The donation is part of a 15-year $135,000 commitment to Mainers with disabilities
Windham, Maine – May 8, 2017 – Riding To The Top (RTT) announced today that on a recent visit to the farm to observe a therapeutic riding lesson, Patricia Weigel, President of Norway Savings Bank (NSB) presented a $10,000 check in support of the organization’s 2017 programs. The bank’s donation kicks off RTT’s annual corporate giving campaign and ensures that equine assisted activities and therapies are available and accessible to more Maine children and adults with disabilities. Each year, RTT provides innovative equine services to more than 250 children and adults.
“Riding To The Top provides an incredibly unique service to people with disabilities, many of which are life altering for the entire family,” said Patricia Weigel, President and CEO of Norway Savings Bank. “As I watched today’s lesson I could see the special connection these horses have with their riders, and the self-confidence this experience inspires. This therapeutic service is so important for Mainers. We are proud of our 15-year partnership with Riding To The Top and are grateful to its leaders and staff for their deep commitment and hard work to make these therapies available.”
The bank’s donation officially launches RTT’s annual corporate giving campaign, which has a fundraising goal of $30,000. In the coming months, Norway Savings Bank will play an important role in helping RTT meet its fundraising goal by encouraging area businesses to join the bank in supporting the organization and its mission.
According to RTT Executive Director Sarah Bronson, “Our annual operating budget is approximately $550,000, with 70% contributed by individuals, foundations and businesses like Norway Savings Bank. Community support is vital to maintaining the farm, caring for our horses, and serving Maine families. Annual contributions from local businesses like Norway Savings Bank allow us to deliver equine assisted activities and therapies to those who need it most. We encourage small and large businesses to become part of the powerful transformation that takes place when horses and people come together.”
Since 2003, Norway Savings Bank has contributed $135,000 to Riding To The Top. These funds have helped to fund the construction of the indoor-riding arena so that services could be provided year-round. Funds have also supported the horse fund (care, purchase and retirement of RTT horses), RTT Riderships for hundreds of children and adults with disabilities and new programs. In addition to financial support, Norway Savings Bank employees have volunteered hundreds of hours at RTT supporting projects and fundraising events as well as serving on the organization’s board of directors.
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 December 31, 2016, Norway Savings Bank had $1.093 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.
About Riding To The Top
Since 1993, Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center has helped people with disabilities reach their highest potential through the healing power of horses. Equine assisted activities and therapies at RTT help to improve physical, social and mental wellbeing of up to100 clients each week. Riding To The Top receives no federal, state or municipals funds and operates with the generous support of community donations and volunteers. Located just outside of Portland on a beautiful 50 acre farm in Windham, RTT is a Premier Accredited Center by PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) and is Maine’s only accredited, year round therapeutic riding program solely dedicated to serving people with disabilities. For more information about making a referral or to learn how you can help, please visit www.ridingtothetop.org or call 892-2813.