Pence Eco-Center at McKeon Reserve Receives Donation

Kennebunk Savings Bank Helps Local Land Trust Project

July 11, 2019

Sanford/Springvale Mousam Way Land Trust is thrilled to announce the generous $10,000 donation from Kennebunk Savings Bank towards the Trust’s ongoing community-orientated effort: Sanford Community Garden at the Pence Ecology Center in The McKeon Environmental Reserve in Springvale. The Center and Garden, separate projects but growing together, will both be well served by this thoughtful gift.

Brad Paige, Kennebunk Savings President and CEO, explained the Bank’s Community Promise program, begun in 1994 by then Bank CEO Joel Stevens, who thought that a mutual institution should pay dividends to not only its investors, but also to its communities. The subsequent 25 years has seen the Bank donate $13 million to more than 1,200 organizations. And in this 25th year, a record $1 million will shared to area non-profits. Along with this, the Bank’s dedicated employees will have volunteered personal time at local non-profits, nearing the 10,000 hour mark in 2019. 

As stated on the Bank’s Facebook page: “When we heard about the Sanford/Springvale Mousam Way Land Trust’s new community gardens and ecology center for environmental education, we knew we wanted to provide support for this amazing project. In addition to its educational focus, the center’s community gardens house 24 raised beds that will be used by local nonprofits and families to grow healthy, fresh food. The collaborative spirit of this project truly resonates with us and we’re excited to see the remainder of this project come to fruition!”

Mr. Paige stated that Kennebunk Savings Bank has been very successful in its communities over the years, helping to build many homes and businesses, so to help preserve land for future generations is the ethical and moral thing to do. Mousam Way Land Trust is grateful for the Bank’s forward thinking and their Community Promise program donation.

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