Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees dress casual for Partners for Peace

BAR HARBOR — Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees recently presented more than $13,000 in donations collected in the third quarter of 2022 through the Bank’s employee-driven charitable giving program, Casual for A Cause, to six Northern New England nonprofit organizations. The recipients of the donations are: Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley (New Hampshire); Family Violence Project (Maine); NeighborWorks of Western Vermont (Vermont); Partners for Peace (Maine); Regional Medical Center at Lubec (Maine); and Women for Healthy Rural Living (Maine).

Partners for Peace is a nonprofit organization that engages individuals and the community to end domestic violence in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties. They offer prevention and training programs, consultation, and collaboration opportunities that foster fear-free and healthy relationships, families, and communities. Learn more at

“We are so grateful that the employees at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust chose to direct their Casual for a Cause donations to Partners for Peace,” said Amanda Cost, executive director of Partners for Peace. “Thanks to our community’s support, our advocates are available 24/7 to help survivors of domestic violence in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.”

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CASUAL FOR A CAUSE — Bar Harbor Bank & Trust presents a donation from the Bank’s Casual for a Cause program to Partners for Peace. Front, from left, Alyssa Lovering, volunteer engagement specialist at Partners for Peace; Casey Faulkingham, director of development & engagement at Partners for Peace; Lisa Veasie, SVP regional market manager at BHBT; Judith Kelly, portfolio manager at BHBT; and Kara Page, branch relationship manager at BHBT. Back, Cary Carver, personal banker at BHBT; James Cox, VP wealth manager at BHBT; Jacob Gignac, customer service representative at BHBT; Jack Farmer, VP mortgage loan originator at BHBT; and Tommy Bennett, AVP community banking relationship manager.

Bank employees participating in Casual for a Cause dress casually on Fridays in exchange for a bi-weekly payroll deduction made to a pool of funds collected during each quarter. The employees then vote on the nonprofits to receive their contributions. Employees have donated nearly $190,000 since the program launched in 2018.

“The Casual for a Cause program is a win-win for our employees and our communities,” said Jack Frost, VP director of community giving at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “It gives our employees the opportunity to pool their money and make donations to causes they care about, and it provides money to nonprofit organizations who are enriching our communities with much-needed services.”

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