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(Center) Nichole Lee and Courtney Bonsant of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust in South China present a Community Commitment donation check to Grace Academy teachers and volunteers:  (on left) Ben Huard, KelLee Gray, Daja Gombojav, and (on right) Celeste Smith, Lisa Durant, and Michelle Bourque, Executive Director at Grace Academy.  Employees at the South China branch chose Grace Academy as the beneficiary of this monthly charitable giving program.



Bar Harbor, Maine – Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees voluntarily contribute money from each paycheck into a charitable fund.  Monthly these funds are pooled, matched by the Bank, and donated to a local non-profit organization.  This employee-driven donation program is called Community Commitment.  Each month employees at a different Bank location get to choose a recipient for these contributions, supporting the good work done by so many in our local communities.

For the month of June, employees at the Machias branch of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust chose to split the Community Commitment funds between The Ark Animal Shelter and Arise Addiction Recovery.  In July, employees at the South China branch chose Grace Academy as the beneficiary.  For funds collected in August, the Bank’s Operations Center employees in Ellsworth chose the SPCA of Hancock County to receive the funds.

“Knowing the employees of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust thought of the shelter to receive this donation means the world to us,” said Diana de los Santos, Director at the SPCA of Hancock County.  “We can’t do what we do without support like this from the community.”

“The employees at Grace Academy were beyond thrilled to receive the gift,” said Nichole Lee, Customer Service Manager for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust in South China.  “Michelle Bourque and the other teachers were on the verge of tears and must have said ‘thank you’ a million times.”

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE MKT: BHB) is the parent of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust with more than $3 billion in assets. Founded in 1887, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is a true community bank serving the financial needs of its customers for 130 years. Bar Harbor Bank & Trust provides a full range of financial services through its 49 branch locations in all three Northern New England states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Bar Harbor Bank & Trust was named one of the 2017 Top 200 Publicly Traded Community Banks in the nation by American Banker magazine. For more information call 1-888-853-7100 or go to  Member FDIC.









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