First National is proud to extend our strong tradition of service beyond our own walls. We're dedicating our resources to identifying and funding critical areas of community need in our market areas. Through corporate donations, sponsorships, and employee volunteerism, we consistently demonstrate our support to a variety of worthy programs that directly serve our communities. These include programs that enhance the quality of life in our region, instill pride, and promote important initiatives, including education and youth; health and human services; civic and community development; and culture and the arts.
Since 1995, our employees have been dressing casually on Fridays in support of charitable organizations throughout our market areas. Each participating employee contributes one dollar to the Casual for a Cause fund every Friday in exchange for the privilege of dressing casually. At the end of every month, a check is presented to an employee-nominated non-profit organization.
Now more than ten seasons strong, First Hoop has
donated over $100,000 to our participating high schools' athletic
programs. Here’s how it works: The Bank awards a cash donation at every
home court varsity basketball game for each school, the amount
dependent on the outcome of a series of events. Fifty dollars is the
base donation, automatically awarded at the start of every home varsity
game. Fifty dollars more is added to the fund if the first hoop of the
game is scored by the home team. And an additional fifty dollars is
added if a randomly drawn spectator (also known as "The First Fan")
successfully makes a free throw at half time.
In addition to financial gifts, bank employees lend their time and talents in community service through volunteer work. In 2015, employees contributed over 9,000 volunteer hours to a wide variety of civic, educational, arts/cultural, religious, healthcare, professional, social service, and youth mentoring organizations.
We have a long-standing commitment to this important category, and encourages employees to participate during their regular working hours.One way they do this is to visit area schools and present the “Teach Children to Save" curriculum, created by the American Bankers Association. Over 400 students in grades K-8 across the region benefit annually from this important program.
The Bank lends financial support to many non-profit events and organizations via corporate sponsorships. Organizations seeking sponsorship should deliver a written request to their local branch for consideration, or mail it to: First National Bank Attn: Marketing, P.O. Box 940, Damariscotta, ME 04543.