FREEPORT, Maine (2/4/15)--A record-breaking $552,257.43 was raised through the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger in 2014, the Maine Credit Union League announced Tuesday.
|From left, Luke Labbe, chair of the Maine Credit Union League's Social Responsibility Committee, which helps to coordinate the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger; Liz Murray, the subject of the Emmy-nominated movie "Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story" and author of The New York Times best-selling book "Breaking Night;" and John Murphy, president of the Maine Credit Union League, announce the record-setting total raised by the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger in 2014. (Maine Credit Union League Photo)|
The 2014 figure represents an increase of nearly $40,000 over 2013's record-setting total.
"The generosity of the more than 651,000 credit union members in Maine is extraordinary," said John Murphy, president of the Maine Credit Union League. "Hunger affects communities in many ways. However, credit unions use it as a chance to change lives and put forth the credit union philosophy of 'people helping people.'
"As we celebrate the close of the 25th year of the campaign, we are humbled by the remarkable efforts each credit union has made to make their communities a better place, and in making a difference in the lives of Maine people," Murphy added.
The announcement was made at the 2014 Ending Hunger Campaign results celebration luncheon, which featured Liz Murray, the subject of an Emmy-nominated movie and the author of The New York Times best-selling book, "Breaking Night," about a childhood that included hunger and homelessness in New York City.
Since 1990, the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger has now raised nearly $5.9 million to help end hunger in Maine. All contributions to the campaign are tax-deductible.
From raising $25,000 in the first year of the campaign in 1990 to more than $550,000 in one year 25 years later reinforces the "dedication and commitment of Maine's credit unions to this cause," Murphy said.