Maine Community Bank’s Jahnna Steindl, Vice President, Branch Manager accepts new role at Biddeford Branch

Biddeford, Maine—June 1, 2022—Maine Community Bank is pleased to announce that Jahnna Steindl has accepted the opportunity to oversee the Main Street Branch of Biddeford Savings in Biddeford.

Steindl has been with the bank since July of last year and was most recently Vice President, Branch Manager of the new Westbrook branch of Biddeford Savings. She has been in a variety of banking roles for over 25 years. In this role she will oversee branch operations and focus and ensuring that the financial well-being of their existing customer’s as well as new customers are met with the highest level of personal service.

“Banking is not just my career, it is also my passion. Having the opportunity to be a trusted advisor to our customers is a privilege. As bankers, we get to assist our customers throughout all aspects of their lives, which builds relationships that are meaningful and impactful on both sides,” said Steindl. “Recently, I sat with three generations of customers. This is the first time in my career I have been able to work in a branch with such deep roots in our community. I believe that is an honor and I am excited to be here.”

Steindl has a degree from the University of Southern Maine. She resides in Biddeford and enjoys spending time with her son and parents.

 

About Maine Community Bank

Maine Community Bank, through its divisions of Biddeford Savings and Mechanics have been supporting Maine’s communities for over 150 years. They have branches in Auburn, Biddeford, Brunswick, Kennebunk, Lewiston, Scarborough, Waterboro, Westbrook and  Windham.

Maine Community Bank Hires Ryan Wing as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Westbrook, Maine—May 13, 2022—Maine Community Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Ryan Wing as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer. Wing is responsible for overseeing IT systems and security at Maine Community Bank and will be based in Westbrook.

“I am excited for the opportunity to serve our community, looking to future technologies that will benefit all of our diverse customers, and promoting collaborative enthusiasm in our already impressive team here at Maine Community Bank.”

He comes to Maine Community Bank with 23 years of IT experience, including leading IT teams with a focus on information security, process automation and cloud forward technology. Most recently Wing held the position of Director of IT and Facilities for a local credit union.

Wing is an alumni member of the Filene i3 Innovation Program. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern Maine. He resides in Topsham and in his spare time enjoys hiking and outdoor activities with his wife and two sons. He also has a side-career in illustration.

 

About Maine Community Bank

Maine Community Bank, through its divisions of Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings have been supporting Maine’s communities for over 150 years. They have branches in Auburn, Biddeford, Brunswick, Kennebunk, Lewiston, Scarborough, Waterboro, Westbrook and  Windham.

Maine Community Bank Hires William Wood as Vice President, Branch Manager

Westbrook, Maine—May 13, 2022—Maine Community Bank is pleased to welcome William Wood as Vice President, Branch Manager of the Westbrook division of its’ Biddeford Savings branch. He will be responsible for overseeing all branch activities, including growth and expansion in the Westbrook market as well as maintaining high levels of customer service to new and existing customers.

Wood has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently as  Branch Manager of a local credit union.

“I love to help people and enjoy working for a community-based bank that is so passionate about helping the communities they serve,” said Wood.

Wood is an active member of the community, and currently a member of the Westbrook-Gorham Chamber of Commerce. He has a degree from the University of Southern Maine. He resides in Standish and enjoys spending time with his son; traveling and watching or playing sports. In his free time, he enjoys golf and woodworking.

 

About Maine Community Bank

Maine Community Bank, through its divisions of Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings have been supporting Maine’s communities for over 150 years. They have branches in Auburn, Biddeford, Brunswick, Kennebunk, Lewiston, Scarborough, Waterboro, Westbrook and  Windham.

Mechanics Savings, a division of Maine Community Bank relocates to Cook’s Corner in Brunswick

Brunswick, Maine – February 25, 2022 – Maine Community Bank is celebrating the opening of its’ new Mechanics Savings branch located at Cook’s Corner in Brunswick. After nine years of being located in downtown Brunswick, the brand new 2,992 square foot full-service branch is now open at 27 Gurnet Road, conveniently located near Brunswick Landing, shopping, restaurants, and other area businesses.

