Town & Country believes being a good neighbor means giving back to the people and communities we serve. Each year we partner with dozens of local civic and non-profit organizations across Southern Maine to help them help others through financial support, volunteerism and education.
We support organizations and initiatives working to help communities thrive in the areas of health, wellness, fitness, financial literacy, education, the arts, civic and community pride, environmental sustainability and more. Click here to view some of the many organizations and program Town & Country supports throughout the year.
Town & Country continually seeks new and collaborative ways to support charitable and civic organizations across our community to make a difference in our neighbor’s lives.
Here are just some of the community outreach initiatives the credit union supports.
Better Neighbor Fund
Since 2010, Town & Country supports a wide range of charitable causes across Southern Maine through its Better Neighbor Fund. To date, the credit union has awarded $150,000 in grants and supported 48 different initiatives across Cumberland and York Counties. The Better Neighbor Fund is a social media driven program and the winners are selected each year based on the public’s votes.
For the fifth consecutive year, Town & Country is a sponsor and major partner with the Maine Cancer Foundation—an organization supporting the health and wellbeing of Maine people through cancer research, education and patient support programs. Town & Country and its staff work to raise awareness for the organization and help raise money through its three signature events -- Mary’s Walk, the Twilight 5K and Tri for a Cure.
Ending Hunger in Maine
The credit union works to help Maine people challenged by food insecurity through donations, fund raising and other initiatives. In 2015, Town & Country raised over $8,500 in the fight to end hunger in Maine. The funds were used to help local food programs with projects designed to better serve the people in the communities who rely on them most. Organizations included South Portland Food Cupboard, Saco Food Pantry, Good Shepherd Parish Church of Saco, and Project Feed, Wayside Food Program and Preble Street Food Pantry all of Portland.
South Portland Food Cupboard
Hunger is a chronic problem facing hundreds of people in our communities. Many of our neighbors rely on the services of the South Portland Food Cupboard for ongoing or temporary support in hard times. The food pantry assists home bound elderly, parents of young children, those living in motels, as well as needy neighbors who come each month to the food pantry. In addition, they will be open one evening a week to support the working poor. Sometimes people struggling to make ends meet and need help managing their finances. Town & Country is interested in helping those struggling to keep food on the table get ahead and reached out to the South Portland Food Cupboard to establish a new program for their clients. A credit union loan officer is available each week to meet with food pantry clients to discuss their financial challenges and to see how we can help them get on track by setting up a budget, restructuring existing debt or finding other resources for job training or employment. The program has proven to be helpful to food pantry clients.
Portland Recovery Center Financial Education
Substance abuse is a deep-rooted issue effecting many of our neighbors and communities. For those working to overcome the challenges of addition through recovery programs, often face other struggles, including money management. The Town & Country branch on Forest Avenue in Portland realized a number of people in local recovery programs had opened accounts with the credit union. Our staff learned many people in recover have unique financial challenges and wanted to make a difference. The branch staff reached out to the Portland Recovery Center and developed a four-part educational series designed to assist people in recovery learn the basics about money management and credit to help them get a fresh start.
Habitat for Humanity
Affordable housing is a challenge facing many Maine families and the credit union wants to help create more options. That is why Town & Country is working with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland and has financed the first home in a 13 unit project being built in Scarborough. The credit union plans to provide financing for additional home owners. Plus,Town & Country staff will volunteer to help build future houses in the project.