Norway Savings Bank Donates to Gateway To Opportunity for Portland’s High Schoolers

NORWAY, Maine— In its second year, Gateway To Opportunity (G2O) is offering Portland high school students professional summer employment through team-based project work. These students are from low income families who would otherwise be unemployed during the summer or have less impactful jobs.

As part of the program, each student will be mentored by USM students and recent graduates. Students will have the opportunity to work on special projects for different organizations around the city while developing leadership and career readiness skills. Last year 22 students were enrolled in the program. Norway Savings Bank’s contribution of $7,500 will help to expand the enrollment number to 45 this summer.

In addition to the donation, Claire Owens, Business Development Officer, Forest Avenue Branch/Greater Portland area, and Lindsay Lombardo, Customer Relations Representative, will be presenting information on youth savings accounts to these students to encourage the habit of saving.  “In the past few years, I have had the pleasure of working with Portland High School students to assist them with their career goals.  Norway Savings Bank is once again participating in a program that creates better opportunities for our local students, and I am thrilled to be involved,” said Claire. The Bank will be offering these students the opportunity to open a youth savings account with some special features – a gift at account opening and up to $25 match if the account remains open for 12 months.

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L/R: NSB employees present a $7,500 check at Goodwill Industries for the Gateway To Opportunity program. Nikki Williams, Project Director at USM; Jen Schumacher, SVP, Asset Management Group, Norway Savings Bank; Janice de Lima, CRA Officer, Norway Savings Bank; Anne Roosevelt, CEO, Goodwill and Sara Gagne-Holmes, Program Associate, JTG Foundation.

 

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, 2017, 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.

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