As the Young & Free Maine spokester I attend many different events across the state. I’ve been to college orientations, music festivals, and even mashed potato wrestling. All events are fun and rewarding, but those that allow me to give back to my community are extra special.
I volunteered at a Maine Red Claw’s basketball game a few weeks ago as part of Maine Credit Union’s Campaign for Ending Hunger. It was such a fun night! Travis from Bangor Federal Credit Union, who is also on the Young & Free Maine advisory team, joined me for the game to work the 50/50 raffle ticket sales. We were able to raise $444 total for the 50/50, with half of that going to support ending hunger initiatives in the state of Maine. The other half, of course, went to a very lucky winner.
This past Monday I had one of the most special experiences of my spokester term. I joined several other credit union folks for the Special Olympics Winter Games in Carrabassett Valley. My job was to cheer on the many athletes as they competed in 25-, 50-, and 100-meter snowshoeing time trials. Getting to encourage these kids and adults as they conquered the athletic events was very rewarding. I have never seen bigger smiles than those on the faces of the competitors as they crossed the finish line. I am very grateful for this experience.
Being the Young & Free Maine spokester is an amazing experience on so many levels, but knowing that I am giving back to my community while representing Maine’s Credit Unions makes me feel especially proud. Credit unions give back all year long, through the Campaign for Ending Hunger, community events, volunteering, and fundraisers. It’s great to be a part of such a giving group of people.