OTIS Federal Credit Union and Local Community Members Unite for Annual Yard Sale to End Hunger in Maine

For Immediate Release

August 24, 2022

OTIS Federal Credit Union and Local Community Members Unite for Annual Yard Sale to End Hunger in Maine

JAY—On Saturday, August 20th, OTIS Federal Credit Union held its Annual Yard Sale to raise funds for the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger.  

There was a large selection of yard sale items available this year, and prices were donation-based as usual. These items were generously donated by both community members and OTIS employees. Eight OTIS employees, including family, and a representative from Synergent volunteered their time to help set up and staff the event.

After a remarkable turnout, the 2022 Annual Yard Sale raised $2,463.45, exceeding last year’s record-breaking total!

“We continue to see the community come together, and this year was no exception,” OTIS FCU President and CEO Chris Bouchard stated. “A special and sincere thank you to our local community members who donated items throughout the month in preparation for this event, and our dedicated staff who volunteered their time to making this a success! We would not have been able to hold this special event without them. To see the community come out with such significant support for a great cause is nothing short of impressive.”

The Yard Sale funds that were raised will be distributed throughout the year to local food pantries and hunger organizations.

OTIS yard sale team 2022
(L to R) Chris Bouchard, President & CEO, OTIS; Katy Ford, Sr. Account Relationship Manager, Synergent; Elise Despres, Member Specialist/IRAs, OTIS; Ryan Souther, Digital Branch & Facilities Manager, OTIS; Jamie Walp, Operations Manager, OTIS; Josie Metivier, Member Specialist/Loan Processor, OTIS; Jasmine Jackman, Loan Officer, OTIS. Photo courtesy of Katy Ford.

Media Inquiries
Please direct all media inquiries to Kimberly Couture, Director of Marketing and Communications, at (207) 320-4985, or email KimberlyC@otisfcu.coop.

About Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger
Aligned with the shared principle of coming together to give back to their communities, credit unions across the state collectively participate in the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger. This signature social responsibility campaign is the largest, non-hunger organization-based philanthropic fundraising effort to end hunger in the state.

The Campaign has raised over $9.4 million since 1990, with 100 percent of all funds raised going to organizations in Maine fighting food insecurity.

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 $227 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.