Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Employees Make Contributions to Local Non-Profits Through 'Casual for a Cause' Program

Bar Harbor, Maine (August 31, 2018) – Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is pleased to present donations from its employee-driven charitable giving program, Casual for a Cause. After pooling all contributions from employees and directors, collected from April through June, and tallying employee votes for non-profit beneficiaries, the following organizations each received a generous gift: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine, Girls Incorporated of New Hampshire, and Safeline, Inc. in Vermont.
 
“The Casual for a Cause program delivers meaningful financial support to local non-profits providing critical services tied to our community giving mission,” said Jack Frost, VP Director of Community Giving at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “By simply wearing jeans or less formal business attire on Friday and contributing to Casual for a Cause, our employees are making a big difference in the communities they serve.”
 
“Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine is pleased and honored to be selected by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees as the recipient of Casual for a Cause funds,” said Gwendolyn Hudson, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine. “With so many worthy charitable organizations, we are grateful they have chosen to support our mission of changing kids’ lives in our community.” Hudson continued, “This generous gift will directly support local children facing adversity by matching them with caring, responsible adults and teens who, through positive 1-to-1 mentoring, help them reach their greatest potential."

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, 1-to-1 relationships which change their lives for the better, forever. The program helps children realize their potential and build their futures - nurturing children and strengthen communities. For more information go to: www.bbbsmidmaine.org.

“Girls Inc. is honored to be the recipient of a donation from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust through employee contributions. Being chosen as a beneficiary of the Casual for a Cause program is both humbling and exciting,” said Cathy Duffy Cullity, Chief Executive Officer of Girls Inc. “We plan to use these funds to support our Young Women’s Leadership Program at the Nashua Girls Center.”

Girls Incorporated believes all girls have leadership potential and opportunities in all aspects of their lives. The Young Women’s Leadership Program is designed to give girls the tools to recognize their leadership skills and use them to enrich their communities. The Girls Inc. motto is: Fuel her fire and she will change the world. The focus of the Girls Inc. Young Women’s Leadership Program is to assist girls as they transition from young girls to teens and young women. Girls are provided guidance on and exposure to post-secondary education planning, career development, life skills such as financial literacy, community service projects, and leadership training. A primary goal of the Young Women’s Leadership Program is to help girls develop the skills, independence and self-reliance to make healthy decisions and plans for their future. The program strives to assist each girl in gaining self-confidence and the understanding of her unique, valuable place in her community so she will lead others to make that community better.

Girls Incorporated of New Hampshire inspires all girls to be strong (through healthy living), smart (through education), and bold (through independence), providing thousands of girls with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges they face. Through a mentoring relationship, the program experience empowers girls to succeed. For more information go to: www.girlsincnewhampshire.org.
 
“We are honored Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s employees voted for Safeline to receive a donation from their Casual for a Cause program,” said Linda Ingold, Executive Director of Safeline. “The funds will help Safeline continue providing individualized job readiness services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. We are grateful to the employees of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust for their support.”
 
This donation from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust benefits Safeline’s “4 Safety & Security” project aimed to increase economic security through intensive financial education, planning, support and job readiness training to help survivors become more self-sufficient. Safeline assists survivors with strengthening job-readiness skills, writing résumés, role playing job interviews and job searches. They also provide assistance with financial education for credit repair, asset building, banking and budgeting; because helping survivors increase and retain their assets reduces their vulnerability. In 2018, Safeline provided 2,383 services for 334 survivors. These services included legal advocacy, crises intervention, financial education and creating safety plans. Safeline, Inc. strives to end physical, emotional and sexual violence against women and children through direct service, education – including job readiness skills – advocacy, and social change. 
 
Participation in the Casual for a Cause program by employees is voluntary, and they each choose what amount to contribute. Funds are collected through payroll deduction. Donations are pooled quarterly and distributed regionally to non-profits within the Bank’s service areas of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
 
Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating 49 branch locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.5 billion in assets. As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company. For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.BarHarbor.bank or call 1-888-853-7100. Member FDIC.
 
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Photo Captions:
Image of bank employees presenting a donation check to SafelineLeft to right: Safeline, Inc. representatives Felicity Swanze, Linda Ingold, and Sue Perreault receive a donation from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees, Debbie Henderson and Jayne Straight. Safeline, Inc was chosen by Bank employees as a quarterly beneficiary of their employee-driven, Casual for a Cause community giving program.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Image of bank employees presenting a donation check to Girls Incorporated of New HampshireLeft to right: Girls Incorporated of New Hampshire representatives Malissa Speigel, Kelly Hurtado, and Cathy Duffy Cullity receive a donation from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees Marion Colombo and Charles Seugling. Girls Incorporated of New Hampshire was chosen by Bank employees as a quarterly beneficiary of their employee-driven, Casual for a Cause community giving program.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Image of bank employees presenting a donation check to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid MaineLeft to right: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid Maine representatives Lisa Wilson and Gwendolyn Hudson receive a donation from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees Erin Baudanza and Jeff Charland. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid Maine was chosen by Bank employees as a quarterly beneficiary of their employee-driven, Casual for a Cause community giving program.