Message from the President
President’s Message — Spring/Summer 2021
The accomplishments of Partners Bank so far this year have surely put a spring in our step!
The beginning of the year tends to be slow for some organizations, but not so for Partners Bank. The Bank and our employees have been busy supporting a number of causes and staying informed on any updates as we work through this pandemic and how we can continue to provide our customers with excellent service and support for the communities in which we serve.
- Home Heating Assistance — It’s been my pleasure to be part of a team that has continued the Bank’s community outreach of helping to heat the homes of some local, deserving families in need. Funds gathered from the bank and its employees, as well as customers, brought the final total to $2,685, helping up to 11 families get the heating assistance they needed in order to stay warm throughout the winter.
- Employee Donation Program — As of May 2021, we have increased the Employee Donation Program amount from $500 to $1,000 each month, a significant increase to help support these wonderful organizations. I’m pleased with how well the program is going. Each month we randomly select an employee who chooses a local nonprofit to receive a donation. In May, we celebrated the 67th employee to have the honor of naming a favorite charity..In the past few months, donations went to Community Dental providing dental care for adults and children in need, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Lions Club, Lucky Pup Rescue, and the Travis Mills Foundation.
It is truly rewarding to be able to give back and support the local charities and organizations that are near and dear to our employees. Also gratifying was donating $2,500 in support of the Sanford/Springvale YMCA. Our philanthropic efforts continue to span across our communities, with donations made to the Ogunquit Museum of Modern Art, Gather, Prescott Park Arts Festival, End 68 Hours of Hunger, and Ogunquit Playhouse, just to name a few.
More than just supporting the needs of our community, we have also taken the time to review our product bundles and services to ensure we continue to meet the needs of our customers. Our Heroes Bundle is a compilation of products and services designed for veterans, active military and first responders. We recently added the Medical Field to that list as our way of saying thank you for all they do for us all.
Have you had the opportunity to meet our Blog Mascot, Cache? Cache is a Husky dog – yes, I said dog! Each month we include a blog post from Cache with tips and ideas about technology. Cache recently had a post on gardening including the types of plants you should be careful with around canines.
Partners Bank is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors team has expanded, bringing on Patricia “Patsy” Aprile as its newest member. Patsy resides in York and adds a wealth of knowledge and business experience to the bank having served as a top-level official in the health care industry for over two decades, currently serving as Chief Operating Officer of Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford. We welcome Patsy to our board.
A sincere thank you to all staff for meeting the challenges of the past fifteen months. There are certainly many stories to share which speaks volumes about the human spirit. Our staff is second to none and we continue to be proud to serve you today and tomorrow.
With spring in the air, we have high hopes for a summer full of the types of family events and plans that have been on hold for the past year. I wish you all a wonderful summer.
Blaine A. Boudreau