The branch features a welcoming, forward-thinking design aimed at improving the customer experience, complete with more parking, drive-up service, a 24-hour ATM, safe deposit boxes and a coin counting machine and a soon to be installed bike rack. Newly expanded hours and drive-up service will allow for the Brunswick Branch to be open on Saturdays.

“We are excited about our relocation to Cook’s Corner and to be a part of the new development in the area. This new location represents our continued promise to support and invest in the communities we serve,” said Jeanne Hulit, President & CEO of Maine Community Bank. “We look forward to continuing to provide exceptional service to our customers at this new location, as we continue to grow to meet the financial needs of the community.”

The Bank will hold a ribbon cutting celebration on Friday, March 4th from 3 pm to 4pm. A grand opening celebration is also planned for the week of March 7th – 12th.

Lobby hours are Monday – Wednesday 8:30am to 4:00pm, and Thursday and Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm. Drive-up services are available Monday – Wednesday 8:00am to 4:00pm, and Thursday and Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm. ATM services are available 24/7. For more information about this and other Maine Community Bank branch locations, please visit mainecb.com/branches-atms/.

 

About Maine Community Bank

Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings have been financial partners with the people of Central and Southern Maine for the past 150 years. To help carry out their commitment to the communities they serve, the two banks merged on January 1, 2020, becoming divisions of Maine Community Bank. The merger expanded the lending capacity, product offerings, and branch service areas, while keeping all decision-making at the local level. They have branches in Auburn, Biddeford, Brunswick, Kennebunk, Lewiston, Scarborough, Waterboro, Westbrook, and Windham.

Maine Community Bank Cares: The Biddeford and Mechanics Charitable Savings Foundation Donates $10,000 to Provide a Safe Haven for Maine Teens

Jeanne Hulit, President & CEO of Maine Community Bank, at My Place Teen Center in Westbrook

Westbrook, Maine – February 4, 2022 – To help keep young people safe and on a path to success, The Biddeford and Mechanics Savings Charitable Foundation delivered a donation of $10,000 to My Place Teen Center, an after-school program where kids receive help, love, food, and programming that addresses their unique needs. The Teen Center’s Restaurant Job Training Program is one of many programs offered at the center. The program provides a unique opportunity for local teens to learn new skills that will prepare them for future employment in the restaurant industry.  Preparing youth with the foundational skills and experiences they need as they graduate from high school is important to their success. “We believe in building stronger communities by investing in our youth and therefore, we want to support their success any way we can. This generation is our future – these kids will be our employees, our customers, and our partners one day,” says Jeanne Hulit, President and CEO of Maine Community Bank.

The Foundation recently presented Donna Dwyer, Executive Director at My Place Teen Center with a check for $10,000 which will be used to support their Westbrook center and their temporary location in Saco, as they raise funds for a permanent facility in Biddeford. “Our centers are where we nurture, inspire, and safeguard at-risk teens, many of whom have nowhere else to go. With help from organizations such as The Biddeford and Mechanic Savings Foundation, we are able to keep kids ages 10-18 safe, fed, and loved. We are a year-round, free, out of school time program for all youth, from any locale,” says Donna Dwyer, My Place Teen Center’s Executive Director. “Just as we are a haven for kids at high risk, we feel our community partners like Maine Community Bank, are our lifeline.”

Together, Maine Community Bank and the Biddeford and Mechanics Savings Charitable Foundation contributed over $327,000 to several local non-profit organization in 2021 and continues to support the local community through donations, volunteerism and on-kind donations each year.

