CAMDEN — Employees in every department of Camden National Bank shopped and baked goodies for others during this holiday season.
This December marks the 20th anniversary of the bank’s Community Spirit of Giving (CSOG), Camden National’s employee-run community outreach program that sponsors many fund-raising events throughout the year to raise money to help area families in need at the holidays. Since 1991, CSOG has helped more than 2,000 individuals. On average, CSOG helps 75 to 100 children each year.
“We are proud of having founded this program, and are thrilled to be celebrating its twentieth year,” said Gregory A. Dufour, president and chief executive officer of Camden National Bank. “Reaching out and helping our neighbors is at the core of what we believe in. It’s what being a community bank is all about.”
According to Camden National Bank assistant vice president and CSOG coordinator Alli Young, Camden National employees, known as stakeholders, work throughout the year to ensure enough CSOG money is raised to help as many families as possible. Each branch and department gets involved, hosting book and bake sales, saving bottles and cans, holding a biennial yard sale and selling special CSOG cookbooks, which are created by stakeholders and are filled with recipes collected from employees throughout the company. On average, stakeholders raise around $10,000 for the program each year.