Norway Savings Bank Helps Tree Street Youth Branch Out

Bank commits $10,000 to Campaign for Growth

Front Row, L-R:  Betty Robinson, Campaign Chair, Tree Street Youth; Julia Sleeper, Executive Director, Tree Street Youth;  Paula Marcus Platz, Board Chair, Tree Street Youth;  Pat Weigel, President & CEO, Norway Savings Bank 
Back Row, L-R: Elgin Physic, Board Member, Tree Street Youth; Eva Hoffman, Intern, Tree Street Youth; Ian Pullen, Assistant Vice President, Commercial Lender, Norway Savings Bank


LEWISTON, Maine – Education is often a key component to a happy and stable life. College graduates, on average, earn more money than those with a high school diploma and are more prepared for the jobs available in our increasingly knowledge-based economy. Many low-income students are at a disadvantage because they often don’t have the support or resources available to attend college. Thanks to programs like Tree Street Youth, the dream of attending college and building a successful career is now a reality for a growing number of students in the Lewiston/Auburn area.

On any given day, 125 to 150 students attend academic, art and athletic enrichment programs at the Tree Street Youth facility on Howe Street. According to Tree Street Youth Executive Director Julia Sleeper, the programs are “geared towards making post-secondary education within every child’s reach. These young people are the future of Lewiston and in fact, the future of Maine.” The BRANCHES (Becoming Responsible Adults ‘N Cultivating Higher Education Success) program at Tree Street boasts a 100% high school graduation rate and a 95% college acceptance rate.

Norway Savings Bank strongly supports the programming at Tree Street Youth and has pledged $10,000 toward the Campaign for Growth. “Over the past five years, Tree Street Youth has made higher education accessible to many students that otherwise would not have the opportunity to advance,” said Patricia Weigel, President & CEO of Norway Savings Bank. “We want to ensure that Tree Street Youth continues to develop strong, educated leaders for our communities for years to come.”

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, 2015, Norway Savings Bank had $1.026 billion in total assets and provided financial services to over 38 thousand 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 2013, Norway Savings Bank was awarded the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence and was honored as one of the Best Banks to Work For by American Banker and Best Companies Group. Norway Savings bank 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 and has been acknowledged as one of the strongest banks in the nation after receiving a 5-Star Superior rating for over 100 consecutive quarters from BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm. For more information, visit