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Maine Credit Union Week • Bangor Daily News Special Advertising Section • October 19, 2017

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The ‘People Helping People’ Philosophy is at the Heart of Maine’s Credit Unions In 2016, Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger raised a record-breaking $675,000, a new fundraising milestone, all thanks to the hard work and generosity of Maine’s credit unions and their nearly 695,000 credit union members. Through buying power, the funds are enabling food pantries and hunger organizations across the state to purchase over $2.7 million meals for Mainers this year. Since the initiative began in 1990, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised and distributed over $7.2 million to help feed Mainers in need.

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“Hunger affects communities in many ways, however, credit unions use this as a chance to change lives and put forth the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people.’ We are humbled by the remarkable efforts Maine credit unions and their members have made to make their communities a better place,” stated Todd Mason, President of the Maine Credit Union League. “We’re proud to give 100% of every dollar raised back to state initiatives, and support programs such as Meals on Wheels and the school PackBack Program. With Maine ranking first in New England and ninth in the nation for food insecurity, it’s an issue that the Campaign is invested in all year round.”

In today’s economy, lending at Maine’s credit unions remains accessible and strong. Each year, Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger partners with local notOur credit unions continue to provide loans for members’ needs ranging from car loans to for-profit organizations, including the Good Shepherd Food Bank and the Maine home improvements, with loans totaling over $5.4 billion (as of June 30, 2017). Association of Area Agencies on Aging on causes aimed at addressing hunger felt by the Maine’s credit unions go beyond lending basics to provide members with a range of loan state’s most vulnerable populations, including children and seniors. solutions. Flex loans, auto loans, home equity loans and lines of credit, mortgages, fall and This past year, Maine’s credit unions doubled down on their commitment to fight winter recreational vehicle loans, and secured loans are just a few ways Maine credit unions provide members with solutions that fit their lives. And obtaining a loan has never childhood hunger by pledging a three-year, $100,000 contribution to expand the BackPack been more accessible – did you know that many credit unions offer the option of applying and School Pantry Programs in Maine. During the announcement, Kristen Miale, President of the Good Shepherd Food Bank, shared that “the commitment of Maine’s for a loan online or on a mobile phone? credit unions to both childhood hunger in Maine and hunger, as a whole, in our state is More than the ability to get a loan at a trusted financial institution, choosing a Maine credit incredible. Maine’s credit unions are a great partner and champion in ending hunger in union for your loan is a decision that will usually save you money. "Maine credit unions Maine. We are so grateful for the generosity of Maine’s credit unions in announcing this continue to experience consistent growth, which has a positive economic impact on the lives new commitment and are excited at what it will mean to our efforts to expand the of members and communities,” stated Maine Credit Union League President Todd Mason. Backpack and Pantry Programs in Maine.” “We are also extremely pleased to see that more consumers continue to turn to credit unions For more information on how you can help Maine’s Credit Unions end hunger, visit for financial services through new relationships or by expanding existing relationships." www.mainecul.org and click on the Ending Hunger link under “Community Involvement.” All contributions are tax-deductible and 100% of all contributions go directly to the cause No matter what you need, Maine credit unions are here to help. Visit www.mainecreditunions.org to find a credit union and begin the lending process today! and stay in Maine.

Maine’s Credit Unions partner with local non-profit organizations, like Good Shepherd Food Bank to give back to the communities they serve.

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