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Updated: October 3, 2022 / 2022 NextUp: 40 Under 40 Honorees

40 Under 40: Volunteering and restoring an old house refill the bucket

Photo / Tim Greenway Jake Holmes is the financial literacy outreach coordinator for the Maine Credit Union League.
Jake Holmes, 28

Financial literacy outreach coordinator, Maine Credit Union League Click here to see all 40 Under 40 honorees
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Significant professional accomplishment: After personal finance became an educational requirement in Maine schools, I developed free turn-key financial literacy lesson plans for all grade levels — with the intention of both educating students and providing curriculum support to teachers.

Passion project: I enjoy volunteering at Good Shepherd Food Bank and helping combat hunger through education and advocacy. Another passion project of mine has been renovating my old farmhouse, which has been in the family since 1870.

Audacious goal: There is a very old and overgrown apple orchard behind my house that was operated by family many, many decades ago. It’s a serious undertaking, but I’d like to restore the orchard. Being able to put the old “Holmes Apples” sign back up would make me incredibly happy and proud.

Favorite quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” — Wayne Gretzky (and appropriated by Michael Scott)

Influential book: “The Decisive Moment,” by Henri Cartier-Bresson. No, I’ve never been able to justify the price of owning the book, but I’ve been privileged enough to read it. It’s an inspiring read.

Favorite movies/TV shows: My favorite quote already gave it away, but I’m a big fan of “The Office.” As far as movies go, some of my favorites are “The Lord of the Rings,” “Interstellar” and “The Sandlot.”

How do you recharge: Making my two-year-old son laugh is at the top of the list. Other than that, I enjoy film photography, playing golf, fishing and home improvement projects.

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