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 over 6,200 hours annually in service to community organizations. In addition to serving on boards of local nonprofits, employees also help organize and volunteer at various fundraising events for their favorite cause.
To support and encourage the volunteer efforts of our employees, the Bank offers a Volunteer Pay program. Year-round employees working at least 30 hours per week are eligible for up to two hours of paid time per month to volunteer in their community during business hours. This enables our employees to make a positive difference in their community, supporting causes about which they are passionate such as a local food pantry, animal shelter, school, library, etc.
In addition to being generous with their time, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees and directors 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.
On a personal level, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees participate annually in many community fundraising events including the Hancock County Relay for Life, raising over $150,000 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 and the EdGE Tennis Tournament raising funds for the Maine Sea Coast Mission.
Annually Bar Harbor Bank & Trust hosts a charity golf tournament 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, Maine.
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. This includes sponsoring many community events where you can find Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees volunteering and participating such as the Deer Isle Winterfest, Bowl for Kids’ Sake in Rockland, Save our Swinging Bridge 5K in Topsham, Friends of Acadia Roadside Clean Up in Bar Harbor, Women’s Wellness Fair in Blue Hill, Bay of Fundy International Marathon in Lubec, and Champion the Cure Challenge in Brewer.
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 2016, more than 450 children received savings lessons from Bank employees, visiting local schools and presenting to community groups.
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