Saco, Maine—May 18, 2021—The Ecology School hosted representatives from Maine Community Bank on Tuesday for a ribbon-cutting at the new three-wing dormitory on the River Bend Farm campus. Maine Community Bank, through their Biddeford and Mechanics Savings Charitable Foundation, recently pledged $10,000 toward the River Bend Farm project. The donation includes the naming of one of the dormitory rooms, which house four participants each night.
“We are proud to support The Ecology School and their mission to build a sustainable campus,” stated Jeanne Hulit, president and CEO of Maine Community Bank. “The Maine Community Bank family strongly believes that we must all work together to take action against climate change and to build a sustainable Maine for future generations.”
“I am grateful for the generosity from our neighbors at Maine Community Bank as they commit their support to our new home at River Bend Farm,” said Drew Dumsch, president and CEO of The Ecology School. “Modelling a sustainable way of living and learning is a community effort. Through the naming of a room in our new Dormitory, Maine Community Bank’s gift will help us provide thousands of program participants with an unforgetting sustainable living experience.”
The Ecology School commemorated the completion of their River Bend Farm campus in April. The campus is the first location in Maine to achieve the full International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Certification (LBC), the most comprehensive green building certification in the world. The campus hosts a variety of programs for children and adults to connect with the natural world through experiential learning.
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.