Young & Free Maine, Maine CUs rock Old Port Festival

Maine Credit Union League Update

On Sunday, June 5, Maine credit unions worked the crowd and there was a big one to work.  From local Mainers, to distant New Englanders and beyond, the 43rd annual Old Port Festival drew 50,000 people to Portland's downtown, and Young & Free Maine and Maine's credit unions were there connecting with many of them.  One of the highlights for festival goers was to witness the winners of the Maine Credit Unions' 2016 Sound-Off Competition, Happy Folk and Wyld Lyfe.

All smiles after visiting with thousands at the Old Port Festival on behalf of Maine credit unions are: Mallory Lavoie, former Spokester, and Jake Holmes, the new Young & Free Maine Spokester.

All smiles after visiting with thousands at the Old Port Festival on behalf of Maine credit unions are: Mallory Lavoie, former Spokester, and Jake Holmes, the new Young & Free Maine Spokester.

Young & Free Maine, powered by Maine's credit unions, was also on hand providing resources to and sparking conversations between Millennials about their personal finances and ways to save for their futures. Many who stopped by the Young & Free table, set up right next to the One City Center Super Stage, took to a chalkboard to write down their biggest financial challenges. Visitors received a Young & Free gum pack, which doubled as a Young & Free business card, or t-shirt for participating.

Jake Homes, Young & Free Maine's newest Spokester, representing the state's 18-25 age group remarked, "We had a blast! People who stopped by our table tended to stick around for a while. They were engaging in the chalkboard and were interested to read the challenges their peers were facing. Most discovered that they shared many of the same financial challenges, and found comfort in knowing they weren't alone."  "Festival goers were genuinely interested in what Young & Free was all about, and it was a great opportunity to connect with young Mainers. We are all faced with financial challenges, so it was a topic most young people in attendance could relate too."

For a recap of Young & Free Maine at this year's Old Port Festival, check out the video.

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