NORWAY, Maine – Norway Savings Bank recently made a $1,100 donation to Community H.E.L.P. (Helping Enrich Lives Program) in Bridgton, Maine to help the organization move its store, Hidden Treasures Emporium, to a new location on Main Street.
Hidden Treasures Emporium is a thrift store which has been operated by Community H.E.L.P. since 2013 to fulfill its mission. But the Emporium is more than just a thrift store. Not only are customers able to purchase gently-used items at fantastic prices, but, if they meet certain Housing and Urban Development (HUD) low-income requirements, they can get clothing at little to no cost.
Earlier this year, Patti Wininger, Executive Director and founder, was given notice that the building on Nulty Street she’d been renting would no longer be available. She was given a very short timeframe to move and, for a while, considered closing. In late March, she found a location at 264 Main Street, but the rent was much higher than the $500/month she’d been paying, but it has better visibility and foot traffic from summer visitors.
Norway Savings Bank is proud to provide Community H.E.L.P’s first month’s rent in their new location which opened to the public on May 7.
“I want to thank Norway Savings Bank for paying our rent while we were still moving and unpacking,” said Patti Wininger. “Obviously, we weren’t bringing in much money during that time, so their contribution is truly instrumental to our ability to stay open for the people of Bridgton and surrounding communities.”
“When I heard about Patti’s plight, I knew the bank should help,” said Patricia Weigel, President and CEO of Norway Savings Bank. “She’s been working hard to help the residents of Bridgton for years. We wanted to make sure she knew that the community supports the organization’s mission.”
Community H.E.L.P is an all-volunteer self-sustaining non-profit, which has been in existence since 2011. They are actively searching for Board members.