NORWAY, Maine – Norway Savings Bank recently made a $15,000 commitment to the Alan Day Community Garden, located in Norway, Maine, to fund its Youth Leadership Program. The Bank will provide $5,000 in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
The Alan Day Community Garden’s Youth Leadership Program (YLP) teaches Oxford Hills middle and high school students how to plant, tend, harvest and prepare healthy, delicious meals using the produce from the garden. This summer program aims to instill confidence, self-reliance and community values in young people while providing opportunities to grow leadership skills and become young health educators.
“Our bank is proud to help address the very real issues in our communities, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other food-related illnesses,” said Patricia Weigel, President and CEO of Norway Savings Bank. “Empowering the young people in our communities by positioning them in leadership roles at the Garden, we are encouraging them to adopt healthier food choices and share the benefits of those choices with others.”
“The donation will allow the YLP to double – from 10 to 20 – the number of kids in the program each summer,” said Rocky Crockett, Executive Director of the Alan Day Community Garden. “By providing 1/3 of the annual budget for YLP, Norway Savings gave us a stable source of income which is important to our ability to plan and grow the program.”
The Alan Day Community Garden is dedicated to offering access to affordable, local food by renting garden plots, participating in community-supported agriculture programs and a hosting variety of free workshops. Learn more at alandaycommunitygarden.org.
About Norway Savings Bank
Founded in 1866, Norway Savings Bank is a leading mutual banking and financial services company headquartered in Norway, Maine. As of March 31, 2018, Norway Savings Bank had $1.18 billion in total assets and provides financial services to over 38,000 households throughout western and southern Maine. Norway Savings Bank has 24 branch locations and operates divisions in asset management, personal banking and business banking. In 2016, Norway Savings Bank was honored as one of the Best Banks to Work For by American Banker and Best Companies Group as well as one of the Best Places to Work in Maine. In 2013, Norway Savings Bank received the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence and has been recognized as one of the healthiest companies in America by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) as a two-time Gold-Level Well Workplace award recipient. BauerFinancial has designated 5-Star Norway Savings Bank the “Best of Bauer” for earning and maintaining its highest 5-star rating for 25 continuous years or longer. For more information, visit www.norwaysavings.bank.