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Camden National Bank Donates $20,000 to Support Area Shelters in Honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

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Total donations reaches $128,000 in less than two years

Camden, Maine – November 22, 2016 – Thanks to a little help from its customers, Camden National Bank was able to provide some extra support to Maine’s homeless shelters in honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, this November by donating a total of $20,000 to 34 shelters throughout the state. The donation was the result of a promotion aimed at increasing support and awareness for local homeless shelters during this special week. On November 12th, customers were asked to use their Camden National Bank debit card, and for every two purchases made, the Bank offered to donate $1 through its Hope@Home program, up to $20,000.

“We are very grateful to all of the customers who made the extra effort to use their debit cards on this one day and help us give back to those in need at this critical time of year,” said Greg Dufour, president and chief executive officer of Camden National Bank. “Since starting Hope@Home almost two years ago, we’ve learned that many of our local shelters regularly struggle with a lack of resources to meet the needs that exist in their communities, and that even a small amount of money or time can go a long way in helping them accomplish the important work they’re doing. Our customers and communities have always been key partners and advocates for the program, and we are proud to say that they helped us reach our goal of donating $20,000 to shelters throughout the state, bringing our total commitment to $128,000.”

image showing what camden is providing through it's hope at home program

In 2015, Camden National Bank launched the community-based, statewide Hope@Home program to drive more awareness and support for Maine’s homelessness programs. Through this initiative, for every home Camden National Bank finances, $100 is donated to a homeless shelter in the community of the new homeowner, and in the homeowner’s name. 

In addition to the funds donated through Hope@Home, the Bank also provided a combined total of over $5,000 worth of food to area shelters in November. Funds for the food donations were raised by employees, through the Bank’s employee-run community outreach program, the Community Spirit of Giving (CSOG). Founded in 1991 by employees who wanted to create their own grassroots effort to support local communities and people in need, the CSOG program holds fundraising events throughout the year to help fight food insecurity in Maine. 

Dufour continued, “I am very proud of all of the ways in which our employees give back to their communities every day. With these extra donations, we were able to provide additional support to our area shelters at a time when the need typically rises due to the holiday season as well as the colder temperatures. Whether it’s through contributions like these or ongoing volunteerism, their contributions are making a difference in the neighborhoods where we live and work.”

For more information on Hope@Home, please visit here.

About Camden National Bank
Camden National Bank is a full-service community bank that offers state-of-the-art online and mobile banking resources through a network of 61 banking centers and 84 ATMs in Maine, as well as lending offices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Headquartered in Camden, Maine, the Bank has been supporting Maine’s people and businesses since 1875 and believes in creating strong connections to the community through volunteerism, sponsorships, and donations that strengthen and invigorate the areas it serves. Through programs like Hope@Home and the Community Spirit of Giving (CSOG), Camden National Bank partners with local agencies to provide vital assistance to those in need throughout the state. To learn more, visit Member FDIC.