Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Employees Make "Community Commitment" Donation

 Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees voluntarily contribute money from each paycheck into a charitable fund.  Monthly these funds are pooled, matched by the Bank, and donated to a local non-profit organization.  This employee-driven donation program is called Community Commitment.  Each month employees at a different Bank location get to choose a recipient for these contributions, supporting the good work done by so many in our local communities. 

For the month of October, employees at the Southwest Harbor branch of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust chose the Southwest Harbor Playground Renovation Fund as the beneficiary.

“The town playground, located between Pemetic Elementary School and the Harbor House Community Center, is showing its age and a group of community members has come together to raise money to replace the structure,” said Dani Piquette-Kelly, Playground Committee organizer.  “We hope to have the new playground ready for the 2018-19 school year. The total project cost is $295,000 and to date we have raised just under $30,000.  This gift from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees is much appreciated.”  The playground will enhance the well-being of local children and is designed to offer inclusive play and recreation areas for children of all abilities to enjoy.  To make a tax deductible contribution to this project, make a check to The Playground Renovation Fund, and mail it to Pemetic Elementary School, P.O. Box 255, Southwest Harbor, ME  04679.  For more information visit the Southwest Harbor Playground Renovation Fund Facebook page. 

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.

(Standing, left to right) Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees, Jack Frost and Ginny MacLeod, present a Community Commitment donation check for the Southwest Harbor Playground Renovation Fund to Rhonda Fortin, Pemetic Elementary School Principal, and Dani Piquette-Kelly, Playground Committee organizer.  Pemetic Elementary school children, looking forward to a new playground, gather in the foreground.