The Giving Report

Every day, individuals, businesses and organizations are doing good in and around Hancock County. The Giving Report compiles some of their financial contributions.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees recently presented nearly $12,000 in donations from the bank’s employee-driven charitable giving program, Casual for A Cause, to six nonprofit organizations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The recipients of the donations are Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, Island Health & Wellness Foundation, People Plus and Trekkers (Maine); Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (New Hampshire); and Changing Perspectives Inc. (Vermont).

“Our employees are passionate about helping our neighbors, whether that’s through supporting initiatives to expand health-care services or by empowering young people to become positive agents of change,” said Jack Frost, VP director of community giving at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “Every dollar donated through Casual for a Cause is a testament to our employees’ commitment to creating stronger communities for all.”

Bank employees participating in Casual for a Cause dress casually on Fridays in exchange for a biweekly payroll deduction made to a pool of funds collected during each quarter. The employees then vote on the nonprofits to receive their contributions. Employees have donated more than $175,000 since the program launched in 2018.

Local recipients for this round of donations included Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County and Island Health & Wellness Foundation.

Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County is a nonprofit volunteer hospice organization in Maine that provides non-medical assistance to patients and families who are facing the end-of-life, support to those who grieve the loss of a loved one and community education and advocacy on death and bereavement issues. Learn more at

Island Health & Wellness Foundation’s mission is to identify and advocate for the health and wellness needs of Deer Isle-Stonington; provide financial support, guidance and encouragement to local health and wellness organizations; and maintain the Island Medical Center for the provision of health and dental care. Learn more at

The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation has awarded $88,590 to 22 organizations in Maine and New Hampshire. The grant funds awarded to these nonprofits will contribute to a variety of programs and efforts important to furthering their work. The missions and goals of these nonprofit partners positively affect the well-being of the community by helping to improve the life of those around them.

These grant recipients are among many nonprofits engaged in community-oriented work, such as social and civil service, health care, economic and workforce development and education.

“These nonprofits are truly appreciated for their tireless work in fostering the livelihoods of those throughout our region,” said Bob Montgomery-Rice, president and CEO of Bangor Savings Bank. “Whether it’s through health care, food security, environmental sustainability and so much more, we are proud to support their important missions which help create a brighter future.”

Local grant recipients include the Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic ($5,000) and Downeast Adaptive Youth Recreation Inc., Ellsworth ($5,000).

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