It’s Thank you Thursday. Today’s shout out of Mission love goes to Lisa Parsons.
Mission Development Associate Anna Silver said, “I’ve known and admired Lisa for a number of years. She is an enthusiastic supporter of the Mission. So kind, cheerful. Lisa lifts the spirits of anyone she comes into contact with.”
“Lisa is very busy at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust where she is Senior Vice President, Regional Market Manager, yet still finds time to volunteer with the Mission and so many other organizations and communities on Mount Desert Island. The entire MDI community is lucky to have someone so generous and thoughtful. It is always a great privilege to work with Lisa,” said Anna.
Chris Stelling, the Mission’s Director of Development, adds that it never surprises her that when she attends a community-oriented event on MDI, she sees Lisa there – organizing, checking people in, and mainly exuding warmth and welcome.
In celebration of Giving Tuesday, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust announces the year-to-date results of its charitable giving programs. From January through November 2019, BHBT has donated more than $400,000 to approximately 450 nonprofit organizations throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. This includes more than $40,000 donated through the employee-driven giving program, Casual for a Cause.
“As a community bank, we understand the importance of partnering with nonprofit organizations so our collective efforts can make a significant impact on the communities where we live and work,” said Jack Frost, Vice President, Director of Community Giving, in a press release. “Nonprofit organizations provide critical services for families and individuals in need, and it’s our honor to help them….”
Some of the organizations that the bank has donated in Maine during 2019 include…Maine Seacoast Mission….
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees (left to right, standing) Pam Farnsworth, Emily Johnson and Natalie Wray, (and below) Kara Churchill and Monica Soper collect new items donated by fellow employees and provided to the Maine Seacoast Mission Christmas Program. For almost two decades Bank employees have assisted generously with the Mission’s Christmas Program making Christmas morning a little more special for those in need in our community.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Cathy Planchart, VP
Corporate Communications & Community Relations
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
P.O. Box 1089, Ellsworth, ME 04605
207-667-0660 x14655 / [email protected]
DATE: December 5, 2017
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Employees Help With Maine Seacoast Mission Christmas Program
Bar Harbor, Maine – For almost two decades, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees have been donating gifts to the Maine Seacoast Mission Christmas Program and this year is no exception. The Bank’s involvement has been spearheaded all these years by Pam Farnsworth, Loan Specialist, who contacts the Mission, organizes the collection, and delivers all of the gifts to the Mission for distribution. This year the Bank asked for a list of 150 people needing gifts, rather than the usual 100. A list of individuals was provided referencing age, gender and wish; the majority of which were seniors. Half of the names were claimed within a day, by Bank employees at all locations from Lubec to Topsham. With money donated, a group of employees had fun shopping for the final names on the list.
“My co-workers at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust are so generous; it makes it a pleasure to participate in this program. It will be well over $4,000 worth of gifts collected this year. I find coordinating this program to be one of the most inspirational events in which I am involved.” says Pam. “The enthusiastic response to my request each year from co-workers shows me just how much the Bank cares about the community.”
Each year the Mission distributes about 10,000 holiday gifts to more than 3,200 children, families, nursing home residents, and prisoners at Christmas time. The tradition of Mission Christmas presents began more tha100 years ago when the Mission brought gifts to island residents and lighthouse keepers. Now, generous donors bring new items to the Mission throughout the year to be distributed on the islands and in Hancock and Washington Counties over the holidays. Many people who are now adults and supporters of the Mission say how important the presents they received from the Mission were. They restored hope that may have been lost and showed that people did, indeed, care about them.
For more information, please contact the Maine Seacoast Mission at 207-288-5097 or online at seacoastmission.org.
Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE MKT: BHB) is the parent of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust with more than $3 billion in assets. Founded in 1887, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is a true community bank serving the financial needs of its customers for 130 years. Bar Harbor Bank & Trust provides a full range of financial services through its 49 branch locations in all three Northern New England states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Bar Harbor Bank & Trust was named one of the 2017 Top 200 Publicly Traded Community Banks in the nation by American Banker magazine. For more information call 1-888-853-7100 or go to www.bhbt.com. Member FDIC.