Over the last 20 years, Maine’s Credit Unions & the Maine Credit Union League have raised over $10 Million, for the Campaign for Ending Hunger. The year 2020 was a record-breaking year for the campaign, which is both surprising and wonderful. In a year with so many more people in need of food assistance, those able to help dug deep and provided the help that was needed.
The pandemic caused Gardiner FCU to cancel several planned fundraisers, for the Campaign for Ending Hunger, including their annual yard sale & the spaghetti dinner. Missing out on those two fundraisers could have set them way back, but the credit union members and their community members supported every remaining fundraiser. Thanks to their support, Gardiner FCU will be donating a total of just under $20,000 to several area food banks and organizations that help provide meals to those who may otherwise go without.
The fact that the credit union members and community members fully supported this worthy cause was no surprise to the GFCU staff. Each year when the Maine Credit Union League goes over the fund raising figures, they announce which credit unions raised the most and who had the most generous per member contributions. Gardiner FCU consistently has the most generous, per member contributions. Seven out of the last eight years, their members placed first, the other year they placed second. “It goes back much farther than that.” explained Kelly Marie. “But we only display the most recent eight plaques.”
Gardiner FCU raises funds year ‘round for the Campaign for Ending Hunger and 100% of the funds go directly into their local community. “We’re so proud to be able to do our part & proud of the generosity of our members and our supporters.”
Aside from the many Ending Hunger fundraisers, GFCU also has school supply drives, food & toy drives. They support Special Olympics of Maine, area schools, school sports, and many other local charities and events. This month, March 1 – 31, they’re holding a pet supply drive, for the Kennebec Valley Humane Society. Lists of items that are needed, are posted in their lobby and under the Community tab on their website. GARDINERFCU.ORG