AUBURN, Maine (3/28/14)--For a statewide campaign to end hunger, Maine credit unions collectively will be awarded next week the JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award, sponsored by the Maine-based Good Shepherd Food Bank.
Through the Maine Credit Unions League's Campaign for Ending Hunger, credit unions across the state have raised more than $5 million since 1990 to help end hunger in the state (Sun Journal March 26).
The 2013 campaign raised a record $513,000.
As one in four children in Maine are considered food insecure, league leaders know they're focusing their efforts in the right places.
"(It's) one of the most important issues that we are dealing with in Maine," said Jon Paradise, MCUL vice president of governmental and public affairs. "Maine's credit unions are committed to being a leader in doing whatever we can to help the nearly 15% of Mainers ... who are food insecure."
The league campaign also just announced an extension of its support with a multi-year commitment to aid Good Shepherd in its ongoing effort to end childhood hunger.
In addition to donating funds to food pantries, Maine-based credit unions also send funds to other statewide initiatives that strive to end hunger.
But the community support doesn't end there. They also raise funds to promote financial literacy and to support other organizations in Maine, such as the Red Cross, Special Olympics, according to the Sun Journal (March 26).
Credit union employees in the state have given more than 293,000 hours volunteering, setting a record last year with 37,000 hours.