Franklin Savings names Community Initiative winners

FARMINGTON — Franklin Savings Bank named the recipients of its FSB Community 150 initiative Wednesday evening at the Homestead Bakery. In all, 60 local nonprofits will share in a donation of $150,000 from the bank’s Community Development Foundation.

In each of Franklin, Oxford, Somerset and Hancock counties, the top nominated nonprofit received $10,000, the second most nominated nonprofit, $7,500, and the third, $5,000. In addition, the fourth and fifth highest received $2,500. Ten additional nonprofits received $1,000 each. The top three from each county were recognized at the event.
“We have enjoyed giving back,” said Franklin Savings Bank President and CEO Tim Thompson. “We see our 150th anniversary not so much as a celebration of ourselves, but as a celebration of our communities. It’s the people living and working in the communities we serve who have made our sesquicentennial possible. This is our thank you.”
The full list of recipients is at
The top three for each county are: Franklin: Franklin County Animal Shelter, Farmington Ski Club (Titcomb Mountain), and the Rangeley Public Library; Oxford: Thompson Lake Environmental Association (TLEA), Team Hailey Hugs, and the Greater Rumford Community Center; Somerset: Main Street Skowhegan, Healing Hands Foundation, Inc., and the Sebasticook Chapter of NAVHDA; Hancock: Community Closet, Lake Stewards of Maine, and the Families First Community Center.
Other recipients are:

FRANKLIN COUNTY: Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, Holland Strong Community Foundation, Rangeley Health and Wellness Center, Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society, Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, MATE Housing Ministry, Rangeley Region Guides & Sportsmen’s Association, Fit Girls of Wilton, Maine, Double B Equine Rescue Corp., LEAP, Inc., Farmington Public Library Association, and the Care & Share Food Closet;

OXFORD COUNTY: Chisholm Ski Club, Pink Feather Foundation, Region 9 School of Applied Technology, Community Concepts, Inc., Androscoggin Land Trust, Mexico Historical Society, Gardner Roberts Memorial Library, Hope Association, Maine K9 Vest Fund, Andover Educational Fund, Inc., Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation, and Rural Community Action Ministry;

SOMERSET COUNTY: Friends of the L.C. Bates Museum, Somerset Humane Society, Community Care, Siesta Sanctuary, Wesserunsett Arts Council, Somerset Woods Trustees, Lake George Regional Park, GEAR Parent Network, Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County, Day One, United Methodist Economic Ministry, and Kennebec Behavioral Health;

HANCOCK COUNTY: Camp Capella, Tree of Life, Inc., KidsPeace Graham Lake Campus, Next Step Domestic Violence Project, Ellsworth Lioness Club, Open Door Recovery Center, The Grand Auditorium, Healthy Peninsula, Maine Veterans Project, Hancock County Habitat for Humanity, Children’s Dyslexia Center-Bangor, and Special Children’s Friends.

This $150,000 is on top of the normal contributions the bank makes through its Franklin Savings Bank Community Development Foundation and the $27,300 for 95 charities in the name of its employees and corporators earlier this year. The Foundation generally makes about $160,000 in donations annually.
“This is a special year for us and I’m pleased that our Board of Directors decided to make this additional financial commitment to our communities,” said Thompson.

Since the Foundation was founded in 2000, the bank has contributed $2.3 million to educational and local nonprofits. The bank was founded in 1868. It has broadened over the years to serve lending needs as well as deposit and commercial needs and the area served has expanded well beyond its original Franklin County with locations in Oxford, Somerset and Hancock counties.