Tuesday, 09 January 2018 08:24

Bangor bank helps United Farmer Veterans of Maine Featured

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BANGOR -  The United Farmer Veterans of Maine announced a partnership with First National Bank. They have a new community member to sit on their board and accept a $25,000 donation.

"We're delighted to do it. We're looking forward to it as a partnership where we work with veterans and their organization as well as work with one of our primary causes as a bank which is food insecurity and hunger in Maine," said Tony McKim, President and CEO of First National Bank.


Last year Chelsea Spalding, and her husband who is a wounded veteran, was looking for somewhere to volunteer and stumbled upon the United Farmer Veterans of Maine.


"I just found them on the internet and Jerry happened to connect with me on linked in. We started talking," said Chelsea Spalding, Assistant Portfolio Manager at First National Bank.


Spalding tried to figure out how to help the organization and found a way by bridging the gap between the two.


"When they were looking for a community partner and they specifically told me what things they were looking for, it just clicked and it was just the perfect match," said Spalding.


The United Farmer Veterans of Maine helps to rebuild communities through agriculture. It's made up of about 400 members across the state with 274 military veteran farms in every county in the state .


"We help them with their business plan, we help them with their financial planning. We help them get into markets, we help them sell their products. With the goal that we really want our veterans to just farm," said Jerry Ireland, President and CEO of United Farmer Veterans of Maine.


The $25,000 donation will help the organization expand and grow.


"Our goal has been to establish the ability to fund our organization from an operating stand-point in a way that donations made everyday by individuals, is guaranteed that 100 pennies of every dollar goes to veterans in our veterans programs," Ireland.

Gina Marini

Morning Anchor/Reporter

Gina Marini, a graduate of Curry College, joined WVII ABC7 and WFVX Fox 22 after spending a little more 2 years with NH1 News in New Hampshire. During her time there, she spent time traveling the state bringing local stories to Granite-staters. She brings passion and enthusiasm to the news room, hoping to inspire those at home with her stories.

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