My Place Teen Center and Good Shepherd Food Bank, received $ 3,000 and $ 2,000 respectively. The other five nonprofits each received $ 1,000, bringing the bank’s total COVID-19 relief donations for the month to $ 80,000.

Founded in 1827, Saco & Biddeford Savings is Maine’s oldest bank with locations in Saco, Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland or Westbrook.

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