 

About Maine Community Bank

Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings have been financial partners with the people of Central and Southern Maine for the past 150 years. To help carry out their commitment to the communities they serve, the two banks merged on January 1, 2020, becoming divisions of Maine Community Bank. The merger expands the lending capacity, product offerings, and branch service areas, while keeping all decision-making at the local level. They have branches in Auburn, Biddeford, Brunswick, Kennebunk, Lewiston, Scarborough, Waterboro, and Windham, with a new branch and operations center in Westbrook.

About the Biddeford and Mechanics Charitable Savings Foundation

The Biddeford and Mechanics Savings Charitable Foundation was created in July of 2020 and is structured to give back to the communities in a larger, more enduring way. The Foundation’s mission is to help individuals and families in the bank’s local communities meet their basic needs and achieve financial empowerment.

Maine Community Bank Hires Lisa Hughes as Vice President, Senior Business Banking Officer

Lisa HughesWestbrook, Maine—January 26, 2022— Maine Community Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Lisa Hughes as Vice President, Senior Business Banking Officer III. Hughes will be responsible for developing small business relationships and expanding existing relationships in the Westbrook and Windham areas. “We are fortunate to have Lisa join us to bring her experience to the Maine Community Bank family,” said Jeanne Hulit, President and CEO. “She is passionate about community banking and will be a great addition to our team.”

She comes to Maine Community Bank with over 20 years of experience, including her recent experience as Business Credit Manager.

Hughes has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Husson University. She has two children and lives in Cornish with her husband. Being recent empty nesters, they enjoy spending their free time in Rangeley enjoying outdoor activities and spending quiet time unwinding.

Hughes joins the bank at an exciting time.  Having recently completed the merger of Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings, the bank recently expanded into Westbrook with a new Operations Center and Biddeford Savings Branch. “My goal in working with any business owner is to be able to provide them with the financial tools they need in order to be successful now, and in the future,” said Hughes.

 

About Maine Community Bank

Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings have been supporting hardworking Mainers for the past 150 years. To help carry their commitment to the communities they serve, the two banks merged on January 1, 2020, becoming divisions of Maine Community Bank. The merger expands the lending capacity, product offerings, and branch service area, while keeping all decision making at the local level. They have branches in Auburn, Biddeford, Brunswick, Kennebunk, Lewiston, Scarborough, Waterboro, Windham, and will soon open a new Operations Center and branch in Westbrook.

Maine Community Bank Cares: The Biddeford and Mechanic Savings Charitable Foundation Delivers $25,000 to Provide Heating Assistance to Mainers During Winter’s Coldest Months

Keep ME Warm Check PresentationWestbrook, Maine – January 20, 2022 – In response to the rising cost of home heating oil, the Biddeford and Mechanics Savings Charitable Foundation has donated $25,000 to support the Keep ME Warm Fund, providing direct and immediate home heating assistance to financially vulnerable Mainers. “Making a contribution to the Keep ME Warm program will allow us to help our neighbors when Mainers need it most – during the winter months. No one should have to choose between paying for heat and other essentials like electricity and food. Our hope is that we can make the lives of individuals and families in the communities we serve a little easier this year,” says Jeanne Hulit, President and CEO of Maine Community Bank.

Although the coldest months are still ahead, the cost of home heating fuel in Maine has already increased significantly over last year and is expected to keep going up over the winter season. According to The Governor’s Energy Office, the average cost of heating fuel is currently at $3.14 per gallon, compared to $2.11 per gallon one year ago. Thousands of Mainers are faced with choosing between heating their homes and basic needs like food and medicine. Donations to Keep ME Warm help to make the winter warmer and safer for Maine families. The Biddeford and Mechanic Savings Charitable Foundation donation to Keep ME Warm Fund will help people across Maine, including the bank’s footprint in the Androscoggin, Cumberland, and York regions. Keep ME Warm Funds are distributed through 211 Maine, local United Ways, and community partners like The Opportunity Alliance (TOA) and others.

