FARMINGTON – During the fall months of 2021, Franklin Savings Bank employees worked hard to support pantries in their local communities, as well as Gold Star service members and veteran families.
Franklin Savings Bank holds three celebrations per year to celebrate the accomplishments of its employees. For the week of October 25-29, FSB employees turned a routine celebration into a combined effort to provide local pantries. The teams participated in a bank-wide food drive called “Fall Bounty Week,” which highlighted healthy competition between different departments and branches.
“Fall Bounty Week was full of hope, motivation and positive energy,” said Courtney Austin, FSB Marketing Manager. “It means the world for us, as FSB employees, to come to work and be a part of much more outside these walls of the Bank.”
Employees collected cans and boxes, toiletries, and cash donations to be distributed among eight local pantries. Employee donations totaled 2,500 items and over $ 1,400.
On top of that, the bank was inspired by the willingness to donate employees and decided to match their efforts with a donation of $ 11,000 to be distributed among the designated pantries.
The reception pantries included:
* Care and Share Food Closet, Farmington
* Saint-Joseph Parish, Farmington
* Skowhegan Community Pantry, Skowhegan
* Praise Assembly of God, Rumford
* Wilton United Methodist Church, Wilton
* Saint Rose of Lima, Jay
* Rangeley Health and wellness, Rangeley
* Bread and Fish, Ellsworth
“Community service is part of our mission statement,” said Tim Thompson, President and CEO. “It is very meaningful to see the Franklin Savings Bank team working together for the benefit of the communities we serve. “
The donation doesn’t stop there; every Friday and Saturday FSB employees have the option to wear jeans to work with a donation of $ 2. Franklin Savings Bank employees raised over $ 560 in September to fund Thanksgiving baskets for Gold Star and Veteran families. The bank also made an additional donation of $ 800 to help fund the baskets.
These baskets are filled with cans and boxes, fresh vegetables, homemade pies donated by various employees, handwritten cards by the employees’ children, and Hannaford gift cards for the most perishable items. This year, FSB has concocted 31 baskets for the benefit of local families.
To learn more about Franklin Savings Bank, its involvement in the community and more, check out its new and improved website at www.FranklinSavings.Bank.
Franklin Savings Bank is a community bank founded in 1868 that serves western, central and lower eastern Maine from eight locations.