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 has pledged a $25,000 gift to support the Charles M. Sumner Learning Campus, the new Regional School Unit (RSU) 24 public school that is currently under construction in Sullivan. The new school will serve students in grades 6-12 who reside in nine towns in Hancock and Washington counties. The bank’s donation will be directed to fund new learning technology and industrial arts equipment for the campus.

“At Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, we believe that investments in education and workforce development deliver a significant impact on the vitality of our communities,” said Joseph Schmitt, chief marketing officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “We are honored to support the Charles M. Sumner Learning Campus and to help give its future students the technology and programming they need to be successful in school and beyond.

Construction on the new campus, which will house Sumner Middle School and Sumner High School, is being funded in large part by the state of Maine. To ensure the school would provide students with a state-of-the-art learning environment, the RSU 24 Board of Directors formed the community group Friends of Sumner’s Future, to support the construction of the new school and raise additional money to support projects expenses and items not funded by the state. Some of those items include new learning technology, a gym concession kitchen, field sprinkler system, outdoor sound system and other amenities.

“Regional School Unit 24 is greatly appreciative of the generosity shown by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust through the generous donation to support the Friends of Sumner’s Future fundraising campaign,” said Michael Eastman, superintendent of Regional School Unit 24. “Their pledge represents their commitment to the students of our school district and demonstrates the value that the institution places on education. As we work to fulfill the commitment of outfitting the building with the necessary equipment, furniture, fixtures, and technology, this donation will prove instrumental.”

Megan Moshier, who chairs the Friends of Sumner’s Future campaign, added, “We are tremendously appreciative to Bar Harbor Bank & Trust for their generous donation. People in our communities are thrilled to see progress on this new high school, which many of us agree is far overdue. Our students will benefit from this new, modern school for many years to come and contributions such as this help to make the vision a reality.”

Construction on the Charles M. Sumner Learning Campus is expected to be completed in the second half of 2022.

The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation has awarded $576,000 to various Maine and New Hampshire-based organizations; $251,000 will be granted this year, while another $325,000 will be distributed during the following four years in the form of multi-year grants.

In the foundation’s latest grant cycle, 21 nonprofits dedicated to enriching the quality of life for communities across northern New England received grant awards. Among the services provided by these grantees: educational programs, food security, building maintenance and restoration and mental and physical health assistance.

“We are thankful for each of our philanthropic and nonprofit partners, and all of the organizations and individuals throughout Maine and New Hampshire whose work is dedicated to the health and well-being of our communities and our economy,” said Bob Montgomery-Rice, president and CEO of Bangor Savings Bank. “Our lives and our futures are supported and enriched through the critical work and dedication of our grant recipients, and their significant contributions to improving the vitality and quality of life across northern New England.”

The following is a list of grant recipients: LifeFlight Foundation, $250,000; Good Shepherd Food Bank, $100,000; St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, $50,000; American Red Cross, $25,000; Zillman Art Museum, University of Maine System Inc., $25,000; H.O.M.E, $20,600; Androscoggin Home Health Services Inc., $7,500; Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire, $5,400; Concord Regional VNA, $10,000; Eastport Public Library Association, $7,500; Hospice Help Foundation, $6,500; Junior Achievement of Maine, $7,500; Little Angels Service Dogs, $5,500; Maine Children’s Home For Little Wanderers, $7,500; Maine Farmland Trust, $7,500; Maine Maritime Academy, $7,000; New Beginnings Inc., $7,500; Peregrine Corp. D/B/A STRIVE, $7,500; Pier2peer, $7,500; Shalom House Inc., $5,500; Veazie Community School, $5,500.

The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation was created in 1997. Together the bank and its foundation invested more than $3.4 million into the community in the form of sponsorships, grants and partnership initiatives last year.

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