Community Credit Union donates to several local organizations to end hunger

LEWISTON — In 2019, Community Credit Union presented a number of nonprofits checks as part of its Ending Hunger program
Among those receiving donations were:
Safe Voices received a check in the amount of $250. The money will help supply its food pantry available at their shelter. Safe Voices offers support to more than 1,500 individuals affected by domestic violence with offices in Farmington, Lewiston, South Paris/Norway and Rumford. The local offices provide one-on-one support, support groups, children’s services, advocacy, information, referrals, court advocacy, transportation and accommodation for shelter, community education and professional trainings.
“Survivors of domestic violence face a variety of obstacles to safety, including food insecurity. Our partnership with Community Credit Union and their Ending Hunger initiative has been a vital source of support over the years,” said Director of Development and Engagement Victoria Stanton.
The Turner Food Pantry also received a donation of $250. The Pantry is lin the Boofy Quimby Memorial Center in North Turner and is staffed by volunteers from the North Turner Union Presbyterian Church. This year they served more than 50 Turner families throughout the year. Turner residents seeking assistance can call the Food Pantry at 207-395-5256 or the Turner Town Office by calling 207-225-3414.
The Greene Baptist Church Food Pantry also received a check in the amount of $250. The pantry is located in the church, 102 Main St., Greene. It serves approximately 75 families a month and also gives out about 20 Thanksgiving baskets each November. The food pantry is open to residents of Greene on the first and third Thursday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m.
St. Mary’s Food Pantry was presented with a check in the amount of $500. St. Mary’s Food Pantry provides food for more than 1,000 people per week. In addition, St. Mary’s Nutrition Center supported more than 130 households with their urban gardens located through the cities. The food pantry and nutrition center are located on Bates Street in Lewiston.
The donations are some of Community Credit Union’s participation in Maine Credit Union League’s Campaign for Ending Hunger. Maine Credit Unions have raised more than $8.5 million since 1990 to help end hunger in Maine. At the end of each year, 100% of the money raised by each participating credit union is given back to the credit union to be distributed to hunger organization in the community.
Community Credit has branches located at 144 Pine St.; 40 Stanley St., Auburn, and 1025 Auburn Road, Turner. For more information, visit www.communitycreditunion.com.

PHOTO: Safe Voices receives a donation from Community Credit Union. From left, Christine Wilson of Community Credit Union, Melody Fitch and Victoria Stanton of Safe Voices, Michelle Green and Andrew Lunn of Community Credit Union. (Submitted photo)