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December 27, 2023

Norway Savings donates $1M to nonprofits in 2023

This may be the season of giving, but Norway Savings Bank gave more than $1 million to nonprofits in need in 2023, according to a year-end tally released Wednesday.

In total, the bank awarded $1,055,500 to 355 nonprofit organizations in 2023. Out of that amount, $750,000 was paid out this year, while the remaining $305,500 will be distributed in the form of multi-year grants.

The $1 million-plus total includes $20,000 in surprise “Helping Hands" gifts this month to 19 nonprofits providing nutrition, fuel, school supplies and other necessities to community members in Oxford, Androscoggin, Cumberland, York and Sagadahoc counties. 

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Photo / Courtesy Norway Savings Bank
Amy Lehigh, right, of Norway Savings Bank, presents Tim Goodwin from the Standish Food Pantry with a Helping Hands donation along with non-perishable food items.

“At this time of year, members of our communities may struggle with the high costs of food, heating oil and other essentials.” said Dan Walsh, president and CEO of Norway Savings Bank. “These Helping Hands gifts are our way of providing some assistance to nonprofits focusing on addressing those immediate needs.”

Recipients include food pantries and food banks in several communities (scroll down for the full list)

Helping Hands donation recipients 

  • Adoptive & Foster Families of Maine
  • Bethel Food Pantry
  • Biddeford Food Pantry
  • Bridgton Community Center
  • Brown Church Food Pantry, Conway, N.H.
  • Community Outreach Services, Kennebunk
  • Furniture Friends, Portland
  • Gorham Food Pantry
  • Harrison Food Bank
  • Maine Recovery Fund, Portland
  • North Fryeburg Community Chapel Food Pantry
  • Oxford Hills Food Pantry, Norway
  • Preble Street Resource Center and Food Pantry, Portland
  • The Progress Center, Oxford
  • Ruth’s Reusable Resources, Portland
  • Servants Heart Food Pantry, Peru
  • Standish Food Pantry
  • Tedford Housing, Brunswick
  • Windham Neighbors Helping Neighbors

With 24 branch locations from Norway to Kennebunk, Norway Savings Bank had $1.85 billion in assets as of Sept. 30, 2023. The bank is ranked No. 7 among Maine-based banks in the newly published 2024 Mainebiz Book of Lists, based on assets as of June 30, 2023. 

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