Maine credit unions raised a record $740,027.35 during the 2017 Campaign for Ending Hunger, the Maine Credit Union League announced Monday.
In addition, the campaign also surpassed the $8 million in funds raised in its 28-year history.
Keynote speaker and three-time Olympian with the Jamaican Bobsled team and one of the inspirations for the Disney blockbuster movie, Cool Runnings, Devon Harris, was the keynote speaker at the even celebrating the announcement.
"You are providing hope to kids I was once like. Empty cupboard, no food, been there done that, said, who formed a foundation in 2006 that helps ensure children have enough to eat so they can do better in school. “The help that the credit unions in Maine are giving to kids and adults, in general, through your Campaign is amazing. You have found a cause and you are making a difference in the lives of the people in your state. What I would say to you in closing, though, is don't stop now – the need remains and people need the hope that having enough to eat provides."
"I am impressed by the cooperation, generosity and enthusiasm that our credit unions and nearly 700,000 credit union members have towards making a difference in the community,” said Todd Mason, president/CEO of the Maine Credit Union League. “The Campaign for Ending Hunger is such a wonderful example of that spirit. Hunger is in every community in our state so this is a problem that impacts us all. While today we are and should celebrate another tremendous effort by Maine's credit unions to help end hunger in Maine, we still have a lot of work to do. I know from the commitment in this room, we will continue in that effort."
For the 2017 campaign, 100% of the state's credit unions participated in fundraising efforts.