Norway, ME – For twenty-seven years, Norway Savings Bank employees have helped put smiles on the faces of hundreds of children and families in need on Christmas morning. In 1990, branch employees from Norway and South Paris formed the Hometown Friends Committee, as a way to give back to the community.
In 2017, the Committee donated $3,000 to Christmas for Kids and Christmas for Teens. The programs, run by Rightstart, have been providing holiday gifts to children and teens in the Oxford Hills area since 1979. Over the years, Rightstart has seen a dramatic increase in need for holiday assistance; from 260 children in the early years of the program, to over 600 children and teens today.
“The holiday season should be a joyous time, but for many families in our area, it can be stressful. Every child deserves a gift under the tree on Christmas morning, and the Hometown Friends Committee is so proud to be able to make that a reality,” said Tricia Brooks, long term employee at Norway Savings and founding member of the Hometown Friends Committee.
With this donation, Rightstart was able to provide gifts to 234 families; putting smiles on 455 youngster’s faces and helping 190 teens remember that Christmas is not just for little kids.
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 September 30, 2017, Norway Savings Bank had $1.131 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.