At Bar Harbor Bank & Trust we actively support the communities where we live and work, the places we call home.
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees volunteer approximately 2300 hours annually in service to community organizations. In addition to serving on boards of local nonprofits, employees also help with the Friends of Acadia Earth Day Roadside Clean Up, host the hospitality tent at the finish line if the MDI Marathon and participate in community holiday parades in Ellsworth and Bar Harbor .
In addition to being generous with their time, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees also donate money from their pay checks to the Bank’s Community Commitment program. Each month this money is matched by the Bank and a different Bank location chooses the recipient of these funds. Annually, this program donates over $10,000 to local organizations doing good work in our communities.
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees participate annually in many community fundraising events including the Hancock County Relay for Life, raising over $130,000 since 2001 for the American Cancer Society. Other fundraising events in which Bank staff participates include the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Walk for Wishes in Ellsworth, the Making Strides event in Blue Hill, the MS Bike Ride in Bar Harbor, and the EdGE Tennis Tournament raising funds for the Maine Sea Coast Mission.
Annually Bar Harbor Bank & Trust hosts two charity golf tournaments, one in Deer Isle and one in Bar Harbor, raising several thousand dollars for local organizations. For more than 25 years, the Bank has hosted a community food drive each November, collecting thousands of dollars and nonperishable food items for local food pantries from Lubec to Topsham.
Through their charitable giving program, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust provides support for local organizations promoting the health and well-being of community residents, enriching lives with art and cultural experiences, conserving the environment and encouraging outdoor recreation, and supporting communities by advancing local economic development.
Annually Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees teach local children valuable lessons about saving money through the ABA’s Teach Children to Save Day. And for the teenagers in our communities, they receive lessons about using credit wisely through the ABA’s Get Smart About Credit program. In 2013, more than 800 children received savings lessons from Bank employees, visiting local schools and presenting to community groups.
For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s community involvement,you are invited to view recent news stories here.