According to Liz Cotter Schlax, President and CEO of United Way of Southern Maine and Lead Administrator for Keep ME Warm Fund, a gift of $25,000 will help heat 80 Maine homes. “Keep ME Warm Fund is an emergency heating assistance resource to close the heating gap. When Mainers find themselves in an emergency heating crisis, they can access Keep ME Warm funds through our state’s 211 Maine hotline, their local United Way, or community action agency,” said Schlax. “These funds give our partners the flexibility and resources to help fill a tank or address repairs, often in the same day.”

The Keep ME Warm Fund, in partnership with local community service organizations, relies heavily on donations and distributes assistance based on need. “This winter will be challenging to our vulnerable neighbors who were already most at risk, and these funds will be crucial to keeping individuals and families warm, safe, and healthy in their homes during the coldest months,” says Joe Everett, President & CEO of The Opportunity Alliance. “Maine Community Bank is a wonderful partner and we are grateful for their longstanding support of communities across Central and Southern Maine.”

This donation wraps up a year of giving for Maine Community Bank and the Biddeford and Mechanic Savings Charitable Foundation totaling over $327,000 to 240 different organizations.

 

About Maine Community Bank

Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings have been financial partners with the people of Central and Southern Maine for the past 150 years. To help carry out their commitment to the communities they serve, the two banks merged on January 1, 2020, becoming divisions of Maine Community Bank. The merger expands the lending capacity, product offerings, and branch service areas, while keeping all decision-making at the local level. They have branches in Auburn, Biddeford, Brunswick, Kennebunk, Lewiston, Scarborough, Waterboro, and Windham, with a new branch and operations center in Westbrook.

About the Biddeford and Mechanics Savings Charitable Foundation

The Biddeford and Mechanics Savings Charitable Foundation was created in July of 2020 and is structured to give back to the communities in a larger, more enduring way. The Foundation’s mission is to help individuals and families in the bank’s local communities meet their basic needs and achieve financial empowerment.

Maine Community Bank Cares: The Biddeford and Mechanic Savings Foundation Lends a Hand to Food Insecure Mainers with Their More Meals for Maine Campaign

Auburn, Maine – December 16, 2021 – In response to the growing number of food insecure Mainers (1 in 8 people and 1 in 6 children in Maine face hunger), the Biddeford and Mechanics Savings Foundation has committed $49,000 to 12 different organizations within the bank’s local communities. According to the USDA, food insecurity refers to the lack of access to adequate, nutritious food for all household members.

In order to make the most impact, the Foundation has pledged $5,000 to the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn, in addition to $4,000 donations to 11 different organizations across the bank’s footprint:

Biddeford Food Pantry
Community Outreach Services
High Street Food Pantry
Mid Coast Hunger Prevention
Saco Food Pantry
Scarborough Food Pantry
St. Mary’s Nutrition Center
Trinity Jubilee Center
Westbrook Food Pantry
Waterboro Food Pantry
Windham Food Pantry and Clothes Closet

These 12 donations will help feed approximately 49,000 families of three, or the equivalent of 147,000 meals for food insecure Mainers. The Good Shepherd Food Bank and the 11 other hunger relief agencies provide essential services in partnership with food pantries, meal sites, senior and health centers, and schools across all 16 counties in Maine.

“Many Mainers have been hit hard financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Wayne Sherman, Chair of the Foundation. “That’s why The Biddeford and Mechanics Savings Foundation is focused on helping those who need it most – food insecure Mainers. We made the decision to spread our resources among 12 food pantries across the state so that we can help as many Mainers as possible to feed themselves and their families.”

 

About Maine Community Bank

Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings have been financial partners with the people of Central and Southern Maine for the past 150 years. To help carry out their commitment to the communities they serve, the two banks merged on January 1, 2020, becoming divisions of Maine Community Bank. The merger expands the lending capacity, product offerings, and branch service areas, while keeping all decision-making at the local level. They have branches in Auburn, Biddeford, Brunswick, Kennebunk, Lewiston, Scarborough, Waterboro, and Windham, with a new branch and operations center in Westbrook.

