Maine Community Bank Cares: The Biddeford and Mechanics Savings Charitable Foundation Donates $10,000 to Support Mental Health in the Community

Westbrook, Maine – August 15Susan Mellon presents check to Sweetser, 2022 – To support some of the most vulnerable individuals throughout the state, The Biddeford and Mechanics Savings Charitable Foundation delivered a donation of $10,000 to Sweetser, a community mental health provider offering services to people of all ages in mental and behavioral health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, recovery, and education. In recent years, the awareness and stigma surrounding mental health has lifted, but the access and affordability of these services has not.

The Foundation recently presented Jayne Van Bramer, President & CEO at Sweetser with a check for $10,000 which will be used to support individuals by improving their quality of life as they receive help through their darkest and scariest moments. The funds will also help towards removing barriers for Maine’s families and allowing access to mental healthcare, leading to positive long-term outcomes and a brighter and more promising future.

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

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 Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte as Senior Vice President, Director of Compliance

Westbrook, Maine—July 11, 2022—Maine Community Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte as Senior Vice President, Director of Compliance. Turcotte is responsible for the oversight of the Compliance and Internal Audit Programs at Maine Community Bank and will be based in Westbrook.

“I am honored to contribute to the work of Maine Community Bank because of its steadfast dedication to Maine, with a proven record of elevating women leaders,” says Turcotte.

She comes to Maine Community Bank with nineteen years of legal, compliance and risk management experience. Most recently, Anna worked at TD Bank and Androscoggin Bank.

In 2012 Anna published her childhood diaries surviving ethnic cleansing as a child refugee, titled “Nowhere, a Story of Exile,” which she wrote at the age of 14 as her family settled in North Dakota as refugees. Since the publication of this diary Anna has spoken on behalf of her community at US Congress, UK & European Parliaments and speaks worldwide on genocide prevention, refugee issues, international law, and human rights.  Additionally, Anna implements humanitarian initiatives in Armenia with the Anna Astvatsaturian Foundation. Anna volunteers her time mentoring Maine girls with Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute.  She serves as the Board member of the Maine Justice Foundation and donates her time to numerous other local organizations.

“We are so pleased to have Anna join our team and bring her wealth of experience to Maine Community Bank. Anna is a proven leader who is deeply committed to her community and to helping us deliver on the bank’s mission to enrich our customers, communities and colleagues,” says Jeanne Hulit, President & CEO of Maine Community Bank.

Anna has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Dakota and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law. She lives in Westbrook with her husband and two children, and is a third term Westbrook City Councilor, currently serving as the first woman and immigrant President of the Westbrook City Council.

 

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’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 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.

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