For Immediate Release
December 19, 2019
OTIS Federal Credit Union Raises $865 for Ending Hunger in Maine at Local Festival of Trees
JAY, Maine— OTIS Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that a raffle for its sponsored Christmas tree was recently able to raise $865 for the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger in Maine. The tree, decorated by a committee of OTIS FCU employees, was displayed at the Jay-Livermore-Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce’s 2nd Annual Olde Fashioned Christmas Festival, held at Boothby’s Orchard and Farm Winery in Livermore. The event featured a lighted walk through the orchard to the Festival of Trees in the farm’s barn, a local craft fair, music, photo opportunities with Santa, campfires, homemade goodies, and free hot cocoa.
The Credit Union‘s tree was kitchen-themed, and prizes included a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, an Insta-Pot, an air fryer, a coffee maker, and more.
Raffle tickets to win trees decorated by area businesses were available for purchase by the public at $1 each. Lucky winners were able to take home fully-decorated trees, along with any included prizes. All money raised from the Festival of Trees was donated back to local charitable organizations chosen by each business. In total, 22 trees were raffled off and over $6,000 was raised via this year’s Festival.
About the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger
The Campaign for Ending Hunger in Maine is the signature social responsibility cause championed by Maine’s credit unions. Participating credit unions raise funds for the Campaign at various times throughout the year.
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.
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 11,000 members and holds over $181 million in assets, employing 31 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.