OTIS Gives Back

Each year the Credit Union has the privilege of supporting a wide array of worthy causes and organizations through donations and sponsorship opportunities. Although 2020 proved to be a year unlike any other, we were able to both deepen our relationships with many established partners and find new opportunities to give back. At OTIS, the credit union movement’s maxim of “people helping people” guides all that we do—both for our members, and for the communities where we live, work, worship, learn, and play.

Laura Lorette, Food Service Director for RSU #73; is presented with a check by Diane Sonos, Receptionist; and Kim Turner, President/CEO.

Supporting Our Schools

In early 2020, donation checks were disbursed to the lunch programs of RSU #9, RSU #38, RSU #73, RSU #78, MSAD #52, and MSAD #58. Credit Union staff and members, as well as members of the wider community, raised a total of $2,571.65 as a result of 2019’s inaugural Angel Tree initiative. RSU #73 received $1,651.10 in donations, RSU #78 received $313.50, RSU #9 received $307.05, and RSU #38, MSAD #52, and MSAD #58 each received $100. In all, the Angel Tree’s fundraising total was equivalent to the cost of 937 school lunches across the districts. Funds disbursed by OTIS FCU were used to help pay down or eliminate student lunch debts.

In light of the unprecedented challenges presented by the pandemic, OTIS reached out to all six school districts within our field of membership in August to ask about any areas of need with which we could assist. We were pleased to be able to donate 700 water bottles to MSAD #58, 230 hand sanitizers to RSU #78, and 300 hand sanitizers and water bottles to RSU #38. OTIS also donated funds to RSU #73 which were used to purchase ten picnic tables, allowing students to eat outside when weather permits. Supporting local schools is a cause that we hold near and dear to our hearts, and, as always, we are honored to be able to lend a helping hand whenever we can.

Scott Albert, RSU #73 Superintendent, is pictured with the district’s new picnic tables.

Our Director of Marketing and Communications Sarah Hayes and Todd Sanders, Superintendent of MSAD #58, are pictured in Phillips with the Credit Union’s water bottle donation.

Sarah Hayes, Director of Marketing and Communications, on her way to deliver hand sanitizers to Rangeley Lakes Regional School.

Jasmine Jackman, Loan Officer; joins Sarah Hayes, Director of Marketing and Communications; in presenting a check to RSU #9’s Director of Food Services, Andrew Hutchins.

Bonus Dividend and Interest Refund

OTIS Federal Credit Union returned $347,795.58 to members with our 16th Annual Bonus Dividend and Interest Refund.

Ending Hunger in Maine

With the help of our members, we were able to raise a total of $10,850.40 for the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger over the course of the 2020 calendar year.

Donations, Sponsorships, and Activities

View a selection of the local organizations, causes, and activities that OTIS supported in 2020.