For Immediate Release
November 19, 2018
OTIS Federal Credit Union Presents Check for Local Food Pantry on Behalf of Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger
JAY, Maine— On Thursday, November 15, OTIS Federal Credit Union President/CEO Kim Turner presented a $117 check to long-time ending hunger advocate Brenda Davis on behalf of the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger. OTIS FCU was one of 96 credit unions in 90 different communities throughout all of Maine’s 16 counties which Davis will visit on her 17th Annual Maine Credit Unions’ Ending Hunger Walking and Awareness Tour. The tour is part of the mission of Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger, to not only raise funds, but also awareness about the issue of hunger in our state.
Davis is the Executive Director of BBC Opportunity Center, a food insecurity organization serving eastern and central Maine. To mark the start of her tour this year, Maine Credit Unions sent Davis off with a special donation to the BBC Opportunity Center for $16,332, or $117 for every credit union that Davis will visit along her journey. As a nod to this being the 17th year of the walking tour, the Campaign for Ending Hunger is also contributing a $117 check to a food pantry in every community that she visits. All in all, this year’s Walking and Awareness Tour will raise nearly $30,000 to end hunger in Maine.
Said Turner of Davis, “Brenda is a Maine hero in my eyes; her dedication and compassion to helping end hunger in Maine is genuine and powerful.”
Davis’s tour was preceded by an October 25 press conference at Penobscot County Federal Credit Union in Old Town, where she was joined by representatives from Maine’s credit unions. The tour kicked off on Friday, October 26 at Maine State Credit Union in Augusta, and will conclude with a ceremony at Changing Seasons Federal Credit Union in Hampden on Tuesday, November 27.
L to R: Brenda Davis, Executive Director of BBC Opportunity Center; and Kim Turner, President/CEO of OTIS Federal Credit Union
Please direct all media inquiries to Sarah Hayes, Director of Marketing and Communications, at (207) 320-4985, or email SarahH@otisfcu.coop
About the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger
Participating credit unions raise funds for the Campaign at various times throughout the year. However, the primary period of fundraising is in the fall from September – December.
All money raised is distributed to hunger organizations and food pantries throughout Maine.
One hundred percent of all of the money raised by credit unions stays in Maine and goes directly to the cause of ending hunger. All administrative costs are covered by the Maine CU League’s Social Responsibility Committee.
The month of November is designated as ending hunger month in Maine and Maine’s credit unions are usually involved in a variety of food drives and fundraising activities for ending hunger.
To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Campaign, please visit OTIS FCU, or mail a contribution and make checks payable to:
Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger
ATTN: 2017 Campaign
PO Box 1236
Portland ME 04104
About OTIS Federal Credit Union
OTIS Federal Credit Union was founded in April of 1954 by eleven local millworkers. Pooling their respective deposits of $5 each, they associated themselves as charter members of OTIS under the provision of the Federal Credit Union Act. At a time in America when obtaining a loan was difficult for the average family, the founders of OTIS sought to form a cooperative, independent financial institution operated and controlled solely by its local membership.
Since its inception, OTIS has been committed not only to providing quality financial products and services to its shareholders, but to giving back to the community. Today, OTIS is a full-service financial center offering real estate, auto, and personal lending; online and mobile banking; a variety of checking, savings, and investment accounts; VISA debit and credit cards; financial planning; and much more. OTIS serves more than 10,900 members and holds over $168 million in assets, employing 29 people from Jay and the surrounding area. The credit union is located at 170 Main Street in Jay, Maine. For more information, please visit www.otisfcu.coop or call (207) 897-0900.