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.

Biddeford Savings Supports Scarborough Public Library’s Story Walks

Siblings reading large-format pages of a book on the Scarborough Public Library's Story Walk

Scarborough, Maine – July 28, 2021 – Biddeford Savings, a division of Maine Community Bank, recently donated $1,000 to the Scarborough Public Library to fund Story Walks; a series of illustrations posted sequentially on signboards along a path outdoors.

In this time when children are unvaccinated and the Scarborough Public Library cannot yet provide traditional, in-person “story times,” story walks have particular value. The Story Walks provide a shared community experience, for the entire family, safely outside. With our support, the Library has developed seven story walks to be enjoyed by the many families with young children who visit. The Library has mounted actual pages from large-format picture books to the windows along the perimeter of the building to be viewed from outside.

“Reading is fundamental to building literacy skills in children. Story Walks inspire families to get outside and share a story. It is a winning combination that sparks curiosity while getting a bit of exercise and a positive way to fuel a child’s growing mind,” says Louise Capizzo, the Scarborough Public Library’s Youth Services Manager.

We are proud to support the Scarborough Public Library and their Story Walk initiative. Each story will be on display for about two months, and walks will rotate well into next year, including these titles: Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, Up, Down and Around by Katherine Ayres, Planting a Rainbow, by Lois Ehlert, Rattletrap Car by Phyllis Root, Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert, Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen, and One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root.

About Biddeford Savings

Biddeford Savings is an independent, community-focused mutual savings bank founded in 1867 with a commitment to excellence and to helping each of its communities prosper. The bank has offices in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Scarborough, and Waterboro. To learn more, visit biddefordsavings.com.

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