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.

Camden National Bank has announced a $10,000 donation to the LifeFlight Foundation to help provide vital medical support to people across Maine. This is the eighth year that Camden National Bank will be a major sponsor for the Cross for LifeFlight. The signature fundraising event, which began in 2013 as a swim across west Penobscot Bay from Northport to Islesboro, has now become a statewide, month-long event that encourages participants to cross whatever part of Maine suits them. Participants can swim, row, paddle, hike, walk or bike — all while tracking their progress in the event’s proprietary online system.

“Our expansion strategy is to make what began as a 150-person open water swim into a unique Maine event in which many more people can participate,” said Kate O’Halloran, the LifeFlight Foundation’s executive director. “There are some incredibly creative Crossings being planned — we love the adventurous spirit of the people of Maine.”

Over the past year, LifeFlight has worked to provide care to patients with or presumed to have COVID-19. The emergency medical care team has put in place new equipment and technologies to safely care for patients with the highly infectious disease.

To learn more about the 2021 Cross for LifeFlight and to register, visit

With 2020 certain to be remembered for COVID-19 and social unrest, Bangor Savings Bank focused its charitable giving in precisely those areas and finished its fiscal year with nearly $1.2 million in combined gifts and grants to Maine and New Hampshire organizations that are addressing those critical areas.

“Supporting our communities through corporate giving, grant-making, volunteerism, and creative community partnerships are central to Bangor Savings Bank’s promise,” said Bangor Savings Bank President and CEO Bob Montgomery-Rice. “Throughout the pandemic, our team has worked quickly and passionately to offset its devastating impact by identifying and supporting the organizations providing critical aid to our communities. We also provided aid to organizations working to address racial and social injustice, structural unfairness and economic disparity, all longstanding issues intensified by the historic events that transpired over the past year.”

The financial grants and gifts were distributed from two different giving sources: The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation, and the Bangor Savings Bank Corporate Giving Program. The nearly $1.2 million contributed toward COVID-19 relief and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts was just part of the $3.2 million the bank and its foundation invested into the community during its fiscal year. Other areas of giving included culture and arts, workforce development, education and social and civil services.

In Hancock County, Downeast Adaptive Youth Recreation Inc. and Schoodic Arts for All both received Diversity, Equity and Inclusion grants from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation. Camp CaPella also received a COVID-19 relief grant from the bank’s Corporate Giving Program.

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