About the Biddeford and Mechanics Savings Foundation

The Biddeford and Mechanics Savings Charitable Foundation was created in July of 2020 and is structured to give back to the communities in a larger, more enduring way. The Foundation’s mission is to help individuals and families in the bank’s local communities meet their basic needs and achieve financial empowerment.

Maine Community Bank Hires Susan Mellon as Executive Vice President

Susan MellonBiddeford, Maine—October 12, 2021— Maine Community Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Susan Mellon as Executive Vice President, Customer Experience and Market Expansion. Mellon will be responsible for overseeing the bank’s retail banking, residential mortgage lending, and marketing efforts. “We are fortunate to have Susan join us to bring her leadership, sales and management experience to the Maine Community Bank family,” said Jeanne Hulit, President and CEO. “She is passionate about community banking and will be a great partner on our senior management team.”

She comes to Maine Community Bank with 25 years of progressive experience, including her recent tenure as Executive Vice President of Bangor Savings Bank.  Prior to Bangor, she served at Key Bank.

Mellon is an active volunteer in her community, having previously served as Board Chair of both the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) and Make a Wish Foundation of Maine, and currently donates her time to the American Red Cross. She has three grown children and lives in Scarborough with her husband.

Mellon joins the bank at an exciting time.  Having recently completed the merger of Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings, the bank is expanding into Westbrook and Brunswick with a new Operations center and branch. “I am energized by Maine Community Bank’s unwavering commitment to their customers and communities, and look forward to contributing to the bank’s growth here in Maine,” said Mellon.

The Biddeford and Mechanics Savings Foundation Supports The Blueprint, Safe Voices’ First Annual Campaign

Group standing in front of the new Safe Voices location at 100 Lisbon Street in LewistonLewiston, Maine – September 16, 2021 – The Biddeford and Mechanics Savings Foundation, in alignment with their mission to help individuals and families in the bank’s local communities, has committed $25,000 to help Safe Voices reach their goal of $1 Million for The Blueprint Campaign. Safe Voices provides emergency services, shelter, and support to victims of domestic violence in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties. The largest philanthropic effort by any domestic violence resource center in Maine, The Blueprint campaign seeks to raise $1 million by the end of 2022 to create a 12,000 square foot resource center in the heart of downtown Lewiston.

“We are deeply grateful to the leadership at Maine Community Bank for this gift, and for their demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of all people in our community,” says Victoria Stanton, Director of Development and Engagement at Safe Voices. “Survivors of domestic violence and their children deserve dignity and services that support them throughout their entire journey to healing. Knowing that partners like Maine Community Bank share these values means so much to those of us called to do this work.”

The Foundation has received the honor of naming the Family Lounge, one of the rooms in the new, comprehensive resource center. “The new location will provide a welcoming space for families and individuals leaving a harmful situation, providing them with a sense of peace, knowing the support they need is here and the community stands behind them”, said Foundation Board Chair Wayne Sherman.

Jeanne Hulit, President & CEO of Maine Community Bank, the parent company of the Foundation added, “We are honored to continue our longstanding support for Safe Voices, an outstanding organization that does the much-needed work of providing support to victims of abuse in our community and helping those that have been victimized rebuild their lives.”

About Maine Community Bank
Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings have been financial partners to the people of Central and Southern Maine for the past 150 years. To help carry their commitment to the communities they serve, the two banks merged on January 1, 2020, becoming divisions of Maine Community Bank. The merger expands the lending capacity, product offerings, and branch service area, while keeping all decision making at the local level. They have branches in Auburn, Biddeford, Brunswick, Kennebunk, Lewiston, Scarborough, Waterboro, and Windham

About the Biddeford and Mechanics Savings Foundation
The Biddeford and Mechanics Savings Charitable Foundation was created in July 2020 and is structured to give back to the communities in a larger, more enduring way. The Foundation’s mission is to help individuals and families in the bank’s local communities meet their basic needs and achieve financial empowerment.