Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings Provide Assistance to Local Food Pantries

January 16, 2020BIDDEFORD AND AUBURN, ME – Centered on an unwavering commitment to the local communities they serve, Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings recently donated a total of $22,500 to local food pantries in their market areas to help fight the issue of food insecurity.

Maine ranks 12th in the nation for food insecurity. People of all ages are struggling to put food on their tables, but the trend is most distressing for the youngest and oldest citizens of our state. One in five children in Maine are considered food insecure, as are 16% of our senior population.

Food pantries must rely heavily on donations from area residents and businesses to continue to fill the need.  In the first week after the merger between Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings, both divisions wanted to address the issue of food insecurity with donations to several food pantries in the communities of Central and Southern Maine.

“Thankfully, there are many food pantries in our communities working tirelessly to provide fresh food and hot meals to our most vulnerable residents,” said Jeanne Hulit, President and CEO of Maine Community Bank, the parent company of Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings.  “Our colleagues donate to and volunteer at the food pantries year-round.  We’ve seen the need grow, especially after the holidays, and are in a position to help,” Hulit added.

The following food pantries each received a $2,500 donation to purchase food and other nonperishable goods: High Street Food Pantry in Auburn; Biddeford Food Pantry in Biddeford; Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program in Brunswick; Trinity Jubilee Center in Lewiston; Community Outreach Services in Kennebunk; Saco Food Pantry in Saco; Project GRACE in Scarborough; Windham Food Pantry and Clothes Closet in Windham; and Waterboro Food Pantry in Waterboro.

Maine Community Bank presents check to local food pantries

 

Maine Community Bank presents $22,500 to nine different food pantries in the markets they serve. Pictured are Nicole Regan, Customer Service Representative; Betsy Boudreau, Vice President, Marketing Director; Jeanne Hulit, President & CEO; and Bethany Wilson, Marketing Specialist.

Jeff Wright Promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer at Maine Community Bancorp

Nov 19, 2019 – AUBURN, ME – Maine Community Bancorp, the mutual holding company of Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeff Wright to Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer.

In this role, Wright is responsible for the strategic leadership of operations across the organization.

Wright joined Maine Community Bancorp in 2018 as Senior Vice President, Senior Operations Officer. In this position, he was responsible for operational oversight of deposit and loan operations, facilities, and project management for both banks.

“Jeff has become an integral part of the Maine Community Bancorp family and a leader in driving our integration plans,” said Jeanne Hulit, President and CEO. “The integration of these two great banks is a complex endeavor affecting every department and function in the company. We are lucky to have Jeff’s experienced oversight and management of the many activities that span multiple departments and business lines.”

Suzanne M. Carney Joins Maine Community Bancorp as SVP, Director of Human Resources

May 16, 2019 – AUBURN, ME – Maine Community Bancorp, the mutual holding company of Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings Bank, is pleased to announce that Suzanne M. Carney has joined the team as Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources.

Carney comes to Maine Community Bancorp with over 25 years of experience in human resources, finance and banking. She began her career as an accountant with Austin Associates. Most recently, she served as Vice President, Compensation and Benefits Manager at Northeast Bank. In her new position, Carney is responsible for implementing and administering human resource policies, and managing all aspects of employee relations and development, including staffing and recruiting for both Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings Bank.

Carney graduated from Bryant University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and earned Senior Certified Professional with the Society of Human Resource Management. Carney is a member of Central Maine Human Resource Association and the Human Resources Association of Southern Maine. Outside of work, she is engaged in the community as an active Junior Achievement volunteer and has also served on multiple area boards and committees.

 

Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings to Consolidate into a Single Bank Charter, Maintain Brands

Apr 18, 2019 – Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings announced that the organizations have filed a merger application with regulators to operate under a single charter as Maine Community Bank. Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings will maintain their respective brand identities, as well as local decision making, while operating as divisions of Maine Community Bank.

Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings are both known for their financial commitment to their communities through local lending and philanthropy, offering competitive products for their banking customers, as well as providing stable and high-quality professional employment opportunities.

“Both Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings have developed extremely strong community roots over the last 150 years, so keeping those brands intact, while bringing greater opportunity for expanded lending and services to remain competitive, is really the best of all options for both our customers and our staff,” said Jeanne Hulit, President and CEO of Maine Community Bancorp, the holding company of both banks.

Operating under a single charter will allow both Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings to increase lending capacity, expand product offerings, and enable customers to access full-service banking at all branch locations. All branches will remain open, and the single charter will provide more mobility and opportunity for the employees of both community banks.

In 2016, Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings formed an alliance to operate as subsidiaries of one mutual holding company, Maine Community Bancorp. The Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings board of directors along with the Maine Community Bancorp board of directors has unanimously approved the charter consolidation, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2019, pending regulatory approval.

“Both banks have seen tremendous growth that would not have been possible without the Maine Community Bancorp alliance,” said Hulit. “Bringing Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings Bank under one charter is a natural progression of our partnership. We’re excited to see what the future holds as we continue growing stronger together.”

Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings announce 2019 promotions

Mar 11, 2019 – Maine Community Bancorp, the mutual holding company that owns Mechanics Savings Bank and Biddeford Savings Bank, recently announced the promotion of five employees.

Marcus Buzulchuck

Marcus Buzulchuck

was promoted to vice president, branch manager of the Biddeford Savings office in Kennebunk. Buzulchuck started his career with Biddeford Savings in 2011 as a customer service representative and worked his way up to branch manager in 2016. Buzulchuck is a strong believer in financial education and is an active volunteer for Junior Achievement and the Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel.

 

Michelle Leclair

Michelle Leclair

was promoted to assistant branch manager of the Biddeford Savings office in Waterboro. Leclair joined Biddeford Savings in 2013 as a part-time teller and most recently served as a customer service representative. Leclair is an avid runner who represents the bank at various running and community events. She is also an active member of the Massabesic Business Exchange.

 

Bryan Campbell

Bryan Campbell

has accepted a retail mortgage lender position in Brunswick with Mechanics Savings. Campbell began his career with Mechanics in 2011 as a teller and most recently served as the branch manager of the Brunswick office. Campbell is an active volunteer in the Brunswick community, serving on the board of directors and the campaign cabinet for United Way of Mid Coast Maine.

 

Brian Robinson

Brian Robinson

has accepted the position of branch manager of the Mechanics Savings Brunswick office and has also promoted to assistant vice president. Robinson started with Mechanics Savings in 2016 as a commercial credit analyst and most recently worked as a business service specialist. Robinson is heavily involved in the Brunswick and Topsham communities, serving on the board of directors and development committee for Oasis Free Clinics. He also serves on the Topsham Economic Development Board, as well as on the steering committee for Midcoast Edge. Robinson has made such an impact on the community that he has been recognized as Young Professional of the Year by the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber.

Christine MonteCalvo

Chrissy MonteCalvo

has been promoted to assistant vice president. She joined Mechanics Savings in 2015 as a customer service representative and was promoted to branch manager of the Lewiston office in 2018. MonteCalvo loves being involved in the community and is a member of the Auburn-Lewiston Rotary Breakfast Club. She also serves on the Income Impact Council for United Way of Androscoggin County and the Center for Financial Training Council.

Biddeford Savings Offers Relief During Government Shutdown

BIDDEFORD, ME–Jan 18, 2019 – As the government shutdown continues with no end in sight, Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings are committed to providing relief to federal employees and contractors who are experiencing financial hardships due to loss of income.

“As a community bank, we’re committed to supporting our customers through all of their ups and downs,” said Jeanne Hulit, president and CEO of Maine Community Bancorp. “We’re working closely with customers affected by the government shutdown and are developing individualized plans to lessen their financial burdens during this difficult time.”

If you are affected by the government shutdown, please visit your nearest branch or call 1-866-767-8265 so we can work to find a solution tailored to fit your specific needs.

Jeff Wright Joins Maine Community Bancorp as SVP, Senior Operations Officer

Dec 11, 2018 – AUBURN, ME – Maine Community Bancorp, the mutual holding company of Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings Bank, is pleased to announce that Jeff Wright has joined the team as Senior Vice President, Senior Operations Officer.

Wright comes to Maine Community Bancorp with over 20 years of experience in the financial service industry. He began his career as a financial consultant with Salmon Smith Barney. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Retail Sales and Operations Manager at Northeast Bank. In his new position, Wright is responsible for operational oversight of deposit and loan operations, facilities, and project management for both Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings Bank.

Wright graduated from Stonehill College with his Bachelor of Arts. Outside of work, Wright is actively involved in the community, serving on the state board of directors for Junior Achievement of Maine.

About Maine Community Bancorp

Maine Community Bancorp was established in 2016 as a mutual holding company that owns Biddeford Savings Bank and Mechanics Savings Bank. The alliance has enabled both banks to serve customers and the community through significantly greater loan capacity and leading-edge products and services.

Biddeford Savings Shows Their Love for our Furry Friends

Aug 22, 2018 – BIDDEFORD, ME – Biddeford Savings hosted their annual Furry Friends campaign to collect pet supplies and cash donations for the Animal Welfare Society.

Each summer for the past several years, Biddeford Savings has hosted a Furry Friends campaign to collect pet supplies and cash donations for the Animal Welfare Society. During the campaign, customers and community members are encouraged to drop off donations at any Biddeford Savings branch location. Additional funds are raised through employee jeans days.

This year, the campaign which began in mid-June and ran through mid-July resulted in the bank, customers, employees, and community members banding together to raise $3,000 in cash for the Animal Welfare Society and an abundance of pet supplies, such as food, cat litter, toys, and treats.

“We love partnering with Biddeford Savings for their Furry Friends campaign,” said Courtney Holub, Development Associate of the Animal Welfare Society. “We’re grateful for everything the bank and their customers do for our furry friends and we’re thrilled to see how much the campaign grows each year!”

Biddeford Savings employees visit Animal Welfare Society to present a big check and pet food collected during their annual Furry Friends campaign

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.